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19 Dec 2022

Full-Time Research Associate – Institutional Effectiveness – Posted by Vancouver, Washington, United States

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, exempt Research Associate position in the Office of Instruction department.

Under the direction of the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research (AIR), this position supports the institution’s effectiveness and outcomes by working with departments throughout the College to lead, collaborate, conduct, and facilitate continuous improvement processes for Clark’s programs, services, and overall strategic initiatives. This position performs a variety of analytical functions for Clark College, including gathering data and performing statistical and analytical institutional research; conducting demographic, regional, and labor market analyses; and calculating baseline and outcomes data for grant applications and reports. This position is essential to effectively serving Clark’s students as the demand for higher education credentials is increasing rapidly. The Research Associate works with campus stakeholders in programs and services to evaluate effectiveness, assess programs, and services in terms of success and learning, develop predictive analytic models for programs and services to proactively achieve outcomes, and provide research and proven best practices to support improvement.

At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.


  • Work with college community to develop research questions and subsequently perform analyses to answer research questions, in support of decision-making related to the strategic plan.
  • Lead research projects by developing and testing hypotheses, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methodologies as well as appropriate statistical methods, to guide strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Conduct program assessment by developing program objectives, evaluate and determine the effectiveness and return on investment of intervention strategies. Serve as the expert in outcomes-assessment methodology and interpretation of educational program review data.
  • Lead and conduct work to evaluate pilot programs and new college-wide initiatives, also participate in the design of pilot programs and new college-wide initiatives. Create surveys and other research instruments, develop sampling methodology, conduct analysis, and present results using sound research principles.
  • Create and maintain interactive interfaces for accessing data, reconfigurations of existing data, and datasets and reports that support college-wide decision-making.
  • Critically evaluate information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, disaggregate high-level information into details, abstract up from low-level information to a general understanding, and distinguish user requests from the true underlying needs. Proactively communicate and collaborate with college entities to analyze information needs and functional requirements.
  • Communicate research findings to the college community and others interested, orally and in writing, both formally and informally.
  • Create and use statistical enrollment, transfer, and retention prediction models to inform planning.
  • Create and maintain data warehouses and data visualizations.
  • Perform analyses using appropriate and sound research methods and statistical techniques. Conduct literature reviews in support of research projects.
  • Assist in the design of surveys. Administer surveys and apply appropriate computer tools and data collection techniques to draw conclusions about target populations based on survey samples.
  • Create and maintain complex reports and interactive interfaces for accessing data that support decision-making.
  • Create and maintain extract, transform, and load (ETL) procedures for data sets that support institutional research and analytics.
  • Decipher and provide relevant data to support efforts to secure additional funding, including grant development.
  • Direct and conduct the work related to external reporting and evaluation requirements and assist in the development of systems to collect pertinent information required by secured external grant funding and federal regulations, e.g., IPEDS.
  • Coordinate activities with the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research and other campus representatives.
  • Conduct professional development opportunities on continuous improvement, including outcomes assessment.
  • Work with college community to ensure data integrity, including consistency in coding.
  • Represent Clark College’s interest in state-wide organizations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research.

Common Duties Established by the College:

  • Serve as chair or member of designated College committees, councils, and teams.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the Mission and Vision established by the College, furthering Core Themes and Objectives.
  • Ensure areas of responsibility operate effectively within the policies and procedures of the College and applicable governing agencies.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures for operating unit(s).
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate employees in accordance with negotiated agreements, applicable state and federal laws, and College policies and procedures.
  • Exercise effective stewardship over college resources.
  • Prepare reports and analytical materials to illustrate objectives, activities, and accomplishments of areas of responsibility.
  • Create a safe, bias-free working environment, which engenders respect for differences.
  • Work to achieve the Core Theme of fostering a diverse college community as established by the College.
  • Engage in and promote shared governance.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a field of study closely related to social science research or data analysis with three (3) years of experience OR a Master’s Degree in social science research, data analysis or related field and one (1) year of experience.
  • Two (2) years of experience demonstrating the ability to conduct complex analyses.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Commitment to diversity and ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with internal and external college community.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Organizational, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Experience with managing change, implementing new initiatives/projects and project management.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Vaccination requirement: Per Washington State Proclamation 22-13.1: college employees must be fully vaccinated. Your COVID-19 vaccine attestation status must be received by the Human Resources office prior to the commencement of work. Requesting a disability or religious exemption would be done through the Human Resources office.


  • A healthy work/life balance for our employees with the opportunity for flexible work schedules and remote work depending on position and college needs.
  • McClaskey Culinary Institute offers fast, fresh, and healthy dining options for students, faculty, staff, and the community. The space, located in Gaiser Hall, features three kiosks, a full-service retail bakery and barista bar, grab-and-go items, and a student-run restaurant.
  • Coffee Lounge in Hannah Hall and Clark Café in Joan Stout Hall.
  • Campus bookstore offers snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies.
  • On-campus childcare.
  • Gym and recreation facilities.
  • Clark promotes wellness with a variety of different workshops and events

 SALARY RANGE: $71,248-$82,498/annually (commensurate with qualifications and experience). Successful candidates typically begin at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases.

Clark College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes vacation/sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.


Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process

Please apply online at

 To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., January 5, 2023.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.


Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.


The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:


If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.

Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.

Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community.

The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment.  This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Clark College Human Resources

December 16, 2022


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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: analytical research, Clark College, College, higher ed, Higher Education, and research associate.

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