Research Data Manager

Calbright College - Sacramento, California or Remote - Full time

Title: Research Data Manager

Position Type: Full time

Requisition No: 23039

Category: Administration

Supervisor: Director of Research, Data Strategy, and Effectiveness

Last Updated: February 2023

Job Purpose: Works with the Director of Research, Data Strategy, and Effectiveness and other cross-institutional teams to lead equity-centered research and data analytics projects to ensure Calbright programs and services perform research, data analysis and reporting related to institutional research, institutional effectiveness, workforce and other planning projects.

Location: Remote, various locations throughout California

Salary Range: M-15 Typical beginning range steps 1-3, $109,805.04-$121,080.60

Position Overview

Under the direction of the Director of Research, Data Strategy, and Effectiveness, the Research Data Manager is responsible for providing leadership for institutional research and planning at Calbright College. This includes collaboration and management of data initiatives in support of Calbright’s mission and strategic priorities and goals.

The Research Data Manager plays a crucial role in linking program planning, program evaluation and assessment, student success metrics, including positive labor market outcomes to inform continual improvements and iteration of Calbright’s offerings.

This position supervises research staff members, works collaboratively with, and promotes a growing number of programs and individuals involved in institutional research and data initiatives. The Research Data Manager will help establish and maintain project priorities; and develop and effectively uses available resources; performs oversight on projects ensuring that end products or services are delivered on schedule, within the established budget, and in compliance with applicable laws; and utilizes project management techniques to manage the progress of programs and project activities to ensure that project timelines and schedules are appropriately established, modified, and adhered to.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

The duties below are representative of the role and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed within the scope of work.

  • Provides leadership in the management of college-wide planning efforts while establishing a college culture of institutional effectiveness
  • This position initiates, champions and drives new research and analytical projects across teams to identify workforce challenges and provide insights to key institutional stakeholders as well as external stakeholders
  • Provides data for evidence-based decision making, analyzes gaps in student achievement, and identifies effective models to increase student equity and success
  • Provides collaborative leadership in institutional accountability measures and key performance indicators for student access and success
  • Provides data and performance measurement support to individuals that review programs, accreditation, and compliance
  • Create and manage accountability for tight project timelines and ensure steps in each timeline are met across teams
  • Proactively communicate across teams, functions and roles to increase shared understanding of project developments and responsibilities
  • Provides support for the conduct of feasibility studies for new programs and other services to support student success
  • Supervises, assesses, and integrates institutional research to support strategic educational planning
  • Develops and directs institutional research analysis and resulting reports; submits to national and state organizations and agencies, as assigned
  • Presides over data analysis and trend monitoring; assists college personnel in the developing of reliable and valid research tools
  • Establishes the appropriate quantitative and qualitative research design and statistical tools to be used in program review and college-level planning
  • Provides guidance to administration, faculty, and staff to develop and construct reliable and valid educational research methods
  • Communicate key insights and recommendations to senior leadership across the organization to influence the strategic agenda.
  • Engage with the research teams to understand its applicability for productization in products.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Deep commitment to student access and success
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students
  • Experience defining a clear, robust roadmap and delivering against it
  • Experience designing and implementing highly visible, complex, and innovative analytical solutions that drive business decision making
  • Demonstrated success influencing senior level stakeholders on strategic direction based on insights backed by in-depth analysis
  • Experience adapting or creating evaluation or research tools , including surveys that use logic (e.g., Qualtrics, etc.)
  • Experience designing human-centered studies in collaboration with end-users
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of research
  • Ability to synthesize and present findings both informally and formally with varied audiences
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Experience in mentoring and developing a team
  • Hire, manage, and develop a team of data scientists and machine learning engineers, including coaching, onboarding, and training
  • Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disability, and sexual orientation of community college students, staff and faculty.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a discipline related to the assignment, such as economics, data science, statistics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least three (3) years experience with higher education, program evaluation and/or institutional research and planning, including performing data collection, data processing, validation and analysis of data from various data sources
  • At least (3) years experience managing people

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with human-centered design and research methods.
  • Experience with data visualization tools and dashboarding tools.
  • Graduate degree(s) reflecting coursework and/or methodology in research and evaluation as well as experience in conducting research project(s)
  • Five or more years of professional-level experience in an institutional research and planning, research-based consulting, program management or similar setting

Working Conditions and Travel

  • Calbright College is a statewide online college where all instruction and support are done via various online technologies both in person and remotely. Calbright College has administrative offices in Sacramento available for use. When working remotely, employees should be able and willing to use digital communication tools as used by the college, and have the ability to work on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Calbright College policies, procedures, and Title IX.
  • Calbright College celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing Calbright College’s strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
  • Requires the ability to function in a remote online instructional environment performing work of primarily a sedentary nature. Requires the ability to use hearing and speech to make presentations to groups and carry on conversations over the phone and in-person. Requires speaking skills to communicate with staff and students in one-on-one and small group settings, on the phone, and to distinguish sound prompts from various types of equipment. Requires near visual acuity to read printed materials and computer screens. Requires sufficient hand/arm/finger dexterity to retrieve work materials, operate a personal computer keyboard, and operate standard office equipment. Requires the ability to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Calbright College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Calbright College complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

Who We Are

Calbright College is one of California’s newest community colleges – the first statewide, online campus designed to bridge the gap between employers with unfilled positions and students who don’t have either the time or money to attend a traditional school. Our mission is to increase economic mobility and close equity gaps for working adults who lack easy access to traditional forms of higher education by offering online, flexible, affordable skills-based programs that provide tangible economic value for both working adults and hiring managers.

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