Human Resources seeks candidates for the TRAC-7 Research Analyst position in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. Employment at Washburn University may be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.
Program Analysis, Forecasting, And Reporting
Develop and implement a program evaluation plan and procedures to collect, process, analyze and disseminate data from a variety of sources for the TRAC-7 grant. Monitor and oversee qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and program evaluation activities being performed at TRAC-7 partner organizations to ensure consistent, reliable evaluation and reporting of TRAC-7 programs is accomplished across all partners. Analyze data for all TRAC-7 partners through (1) data mining to identify patterns and relationships, (2) statistical analysis to explain results, (3) testing to evaluate previous decisions, and (4) forecasting to measure, assess and support continuous improvement of TRAC-7 programs.
Prepare and distribute a variety of written documents including reports, analyses, decision papers, and recommendations, using graphical and tabular methods to present and interpret the results of sophisticated statistical analysis for a nontechnical audience. Regularly analyze data and databases to ensure accuracy and proper organization and maintain data integrity, following up with TRAC-7 partners as needed to facilitate corrections and adjustments.
Provide technical assistance in data collection, analysis, evaluation and performance measurement processes to grant consortium members and the University to facilitate TRAC-7 program evaluation and reporting.
Work with the grant management team and with colleagues throughout the consortium member institutions as appropriate to identify the scope and objectives of evaluations or studies, determine grant information needs and the best way to access information, and identify methodologies and techniques to be used so evaluation and reports are consistent across the consortium. Identify problems and offer solutions to consortium partners to resolve issues as they develop or as a need for alternative approaches arises. Work with grant management team to develop survey instruments, provide analytical results, and interpret those results.
Work with Institutional Research departments of the respective institutions and other partner agencies, as needed, to evaluate program needs, impact, and outcomes, compile project datasets, and to develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations to support and facilitate project planning.
Perform other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED: Master’s degree. 3 years of work experience in research design; qualitative and quantitative statistical methods; data inference, analysis and collection. Experience developing cohort tracking systems. Demonstrated proficiency in the use of a variety of software on a daily basis, including Microsoft Office Suite, Oracle, MySQL and SPSS or SAS; in reporting, analysis and querying using large relational databases; in clear communication through numerical, graphical and narrative form; and management of multiple concurrent research projects. Ability to work independently and corroboratively with multiple constituencies and maintain confidentiality of sensitive data. Well-developed interpersonal, organizational, quantitative and analytical skills.
PREFERRED: Doctorate degree in research-oriented discipline. Experience in computer-based testing; alternate assessment; online learning and assessment; English Language Learners, formative and/or interim (benchmark) assessment. Knowledge of planning and evaluation processes in higher education. Ability to travel, to work effectively under externally imposed time constraints and work as a member of a team.
Submit a letter of interest, resume, Resume Supplement for Administrative Positions, copy of official college transcript(s), and names and phone numbers of three professional references to email@example.com or to Washburn University Human Resources, 263 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66621. Review of resumes will begin June 18, 2012, and continue until a suitably qualified candidate has been identified. Salary is upper $50K, commensurate with qualifications. Excellent fringe benefits package.
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