Research Specialist, Center for Education Policy and Leaders
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Title:Research Specialist, Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPL), Riley Institute Date:July 2019
Note: This is a two-year full-time position. Continuation beyond two years is dependent upon adequate grant and fee-for-service revenues.
Function: This key team member will employ a broad technical, organizational and creative skill set to fulfill a wide variety of duties related to research, evaluation, grant writing and other education projects within the Riley Institute's Center for Education Policy and Leadership's (CEPL).
Serves as an integral member of the OnTrack Greenville Initiative (OTG) and Program and Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative (PECBI) project teams.
Assists with the writing and preparation of Institutional Review Board applications, grant and funding applications, and evaluation reports for OTG and PECBI.
Coordinates communication with OTG and PECBI stakeholders and partners about meetings, data collection activities, and reporting.
Attends all OTG and PECBI partner, coordination, and reporting meetings.
Co-manages data collection for OTG, including programming surveys, managing participant consent forms, preparing and delivering survey materials to schools, and conducting and transcribing interviews, among others.
Analyzes quantitative and qualitative data for OTG evaluation, including coding research, triangulating findings, verifying analyses, and summarizing research results.
Co-manages student research intern(s).
Assists with general grant writing and other project acquisition efforts for CEPL.
Assists with coordination of general CEPL activities including the WhatWorksSC awards luncheon, the Wilkins Legislative Leadership event, and the StraightTalk Series.
Follows safety procedures.
Completes performance review process with supervisor to understand job performance expectations and how they fit into the department and university goals.
Pursues professional development to keep pace with demands for services and information, including maintaining up to date information about the department and university.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Works with Research Director and Assistant Research Director, the Director of Planning and Evaluation Capacity Building, the Riley Institute Executive Director and Director of Riley Institute Operations, Riley Institute staff, interns and Senior Associates, and the education community statewide.
Responsibility for Final Decisions:
Works independently and as a member of a team. May assist or instruct others doing similar work, including staff members and student workers.
Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or steps. Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure to follow and applying established rules and procedures. Errors may be detected within the department or section in which they occur, but may affect the work of others within the unit to trace errors and make corrections.
Reports To: CEPL Research Director
Work is performed independently on routine work; non-routine issues or questions are referred to the supervisor.
Bachelor's Degree; Master's preferred
Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis, and reporting
Ability to assess suitability of complex research tools and instruments and make recommendations regarding appropriate selection of them for particular projects
Strong applied technology skills to facilitate use of a variety of software applications specific to particular proprietary instruments and data collection activities
Proficient in a statistical software (e.g. SPSS, STATA)
Superior organizational and project management skills
Experience with grant writing
Strong general writing and editing experience; ability to create coherent, concise, and compelling project report documents
Ability to communicate effectively with others
Ability to work in a team environment
Ability to take initiative and work independently
Requires working with multiple projects and programs simultaneously; some travel required. Hours are flexible to include data collection across the state and working with various programs and events that are held on weekends and in evenings.
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
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