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Research Analyst II

Company: The University Of Chicago
Location: Chicago
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Department -UEI CCSR Research 2About the Department -For over 30 years, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium) has informed solutions to the most difficult problems facing urban schools. The UChicago Consortium is committed to better understanding the fundamental practices and conditions that advance student learning, promote attainment, and foster more equitable outcomes. We work in a highly collaborative environment that produces research of high technical quality to inform policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools, as well as schools nationwide. A central component of our work is engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and stimulating evidence-driven discourse about the vital issues facing schools. The UChicago Consortium has been described as the 'gold standard' for education research-practice partnerships and has been replicated nationally. Our research has been an essential factor in improving outcomes for students and school staff, both in Chicago and in school districts across the country. For more information about the UChicago Consortium, see Summary -UChicago Consortium is seeking a Research Analyst II with strong data manipulation, quantitative research, and programming skills, and a passion for doing meaningful work to help schools become more equitable. The successful candidate will provide on-going support across Consortium studies and be a part of one or two teams of Consortium researchers. The Research Analyst II will provide data and analytic support throughout the life cycle of projects, including cleaning and documenting data sources, creating large-scale data bases, and applying different statistical approaches. The successful candidate will have a commitment to urban education, be deeply curious, and be willing to learn new methods and topics. The Research Analyst II position requires someone who is able to independently handle multiple concurrent tasks and work in a highly collaborative environment. The Research Analyst II will have opportunities to share findings and work collaboratively with other scholars and researchers, non-profit leaders, school practitioners, district administrators, and local policymakers. The successful candidate will contribute to the organization's capacity to conduct rigorous, actionable quantitative research on the Chicago Public Schools.Responsibilities

  • Work with other Consortium researchers to conceptualize, design, and plan research projects.
  • Identify appropriate statistical techniques that will answer different research questions and find ways to interpret the results of analyses.
  • Create specialized data bases by merging multiple, complex data sources, including school-, student-, teacher-, community-, and neighborhood-based files.
  • Conduct data quality control procedures and update and create internal processes and data documentation for Consortium projects and data library.
  • Contribute to conceptualizing, designing, and planning research projects, framing research questions, and particularly identifying appropriate data sources from the Consortium library.
  • Conduct statistical analysis of large-scale databases using R, SAS, or STATA, including both simple descriptive group comparisons and advanced statistical modeling.
  • Review pertinent literature and write literature summaries.
  • Create visualizations of findings.
  • Help manage project timelines, schedule meetings, and other project administrative tasks.
  • Contribute to the writing of Consortium reports, academic journal articles, and grant proposals.
  • Communicate and present research findings geared toward a broad audience (scholars, practitioners, policymakers).
  • Participate and present findings at team and organization-wide meetings.
  • Actively participate in organization-wide activities, including serving on committees, attending weekly Consortium-wide meetings, and providing feedback on others' work.
  • Applies research principles and relevant subject matter knowledge relevant to administer a research project. With a moderate level of direction, manages lab and/or research-related duties and tasks. Helps develop, design and conduct research projects according to plan.
  • Supports data collection and analytical needs of research projects. Conducts literature reviews and helps write reports and manuscripts. Ensures project compliance with different policies, procedures, directives, and mandates.
  • Performs other related work as needed.Minimum Qualifications -Education:Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.---Work Experience:Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.---Certifications:---Preferred QualificationsEducation:
    • Bachelor's degree in public policy, economics, sociology or other relevant social science or mathematical discipline.
    • Master's degree in public policy, economics, sociology or other relevant social science or mathematical discipline strongly preferred.
    • Coursework in statistics or data science.Experience:
      • Experience in urban education research, policy and practice strongly preferred.Technical Skills or Knowledge:
        • Familiarity with one or more programming languages (e.g., R, Stata, SAS Python).
        • Ability to use R, STATA, or SAS in a UNIX environment strongly preferred.Preferred Competencies
          • Knowledge and demonstrated use of multivariate statistics (including multiple regression and logistic regression).
          • Experience with manipulating data and building data sets.
          • Ability to take initiative and a proactive approach to tasks and projects.
          • Passion for improving educational outcomes and supporting actionable uses of research evidence.
          • Commitment to understanding and improving outcomes for students of all backgrounds and experiences.
          • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work independently, with supervision, and in collaboration as a team member.
          • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
          • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.Application Documents
            • Resume (Required)
            • Cover Letter (Required)
            • Annotated Coding Sample and Academic/Research Writing Sample (Required)When applying, the document(s) MUST -be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.Job Family -ResearchRole Impact -Individual ContributorFLSA Status -ExemptPay Frequency -MonthlyScheduled Weekly Hours -37.5Benefits Eligible -YesDrug Test Required -NoHealth Screen Required -NoMotor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required -NoPosting Statement -Employees must comply with the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the .The University of Chicago is an and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: -. -Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.

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