University of California Santa Cruz — Research Data Analyst

Research Data Analyst

Location: Silicon Valley
Job ID: 17733

Initial Review Date (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit. 

Initial Review Date (IRD):  05-10-2021

Dept Marketing Statement
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a public agency supported by 15 members (13 states, one territory and the Bureau of Indian Education). Through the work of thousands of educators, Smarter Balanced created an online assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as tools for educators to improve teaching and learning. Smarter Balanced is housed at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Silicon Valley Extension.

Our work is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide information and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed — regardless of disability, language, or subgroup. We involve experienced educators, researchers, state and local policymakers, and community groups working together in a transparent and consensus-driven process.

Systems Design identifies, prioritizes and manages changes and improvements to the Smarter Balanced assessment system while helping to ensure that the formative, interim, and summative components of the system are aligned. Systems Design develops a strategic vision and leads psychometric analyses and research in support of the technical quality of the assessment system.

Smarter Balanced staff have a profound commitment to UCSC's Principles of Community including, embracing diversity.

UCSC Extension provides professional training that reflects the academic rigor of the University of California and the hands-on, roll-up-your-shirtsleeves practicality of Silicon Valley culture. Developed with guidance from key industry leaders and academic experts, our certificate programs match the economic demand of your industry, from engineering to business, education to bioscience. The University of California reviews and approves UCSC Extension courses and programs for academic content, merit and instructor qualifications. Many of our courses may be applied toward degree programs, or may be eligible for professional certificates and licenses.

Position Summary

The Research Data Analyst performs adaptation of mathematical statistical models, cleans, manages, and transforms large-scale datasets; applies advanced statistical software for data analysis; generates and reports findings; investigates and implements computer-based solutions for quantitative and qualitative data capture, management, analysis and reporting; and conducts work in support of cyclical psychometric tasks and technical reports. In general, the Research Data Analyst employs capabilities as a highly-skilled, experienced research professional with a full understanding of in-depth statistical analyses and / or research software programming techniques. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary Information:  $74,000 - $97,000 / Annually.  Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. 

No. of Positions:  1

Benefits Level Eligibility:  Full

Schedule Information: 
100% weekly
40 hours weekly
Day Shift 
Employee Classification: Career Appointment 

Job End Date:  None

Work Location:  Remote

Union Representation:  None 

Job Code Classification:  006257 (RSCH DATA ANL 3).

Job Duties
70% - Operational Support and Systems development    

Gathers, analyzes, prepares and summarizes the collection of information.  Analyzes trends and recommends approaches based on data sources and uses.

Prepares reports of studies for internal validation and cross validation studies. Analyzes the interrelationships of data and defines logical aspects of data sets.

Organizes, transforms and collects data to support psychometric analyses and in support of informed decision-making regarding items, item pools and student responses to items.

Develops code and systems that supports long-term analyses. 

Prepares presentations, research and grant proposals. Designs survey instruments. Determines sample and sampling approaches as necessary. Prepares data for presentations and proposals.

25% - Process Improvement
Documents code with embedded comments and externally in support of quality controls and collaboration with other staff.

Enhances code in support of automation, greater quality, reduced manual efforts and to reduce redundancies,

Keeps abreast of technical advances in storage, documentation and dissemination of computerized data.

Documents and maintains documentation regarding standard operating procedures.

5% - Team Building / Support    

May supervise data entry, database management and research analysis of students, support staff and / or lower level analysts.

Participates in development and implementation of data security policies and procedures.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Thorough skills associated with data analysis, validation and systems programming working with large data files in various storage systems.
  • Significant experience developing results using well organized code assets that are reusable and adhere to team standards.
  • Demonstrated skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience using R or SAS to manage and transform very large datasets in an operational environment.
  • Skills in project management.
  • Demonstrated research skills that enable development of solutions and / or proposals to leadership along with projected improvements / savings / benefits.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.