Research & Assessment Analyst - Department of Resident Life

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 119986
Title: Research Analyst
Functional Title: Research & Assessment Analyst - Department of Resident Life
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.0
Unit: VPSA-RL-Director Salary/L&A
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Research and Assessment Analyst works collaboratively with the Director for Research and Assessment in planning and implementing research and assessment projects for the Department of Resident Life and the Division of Student Affairs. A successful candidate will need to perform two primary functions: (1) the technical and administrative skills needed to conduct projects and (2) the interpersonal skills needed to train and engage staff in practical implications of assessment. This position participates in each phase of the research/assessment process from project development to presentation of results. Typical projects include assessment of student learning outcomes; surveys to measure satisfaction, program and staff evaluation; and special projects related to department or division goals.

• Develop quantitative and qualitative data collection methods, e.g., web-based and pencil/paper questionnaires and focus groups.
• Ensure ethical practices and rigorous assessment standards are maintained for projects, and when appropriate submit applications to the Internal Review Board (IRB).
• Coordinate and manage projects, train staff, track and respond to project issues, and oversee data collection procedures.
• Perform data management responsibilities including manipulation of datasets using Excel and Access, preparation of datasets for data analysis, and analyzing data using SPSS.
• Engage staff in writing and assessing student learning outcomes, with the goal to enhance student learning and improve practice.
• Produce reports and presentations tailored for a variety of audiences.
• Supervise and train undergraduate staff in assessment procedures, analysis, and reporting.
• Serve as an assessment consultant or represent the department on campus committees.
• Assist the Director for R&A in other tasks as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor and Master’s degree (or doctoral student who is ABD) from an accredited institution required, preferably in student affairs, higher education, social sciences, statistics, or related field. Completion of a master’s research thesis (or comparable research project) or Ph.D. preferred.
• Requires at least one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience, preferably in educational assessment/research, institutional research, applied statistics, social sciences or related field required in an educational setting. Experience and knowledge of student affairs or higher education is strongly desired. Related experience in government or industry is acceptable.
• Skill set must include experience with assessment, including survey design, analysis, and reporting; general knowledge of statistical methods; and competence with Microsoft Office, especially Excel. Prefer candidate has competence with statistical methods, data management, and data analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS or other statistical package). Experience using syntax-based analyses and Access database management would be beneficial.
• Familiarity with online survey generation and reporting platforms, including Campus Labs, Qualtrics and Tableau, is highly desired.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills required. Experience producing assessment reports and presentations for non-technical audiences preferred.
• Experience with writing and assessing student learning outcomes, especially using direct methods of assessment would be useful. Also beneficial is an understanding of techniques and strategies for program level assessment, and a willingness to learn new techniques and strategies.
• Must have demonstrated experience working with teams and in group settings. Solid organizational and project management skills, as well as attention to detail are major assets in this position. Must be able to work independently and manage several projects at once, keep projects moving forward, and take the initiative to fulfill job duties beyond a basic understanding of individual tasks. Administration experience successfully coordinating team projects with others whom one does not supervise would be useful.
• US Citizenship or Permanent Residency required.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Posting Date: 04/10/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 04/28/2017
Physical Demands

Evening and weekend work on a variable basis is required. Light lifting and movement around campus required to attend to duties.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this position?
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  2. * Do you have a Master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, statistics, or a social-behavioral field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Have you completed a thesis, dissertation or comparable research project?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have one year of experience working in educational assessment/research, institutional research, or applied statistics within a social-behavioral field?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have experience working with Tableau?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have experience working with Qualtrics?
    • Yes
    • No