Reports To: Director of Assessment and Applied Research
Working Title: Research Analyst
Department: Center Assessment & Applied Research
Bargaining Unit: 99
Payroll Job Code: 006948
Job Location: UCI Campus- Irvine
Percent of Time: 100%
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F
Employee Class: Career
The Center for Assessment and Applied Research (CAAR) performs institutional assessment, evaluation studies, and reporting that supports strategic decision-making about a wide variety of facets pertaining to undergraduate education and works jointly with faculty and administrators on assessment, to keep UCI accredited. The unit collects, analyzes, and interprets a wide variety of data about UC Irvine, its programs, majors, and students for the purposes of assessing institutional outcomes, measuring performance, and reporting to campus constituencies.
Under general direction from the Director of Assessment and Applied Research, the Research Analyst maintains infrastructure for the collection of campus wide assessment data. Works with faculty and staff to identify undergraduate and graduate student learning outcomes; select and/or develop appropriate assessment methods; set performance standards; collect data and analyze results; and make recommendations for how results may be used towards improvement. Research analyst performs institutional assessment studies and advanced statistical analysis, conducts evaluation studies of undergraduate and graduate programs, and writes research reports related to undergraduate and graduate education issues across campus. Incumbent uses skills as a seasoned, experienced professional with a full understanding of evaluation and assessment practices and higher education organizational policies and procedures; resolves a wide range of issues in imaginative as well as practical ways. Works on problems of diverse scope independently where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors, including but not limited to organizing and reporting research results clearly and effectively in narrative, tabular, graphical, and oral modes (i.e. presentations); performing cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses (i.e. decides what data should be collected for each assignment and how the collection should be done; gathers the data; analyzes the data and interprets the results to find patterns and comes to conclusions). Serves as a lead consultant for the Comprehensive Analytics for Student Success (COMPASS) project, managing and coordinating with various campus stakeholders the required data components to be included in the system. Research and analysis performed by incumbent assists the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning/Dean of Undergraduate Education and other senior managers in making strategic decisions in support of the University's mission. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions. Designs and conducts a wide variety of research and evaluation-based projects and other ad-hoc projects and assignments, as required, to meet the goals and overall objectives of the Division. Exercises considerable independence in developing problem-solving methodologies or strategies and evaluating criteria.
7+ years of experience in assessment, data analysis, and applied research.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Requires general knowledge in data collection and analysis techniques; statistics or social science research techniques; knowledge of common organization-specific computer application programs; knowledge of organizational principles and procedures involved in handling sensitive data (for example, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA).
Thorough active listening, critical thinking, good interpersonal skills, and ability to multi-task. Strong ability to present information in a clear concise manner verbally and in writing.
Understanding of organizational rules and regulations.
Able to provide good judgment, decision-making, and problem solving.
Expert-level knowledge of research and evaluation methods.
Expert-level knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, R, etc.
Complete understanding and knowledge of the application of principles, concepts, practices and standards for assessment, evaluation, and statistics.
Ability to use advanced statistical techniques and quantitative and qualitative data methods.
Familiarity with assessment and course evaluation. Detail oriented and strong analytical skills.
Ability to work independently. Excellent computer skills and demonstrated experience with real-world databases, including data dictionaries, queries, and reports.
Ability to conduct workshops and training sessions.
Experience working in a higher education institution.
Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience/training.
Knowledge of UCI Policies and Procedures. Ability and knowledge to apply established UCI practices, policies, and concepts.
Special Conditions Required:
Position is currently remote pending return to campus.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.
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