Research and Assessment Analyst

Georgian College - Barrie, ON (30+ days ago)

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THIS IS A TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT POSITION FOR A BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEE. Terms and conditions of employment are as outlined in the Support Staff Collective Agreement.

Reporting to the Director, Institutional Research, the incumbent provides research and analysis on a wide range of college activities to support college-wide decisions regarding academic program offerings, student retention and success, as well as overall institutional effectiveness. This is a multi-faceted position responsible for collecting, retrieving and analyzing data from a variety of sources, assessing additional information needs and working in collaboration with academic and service departments to identify solutions and produce accurate, reliable and user-friendly reports for both internal and external audiences. Key responsibilities include: developing and coordinating college-wide surveys; retrieving and analyzing data; and preparing and presenting reports. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
Providing research expertise and analytical support to strategic initiatives and College projects through collaboration with key Academic and service areas of the College
Consulting with stakeholders and participating on working groups and committees to determine research needs and conduct statistical analysis as well as interpret findings and recommend courses of action
Facilitating the Faculty Evaluation Surveys including liaising with various college departments
Designing and implementing research projects from conception to completion, recommending the appropriate methodology to test hypotheses, make inferences, determine causality, evaluate impacts and monitor trends including:
Liaising with clients to understand their research needs; proposing appropriate research methods; developing work plans by negotiating goals, roles, timelines and processes
Collecting primary and secondary data through web and paper-based surveys, focus groups, and searches
Acquiring data from various databases, in various formats, and converting it to the most appropriate format to meet research needs; creating, maintaining, and manipulating various data sets suitable for presentation
Completing statistical analyses; ensuring accuracy and creating research finding reports; designing and preparing statistical charts, tables, dashboards and graphs using a variety of computer software applications
Writing research reports; developing and presenting PowerPoint presentations to various college constituents
Successfully completed a four year post secondary degree in the social sciences or a related field of study with courses focusing on survey research, research methodology, multivariate statistical analysis and/or database management
A Masters degree would be an asset
Five years of experience working in a research environment (social and/or market research experience preferred), working with a diverse clientele, where duties included developing research methodologies to meet particular research needs, conducting analyses and writing and presenting reports
Extensive experience with web-based survey methods and specialized software (e.g. Explorance Blue, Remark, Q-fi, etc.)
Experience with data coding, development of syntax and data documentation
Experience working with very large and/or relational databases, data mining and reporting

Computer skills and experience with:
Enterprise databases
Web-based survey tools
Microsoft Office Suite (i.e. Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Power BI, etc.)
Experience using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
Experience with Explorance Blue, Cognos and/or data visualization tools would be considered an asset
Demonstrated experience with project management, client communication, and consulting skills to design and implement research projects
Communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to communicate the meanings and implications of data and research findings to a variety of audiences
Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain positive productive working relationships
Demonstrated analytical, problem solving, and evaluation skills to analyze and translate client requirements
Time management and organizational skills to set priorities and handle multiple competing responsibilities and deadlines
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Experience working in an institutional research environment in the postsecondary sector is an asset