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Research and Evaluation Associate for the American Indian College Fund

April 30, 2019

Job Details

 

Job Title:                      Research and Evaluation Associate

FLSA:                          Exempt

Position Type:               Full-time

Interview Group:           Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Reports To:                   Vice President for Research Evaluation and Faculty Development

Location:                      Denver, CO

Date Modified:              April 3, 2019

 

Description

The Research and Evaluation Associate will perform detailed and thorough research and evaluation on matters relating to student success, program effectiveness and organizational impact. 

 

Under the direction Vice President for Research Evaluation and Faculty Development, Research and Evaluation Associate will:

  • Plan and perform research and evaluation tasks of varying complexity requiring initiative and judgment in applying basic knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation, data collection, and analysis when precedents do not provide specific guidance; general instruction is provided by the supervisor.

  • Extract data and structured information from published literature and other sources

  • Conduct literature searches, and write literature summaries, requiring preliminary judgments after conceptual approach is outlined by supervisor

  • Assist in designing and evaluating phases of research projects and program evaluation, seeking guidance where necessary

  • Present research finding to internal audiences, including peers, co-workers, and managers

  • Use computer applications for on-line background and literature review search

  • Perform quantitative and qualitative analyses

  • Establish and measure program metrics

  • Prepare, format, and clean research data in support of specific projects

  • Prepare written analysis, recommendations, and complex reports

  • Prepare, manipulate and verify the accuracy and validity of data

  • Prepare tables, graphs, fact sheets, and written reports summarizing research results

 

This position must share the College Fund’s Guiding Principles of which respect is the core.  Relationship development is also an important characteristic demonstrated by being a team player, along with the ability to collaborate with departments across the organization to coordinate research efforts.  Responsibility is one more essential to being a strong researcher and ensures that all assigned tasks are completed and deadlines are met. 

 

Essential Job Functions

  1. Conducts research and evaluation across College Fund programs

  2. Works with Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and our Student Success Services teams to develop and implement ORSP Research Agenda and Plan

  3. Conducts database management tasks

  4. Contributes to the development of scholarship and program database  

  5. Is able to produce organizational data and statistics

  6. Can develop, administer and analyze surveys

  7. Contributes to grant writing proposals, concept papers, grant reports, research papers and other written deliverables

  8. Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements

  • Possess knowledge of basic design and administration of questionnaires and research instruments

  • Ability to prepare, format, and clean research data in support of specific projects

  • Skill sets to prepare data findings that align with the reporting goals and that are consistent with project specifications and stakeholder needs

  • Knowledge to conduct research and analyze data and information

  • Understands how to conduct evaluation, including program evaluation

  • Skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research designs including conducting statistical testing using SPSS software (Regression Modeling); and qualitative data analysis

  • Experience in technical report writing and research report writing (presenting findings, implications and recommendations)

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, establish, and maintain effective working relationships with others

  • Participate in disseminating research findings (conferences, with stakeholders, with College Fund staff, journal publications)

Competencies

  • Excellent writing, research, and editing skills

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills with attention to detail

  • Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced and dynamic work environment

  • Ability to organize and meet deadlines for a wide variety of job assignments simultaneously

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Outlook, SPSS, EndNote

  • Ability to work with scholarship database software and student tracking databases such as the National Student Clearinghouse Database, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

  • Knowledge of indigenous research and evaluation methodologies, mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative research methodologies)

  • Knowledge of research processes (research, proposal writing, data collection, analysis and presentations)

Education/ Experience

  • Master’s degree in Research, Evaluation, and Methodology, in technical field such as statistical analysis or data science fields

  • At least 2 years of related experience in research and evaluation with proven success           

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Research, Evaluation and Methodology, educational research, ev, or related field

  • Competent in research and evaluation design and methodologies (both qualitative and quantitative)

  • Ability to create and manage databases, SPSS, R, software competency to conduct statistical analysis

  • Ability to multitask and balance a variety of projects

  • Aptitude for report writing and presenting data findings in meaningful ways

Work Environment and Physical Activities

  • Professional work environment

  • Frequent sitting, keyboarding, computer and monitor usage

  • Lifting from 10-15 pounds

  • Travel as assigned

Note:    The intent is not to provide an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with this position.  Incumbent may perform other duties as assigned.

 

 

To Apply:
Send your cover letter and resume to applications@collegefund.org

Please put your name and the job title in the subject line.

 

American Indian College Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

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