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Employment Type:
Full time
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Database and Research Associate
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Bellingham Technical College | Bellingham, WA
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Job Description



Supplemental Questions

This is a full-time, Title III grant-funded, professional position, exempt from FLSA and unions and is at-will. Continuation of the position is dependent upon ongoing funding. Evaluation of this position will be reviewed annually. The current grant is scheduled to end September, 2016, however, grant funded positions are contingent upon funding and could end at any time if, for any reason, grant funding is discontinued.

The Database and Research Associate reports to the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. Person is responsible for providing assistance to the Director of Institutional Research and Planning in meeting deadlines associated with initiatives related to institutional research, strategic planning, accreditation, and grant-funded projects. This position advances BTC’s culture of evidence and inquiry by providing data and analysis for use in assessment, planning, and implementation. The Database and Research Associate will design, implement, analyze and communicate results of quantitative and qualitative research, assessment, and evaluation studies related to institutional quality and improvement, grant requirements, and state/federal compliance; monitor the accuracy and effective use of campus data; and function under limited supervision. This position is expected to exercise initiative, independence and discretion in the development and timely execution of projects.

Position Duties & Responsibilities:

Design, implement, analyze and communicate results of assigned qualitative and quantitative research, assessment, and evaluation studies; Perform and document high-level database queries, using both legacy and new technologies; extract data from various internal and external sources (e.g., Data Warehouse, Operational Data Store, IPEDS, CCSSE); Produce tables, graphs, dashboards, and narrative analysis of data to easily display and summarize student characteristics, enrollment, retention, graduation, post-college employment, etc.; Develop and maintain a meaningful set of standard reports for internal and external audiences; Evaluate, prioritize, and respond to ad hoc data requests from administrators, faculty, staff and outside agencies; Monitor institutional coding practices; document historical and current coding schemas including definitions, parameters, sources, methodologies, etc.; Identify and work with appropriate departments to address issues pertaining to data quality control (e.g., data input accuracy and consistency); Assist in developing data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, interview/focus group protocols), conducting focus group sessions, and administering surveys; Work with individual campus units (e.g., Disability Support Services, Computer Services) to evaluate unit effectiveness on an annual basis; Monitor the progress of multiple campus initiatives using key performance indicators/measures and cohort tracking; Support strategic planning, accreditation, and other assessment activities; Provide training and consultation services to College staff; Serve as a member on those committees that require data or accountability/performance measures (e.g., Title lll, Achieving the Dream, accreditation, strategic planning, strategic enrollment management, etc.); Understand and apply legal and ethical components involved in conducting research and analysis (e.g., FERPA, human subjects); Operate a variety of research and analytic computer application programs (e.g., SPSS, SAS, statistical applications of Microsoft Access and Excel); Ensure accurate and timely submission of reports to external agencies; Serve as operational manager for customer relationship management (CRM) system; Perform related duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in research methods, mathematics/statistics, computer science, business intelligence, or related area; Experience with managing, extracting, analyzing, and presenting data; Experience working with Microsoft Access or other relational database software; Excellent oral/written communication skills; ability to write clearly and concisely; Ability to make independent decisions about multiple project priorities and meet deadlines that change rapidly; Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with different members of the College; Ability to maintain confidentiality and adhere to research ethics. Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree in mathematics/statistics, computer science, or related field; Experience in higher education, especially in a research setting; Experience working with structured query language (SQL); Experience using Microsoft applications including Business Intelligence suite (PowerPivot, Power View, SQL Reporting Servcies, etc.), Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and /or Word; Experience using PeopleSoft and/or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technologies; Understanding of and/or experience with quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research methodology and data analysis; Demonstrated ability to provide training and technical assistance to adult learners. Experience using SPSS, SAS, or other statistical software;

Supplemental Information:

Compensation and Work Schedule :
Salary is $4,167 per month plus a generous benefits package including health, dental, life and long term insurances and a retirement program. Leave accrual will be in accordance with BTC Policy 525.1- Leave Guidelines for Grant/Special Funded Positions. Work schedule is generally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Will include some night and weekend activities.

Physical Work Environment :
The duties of this position are performed in an office setting in an educational institution. This position interacts with faculty, staff, students and the general public. Requires 6-8 hours per day of sitting and working at a computer for prolonged periods of time; ability to work with frequent in-person interaction and interruptions, work under pressure, and prioritize competing demands. Use repetitive arm, hand and finger movement.

Application Procedures and Deadlines :
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/btc/default.cfm by 5 p.m. on March 22, 2013, for priority consideration. Applications received after this may be considered until the position is filled. More information about Bellingham Technical College is at www.btc.ctc.edu or contact the Human Resources Office at 360 752-8354 or email jobs@btc.ctc.edu.

Required Online Application Materials :
Completed BTC Online Employment Application; Resumé of education, experience, and other relevant achievements; Supplemental Questions; Copies of official/unofficial transcripts, certificates, or any other educational documentation are not required to apply, but will be required upon hire. Other unsolicited materials will not be shared with the screening committee and cannot be returned to you.