Research Analyst - ARPE

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass President's Office
Department: UMDI - Research & Evaluation
Categories: Donahue Institute
Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
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Primary Work Location:

UMass Donahue Institute, Applied Research & Program Evaluation

100 Venture Way, Suite 5, Hadley, MA  01035 OR

333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA  01545

Normal Work Schedule:

Standard full-time work schedule consisting of five, eight-hour days and 40 hours each week. Hours worked will be within normal business hours. Work performed may require a change in availability at specific times, to accommodate variations in work demands.

Job Summary:

The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI) Applied Research and Program Evaluation group (ARPE) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Research Analyst. Research Analysts contribute to project implementation working under the direction of experienced UMDI research professionals. Research Analysts’ work focuses heavily on activities related to data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings.  Depending on the qualifications of the successful applicant, the position may entail writing duties and some independent project tasks.

ARPE conducts social science research projects in direct response to specific client needs. ARPE studies typically focus on questions related to public health, human/social services, and education across the age spectrum (from early childhood through post-secondary and adult education).

Essential Functions:

The essential functions of the Research Analyst include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Complete literature reviews and background research, which may include research articles, secondary data, and policy/program information.
  • Develop and/or acquire instruments and training protocols to support primary data collection activities.
  • Coordinate logistical support, including working with clients and stakeholders to ensure timely and accurate data collection.
  • Identify and utilize secondary data from a range of public and private sources.
  • Develop and maintain project databases. Conduct and/or oversee data entry, data management, and quality assurance protocols.
  • Conduct analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Contribute to the development of high-quality project deliverables by developing clear visual and narrative descriptive summaries of data.

Other Functions:

  • Share expertise with colleagues within the business unit and across UMDI.
  • Assist with responses to development opportunities, including proposal-related research and writing.
  • Other duties and initiatives as assigned to support effective operation of the business unit and UMDI.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy, Psychology or related disciplines;
  • Completion of a statistics course and/or research methods course;
  • Experience with statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, R, or SAS;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in professional office software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and engage in collaborative research in a team setting.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience):

  • Master’s degree in Education, Sociology, Public Health, Public Policy, Psychology or related disciplines;
  • Experience with other specialized software packages such as Qualtrics, NVivo, or Tableau;
  • Spanish language proficiency including the ability to effectively conduct business and facilitate data collection activities in Spanish;
  • One year of research or other professional experience in the education, human services, or public health sector.

Working Conditions:

  • Multiple hours in stationary position, using office equipment and computers, attending meetings, working closely and collaboratively with others.
  • This position requires strong attention to detail, high levels of accuracy and organization, and the necessity to meet deadlines.
  • Environment is a busy, open office area with multiple interruptions and requests for assistance.
  • The physical/mental demands and work environment factors described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Must have the flexibility to travel on an as-needed basis within Massachusetts and occasionally outside of the Commonwealth to attend meetings and collect data.

Additional Details:

  • This position is funded by grants and/or contracts, and is contingent upon funding.
  • Any job offer within the President's Office is specifically conditioned upon the potential candidate consenting to and successfully completing a background review.
  • A skills test may be required.
  • No relocation assistance provided.
  • Potential candidates will not be contacted for interviews until after the posting closes.
  • Salary up to up to $52,000

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The University of Massachusetts is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.