Research Analyst

oregonstate State of Oregon

The Oregon Department of Education's passion extends beyond the classroom. We seek to foster equity and excellence for every learner through collaborations with educators, partners, and communities. A career at ODE means collaborating with passionate and talented professionals whose influence reaches teachers, administrators, parents, and most importantly students. Our culture flourishes by embracing diversity and innovation. We strive to remove systemic barriers and define success by providing more equitable opportunities for the children of Oregon.

The Assessment and Accountability unit has two primary functions: student assessment and the collection, validation and reporting of data for educational research, policymaking and operations. The unit ensures security of assessment items and confidential student data. The technical expertise of staff in this unit is available to districts to support business and financial functions.

The work of this unit affects every school, program, school district and ESD in the state. Nearly all students in the State of Oregon public school system are affected by the work in this unit. Data is collected from nearly every educational administrative unit. State assessments are taken by all Oregon students and test administration/coordination requirements are set for all school districts. The unit's assessments meet state testing requirements for school accountability and student diploma, and national assessment requirements for school accountability. Test items are highly secure. Student data are confidential. This work supports the Department's mission, which is to foster excellence for every learner through innovation, collaboration, leadership, and service to our education partners.

We are recruiting for one full time, permanent Research Analyst 1. This position is located in Salem, Oregon, and is classified and represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

We intend to fill this position using the bottom half of the salary range.

The Research Analyst ensures that key data used in agency analysis and reporting functions are collected, securely stored, and tracked accurately and efficiently. The person in this role acts as a liaison between the office/Department and the Districts, Legislature, public and other stakeholders.

Specific duties include:

  • Communicating with and supporting school and district staff regarding data collection and reporting issues.
  • Testing and maintaining collections and databases of central importance to the agency's mission, including student enrollment and institution records.
  • Producing and maintaining documentation to assist data submitters and data users.
  • Researching statutes and administrative rules related to the collection and reporting of student data.
  • Producing or assisting in the production and QA of public reports.
  • Serving as a member of the Institutions Database Advisory Team

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To qualify for the position you must have:

  • College-level coursework that includes at least three quarter units in business or technical report writing, three quarter units in quantitative analysis or statistical principles, and six quarter units in computer concepts and microcomputer applications such as word-processing, spread sheet and database.

OR

  • One year of experience in work that included gathering data from various sources and using software applications to retrieve, edit or tabulate data into forms or reports.

We look for candidates who:

  • Are proficient in spreadsheet and database applications.
  • Have the ability to receive SQL queries and extract data for analysis and reporting.
  • Have the ability to manage time efficiently and prioritize multiple tasks
  • Are clear and effective communicators on the phone and in person
  • Have the ability to think about and communicate problems or challenges and potential solutions

***ATTACH THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR APPLICATION***

Cover Letter, no more than two pages, that addresses:

  • How you meet the qualifications and desired attributes for the position.
  • Explains your experiences providing detail specific data in a short amount of time.

Caution: Failure to attach the above document(s) may disqualify your application. We will not consider incomplete or late applications.

The position involves working in a general office environment with extensive time spent contacting schools and districts on the phone and using multiple computer systems. There is the pressure of frequent deadlines and rush jobs. There are frequent interruptions from telephones and persons seeking information, which requires the handling of several projects or tasks simultaneously, sometimes within short time frames.

The Oregon Department of Education has an uncompromising dedication to recruiting and retaining the highest caliber diverse workforce. Our belief in creating better outcomes for children starts with our commitment to incorporating a wide array of diverse opinions.

“The Oregon Department of Education is committed to searching for and sustaining a culturally, racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse working environment. We are dedicated to hiring and retaining a diverse staff that blends expertise and interest in supporting every student in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Education understands that an authentic focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the work place will in turn create an engaging and talented workforce devoted to creating a better education system for Oregon.”

Salary Note : The salary range listed on this job announcement reflects the base salary. Effective November 1, 2016 Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) eligible SEIU represented employees will have a 6.95 percent pay option to increase base by 6.95 percent. Upon PERS eligibility, SEIU employees pay the 6 percent employee contribution to PERS.

Application Check List

  • Completed electronic application including supplemental questions.
  • Attach a cover letter that addresses the requested skills.
  • Veteran documentation. To receive veteran preference points, you must attach appropriate documentation.
  • Failure to complete these steps may result in disqualification of your application.

    This job announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in this class of work. Apply now if you are interested in this or future vacancies.

    Background Check : Applicants will be subject to a thorough background investigation which may include fingerprinting and driving record check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. Conviction of a crime will not automatically preclude an appointment. The circumstances involved in the conviction will be considered.

    Alternate Format : If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, you may contact:

    Jimmie Phillips, Recruiter

    Oregon Department of Education

    255 Capitol Street NE

    Salem, OR 97310

    Ph: 503-947-5760

    Email: jimmie.phillips@ode.state.or.us

    Agency Website: http://www.ode.state.or.us

    E-Recruit Application Help and Support AND Veterans Preference Information

    Application Technical Issues : If you have application login problems, get an error message during the application process, or are experiencing other technical (computer related) difficulties, please call the NEOGOV help line for assistance at 1-855-524-5627.

    The Department of Education does not offer VISA sponsorships. On the first day of employment, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

    The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce.

    Core benefits

    Medical, vision and dental insurance

    • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
    • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

    Retirement benefits

    • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)
    • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

    Note: SEIU represented employees PERS information .

    Paid leaves and other benefits

    • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation
    • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments
    • 24 hours perso

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