Research & Data Assistant

Updated: 11 days ago
Location: College Park, MARYLAND
Deadline: 11 Jul 2024

Posting Details
Posting Details

Position Number: 129510
Title: Research Assistant
Functional Title: Research & Data Assistant
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 100%
Unit: VPSA-SU-Stamp Human Resources
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life seeks a Research Assistant with an equity mindset, a passion for problem solving, and a commitment to student success to support initiatives within the unit. This position will work collaboratively with the student union leadership and other stakeholders to create, manage, and report on information that enables data-informed decision-making. This position will be responsible for managing and maintaining the data systems used by the Adele H. Stamp Student Union.
This includes overseeing the documentation, collection, analysis, and reporting of data (both quantitative and qualitative) related to student activities, events, finance, and services with an emphasis in data visualization. The role will conduct analyses and create dashboards and reports using software like Tableau to provide interactive visualizations to tell compelling data-driven narratives. The purpose of these narratives will inform budgetary and programmatic decision-making in the department.
The individual in this role will work closely with the Assistant Director of Assessment and Research at the Stamp Student Union to conduct department-wide assessment of learning outcomes and goals that align with the Stamp’s mission. This role will also closely work with the Associate Director of Administrative Operations to perform financial and human resource analyses related to our programmatic and service metrics within the department. Partners for the incumbent also include members of the student union leadership team and the Division of Student Affairs to ensure that accurate data is available to inform decision-making and improve the overall student experience.
The position will conduct other duties as assigned.
Benefits Summary Top Benefits and Perks:

Exempt Benefits Summary

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution, preferably in information science, education, social sciences, or related field. 

  • At least 1-2 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience in educational assessment, process improvement, applied statistics, social sciences, or related fields required in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated experience with Tableau data visualization software (or similar software), including preparing data files for dashboard reporting and production of interactive reports.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to work both independently (with minimal supervision) and collaboratively on assessment projects. 
  • Basic knowledge of research design, and quantitative & qualitative analysis (preferably using SPSS, R, or SAS Enterprise Guide for quantitative and NVivo or Dedoose for qualitative); and strong computer skills (especially Microsoft Office). 
  • Qualified candidates will be highly motivated, organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Background (coursework or experience) in data science and data management preferred. Experience in student affairs or higher education preferred.
Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:
Salary range for the role is $60,000-$68,500, commensurate with education and experience.
Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
Physical Demands
Work takes place in both an office environment and in on-campus buildings; will require ability to travel throughout campus at times. Stationary computer work for hours at a time is necessary. There may be occasions when the incumbent will need to work outside their normal work shift to accommodate other shifts that exist in the organization for purposes of meetings, training, etc.
Posting Date: 06/20/2024
Closing Date: 07/11/2024
Open Until Filled No
Best Consideration Date
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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