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Research Associate – Institutional Research
Clark College in Vancouver, Washington
Date Posted 08/18/2020
Admin-Institutional Research and Planning
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, exempt Research Associate. This position reports to the Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Research office and works with departments throughout the college to assess data needs, support compliance, mission fulfillment, equity, decision-making, and continuous improvement at the strategic level and across the college through data analysis and reporting. Remote work options available.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity and inclusion. We have not always gotten it right, but are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees. Our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, Core themes, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

Position Responsibilities

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proven ability to create large, complex data sets from disparate sources while managing data quality – both for statistical analysis and data management.

  • Support the creation of surveys and other research instruments, develop sampling methodology, conduct analysis, and present results

  • Create and maintain interactive interfaces for accessing data through Tableau

  • Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding, and distinguish user requests from the underlying true needs.

  • Proactively communicate and collaborate with college stakeholders to analyze data needs and functional requirements.

  • Document and communicate research findings

  • Provide relevant data to support efforts to secure additional funding, including grant development

  • Conduct the work related to external reporting and evaluation requirements and assist in the development of systems to collect pertinent information required by secured external grant funding and federal regulations, e.g., IPEDS

  • Work with college community to ensure data integrity, including consistency in coding

  • Engage in data strategy planning and governance with the goal of facilitating a culture of equity mindedness, inquiry, and data literacy across campus

  • Practice highest levels of security and ethics in managing data

  • Perform other related duties as assigned

  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field of study closely related to social science research or data analysis with at least three (3) years of experience OR Master’s Degree in social science research, data analysis or related field

  • Two years of experience with relational databases

  • Two years of experience with SQL, including coursework or Microsoft certifications

  • One year of experience with Tableau

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and reporting on data related to inequities, specifically race

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, meet deadline pressures, and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Proven ability to create large, complex data sets from disparate sources while managing data quality

  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds

Supplemental Information

Salary Statement:
$68,801 annually
Benefits include vacation/ sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.

Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application

  • Letter of application describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position

  • Current résumé

  • Unofficial copy of all transcripts/certifications uploaded with online application or delivered to the Human Resources office in person or by fax (360-992-2873).

Please apply online at www.clark.edu/jobs

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

Application Deadline:
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., September 16, 2020.

Condition of employment:
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.

The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or security.requests@clark.edu. The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be viewed here: http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/student-support/security/report.php

If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College Human Resources
August 18, 2020

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