The University of Southern California is home to a dynamic research and organizational improvement center that works with professionals in educational institutions, corporations, and other contexts. The mission of the USC Race and Equity Center is to illuminate, disrupt, and dismantle racism in all its forms. We do this through rigorous interdisciplinary research, high-quality professional learning experiences, the production and wide dissemination of useful tools, trustworthy consultations and strategy advising, and substantive partnerships. While race and ethnicity are at the epicenter of our work, we also value their intersectionality with other identities, and therefore aim to advance equity for all persons experiencing marginalization. The Center annually serves hundreds of K-12 schools and districts, colleges and universities, and businesses and firms across a multitude of sectors.
The USC Race and Equity Center is searching for two equity-minded, highly-skilled quantitative data scientists to join our survey research team. The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates, our quantitative survey, is being administered to more than 1.5 million students at colleges and universities across the United States. We are also creating a new pair of national climate surveys, one for faculty and another for staff at higher education institutions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Contributing to the advancement of the USC Race and Equity Centerâs mission.
Developing, validating, and revising trustworthy, high-quality quantitative racial equity and campus racial climate survey instruments.
Convening experts for input, feedback, and peer-review of the Centerâs survey instruments.
Systematically and rigorously analyzing quantitative survey responses.
Preparing clean data files for submission to institutions participating in the Centerâs surveys.
Producing data reports and dashboards for institutions participating in the Centerâs surveys.
Responding to queries from professionals in offices of institutional research and other relevant stakeholders at institutions participating in the Centerâs surveys.
Monitoring institutional survey administrations via an online data collection system.
Partnering with other members of the survey research team and the USC Center for Social and Economic Research to ensure secure, efficient, and high-quality survey administration processes.
Collaborating with the Centerâs marketing team on data visualization and public communication strategies.
Collaborating with Ph.D. students and other survey research team members to present survey findings at local, state, national, and international conferences and meetings.
Collaborating with Ph.D. students and other survey research team members to publish survey findings in peer-reviewed journals and other academic publications.
Identifying opportunities for improved efficiencies and responsive, high-quality service to institutions participating in the Centerâs surveys.
Representing the Center on various committees in the USC Rossier School of Education and throughout the University.
Other duties as assigned by the Centerâs directors.
Work Experience: At least 5 years full-time professional work experience in a quantitative survey research and data analysis role.
Demonstrated commitment to racial equity. Expertise in instrumentation and survey development. Extraordinary quantitative data analysis skills. Strong oral and written communication skills.
Required Documents: Cover Letter and Resume
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Proficient PC skills. Working knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, word processing and statistical software programs. Knowledge of business statistics and data analyses techniques. Ability to manage and analyze data. Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.