The Pitzer College Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IR&A) seeks a professional with applied research experience for the position of Research Analyst. The IR&A office supports the mission of the College and the Pitzer Community by providing timely, accurate information and thoughtful analyses in support of planning, decision-making, policy formation, program reviews, and reporting of institutional data. The staff approach their work with high standards for professionalism, ethics, rigorous methods, and customer service. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience working with large complex datasets, a passion for research, strong communication skills, and an appreciation for working in a collaborative, highly-productive, fast-paced, small team environment.
PITZER COLLEGE is a top-ranked liberal arts institution and member of the prestigious consortium of The Claremont Colleges. With a student body of approximately 1,000 co-educational undergraduates, Pitzer’s core values include social responsibility, intercultural understanding, interdisciplinary learning, student engagement and environmental sustainability. The College ranks eighth in the country for most engaged students in community service, fifth for the most undergraduate students studying abroad, and number one for six straight years in the most Fulbrights awarded to students.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Please note this is a summary of the main functions for the position; for a detailed description please visit our recruitment site at the web address listed below.
1. Assist with reaffirmation of accreditation activities by coordinating the collection, evaluation, and timely dissemination of data with academic, student affairs, and administrative offices. 2. Develop database-driven tracking systems to analyze and report information related to campus compliance of federal, state, and accreditation policies and timelines. 3. Collaborate with offices throughout the campus to design a data collection schedule and report templates. 4. Develop, administer, and analyze surveys, and other instruments, related to assessing and evaluating institutional efficiency and effectiveness in executing the College’s mission. 5. Coordinate the construction and archiving of data files in order to analyze ad hoc and/or longitudinal data. 6. Develop templates and various reports to summarize data findings. 7. Coordinate the production of executive summaries and reports for a wide array of audiences. 8. Contribute to the development and production of various annual reports for internal and external stakeholders. 9. Assist in maintaining the College’s compliance with Higher Education Act reporting requirements. 10. Provide guidance and technical support to collaborators to apply appropriate research methods to assess and evaluate the College’s programs and services. 11. Attend meetings and participate in committees to support evidence-informed decision-making. 12. Develop recommendations for process and policy enhancements to support interoffice collaboration related to data collection, management, and reporting. 13. Perform various administrative duties to provide general support for the office.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
1. Work with large complex datasets, including importing/exporting from various sources, merging and cleaning data files, maintaining historical records, and inferring data relationships. 2. Analyze data using statistical techniques and software (e.g., SPSS, STATA, and SAS). 3. Write in English with attention to spelling, grammar, accuracy and the needs of the target audience; present numerical data effectively; articulate a compelling message; and use various mediums of communication effectively (e.g. emails, memos, social media). Speak English clearly, persuasively and cordially with individuals from multiple constituencies within the institution in a diverse and socially aware environment. 4. Report data and research in a meaningful and accessible format for a wide variety of audiences. 5. Conduct research in a higher education setting. 6. Manage a workflow that includes multiple collaborators, projects and deadlines. 7. Produce accurate, professional quality work with minimal supervision. 8. Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to work with a wide variety of individuals including faculty, staff and students. 9. Handle confidential data effectively; operate with integrity, discretion, and professionalism.
Education: A bachelor’s degree is required (a master’s degree is preferred) in the social sciences, statistics, higher education, and/or related disciplines.
Experience: Must have at least two to three years of experience working in assessment, program evaluation, and/or quantitative and qualitative research methods, including: data analysis using statistical techniques and software; reporting data and research in a meaningful and digestible format, and; conducting research in a higher education setting.
Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time and operate a computer for prolonged periods of time. Ability to assist with the set-up and teardown of event tables, signage and other materials, including reaching overhead, grasping, pulling, pushing, and stooping. Must be able to lift 15 pounds from the ground to waist level without assistance.
Additional Salary Information: The hourly rate will be dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits which can be viewed at http://www.pitzer.edu/human-resources/benefits/.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.