Research Technician II
CSU CLASSIFICATION SALARY RANGE:
- Offer amount will be commensurate with candidate's experience,
education, skills, and training.
Up to $3,500 may
CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit
package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical
plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement
participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation
days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays
per year and more! See our benefits
for additional information.
CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:
Open to all
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANT:
FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION
, applications must be
received by November 23, 2022; however, the position will remain
open until filled.
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The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment
(IRPA) provides information and data analysis in support of
budgeting, operations, planning, and policy determinations at
California State University, Bakersfield. This office maintains
databases of historical and current facts about the University
including applications, enrollments, degrees granted, demographics,
test scores, grades, courses, and outcomes. It conducts surveys of
students and faculty for the assessment of programs and services
and provides feedback for quality improvement. Planning staff also
provide consultation to other campus units in conducting
assessments of their programs and technical support in data
analysis and reporting
The Research Analyst, under the general supervision of the
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and
Assessment, is responsible for collaborating with senior staff at
IRPA for institutional data analysis, data quality, survey
administration, and data visualization. The incumbent will
undertake quantitative analysis of various institutional data
related to enrollment and student success, execute research
studies, interpret the data, and effectively disseminate the
findings with university constituents in such a way that they will
be useful for decision-making and institutional improvement. The
incumbent will participate in data quality assurance and data
integrity checking; create meaningful interpretations and
presentation of research findings for reports; and support the AVP
for organizing workflow system.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Data Validation Procedures
Prepare, implement, and communicate data validation
Perform a variety of duties related to ensuring data integrity
including data cleaning, documentation, audits, and quality control
Review data submissions for completeness and accuracy.
Develop and manage edit checks for supporting data
Identify gaps and interpret, summarize, and communicate
findings to improve data quality.
Analyze large complex datasets; interpret and summarize study
Develop reports and other methods to present information that
highlight primary metrics and findings.
Perform statistical procedures related to sampling, correlation
analysis, projections and other quantitative/qualitative measures
applied in institutional research.
Respond to and evaluate ad hoc requests for data, research
projects and studies.
Visualization Solutions Development
Gather, compile, analyze research data, and present data using
visualization tools to guide data-informed decisions.
Create and maintain data visualizations that thoughtfully
convey key research insights and provide an interactive opportunity
for public engagement.
Convert mockups into functional data visualizations.
Provide support for end users of Tableau Server.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE –
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university and
two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in technical
research or statistical work in the collection, compilation, and
analysis of data. Additional experience which has demonstrated that
the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledges
and abilities delineated above may be substituted for the required
education on a year-to-year basis. Graduate study in the social
sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business
administration, or engineering may be substituted for the required
experience on a year-for-year basis.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES (SKA's) –
- Regular and reliable attendance is required.
- General to advanced database utilization skills (e.g.,
querying, extraction, manipulation)
- Ability to provide evidence of psychometric soundness of
- Ability to apply and utilize various statistical and research
methods including modern machine learning tools
- Comfortable with building models and scenarios using multiple
- Ability to draw conclusions from visual exploration and
analysis of the data collected using reporting and data
visualization tools (Tableau, ArcGIS, COGNOS, etc.)
- Ability to work independently with a high degree of personal
- Ability to work under a fast-paced environment with day-to-day
changes and handle multiple priorities and projects.
- Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion, and
initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough and,
at times, creative solutions.
- Thorough knowledge of research techniques, including the
planning of studies and investigations, determining variables,
developing bibliographical and other sources of data, and
preparation of research reports.
- General knowledge of statistical principles and procedures,
including methods of collecting statistical data, simple
correlation methods, time series analyses, analysis of frequency
series, sampling techniques, and construction of index
- General knowledge of sources of information on social,
economic, and population trends in California.
- Ability to prepare questionnaires and other survey
- Ability to gather, compile, and analyze research data, and to
present data in tabular, graphic, and pictorial form,
- Ability to prepare and work clear and comprehensive
- Capacity for independent and creative thinking and writing on
research and statistical problems.
- Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high
level of diplomacy and professionalism.
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad
range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with
diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts
- Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and
teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work
atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and
maintain effective working relationships within a diverse
population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
- Excellent communication skills: ability to effectively
communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both
verbally and in writing.
- Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and
- Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the
ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments
with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
- Excellent computer skills and competence with a variety of
computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets,
databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring
- Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University
infrastructure, policies, and procedures.
- Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site
for occasional professional development.
- Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust
working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically
to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: SEDENTARY WORK
- Bachelor's Degree in a related field (social science,
education, business, or computer science) with a concentration in
quantitative research methods, statistics, and data analysis.
- Master's degree in a related field.
- Experience in Institutional Research, academic assessment
and/or institutional research theory and practice at the higher
- Experience with data terminology, data analytic strategies and
- Experience in writing SAS, SPSS syntax to produce analyses, or
experience in manipulating large datasets, SQL, and data
- Experience with Python, SQL.
– involves mainly sitting; minimal walking and standing; lifting
light weight objects limited to 15 pounds.
Only those applicants possessing
experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the
office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal
Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and
interest in the position.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES UNION:
shall be the policy of the CSU in filling vacant CSUEU bargaining
Units 2, 5, 7 & 9 positions to fill such vacancies from among
qualified individuals currently employed on-campus except when it
is determined that it is necessary to appoint outside applicants to
meet campus workforce diversity goals or to provide specialized
skills and abilities that are not available from current
Satisfactory completion of a
background check (including a criminal records check) is required
for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment,
which may be rescinded if the background check reveals
disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the
candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to
satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the
continued employment of a current CSU employee who was
conditionally offered the position.
Sensitive positions are
designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of
individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to
children, concerns for the safety and security of the people,
animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the
CSU or individuals in the university community.
MANDATED REPORTER: Not
It is the policy of
California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States
citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United
States. All new employees will be required to present documentation
verifying their right to accept employment. You will also be
requested to present a social security card at the time of initial
appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations. State
regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of
Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State
employment, except legally employed non-citizens. These individuals
are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.
California State University,
Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity.
Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age,
color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic
information, marital status, disability or covered veteran