Assistant Director of Institutional and Applied Research
Penn State Behrend - Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE) - See this job on our site
Job is in: Erie, PA US
Contact: James Hodge, Ph.D.
Post Date: September 15, 2021
Job Starts: January 1, 2022
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Community Outreach, Research, and Evaluation (CORE) is seeking an experienced candidate to serve as the Assistant Director of Institutional and Applied Research. This is a split position, supporting both the college’s student retention efforts and other objectives from the Strategic Plan, and supporting CORE’s applied research and evaluation efforts throughout Pennsylvania and other states. The Assistant Director of Institutional and Applied Research interacts with, and supports, numerous academic and administrative units across the college that report to the Chancellor’s Office and may interact with units across the university. Responsibilities for this position include: • Collaboration within the Research and Evaluation arm of CORE, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses • Development of quantitative and qualitative experimental designs • Project and database management • Grant writing • Evaluation report writing • Survey/assessment development which support the data needs of both the College and CORE The successful candidate will possess extensive training and/or experience in both quantitative and qualitative experimental methods, and strong data analysis skills using SPSS (required), MPlus and/or R (strongly preferred), and at least one qualitative analysis program (e.g., NVivo). An understanding of predictive analytics, or a willingness to learn, is strongly preferred. Ability to organize, implement, and transcribe individual and focus group interviews in a research context is also preferred. The successful candidate should be proficient in correlational (e.g., multiple regression) and experimental (e.g., ANOVA) designs, and familiar with path analysis and longitudinal techniques (e.g., Structural Equation Modeling, Hierarchical Linear Modeling). The successful candidate should also excel in interpersonal communication and team building, show initiative in seeking outside funding opportunities, and be comfortable working independently. Institutional research activities will rely on the incumbent’s experience to generate sound strategies and research programs for clients utilizing tools including LionPath, iTwo, and other university resources. This position will be filled as Assistant Research Professor or Researcher. Master’s degree is required for the rank of Researcher; Ph.D. (or equivalent experience) is required for Assistant Research Professor. Doctorate is preferred.