Research Analyst Senior

Orange Coast College
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 01, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


This position is open to internal Coast Community College District (CCCD) employees to apply. Permanent, current temporary, and current professional experts employees are eligible to apply. External candidates, part-time faculty, and student assistants are not eligible to apply. If you are not a current employee with CCCD, please do not apply at this time.

About Oran g e Coast Colle g e ( OCC )
Orange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation's largest -- and finest -- community colleges. OCC has an unwavering commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and rich racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 18,705 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 34% of OCC's students are Latinx, 2% are African- American, 25% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 30% are White, and 5% are multiracial. OCC engages in a variety of professional development opportunities and partnerships so that we can serve disproportionately impacted groups. Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four-year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).

Orange Coast College Employee Demographic Information:
OCC Employee Demographics

Organizes, designs, and leads comprehensive research processes, program sequences, and studies. Designs and conducts tests, advanced analysis, and validation from various unique sources, and other sequenced research steps using accepted-to-novel study designs and testing/research methodologies. Organizes and coordinates tests of research work and data provided by peers, verifies significance and quality of data, and prepares validation reports.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Senior Research Analyst is the third professional level in a career path for education data collection, research, and test validation. Research Associates begin the career path and will learn and apply clearly defined program and research design procedures, conduct surveys, design data structures, and analyze statistical information. Research Analyst requires at least two years of experience at the equivalent to an Associate, expanded knowledge of project and study design, research procedures, the ability to design and coordinate program steps to meet standards and outcomes, ability to perform difficult academic assessments using statistical inferences and research literature prepared by others, and coordinate preparation of data-driven reports. The Senior Research Analyst requires a master's degree, three years of experience at the equivalent to an Analyst, and an expanded ability to perform program or study design, and used advanced research, statistical, and survey methods and procedures. Senior Research Analysts are capable of, and will generally administer research or data management projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:
  • The Senior Research Analyst develops and applies best practices in leadership of program design, data management, statistical analysis, research, test validation, and survey environments.
  • Coordinates, conducts, and participates in education research studies in support of institutional effectiveness and decision making. Research studies include but not limited to student achievement, outcomes, demographics, and institutional characteristics.
  • Participates in, and may coordinate, viability studies for programs and outcomes grants and other funding. Researches funding and resource availability. Participates in developing strategies and proposals to access funding for programs and initiatives.
  • Creates study and evaluation designs to measure project outcomes to established goals and hypotheses. Sets up tests of predetermined design to analyze research results and data performed and documented by others. Sequences the steps for setting up tests of academic and demographic facts.
  • Designs and develops data collection tools and measurement instruments and procedures including tests, surveys, rating scales, observation recordings, and structured interview worksheets. Trains and provides technical support to faculty, staff, and management on data collection, recording methods, and measurements of outcomes.
  • Designs and develops custom, integrated spreadsheet and database templates for inputting, accumulating, formatting, and organizing program data. Develops web-based portals to enter, edit, and transmit information.
  • Oversees and prepares data analysis, merging and transforming files and data, and identification of outliers for further study. Performs routine statistical tests as required for the assigned project, program, or study, and answer questions.
  • Performs quality assurance of research and empirical data such as its source, sampling techniques, format, and accuracy of data transmittal. Conducts statistical inquiry and may develop research investigative procedures.
  • Writes research reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content. Describes, organizes, analyzes, and presents academic assessment data and evaluations using descriptive inferential statistics and deductive and inductive reasoning.
  • Conducts research of best and evident-based practices used in education and related industries. Researches and analyzes external report findings, trends in education, community characteristics, and translates implications to current work.
  • Recommends strategies or proposals for grant development, and composes proposed program/project objectives, work plans, cost-of-service, and measurable outcomes.
  • Initiates and coordinates surveys to gather academic, demographic, and other institutional information for use in analytics for both the District and its Colleges. Participates in preparing survey summaries and other documentation.
  • Sets up 'evaluation' routines to assess the work-in-progress and outcomes of other programs and projects. Prepares and reviews reports with project leaders.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships/working relationships with District and campus personnel.
  • Using established enterprise reporting tools, develop queries for data extraction, reporting, and analysis, with an emphasis on automatization. May include identification of data structures and sources, validation of data, and/or original programming using SQL or other programming languages.
  • Provides data for compliance reporting to state and federal agencies, with an emphasis on developing consistent and compliant reporting procedures.
  • Develops and/or facilitates the design of assessment tools and measures for program assessment and review, including assessment of student learning.
  • Provides support to the college's strategic and operational planning processes, including training, process management, and evaluation, and assisting departments with the development of strategies and goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

Qualifications and Physical Demands


Knowledge and Skills
The position requires professional specialization in the theories, principles, and practices associated with academic and demographic research planning, design, methodologies, and study/program evaluation. The position requires specialized knowledge of data gathering, analysis, and descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in educational research. Requires in-depth knowledge of data structures and relationships to support data entry, retrieval, and conversion techniques. Requires working knowledge of the structures used and methods for preparing research reports. Requires knowledge of the educational environment, of vertical subject matter articulation, evidence-based curriculum, and blended instruction practices. Requires advanced skills using office productivity applications such as spreadsheets, statistical and simulation applications, and presentation graphics. Requires sufficient language and writing skill to read, and understand professional literature, research, and research instructions. Requires well-developed math skills to conduct tests and analyze statistical data using descriptive and inferential methods. Requires sufficient human relations skills to convey technical concepts and consult with internal contacts for purposes of conducting interviews, facilitating focus groups, and for testing, conversion of data, and problem-solving.

Requires the ability to perform the functions of the position, including planning, researching, testing, and reporting. Requires the ability to define a problem, develop hypotheses, sequence and adapt the study process, and conduct a complex array of tests. Requires the ability to analyze and interpret analyze and interpret academic, demographic, and environmental data and statistical methods and conclusions. Requires the ability to use the computers, operating systems, peripherals, and other equipment used by the District and education oversight agencies for information querying, retrieval, storage, analysis, and processing. Requires the ability to direct the work or actively lead and provide technical guidance to other Associates and educators. Requires the ability to work collaboratively, follow logical progressions of research, testing, and reporting and to think logically, creatively, and in abstract terms. Requires the ability to employ critical thinking and evaluation techniques when testing the significance of research-oriented data. Requires the ability to analyze and solve technical problems under time pressure. Requires the ability to read, interpret and apply complex technical information. Requires the ability to work collaboratively within and among internal and external programs, projects, and study teams. Requires the ability to plan and organize work to meet timelines and to prepare clear and comprehensive reports expected of this level.

Education and Experience
The position requires a Master's Degree in education or a research-oriented discipline such as math, psychology, education, data science, or equivalent discipline and three years of experience in a novel research or data management environment. Or, any combination of education and experience which would provide the required qualifications for this position.

Licenses and Certificates
May require a valid driver's license.

Physical Abilities
Requires the ability to function indoors in an office environment engaged in work of a sedentary nature. Requires the ability to perform repetitive data entry and transfer for intermittent periods of time. Requires the ability to retrieve work materials within reach. Requires the near visual acuity to write and to read written materials and data appearing on computer screens. Requires arm-hand-finger dexterity to use a keyboard and pointing device for operating a computer. Requires the ability to use hearing and speech for personal and telephone conversations, hear sound prompts from equipment, and to facilitate discussions with small groups of team members.

Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.

Conditions of Employment

This position is open to internal Coast Community College District (CCCD) employees to apply. Permanent, current temporary, and current professional experts employees are eligible to apply. External candidates, part-time faculty, and student assistants are not eligible to apply. If you are not a current employee with CCCD, please do not apply at this time.

This is an IN-HOUSE ONLY - temporary, categorically-funded, full-time, 12-months per year classified position. The District reserves the right to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based upon available funds. The normal hours of work will be Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with the flexibility to occasionally work extended hours and/or weekends, if necessary, to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor. (Salary Range EE-123)

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment. The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910 ) The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

The deadline to apply is March 5, 2021. Application materials must be electronically submitted online at htt p :// p lo yment . Incomplete applications and application materials submitted by mail will not be considered.

Additional Information

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS . Electronic applications may be completed by visiting http :// Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.

All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

Application Requirements:
To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes:
  • A complete online Classified/Management Employment Application .
  • A current resume . (Attached as a separate document.)
  • A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position. (Attached as a separate document.)
  • Answers to Supplemental Questions . (clear and detailed responses required as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, or put 'see resume' or 'N/A', or leave blank).

To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.

Any documents that you are unable to attach can be emailed to j . Emails must clearly indicate the job you are applying to and your name.

Disability Accommodations:
If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4716 OR (714) 438-4713.

The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline
Community College , Golden West College , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offer programs in a transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services, and student support services. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.
Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

Coast Community College District Title IX:

This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.

Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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