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Date: Jan 12, 2019

Location: Houston, TX, US

Company: Houston Independent School District

Research Specialist JobID: 58683
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Business Professionals/Research & Accountability
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Research and Accountability
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POSITION TITLE: Research Specialist


Job Code: RA0055



Job Family – Research & Accountability

JOB SUMMARY: Conceptualizes, develops, designs, evaluates, communicates, and conducts educational planning, evaluation, and research projects/activities needed for the ongoing development, improvement, and monitoring of district programs and assessments. Interfaces with district personnel and/or outside agencies to collect, analyze, interpret, and report data used for decision-making at the campus, region, and district levels. Advises, meets with, coordinates with, and supports district staff to facilitate the development, monitoring, and formative/summative assessment of program goals and provides recommendations for implementation by district personnel. Produces official reports for publication and distribution to campuses, district, state, and federal decision-makers and funding sources. Communicates technical information to non-technical audiences, represents the district through participation in professional conferences and publications, and provides training to district/department personnel.


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  1. Compiles, analyzes, and manipulates multiple sources of qualitative and quantitative data from both primary and secondary data sources as required for the analysis, evaluation, or implementation of various projects, programs, and/or proposals that measure the progress of educational performance and achievement of students in locally and federally funded programs. Documents, communicates, and reports on the outcome measures of students, employees, campuses, and the district to a variety of stakeholders.
  2. Utilizes, manipulates, and manages electronic data files to calculate indicators of either district or program performance in order to evaluate the operational efficacy of newly implemented and/or ongoing programs using sound statistical analyses and research study designs as appropriate. Utilizes, manipulates, and manages electronic data files for performance management model development and implementation
  3. Collaborates with and advises other district personnel to develop strategies and timelines and provide technical expertise in the development of assessment and evaluation reports and/or in the completion of specifically designated tasks. Provides training to campus-, region-, and department based staff on topics such as (but not limited to) program evaluations, outcome measures, federal and state accountability systems, and performance management.
  4. Conceptualizes, writes, proofs, and edits all reports and memos of evaluations and outcome reports. Develops literature reviews; creates and produces all charts, graphs, tables, figures, and appendices as appropriate per report. The analysis and interpretation of results are used to propose recommendations for modifications to program implementation.
  5. Conducts evaluation and research consultations, including serving as part of the research committee to review external and internal research proposals. Determines the educational significance of research proposals as defined by their stated goals and objectives. Provides data and evaluation expertise on all internal and external requests and consults with program personnel to develop future implementation improvements.
  6. Performs other job-related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Master's Degree

WORK EXPERIENCE: 1 to 3 years

TYPE OF SKILL AND/OR REQUIRED LICENSING/CERTIFICATION: Microsoft Office Office equipment (e.g., computer, copier) Knowledge and proficiency with SPSS or other statistical software, Microsoft Access and additional database software, Thorough understanding of relational data, Statistical analysis/research methods skills, Ability to compose reports of research findings in an appropriate and defined format

LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES: No supervisory or direct people management responsibilities. May provide occasional work guidance, technical advice and training to staff.

WORK COMPLEXITY/INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT: Work involves the application of moderately complex procedures and tasks that are quite varied. Independent judgment is often required to select and apply the most appropriate of available resources. Ongoing supervision is provided on an "as needed" basis.

BUDGET AUTHORITY: No budget development activity is required.

PROBLEM SOLVING: Decisions are made on both routine and non-routine matters with some latitude, but are still subject to approval. Job is occasionally expected to recommend new solutions to problems and improve existing methods or generate new ideas.

IMPACT OF DECISIONS: Decisions have minor, small and possibly incremental impact on the department or facility. Errors are usually discovered in succeeding operations where most of the work is verified or checked and is normally confined to a single department or phase of the organizational activities resulting in brief inconvenience.

COMMUNICATION/INTERACTIONS: Information sharing - gives and receives information such as options, technical direction, instructions and reporting results. Interactions are mostly with customers, own supervisor and coworkers in own and other departments.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS: Takes routine or required customer actions to meet customer needs. Responds promptly and accurately to customer complaints, inquiries and requests for information and coordinates appropriate follow-up. May handle escalated issues passed on from coworkers or subordinates.

WORKING/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unpleasant elements. Ability to carry and/or lift less than 15 pounds.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

Job Segment: Database, Technology

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