Sierra College is seeking a full-time Senior Research Analyst in the Instruction Office. Sierra College is a Community College located near Sacramento, California where a heavy emphasis is placed on academic excellence and student success. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the evolving needs of the students and communities that it serves. The Sierra Community College District covers more than 3,200 square miles and serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer and Nevada, as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento. We serve over 18,000 students throughout the region in both on-ground and online courses, including students at our main Rocklin Campus as well as at three centers located in Grass Valley, Tahoe/Truckee, and Roseville. Our District prides itself on academic excellence, having been named an Aspen Prize for College Excellence eligible institution for 2019.
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps. Therefore, a strong candidate for this position will demonstrate professional integrity in reporting information in a manner that is accurate and minimizes bias.
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term: 26% of Sierra College’s students are Latinx, 3% are African-American, 2% are Filipino, 5% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 6% are multiracial and 57% are White. Sierra College is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Sierra College understands that it has a great responsibility to the educational attainment and economic well-being of our students.
The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.
Under general supervision of the Dean of Planning, Research, and Resource Development, designs and maintains information systems and databases to support the research office and other users; coordinates data standards, data integrity, and protocols between Instruction and Information Technology staff, data stewards, and the research office; performs complex and independent research and analysis on behalf of the college; provides information to support and enhance decision-making, planning, and assessment; performs applied research through quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs; works with other offices to support enrollment management, student access, success, retention, and persistence, schedule development, budget forecasts, and accreditation; provides technical support for qualitative and mixed methods research projects; maintains software and Software-as-a-Service implementations to support the research office and mission of the college.
EXAMPLES OF FUNCTIONS AND TASKS
Representative Duties - The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
Plans, organizes, develops, analyzes, and reports institutional research studies that support academic programs and institutional decision-making.
Develops databases and models that identify and define student success metrics and student achievement; maintains the research office data warehouse.
Develops and maintains information reporting tools, such as reports and dashboards, in order to support college decision making.
Works with college stakeholders to improve data literacy and interpretation of information by functioning as a “data coach”.
Analyzes a variety of performance/productivity data such as, but not limited to that for faculty workload, student and financial information, class size, weekly student contact hours, class schedules, and space utilization; prepares reports and projections to support decisions on workload, student access, success, retention, and persistence, and financial impact.
Supports college planning and strategic initiatives through the development and monitoring of key performance indicators or other planning metrics.
Supports data collection, organization, and reporting in order to assess student learning and outcomes achievement.
Supports the finance office with forecasting and modeling financial models, such as those used in the Student Centered Funding Formula.
Provides leadership to and technical support for research office staff.
Provide technical support and data for grant writers and evaluators.
In consultation with relevant supervisors, may direct the work of others in order to meet college goals as related to job functions.
Implements and supports qualitative research studies as directed; maintains survey instruments and data collection tools.
Supports and validates state and federal reporting, such as IPEDS and Gainful Employment reporting.
Researches and identifies administrative systems that expedite and improve the timing and quality of work products and information flow to support research and decisions.
Analyzes system, administrative, and/or operational processes and/or problems being considered for new or revised applications and/or procedures to ensure District standards and protocols are met, along with federal, state, and county regulations and requirements; recommends solutions.
Documents and diagrams work processes and procedures; identifies steps in sequential order, suggesting revisions that enhance efficiency; develops and maintains standardized procedures for data collection, reporting, and processing.
Develops for review, feedback, and implementation, re-engineering of work processes that enhance efficiency and productivity.
Serves on various committees and taskforces.
Performs related duties as required.
ABOUT SIERRA COLLEGE
The mission of Sierra College is to provide an inclusive and safe educational environment where learners are supported while challenging themselves and achieving their goals.
Sierra College Vision Statement
Sierra College will be the preferred destination for higher education and training in our region while eliminating achievement gaps among our students.
Sierra College Core Values
The following core values will establish our ethical principles and will guide our institutional decision-making. Sierra College will:
Empower students in their education.
Strive toward student success and continuous improvement.
Be an inclusive and equitable community.
Be responsive to the education and workforce needs of our local community and businesses.
Demonstrate collaboration with all stakeholders in decision-making.
Manage all resources in a manner that is sustainable and responsible.
Support and model excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, scholarship, and creativity.
Salary & Benefits: $35.90 per hour, 40 hours per week, 12 months per year. Current work hours are subject to change in accordance with pertinent provisions of the collective bargaining agreement. Family coverage health, dental and vision insurance, P.E.R.S. retirement system, income protection, life insurance, sick leave, vacation, and holidays as provided according to District policy.
A Sierra College application,
A cover letter of no more than 4 pages that addresses:
The transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to serve as a Senior Research Analyst.
What culturally-inclusive/equity-minded practices/strategies would you incorporate into this role?
Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity in the workplace, including individuals with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in the campus community.
Please use the raw data in the link below to answer the following questions.
What percentage of students in LRDS 32 earned an A?
Is there a difference in the grade point average (GPA) between the demographic groups? (In this instance, GPA should be calculated as the average of the numeric grade values.)
Is there a difference in course performance for Faculty114 by campus location?
Please place your responses in a separate document from your cover letter. You may use whatever tools you deem appropriate to conduct the analysis or display your responses.
If you have questions regarding the posting, please contact Brittani Kelly at 916-660-7106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE:Applications must be received by the Sierra College Human Resources Department no later thanTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH, 2019. LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please note that letters of reference may be utilized during the reference checking process, but will not be provided to the hiring committee.
TRAVEL EXPENSES BORNE BY THE CANDIDATE
Other terms and conditions of employment are specified in the applicable collective bargaining agreements on file in the District Human Resources Department. Position description of record on file in the Human Resources Department.
*Sierra Community College District currently operates campuses in Rocklin, Roseville, Truckee and Grass Valley. In its management of a multi-campus environment, the District reserves right of assignment including the right to change assignment locations and shift assignments based on District need. Although this position may currently reside at the Rocklin campus, the assignment location may be subject to change as needed. Additionally, the district reserves the right to cancel, revise or re-announce this position as well as any and all positions at any time.
Sierra College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to nondiscrimination and the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.
SIERRA COLLEGE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
5100 SIERRA COLLEGE BLVD
ROCKLIN, CA 95677
(916) 660-7106 / email@example.com
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QUALIFICATIONS - The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Relational and OLAP database concepts, including logical and physical data layout, programming and report writing tools (e.g., SQL).
Statistical, reporting, and visualization programs, such as Excel, SPSS, R, Tableau, Power Bl, etc.
Educational or social science research methods, processes, systems, reporting and databases.
Research methodology and standard statistical procedures such, as but not limited to, research design, sampling, survey-guided analysis, parametric and non-parametric statistics, forecasting and projections.
Student outcomes assessment and measures of institutional effectiveness.
Legislative and educational oversight body processes, occurrences, requirements, and trends.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Principles and practices of fiscal, statistical, and administrative report preparation.
Principles of business letter writing.
Design applied research studies for use in education and social environments.
Provide technical leadership and innovation in the development of data systems and tools.
Apply, interpret, and draw conclusions using advanced statistical concepts.
Succinctly and cogently, prepare and present complex reports, multi-media presentations, forecasts, and recommendations to audiences with diverse backgrounds.
Facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of institutional self-assessment programs.
Design and apply algorithms, simulations and business models to solve multi-variable problems.
Understand and apply District and state laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines governing community college operations.
Provide training on scheduling systems and software to employees at all levels.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Learn and develop new skills continuously.
Educationand Experience Guidelines— Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work that involves analysis, research, or decision support, such as those in business administration, economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, computer science or a related field. A Master’s degree is desirable.
Five years of increasingly responsible experience in the collection, analysis, reporting, and presentation of research data or the equivalent.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT - The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally walk, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Internal Number: 1920-21
About Sierra Joint Community College District
Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the needs of the communities that it serves.With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to 4 year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region.Our award-winning faculty members enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise. We are also recognized nationally for excellence in our athletic programs.