Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst) & Research Specialist

University Enterprises, Inc.   Sacramento, CA   Full-time     Research
Posted on November 13, 2022
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Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst) & Research Specialist
Institute for Social Research

The Institute for Social Research (ISR) is an interdisciplinary research center with a focus on serving the community. ISR is seeking a Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst) and Research Specialist.

The Institute for Social Research at Sacramento State University is an interdisciplinary research center with a focus on serving the community. Our mission is to partner with local and state agencies, community-based organizations, and academic units to support their contributions to the growth and well-being of the Greater Sacramento Region and the state. As an applied research center, we work closely with our partners to customize studies to meet their organizational and community needs, and produce data-informed answers to their most pressing questions. We approach our research projects collaboratively and with a culturally responsive lens. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, ISR designs rigorous and impactful studies that contribute to public accountability, program fidelity, and the strengthening of communities. 

We are currently recruiting a social scientist who has demonstrated experience conducting complex program and/or policy evaluations in an applied-research setting and with qualitative research methodologies. ISR is located in downtown Sacramento and employs 13 full-time staff as well as graduate and undergraduate students. ISR staff works a hybrid work schedule, with a minimum of two days in office.

These positions are open until filled with a priority review date of Monday, December 4, 2022. We encourage you to apply to the position that best suits your qualifications. Please only apply to one position.

  • Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst)
    • $5,304 – $7,957 per month
  • Research Specialist
    • $5,702 – $8,553 per month

UEI offers an excellent benefits package which includes:

  • UEI contribution to a TIAA retirement plan after one year of service
  • Paid Vacation Time – starting at 10 hours accrued/month
  • Paid Sick Time – 8 hours accrued/month
  • Paid Holidays – 13 paid holidays per year including paid time off the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as the CSUS campus is closed
  • Excellent medical benefits – 100% employer-paid medical & dental for employee-only coverage and low cost for family coverage
  • Educational Assistance Program for employees and/or dependents
  • Work from home for up to three days per week depending on the position and with supervisor approval.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: These are full-time, exempt from overtime, benefited positions with a defined contribution retirement plan through TIAA. (The position is not covered under the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.) Continued employment in these positions are dependent upon funding and the mutual consent of University Enterprises and the employee, and either University Enterprises or the employee, can, at any time, terminate the employment relationship at will, with or without cause. Program continuation is contingent upon funding.

Sacramento State requires all campus employees, including auxiliary employees, to be fully vaccinated, including a booster, against COVID-19 unless they have a qualifying exemption.

The Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst) and Research Specialist are responsible for managing complex and/or multi-year applied research projects and providing methodological expertise in research design and project implementation. Tasks associated include: working with clients to identify research questions; making recommendations regarding the most appropriate research and sampling designs; developing an evaluation/research methodology, work plan, and budget development that meets clients’ specifications; designing data collection tools; supervising data collection and data entry; outlining and executing advanced analyses; writing research reports; effectively communicating research results to non-technical audiences. These positions will also be responsible for the allocation of fiscal resources for one or more projects and for ensuring projects meet budgetary and timeline requirements. Additionally, these positions will also be responsible for communicating findings from studies into reports and materials that are accessible to non-technical/academic audiences. These positions will have ongoing contact with clients regarding research design and deliverables. These positions will assign project tasks to a research team and monitor its progress.

The Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst) position reports directly to and receives general direction from the ISR Executive Director. This position provides work direction to Research Analysts I & II, Research Technicians, and Graduate Research Assistants.

The Research Specialist will be a part of the ISR management team, assisting the Director in aligning the ISR’s operations towards its academic and business goals. The position functions with a high degree of autonomy and reports directly to and receives general direction the ISR Executive Director.  This position gives direct supervision to Research Analysts I & II, Research Technicians, and Graduate Research Assistants.

Both positions require a Master's Degree in Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, Public Health, or related social science discipline or the equivalent in combination of education and research experience. A Ph.D. in an appropriate social science discipline is preferred. Demonstrated experience of at least five (5) years in social science research is preferred for the Research Analyst III (Senior Research Analyst). Demonstrated experience of at least ten (10) years in social science research is preferred for the Research Specialist. See individual job postings for other minimum qualification requirements. 

Note: This position vacancy is with University Enterprises Inc., an auxiliary organization of California State University, Sacramento.  This is not a University position; the incumbent will be an employee of University Enterprises. University Enterprises operates commercial enterprises on the California State University, Sacramento campus; it is responsible for grant and contract management and fiscal services for University research and sponsored programs and provides fiscal services to University related agencies and activities.  University Enterprises is a non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors in conformance with the appropriate State of California codes and policy directives of the Board of Trustees and the campus administration.

University Enterprises is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of University Enterprises that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, placement, and promotions will be on a basis of qualifications of the individual for the position being filled, regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age (over 40 years), sex, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (diagnosis or history of cancer)*, citizenship, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.  Any persons who feel that they have been discriminated against in connection with an application for employment should contact University Enterprises' Director of Human Resources at (916) 278-7003. *As defined in Section 12926(F), Government Code 12990.