County of Alameda

Research Analyst,Alameda County Children and Families Commission (#5027)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Children/Family Comm (067)
$32.81-$43.93 Hourly / $2,624.80-$3,514.40 BiWeekly /
$5,687.07-$7,614.53 Monthly / $68,244.80-$91,374.40 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under general direction, to plan, design and conduct best practices, outcomes and policy research; to perform a variety of programmatic, operational and policy analysis activities; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

Positions in this class are located at Alameda County Children and Families Commission and report to the Evaluation Manager, ACCFC. Research Specialist provide support and work in consultation with the Evaluation Manager and program staff to perform high level research and programmatic, operational and policy analysis. This class is distinguished from the next lower class of Administrative Services Assistant, A.C.C.F.C., in that the focus of the Research Specialist class is on best practices and policy research, rather than the provision of ongoing administrative services. This class is further distinguished from the next higher class of Evaluation Manager in that the latter class directly supervises the work of a Research Specialist and serves as the principal assistant to the Evaluation and Technology Director in the formulation and evaluation of policies and procedures related to the Children and Families Commission evaluation strategic plan.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Performs analytical studies defines and clarifies problem areas; identifies data sources and data analysis methodology.

2. Assembles required data; ensures quality of data entry; researches files and literature, surveys other organizations and documents findings.

3. Collects and analyzes information; utilizes computer based and statistical techniques as deemed appropriate; evaluates alternative problem solutions.

4. Prepares narrative and/or statistical reports, including implementation strategies; makes presentations to management or the Board of Supervisors as required.

5. Researches policies, procedures and other written documentation to perform a variety of programmatic, operational and policy analysis.

6. Represents the agency or department and serves as liaison with other County departments and agencies.

7. Assists with and/or performs specific administrative services such as writing grant applications and specifications for proposal, and designing computerized systems and databases.

8. Operates a variety of standard office equipment including a word processor and/or computer; may drive a County or personal vehicle to attend meetings.

9. Researches best practices in assigned program area.

10. Develops and maintains ACCFC research library.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education:

Possession of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the areas of social welfare, business administration, public health administration or related field.

AND

Experience:

The equivalent of three years of full-time professional level experience in independently performing complex research.

(Possession of a Master’s degree in the areas of social welfare, business administration public health administration or related field from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of professional level experience.)

Licenses:

Specified positions may require possession of a valid California driver's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of operational, policy and programmatic research and analysis.
• Programs and service delivery in the area to which assigned.
• Practices and techniques of administrative and statistical analysis and report preparation.
• Computer applications and hardware and software related to the work.
• Office administrative practices and procedures, including records management and the operation of standard office equipment.

Ability to:

• Plan, design and conduct sophisticated programmatic studies and analyses.
• Research, compile and summarize varied information, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
• Prepare clear and accurate reports, correspondence, procedures, policies and other written materials.
• Represent ACCFC in meetings with other County departments and agencies.
• Organize and prioritize work and meet critical deadlines.
• Exercise sound independent judgment within established policies and guidelines.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
BG:pf 6/26/01
Newspec: 5027.doc
Csc date: 8/15/01
DRH:pf Rev. 7/30/02
CSC Date: 11/20/02

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.