Under direction of the Administrative Director, Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, to design and conduct qualitative research to provide information for the provision of information on Student Equity plans via written reports, tables, graphics, oral presentations, and a variety of computer-mediated formats.
The Qualitative / Mixed Methods Senior Researcher is in the Para-professional level classification in the Research series requiring specific training and experience with designing and conducting data collection and analysis for mixed methods and/or qualitative studies in an education setting, as well as experience with NVivo or other qualitative software. Outstanding analytics skills and the ability to collaborate with campus staff are specially valued. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working with our quantitative research team on: scheduling and managing multi-disciplinary investigative team meetings, recruiting study participants, qualitative/mixed methods study design, data collection and analysis; data management; grant applications and manuscripts; and managing communication with research participants.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Design qualitative/mixed methods research studies (including project scope, methodology, data sources, and analytical strategy) related to student equity, matriculation, staffing patterns, program review, student and faculty characteristics, community characteristics, student learning outcomes, and other related studies.
- Select, adapt and apply appropriate qualitative/mixed methods research and techniques to specific areas of study.
- Collect data and develop procedures to organize code and enter data.
- Develop and maintain research information systems.
- Plan, design, and test research instrumentation and evaluate data to assess reliability and validity of findings.
- Utilize NVivo and SPSS technology to support equity-focused research needs.
- Design surveys, interviews, and relational databases related to student equity; facilitate focus groups and one-on-one interviews, and surveys to gather information for equity research projects as well as other focused activities related to student equity initiatives.
- Compose and edit research materials in a variety of formats, including but not limited to graphs and charts for research reports and presentations as required in the student equity plan; compose graphs and charts to show changes in data over a period of time and prepare data for publication for equity related activities.
- Write technical reports to provide information, interpretation, and recommendations on equity research projects.
- Communicate complex qualitative/mixed methods research methodology and results in written and oral format in formal and informal presentations.
- Communicate effectively and work both independently and as part of a team to analyze and interpret qualitative/mixed methods data; respond to research questions as requested; describe findings.
- Schedule, participate, and lead equity meetings and research committees as needed or required.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor's Degree (psychology, anthropology, sociology, education, or related field preferred) AND
- Completion of at least two years of upper division/graduate coursework in psychology, sociology, education or related field, including a minimum of 6 upper division/graduate units in research methods, statistical analysis and/or tests and measurement.
- Minimum of two-years experience in a research position, preferably in an educational environment.
- Or, any combination of education and experience that would provide the required qualifications.
- Experience in qualitative or mixed methods research in an education setting.
- Excellent analytic, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to work in a team, as well as being self-motivated.
- Ability to adjust to varying amounts of workload uses time efficiently, meet deadlines, and seek help in problem-solving.
- Experience using NVivo software for creating data sets, coding data sets, and creating reports, matrices, queries, and memos preferred.
- Skilled in using Microsoft applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Master's Degree preferred.
Conditions of Employment
This position will be OPEN UNTIL FILLED.
This is a professional expert, 40-hour per week position. The District reserves the right to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based upon available funds. The normal hours of work will be 8:00 am – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. However, some flexibility such as evenings and weekends will be required to meet the needs of the department. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.
- Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
- The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)
- The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
$28.74 per hour, plus medical benefits.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for this opportunity, you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. A complete application packet includes:
- A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application
- A current resume (as a separate attachment - PDF recommended)
- Answers to all Supplemental Questions (clear and detailed responses recommended for evaluation purposes)
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- Applicants who meet the required qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to discuss their qualifications in an interview with the College/District. Therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants submit clear, detailed responses to all supplemental questions in order to demonstrate his/her qualifications as related to the position. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
- If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in-person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
- The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is on file and will be provided upon request.
The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services and student support services. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.
Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.
Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.