Assistant Director for Research

Washington, United States
$68,000.00 - $78,000.00
Jul 06, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About the Position
Under the direction of the Director of Research, the assistant director conducts research related to higher education and labor market trends in Washington State and the national context.

Essential Functions 
Program Evaluation

  • Conduct program evaluation to help WSAC program divisions determine whether programs are meeting objectives and having an intended impact on students in Washington
  • Produce analysis to improve program effectiveness, and/or inform decisions about future programming
  • Conduct surveys, including the development of instrument, deployment, and analysis of results
  • Write grant proposals to acquire funding for program evaluation work
  • Policy Research

    • Propose and conduct research to inform policy and drive program outcomes
    • Analyze changes/trends in higher education, workforce, economic, census, and/or fiscal data
    • Use internal and external databases and develop other information resources to collect, manage, and analyze data as needed to support the work of the agency
    • Support the agency’s Roadmap and corresponding Strategic Action Plan work by developing policy/research questions, performing research activities that are descriptive, analytical, or dealing with causal processes, and synthesize research findings to produce evidence or shape education policies
    • Support/perform research activities and other ad hoc analyses directed by division's Director

    Data Program Insights 

    • Provide research expertise to inform WSAC program divisions' work to improve their programs and the outcomes of the students they serve
    • Use program data to gain new insights about the students they serve and help program leads refine and target their services
    • Work with a team of researchers to use data science/modeling to produce actionable insights
    • Assist with appropriate state-level planning and accountability measure tracking and reporting

    Data Management, Privacy, and Security  

    • Conduct data analysis in response to internal and external data requests
    • Develop and document processes and procedures to ensure the availability of credible data and an efficient data sharing process 
    • Collaborate with IT and program divisions to ensure that data reports and findings are checked for accuracy and integrity of the information

    About the Research Division 
    The Research Division provides information and analyses that guide the Washington Student Achievement Council's efforts to advance higher education attainment in the state. The Research Division is committed to creating a workplace where all researchers thrive personally and professionally. This includes continued professional development and training, opportunities to collaborate and learn from leading national research organizations, and opportunities to be part of innovative research projects.

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