Assistant Research Analyst

Recruitment #18-2081-001


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

Typical Duties

Performs a variety of professional-level administrative staff duties 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.

Assists in determining appropriate research plan design on research projects.

Researches and identifies sources of data for assigned projects.

Fully 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, 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, tabular, written, and oral forms.

Prepares reports, presentations, and correspondence 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 oversee maintenance of records.

May provide work direction to clerical staff.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

An Assistant Research Analyst performs professional-level research assignments 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. Assignments are selected to enhance the employee's skills and professional development in preparation for promotion to higher-level research positions.


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.



Immediate supervision is received from an academic or classified supervisor. Functional supervision may be received from higher-level Research Analysts. Work direction may be provided to 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

Programs, policies, and goals of the District


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


Principles of recordkeeping


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


Apply research techniques and methodology to assigned projects 


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


Make sound judgments and draw sound conclusions


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


Write and orally express thoughts clearly, logically, and effectively


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.


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.


C. Graduation from a recognized four-year 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.


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.


  • Medical and dental insurance and vision care plans are provided for employees and their dependents.
  • A $50,000 life insurance policy is provided free of charge for each employee.
  • New employees receive 12 full-pay days and 88 half-pay days of illness leave.
  • At least 15 paid holidays per year.
  • Vacation days accrue annually beginning at 10 days and increasing incrementally to 24 days depending on years of service with the District. Vacation days for management and confidential positions begin at 15, 20, or 24 days.
  • Other paid time off includes: bereavement leave, personal necessity leave, court subpoena, and jury duty.
  • Employees become members of the Public Employees Retirement System. Employees are also covered by Social Security.
  • Employee Assistance Program

Selection Process

The examination process may consist of one or more parts which may include a training and experience evaluation, written test, performance test and/or oral interview.

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.


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