Winter 2015 Year-long RA Position in the College of Education

Application Deadline:  November 7, 2014
Notification Deadline:  November 21, 2014
Start Date:  January 1, 2015

Position Summary:
Research Assistant, Decennial Graduate School Review Assistant, UW College of Education
50% FTE  (10.5 months), January 1, 2015 – December 15, 2015

General Information:
The College of Education seeks a graduate student for the role of Decennial Graduate School Review Assistant.  This is a 10-1/2 month, 50% fte appointment effective January 1, 2015 through December 15, 2015.

Basic Function:
The Research Assistant will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting/presenting data to support the writing of the College’s decennial review by the Graduate School.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Assist Institutional Research Director in gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing College quantitative data for College leadership.
•    Assist College leadership in gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing College qualitative data on the College’s programs, faculty and student perspectives, and general condition of the College.
•    Assist College leadership in writing parts of the College’s decennial review.
•    Use time management skills to balance multiple requests for data from various stakeholders.

General Qualifications:
Must be a UW graduate student enrolled in 10 credits minimum per quarter during the academic year (9/16-6/15) and 2 credits minimum during the summer quarter (6/16-8/15).

Preference will be given to applicants who exhibit the following qualifications, as evidenced in their letter of application, transcripts of past coursework, and prior work experiences.

Education:  Master’s degree in education or a closely related field.

Work Experience:
The position requires professional experience in higher education or closely related field.  Experience researching, tracking, and using reporting systems for data and statistics; broad awareness of the field of higher education; writing comprehensive reports or reviews related to organizational mission, productivity, or effectiveness.

Specific Qualifications and Responsibilities:

•    Excellent data analysis skills, including research, data mining, analysis, and validation.
•    Ability to generate clear representations of data to diverse audiences in narrative, tabular, and graphical forms.
•    Demonstrated experience understanding, relating, and reconciling, data from distinct sources.
•    Proven ability to learn new technologies and solve problems resourcefully.
•    Understanding of data security procedures.
•    Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to work with Deans, faculty groups and committees, and other parts of the College of Education staff.
•    Ability to interpret and clarify data requests from various constituent groups.
•    Ability to negotiate various reporting systems provided by the institution.
•    Strong communication skills in oral and written presentation of data.
•    Strong academic and/or business writing skills with the ability to use quantitative and qualitative evidence to support conclusions.
•    Proficiency with core technologies, including Windows and MS Excel; experience using Microsoft Access or similar database programs; familiarity with web databases.
•    Working knowledge of UW data systems preferred.

Salary:  Commensurate with academic standing.

How to Apply:  Submit a (1) a resume/CV, (2) a cover letter describing interest in, and qualifications for, the position, and (3) two short academic or business writing samples, to this Catalyst Dropbox:
Application inquiries may be made to:
Martin Howell
Assistant Dean for Academic & Student Affairs
College of Education

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