The Research Assistant reports to the Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Student Success at the District Office. The work schedule is 12 months per year; 40 hours per week; Monday – Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This position is represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 363.
Under the direction of assigned administrator, performs a wide variety of responsible research related duties to provide support for research data management and quality assurance programs. Responsibilities may include providing technical or functional direction to hourly or student assistants.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Create and maintain templates which produce reports displaying statistical data relating to college success/retention efforts.
2. Collect, compile and assemble statistical data in order to prepare a variety of statistical reports.
3. Develop charts and data into presentations.
4. Work as a team member in composing, preparing, editing and proofing office research documents, presentations, memos and correspondence prior to campus-wide or District-wide distribution.
5. Maintain calendars of department activities, meetings and various events, including scheduling in support of projects/initiatives.
6. Provide support on committees; prepare agendas, collect and distribute materials and prepare meeting notes.
7. Design spreadsheets, statistical tables, and associated graphics under direction using appropriate computer software.
8. Assist in the development of survey and research instruments, questionnaires and associated data entry formats. Program survey instrument in designated survey software, upload and manage distribution lists and initiatives.
9. Assist in analyzing research results and developing required reports.
10. Calculate statistics and implement formulas on spreadsheets as directed.
11. Discuss findings with other personnel to evaluate validity of findings.
12. Document and maintain related files and records on shared drives.
13. Screen telephone calls, incoming mail, publications, and other correspondence.
14. Respond to routine and inquiries using standardized formats, and using judgment to refer unusual or complex inquiries to supervisor.
15. Assist in the maintenance of department budget; order and maintain adequate supplies as required.
16. Perform other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
1. Statistics, statistical applications, collection and correlation of data.
2. Basic research techniques and statistical methods.
3. Current management information systems software including database, spreadsheet and graphic display.
4. Information display and presentation techniques.
5. Proper English usage, spelling, grammar, punctuation, editing, and proofreading techniques.
6. Administrative office procedures practices and modern office methods and equipment.
7. Training, planning and directing work of other employees.
Skills and Ability to:
1. Access data warehouse and run basic reports.
2. Evaluate and recommend appropriate software for special projects.
3. Set up a database for projects with a view to data’s relationship to the total project goals and the outputs required.
4. Utilize language skills to read, analyze and interpret statistical reports, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations; to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, program coordinators and the general public.
5. Utilize mathematical skills to and apply basic statistical knowledge and concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, means and standard deviations.
6. Utilize reasoning to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Read and interpret various source documents to create process flow diagrams incorporating abstract and concrete concepts.
7. Effectively communicate and interact with persons of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
8. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted during the course of work.
9. Sustain close visual and mental attention in the performance of work.