Detailed Job Description
West Valley College is seeking a talented individual to fill the position of Research Analyst. Just minutes from the heart of the Silicon Valley, West Valley College is in a beautiful park-like setting on 143 wooded acres. Our staff and faculty are among the most qualified in the state and our students appreciate the college for its friendly staff and supportive atmosphere.
Under the direction of the Vice President of Instruction at West Valley College, plan, organize, perform and coordinate research and analysis of data and information related to the planning, development and evaluation of College and District functions, programs and activities; conduct studies and research projects related to fiscal management, personnel, matriculation, program assessment, learning outcomes, and other activities.
Applicants who possess the knowledge, skills, and life experiences to address the cultural and educational needs of a culturally diverse student population are encouraged to apply.
100% of full time, 37.5 hours per week, 12 months per year, with an anticipated start date of January 21, 2015. Schedule may change to occasionally include some evening or weekend hours, as needed. This position is a member of the West Valley-Mission Classified Employees Association (WVMCEA), Office, Technical & Business Services Employee Unit.
Work location: West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.
1. Education – A four year degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in educational research, business or public administration or closely related field;
2. Experience – Two years of increasingly responsible experience in the collection, analysis and presentation of research data;
3. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with persons of diverse socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.
- Experience in higher educational research position.
- Experience with educational enterprise systems such as Datatel.
- Experience with relational databases.
- Knowledge of SQL programming language.
- Work experience in a higher education setting.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.
- Plan, coordinate and conduct studies including but not limited to evaluation of College, District, regional, state, and national demographics, enrollment trends, retention rates, persistence rates, success rates, and overall effectiveness of the institution.
- Perform a wide range of statistical analyses, surveys, and validation studies; prepare and distribute reports and recommendations as required; develop an implement appropriate data collection, analysis and presentation methodology for studies and projects.
- Operate a microcomputer and peripheral equipment including the technical aspects of current spreadsheet and database management software; utilize query programs to access mainframe data; download and transfer data as required for various projects; maintain current databases related to enrollment, program effectiveness, student outcomes and other studies.
- Provide research and planning support for the College planning process, including but not limited to educational and facilities master planning, program review, and accreditation.
- Coordinate research and planning efforts with the District as necessary.
- Prepare a variety of College, District, State and federal reports and surveys, including ad hoc reports as requested by the supervisor.
- Provide data analysis to support grant applications, implementation, and follow-up reports as necessary; coordinate with District staff as necessary.
- Prepare local and State matriculation reports; develop and maintain the matriculation database, and provide matriculation research support, including but not limited to validation of placement tests and prerequisites.
- Prepare fiscal, staffing, and enrollment reports; provide calculations and updates of enrollment projections based on trend analysis of historical data.
- Provide statistics, demographics and related information to programs during professional accreditation, program review, and other specialized activities; serve on College and District planning committees; provide assistance and technical data to staff and faculty as needed.
- Coordinate with Information Systems to articulate requirements for data.
- Anticipate and plan for research and planning needs; keep supervisor apprised of needs.
- Plan, coordinate, implement and maintain a College website for research and planning.
- Train and provide work direction to student and hourly workers as assigned; may provide input to supervisor concerning the performance of clerical assistants when assigned.
- Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Abilities
- Empirical research methodology, including survey techniques.
- Higher order statistical analysis techniques.
- Planning principles, especially in relation to higher education.
- Operation of microcomputer equipment and a variety of software including word processing and advanced spreadsheet and database management applications.
- Oral and written communication skills.
- Data analysis tools, techniques and terminology.
- Plan, coordinate and conduct research, analytical studies, and surveys related to the planning and evaluation of College and District programs.
- Anticipate and plan for College research and planning needs.
- Analyze current and historical statistical data and develop sound, logical conclusions and recommendations.
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Operate modern microcomputer equipment and current software used in data analysis.
- Provide information and analyses to District administrators and personnel.
- Develop and maintain a research and planning web site.
- Support College and District planning processes.
- Evaluate program and institutional effectiveness objectively.
- Access mainframe data and utilize query tools.
- Prepare analytical written reports and recommendations.
- Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others.
- Relate effectively to people of varied academic, cultural and socioeconomic background using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
- Meet schedules and timelines.
- Plan and organize time and work effectively.
- Work independently with minimum supervision.
- Remain current in the field.
Salary and Benefits
- Anticipated Hiring Range: $5,908–$6,471 (monthly); with a maximum earnable monthly, excluding longevity and educational growth, of $7,820.
- Employer-contributed medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents, to include domestic partner.
- Employer-paid long term disability for employee.
- Voluntary life insurance.
- 13 paid holidays, plus 1 floating holiday annually; paid non-workdays between Christmas and New Year.
- Up to 22 days vacation leave accrued annually.
- 12 days sick leave accrued annually.
- Personal necessity leave and personal business leave.
- Educational growth incentive program from $35 to $175 monthly.
- $500 longevity award annually after 15 years of service and $1,000 longevity award annually after 20 years of service.
- CalPERS retirement.
- Position is union affiliated with required dues.
- Interested applicants must submit online all materials requested, including: (1) A completed online West Valley-Mission Community College District application; (2) Resume; (3) Transcripts – (unofficial or official copies) for stated degrees having the degree confer/award dates circled. Official transcripts will be required prior to employment start date should the position be offered; (4) Cover letter and/or reference list, if requested; and (5) Any requested licenses or certificates, if applicable.
- All sections of the online application, including Education and Educational Work History, must be completed thoroughly.
- Supervisor(s) name(s) and telephone numbers must be included in the application.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Do NOT send unrequested materials. Unrequested materials will not be used for consideration of employment.
- The employment application and supporting documents represent you; it is to your advantage to fill out the application form carefully and completely.
- If a minimum requirement is possession of a degree, then a copy of transcripts is required to be included with your application to verify the degree being awarded. If no transcripts are included, the application may be screened as not meeting minimum requirements.
- Degrees must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.
- Candidates with degrees earned outside of the United States must provide official certification of equivalency to U. S. degrees by a certified U. S. credential review service, must have a U.S. evaluation (course by course of the transcripts) and must be submitted with this online application.
- If you do not have an electronic version of the transcript, you can get it scanned at an office supply or copy store; then attach the electronic version of your transcript to this online application.
- Copies of diplomas, grade reports, graduation petitions, transcript evaluations requests, or similar documents WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of transcripts.
For assistance, contact: West Valley-Mission Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Office of Human Resources, Attn: Recruitment
14000 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
Phone: (408) 741-2174 Fax: (408) 867-9059