Position will be responsible for analyzing higher education policy issues; translating data into usable information in support of
decision-making and problem-solving, providing leadership and support to University System of Georgia and Regent's System Office committees;
and conducting and reporting research on the University System of Georgia.
The Research Associate will be responsible for analyzing higher education policy issues; translating data into usable information in support of decision-making and problem-solving; providing leadership and support to University System of Georgia and Regents' System Office committees; and conducting and reporting research on the University System of Georgia. This position will also work with others to implement USG policy initiatives; advise and assist USG institutions, the Board of Regents, the System Office, and the public with questions and problems pertaining to research, as well as student, faculty, and curriculum data. The Office of Research and Policy Analysis (RPA) values critical thinking and problem-solving skills, a commitment to data transparency, a service-oriented approach to responding to data requests, and attention to detail. The selected candidate will also represent the Office of Research and Policy Analysis (RPA), the System Office and the University System at state, regional and national meetings and events.
As part of the background check process, this position WILL require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check as a condition of employment. See https://web.kennesaw.edu/hr/sites/web.kennesaw.edu.hr/files/Credit_check_criteria.pdf for specific policy guidelines.
Master's degree with substantial experience in research methods and statistical analysis of education, social science or economic data; a minimum of three years of experience in higher education policy, research, and/or analysis, helping formulate a research and/or policy agenda, and managing the analysis of data to support institutional, system, or state policy analysis or planning.
Five plus years of research experience;
Ability to extract data from large databases using SQL;
Experience with GIS mapping;
Experience with Ellucian (Banner);
Experience with survey administration tools; and/or
Present studies at professional conference and publish findings.
Skills and attributes:
Must possess strong skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods, evaluation methods, and data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics, including the use of statistical software (such as SPSS, SAS, or STATA). In addition, the incumbent should have strong written and oral communication skills. The candidate should have demonstrated effectiveness in working on teams, both as leader and member, and experience in managing complex projects.
Ability to synthesize existing research and conduct original research;
Ability to conduct research projects and studies including research design, data collection, sampling, statistical analysis, and writing results;
Responsible for all aspects of research projects including study design, data collection, data management, data analysis, and interpretation of results;
Able to work independently as well as be a part of a team/collaborate with other researchers;
Keen eye for detecting data discrepancies;
Ability to analyze, interpret, and report data and communicate complex ideas and researcher findings clearly and concisely;
Demonstrated ability/proficiency in the use of statistical software (e.g., SPSS) and other software (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, SharePoint, etc.);
Demonstrated understanding of relational databases and data warehouses;
Able to handle confidential materials professionally and with discretion;
Experience using national databases e.g., census data or IPEDS;
Experience working in a higher education setting;
Knowledge of FERPA and ethical uses of data;
Excellent analytical reasoning, problem solving, and written/verbal communication skills;
Excellent organizational skills including the ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines;
Demonstrated ability to learn new software and continually acquire new competencies; and
Able to manage multiple concurrent projects, establish plans, manage conflicting priorities, and meet deadlines.