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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Research Specialist

Series: Research

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4









CLASS SUMMARY:  The Research Specialist is the first level of a four-level Research series.  Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of duties involved in conducting research and surveys, compiling results, and preparing related reports that summarize findings. The Research Specialist is distinguished from the Research Analyst classification which is responsible for performing professional level interpretive analysis.

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

  1. Conducts research to include: assisting in designing instruments, such as surveys, focus groups, or interviews; selecting samples; receiving, compiling, and coding responses and related data; preparing reports regarding research findings.  Daily 40%
  2. Responds to inquiries from College departments, the media, and the public regarding policies and procedures or other information about the institution.  Daily 10%
  3. Develops and maintain various informational databases; develops report formats; generate reports from databases upon request from administrators, faculty, staff, and community organizations.  Weekly 20%
  4. Gathers, coordinates, and reviews data for various internal and external reports; creates related tables and graphs using applicable computer software packages.  Weekly 5%
  5. Assists in the publication and distribution of College documents and maintain departmental web pages.  Monthly 10%
  6. Monitors office supply inventory and orders supplies when needed.  Monthly 5%
  7. Assists in developing and monitoring the departmental budget which includes: tracking expenditures; develops and produces departmental financial reports; advises supervisor of issues requiring immediate attention.  Monthly 5%
  8. Trains other employees on various computer programs and research techniques. Quarterly 5%
  9. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required.


  • Not applicable.

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

Associate'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.  A Bachelor's degree is preferred.

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

  • None required.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer programs and applications
  • Mathematical principles
  • Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment
  • Research instrument design principles
  • Customer service principles
  • Data collection principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Using computers and applicable software applications
  • Conducting research
  • Gathering, compiling, and organizing data
  • Evaluating and summarizing research findings
  • Monitoring inventory
  • 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:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Revised by Human Resources: 02/05, 9/12