Wake County Public School System

Senior Research Analyst

  • Wake County Public School System
  • Cary, NC 27518
  • 19 days ago

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Job Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION

POSITION TITLE: SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR

WORKING TITLE Research Analyst

SCHOOL/DEPARTMENT Data, Research and Accountability

LOCATION Crossroads I

PAY GRADE Senior Administrator Band 3

FLSA STATUS Exempt

REPORTS TO Senior Director

SUPERVISES None

WORK WEEK SCHEDULE Monday – Friday; occasional weekends

WORK HOURS Regular business hours; occasional nights

NUMBER OF MONTHS PER YEAR 12

POSITION PURPOSE:

Collects, analyzes, and reports data to support decision-making in the district about schools, programs, and policies designed to support student achievement.

Develops or revises systems to enhance efficiency, consistency, and speed in addressing both ad hoc and planned requests for data.

Provides technical support to others in obtaining, understanding, analyzing, and utilizing data.

Collaborates in designing and implementing evaluation projects related to system goals in order to improve student outcomes.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Extensive knowledge of the program evaluation process and research design;

Considerable knowledge of one or more statistical software packages (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS) and extensive knowledge of Microsoft Excel (e.g., pivot tables, lookup procedures, complex formulas);

Considerable knowledge about developing, maintaining, and using databases of various size and complexity;

Considerable knowledge of Google Apps and Microsoft Word;

Effective oral and written communication skills;

Strong attention to detail and a fundamental concern for the accuracy of information;

Ability to organize large amounts of data, track multiple projects simultaneously, and meet project timelines;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school system staff, community and state agency staff, and vendors.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE

Master’s degree in educational research, computer science, social sciences, education or a directly related field from an accredited university;

Two years of experience in conducting data analyses with statistical software such as SAS, Stata, or SPSS;

Experience with descriptive and inferential data analyses;

Experience using data as part of a continuous cycle of improvement process;

Experience with training and facilitation to build the capacity of adult learners to effectively collect, analyze and use data for school and district improvement;

Experience with writing reports concerning assessment, evaluation and research;

Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Doctoral degree in computer science, social sciences, education or directly related field from an accredited university;

Three or more years of experience in conducting data analyses with statistical software (preferably SAS, Stata, or SPSS);

Experience in conducting qualitative research and analysis;

Two years of experience in conducting program or policy evaluations;

SAS certification;

Experience in an K-12 educational setting;

Ability to develop web-based forms/dashboards/systems for data collection.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Writes analysis programs to provide descriptive and inferential statistics about teacher and student perceptions and outcomes (e.g., frequencies, rosters, cross-tabulations, means, standard deviations, t- tests, correlations, regression analyses).

2. Cleans and manipulates data; merges data files; prepares data loads; and documents analysis programs.

3. Responds to data requests related to teacher and student perceptions and outcomes of various initiatives from Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) staff, the public, and outside researchers.

4. Reviews data output thoroughly, identifies data anomalies, and adjusts data as needed.

5. Creates charts, graphs and summaries of results and disseminates the information to central services staff, school administrators, and other school staff.

6. Develops and implements strategies for making data available to WCPSS staff and the general public, following established processes and protocols to ensure data accuracy and consistency in reporting.

7. Contributes to research and evaluation projects, applying statistical techniques as appropriate.

8. Presents, trains, and consults with department and other WCPSS staff on program evaluation and the appropriate use of data tools and indicators for school improvement, program evaluations, or related purposes.

9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

Must be able to use a variety of office equipment such as computers, scanners, and copiers.

Must be able to communicate effectively.

At times requires the ability to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 10 pounds.

Due to the amount of time spent standing and/or walking, physical requirements are consistent with those for sedentary work.

Occasional travel is required among WCPSS schools and central services locations.

WORK ENVIRONMENTPrimary work place is individual space with adequate lighting and temperature.

EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/2017

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this position.

They are not intended to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and skills that may be required of the employees assigned to this position.

This description may be revised by the supervisor, with HR review and approval, at any time.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $64,772.00 - $97,157.00 per year

Benefits:

401(k)

Dental insurance

Flexible schedule

Flexible spending account

Health insurance

Health savings account

Life insurance

Paid time off

Retirement plan

Vision insurance

Schedule:

8 hour shift

Work Location: One location

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