Los Angeles Community College District

Assistant Research Analyst (#2081)

$31.15-$38.59 hourly / $5,399.67-$6,689.24 monthly / $64,796.04-$80,270.88 annual


Definition

Conducts a variety of professional-level research and technical studies of moderate complexity related to educational programs, planning, or development.

Typical Duties

Conducts a variety of professional-level research and technical studies of moderate complexity related but not limited to curricula, enrollment, retention, matriculation, weekly contact hours, staffing patterns, student and faculty characteristics, program vitality and evaluation, community characteristics, student achievement, student learning outcomes, and accreditation.

Collects, evaluates, tabulates, and computes data for technical reports and research studies and maintains records.

Assists in determining appropriate research plan design on research projects.

Researches and identifies sources of data for assigned projects.

Effectively utilizes the capabilities and functions of standard and specialized office software applications such as data management, spreadsheet, presentation, word processing, graphics, and communications in completing assigned projects.

Uses interactive data management and statistical programs such as SPSS, SASS, or other applications used in social science research.

Writes instructions, procedures, guides, and manuals involving administrative and operational activities of the research unit.

Assists in the design of forms, survey documents, questionnaires, and instructions.

Assists in the organization, coordination, and tracking completion of planning, accreditation, and program review functions.

Assists with the coordination of faculty, staff, and administration on various aspects of planning, accreditation, and program review functions and processes.

Gathers, compiles, verifies, analyzes, and correlates information and presents data in graphic, pictorial, tabular, written, and oral forms.

Prepares reports, presentations, and other communications containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content.

Responds to requests for information from District and college staff, public jurisdictions, and outside researchers.

Prepares routine state applications and reports.

Confers with District and college staff regarding assigned projects and may make recommendations based on findings.

Receives training from higher-level researchers in the use of advanced research techniques and methods.

May provide work direction to technical and clerical staff.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Assistant Research Analyst conducts professional-level research studies of moderate complexity related to District educational programs, planning, and development that are characterized by clear and specific objectives in accordance with conventional research techniques and methodology. Employees are continuing to learn skills in preparation for promotion but are expected to work without continuous review and supervision.

A Research Analyst applies thorough knowledge and skill in research methodology and analysis in independently performing all phases of complex journey-level research studies including problem definition, study design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of findings.

A Senior Research Analyst applies an advanced knowledge of research concepts, methodologies, and processes in conducting difficult and complex institutional research studies and in the development and maintenance of research information systems and supervises the activities of a small research unit.

Supervision

Immediate supervision is received from an academic or classified supervisor. Functional supervision may be received from higher-level Research Analysts. Work direction may be exercised over assigned technical and clerical staff.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Research design and methodology

Statistical methods and their application 

Survey research techniques and methodology

Techniques of data collection and analysis

Methods of statistical analysis and presentation

Programs, policies, and goals of the District

Capabilities of computer systems, software, and hardware used in a research unit

Computer software such as word-processing, spreadsheet, database management, and desktop publishing

Recordkeeping procedures

Skill in:

The use of computer hardware and software commonly used in research work

Using interactive programming languages such as SPSS and SASS

Ability to:

Gather, compile, and analyze data, make thorough analyses, and arrive at sound conclusions

Apply research techniques and methodology to assigned projects

Interpret and apply pertinent laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures

Effectively utilize computer equipment, software, and management information systems in the performance of duties

Apply statistical methods of analysis and prediction

Make sound judgments and draw sound conclusions

Prepare and present reports in tabular, written, graphic, and oral form

Make routine presentations in a group setting

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

Plan and organize work to meet deadlines

Work effectively and cooperatively with District staff and representatives of public and private agencies

Learn specialized software applications such as SPSS or SAS for use in writing computer programs and syntax

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A.  A doctoral degree from a recognized college or university, preferably with a specialization in social science research, economics, education, business administration, public administration, organizational analysis, or other research-oriented specialization.

OR

B. A master's degree from a recognized college or university with a major in social science research, economics, education, business administration, public administration, organizational analysis, information science, or other research-oriented specialization.

OR

C. A bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university preferably with a major in social science research, economics, education, business administration, public administration, organizational analysis, information science, or other research-oriented specialization AND one year of full-time, paid, professional-level experience in a research, analytical, or institutional planning position.


Special:

A valid Class "C" California driver's license may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.

 


CLASS: 2081; EST: ; REV: 1/9/2019;