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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Research Analyst

Series: Research

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4









CLASS SUMMARY:  The Research Analyst is the second level of a four-level Research series. Incumbents are responsible for compiling and disseminating a variety of research-based information regarding the College, through the use of statistical analysis and data interpretation. The Research Analyst is distinguished from the Research Specialist by its responsibility for performing technical, interpretive statistical and data analysis. The Research Analyst is distinguished from the Research Advanced Analyst which performs high level duties in interpretive analysis.

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES  These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Conducts independent research and evaluates projects involving data collection from students, local agencies and organizations. Conducts focus groups; selects appropriate audiences for survey participation.  Daily 30%
  2. Develops, writes, and analyzes non-statistical and statistical data; interprets results of statistical analyses and prepares reports related to occupational programs, enrollments, student characteristics, course grades and success indicators. Daily 30%
  3. Responds to inquiries from College administrators, staff, and the public related to institutional information. Daily 10%
  4. Designs and maintains the College's geographical information system (GIS). Researches, produces and analyzes GIS reports requested by administrators, consultants, and faculty, staff and community organizations. Weekly 10%
  5. Works with clients to discuss survey goals; designs survey instruments and prepares questions for survey.  Weekly 5%
  6. Facilitates the survey research function for the Office of Research and Planning. Weekly 5%
  7. Hires, trains, schedules and coordinates research team members participating in survey research and data collection.  Quarterly 10%
  8. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.  As Required.


  • Not applicable

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Bachelor’s Degree in a related area and two years of related research experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • None required.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer programs and software applications
  • Research design and sources
  • Statistical analysis principles, including inferential and descriptive statistics
  • Survey sampling methods and principles
  • Principles of survey research practices (training, scheduling, and quality control)
  • Data collection techniques
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Customer service principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Interpreting statistical analysis
  • Evaluating and summarizing research findings
  • Performing qualitative and quantitative research analysis
  • Designing research survey instruments
  • Preparing a variety of reports
  • Facilitating focus groups
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met

NOTE:  The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments may vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Prepared by Fox Lawson and Associates LLC
Date: 03/02
Revised by Human Resources 02/05, 9/12