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University of Washington OEA RESEARCH SCIENTIST in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 189564

Department: UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

Posting Date: 04/21/2021

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/02/benefits-professional-staff-librarians-academi-staff-20210208.pdf) Although open until filled, priority application date is May 11, 2021.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington (UW). Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching. As part of UAA, the Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) at the UW provides a variety of assessment-related services to faculty and departments at UW and other institutions. Services include providing ongoing assistance to faculty and administrators in using assessment to improve teaching and learning, coordinating institution-wide course evaluations, scoring classroom tests, and administering placement and certification exams. OEA assessment staff support institution-wide assessment of teaching and learning at the UW by 1) consulting with UW faculty, administrators, and staff to improve assessment processes within academic and student support units; 2) carrying out applied quantitative and qualitative studies at the request of faculty and administrators; 3) conducting original research supporting the improvement of teaching and learning at the UW and elsewhere; 4) developing systems and applications supporting essential assessment functions; and 5) coordinating assessment efforts across UW academic and student support units. Additionally, program evaluation services are provided for both university and outside programs to inform program implementation, document progress towards program goals, and identify and measure program outcomes. These areas differ in their focus, but OEA research staff work collaboratively across all areas. The Office of Educational Assessment (OEA) has an outstanding opportunity for a Research Scientist to join their team! The Research Scientist, as a member of the research and assessment team of OEA, will take primary responsibility for one or more specific projects while playing a supportive role for others. Specifically, this individual will serve as the primary assessment consultant and methodologist for departments in the division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs while also contributing to other OEA research projects. This researcher is involved in all aspects of ongoing projects including identifying and defining research questions, developing overall research strategies, creating and administering surveys, creating protocols, analyzing data (both quantitative and qualitative), and reporting findings. Project management is an important aspect of this position, including networking with potential clients, effective communication with existing clients, accurate estimation and monitoring of costs and researcher time, and documentation of project activities. This individual will also represent OEA to both internal and external clients. This position is funded for 2 years with a possibility of extension. We seek competitive applications from individuals who fully embrace the University of Washington's commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to building and supporting a diverse and inclusive work team and bring these core values into our daily work with students, faculty, staff, and the communities in which and with whom we work. Reporting to the director of OEA, the Research Scientist has the following responsibilities: RESPONSIBILITIES The majority of the work for the Research Scientist involves conducting research projects for clients and the university, including the following duties: Project development

  • Provide consultation services for projects or programs in the early stages of development

  • Develop opportunities for new projects and expansion of services Project management

  • Create research/evaluation designs based on the needs of the client and other stakeholders, project goals, fiscal resources, and requirements of funding agencies

  • Prepare contracts, budgets, cost estimates, and invoices in conjunction with the director and office administrator

  • Monitor and document expenditure of staff time and fiscal resources and ensure that expenditures conform to project plan and cost estimate

  • Collaborate with other members of OEA research team to identify areas of shared responsibility, and develop research and project management strategies Project planning

  • In collaboration with all stakeholders, develop research plans including background, methods, and analyses

  • Create questionnaires and tests for both paper-pencil and online formats

  • Complete Human Subjects Review paperwork

  • Define and a) pull or b) request data extractions from UW student, fiscal, and employment databases Project implementation and reporting

  • Provide as-needed assistance for other data collection activities (e.g., survey administration, note-taking)

  • Build data files for both simple and complex (longitudinal and cross-project) analyses

  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data

  • Prepare written and oral reports for a variety of constituencies

  • Present findings to individuals and groups The remainder of the work will be spent consulting and advising UAA departments on assessment plans and strategies and engaging as an active team member within OEA. Staff training and workshops

  • Facilitate workshops and training opportunities for UAA departments OEA office and UW responsibilities

  • Organize work (both paper and electronic) so it is accessible by colleagues

  • Attend bi-weekly research staff meetings

  • Participate in office activities (monthly OEA staff meetings, yearly retreat)

  • Participate in UAA and university-wide committees and task forces

  • Maintain information in a shared calendar MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Psychology, or another relevant social science field

  • Two to three years of experience in post-secondary research or assessment ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Exceptional communication, presentation, and writing skills.

  • Demonstrated excellence in one of the following: 1) quantitative research and data analysis skills, including expertise in multivariate statistics and survey construction and administration, or 2) qualitative research methods and analysis, including content analysis, interview, and focus group design and administration.

  • Proficiency in quantitative or qualitative research methods and analysis as described above.

  • Proficiency in at least one statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, STATA, SAS).

  • Proficiency in Qualtrics survey software or equivalent DESIRED

  • Doctorate Degree in Education, Psychology, or another relevant social science field

  • Three to five years of experience in post-secondary research or assessment

  • Working knowledge of applied psychometrics and other measurement theories (e.g., item response theory)

  • Proficiency in utilizing transactional databases (e.g., SQL)

  • College-level teaching or administrative experience

  • Demonstrated deep understanding of higher education literature related to teaching and learning

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience related to UAA’s core competencies: accountability and integrity; race, equity, and difference; constituent focus; collaboration and teamwork Other Conditions of Employment Travel and presentation at professional conferences Application Process The interview process will involve submitting a professional writing sample. Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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