Research Associate

Maryland, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Howard Community College (HCC) is an exciting place to work, learn, and grow! HCC has been awarded the distinction as a "Great College to Work for" since 2009 from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Howard Community College values diversity among its faculty, staff and student population. We are an innovative institution that is committed to responding to the ever-changing needs and interests of a diverse and dynamic community. No matter where you want to go in your career, you can get there from here!

Howard Community College is actively recruiting for a Research Associate to join the Planning, Research & Organizational Development (PROD) department to work onsite at their Columbia, MD campus. This role will work with the executive director and assistant director to conduct research activities, including designing research studies and surveys for use within the college or in cooperation with community or county government groups.

Work Performed:

  • Collaborate with faculty, administrators, staff, and college teams to design, execute, analyze, and interpret a variety of outcome measures and trend data.
  • Perform statistical analyses, and conduct data searches in response to internal and external requests.
  • Use appropriate statistical techniques on both large-scale databases, and small data sets to accomplish the research or assessment objectives.
  • Responsible for producing written reports, charts, tables, graphs, and oral presentations that synthesize the assessment findings.


  • Master's degree is required in statistics, mathematics, computer applications, business, social sciences or related field requiring coursework in quantitative analysis.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in institutional research, outcomes assessment research, and /or applied statistical research is required.
  • Awareness and understanding of the institutional effectiveness and learning outcomes assessment focus in higher education.
  • Awareness and understanding of the role of environmental scanning in strategic planning, and the types of data and informational resources that can be used in an environmental scan to support the planning process.
  • Experience and proficiency with statistics, quantitative data analysis including multivariate techniques, and forecasting methods, such as those used in enrollment projection modeling.
  • Proven competency in the technical aspects of general and survey research, including research purpose and design, statistical and research methods, data collection and/or extraction, and data analyses and evaluation.
  • Recent experience using SPSS, STATA or SAS and other computer software applications to support research and assessment.
  • Must be experienced with Microsoft Office Suite products especially Excel.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality, communicate the importance of privacy and confidentiality to clients, attend to detail and maintain accuracy in working with complex statistical information, understand policies regarding confidentiality (e.g., FERPA), and to understand the policy implications of that information.
  • Knowledge of human research protections and guidelines as related to educational research.
  • Evidence of an awareness and understanding of the national trends in educational excellence criteria, and inter-institutional benchmarking initiatives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, efficient, personable, and collegial working relationships with diverse faculty and staff members.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, and graphical communication skills.
  • Demonstrated team building, team management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Regular attendance is a requirement of this job.
  • Performs all duties while considering the impact of any actions on the college's sustainability initiatives in the areas of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity.

Additional Information:

Hours Per Week: 37.5
Work Schedule: M-F 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Compensation: $56,295 plus excellent medical, tuition reimbursement and paid leave
Grade: 13
FLSA Status: Exempt
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration: By July 31, 2021

*Pre-employment criminal background investigation is a condition of employment.

As a participating member of the Maryland Retirement and Pension System, HCC offers two retirement options: The Pension, which requires a 7% employee contribution and The ORP, a 403(b) with a 7.25% employer contribution only. Employees in positions that do not require a bachelor's degree must participate in The Pension. Employees that possess a bachelor's degree and hold professional positions that require a bachelor's degree may choose to participate in either The Pension or The ORP.

Howard Community College (HCC) is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action employer & values diversity within its faculty, staff & student population. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

HCC understands that persons with specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance with the job application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 443-518-1100.

Application Instructions:

HCC is interested in all qualified applicants who are eligible to work in the United States. However, HCC will generally not sponsor applicants for work visas. Due to our telework policy, only employees living in states contiguous to Maryland are eligible for telework and include Virginia, West Virginia, Washington DC, Pennsylvania. Candidates must live in the commutable area or willing to relocate at their own expense if offered the position because HCC does not offer relocation benefits.

Please submit the following:

  • Completed Application (Candidates will be evaluated on completing the college's application in full)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing sample (published work or presentation) (optional)


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