The primary function of the Research and Planning Analyst is part of a team led by a Senior Research and Planning Analyst.  The primary function of the Analyst is to design and execute District institutional research and planning projects from data collection to reporting.


  1. Identify appropriate District and/or external sources of data for each research project and retrieve the data in appropriate form using suitable tools.  Maintain up-to-date knowledge of District and external data resources and research and statistical tools and techniques.
  2. Select, adapt, and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative research design and statistical tools and techniques to all areas of study, which include but are not limited to matriculation, prerequisites, assessment, staffing patterns, program evaluation, program costs, curriculum, grant applications and evaluation, accreditation, student outcomes and follow-up, student and staff characteristics, planning data integrity, and state and federal and grant-related reporting requirements.
  3. Organize and present research-based information, analysis, and interpretation clearly and effectively in narrative, tabular, graphical, and oral modes.  Produce data for periodic reports on District characteristics (e.g., the annual Observations databook). 
  4. Carry out data collection, coding, and input functions using appropriate tools, such as scannable forms with mark-sense scanners and software, or manual data entry.  Design and produce effective forms and surveys and conduct structured interviews. 
  5. Maintain a research data warehouse system and an indexed archive of information and reports suitable for answering typical current questions and anticipating future ones.
  6. Conduct audits of District centralized data files; bring errors to the attention of appropriate offices on campus.
  7. In accord with established research priority guidelines and under the direction of the Senior Research and Planning Analyst, respond to research requests and report submission requirements of grant funded programs at the Institution.
  8. Provide technical and analytical support to offices, divisions, committees, faculty, staff, and administration in research and program evaluation-related activities.
  9. Represent the Office of Institutional Effectiveness on District committees and the college at professional conferences.
  10. At the request of a supervisor, perform a variety of unscheduled duties normally and traditionally performed by a Research Planning Analyst.


Education and Experience:  Bachelor’s degree in a field involving social science or higher education or similar research, with coursework in tests and measurements, statistics, and/or research design/methods. Experience conducting research, analyzing data, and presenting findings.

Knowledge and Abilities: Demonstrated knowledge of current principles and procedures of social science or higher education research planning, design, methodology, and analysis; principles, theories, techniques, and methods of inferential and descriptive statistics; computerized information systems as they pertain to research; computer software such as statistical analysis, word processing, database management, spreadsheets, graphics, and telecommunications.  Demonstrated ability to exercise critical judgment and creativity and to work independently; establish priorities for, plan, and organize a variety of work assignments; interpret accurately institutional policies and procedures; keep information secure and confidential; work cooperatively and effectively in an environment with diverse staff and students.


Strong written and oral communication skills and organizational skills. 


  1. Experience with ARGOS reporting software or similar reporting software preferred.
  2. Working knowledge of Windows applications, including Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and Publisher and SPSS, STATA and ARGOS.
  3. Graduate degree(s) reflecting coursework and/or methodology in research and evaluation as well as experience in conducting research project(s).

Seeing to inspect written documents, communicate with District staff, sitting for extended periods of time, bending, kneeling and reaching to retrieve and file records, and dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a keyboard and other office equipment.


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