Assessment and Educational Research Associate
Grant Researcher III
Science & Environmental Policy
Job #: FP2012-389
This is a fulltime (40 hrs/week) benefited position dependent upon continued grant funding.
Open until filled. Application Screening Begins:
California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay on the campus of CSUMB is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The University Corporation at Monterey Bay, a non profit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation, is an auxiliary organization with a mission to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.
CSUMB is committed to develop programs to attract, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, and to equip these students with the skills they need for successful careers. To that end, the University developed the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) to provide our students with rigorous and guided undergraduate research experiences. UROC is a cross-campus center that trains, supports, and engages students in undergraduate research. UROC students work on relevant and innovative research projects at CSUMB, and at regional, state, national, and international research institutions. Their work is guided by a research mentor, supported by UROC staff, and augmented by extensive training in research proposal writing, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and graduate school preparedness. Students are also given the opportunity to communicate their work to the academic community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Taken together, these experiences prepare our students for successful academic or professional careers.
Bringing an extensive knowledge of assessment and educational research in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines, the Assessment and Educational Research Associate will guide UROC's efforts to deeply understand, assess, and improve research-based learning and undergraduate research programming. Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of UROC, the Research Associate will have three primary responsibilities: designing and implementing UROC's research and evaluation agenda at the student, course, and program levels; disseminating UROC's findings to the broader undergraduate research community through conference presentations and scholarly journals; and assessing UROC-related curriculum and programming (both formal and informal). The Research Associate will also work closely with staff and faculty to design, develop, and implement program activities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Develop and implement a research agenda for UROC related to undergraduate research programming, interventions, and curricular enhancements. This will include a survey of existing research; identifying relevant and applied research questions; determining research feasibility; and managing UROC's Institutional Review Board application and documentation.
- Communicate UROC's research findings via talks, conference presentations, and publications.
- Develop curriculum assessment tools for UROC-based and UROC-funded curricula.
- Research, develop, and submit funding proposals that advance the vision and mission of UROC and CSUMB.
- Monitor, support, and collaborate with staff and faculty to capture and disseminate the results of grant-funded science courses and tutoring.
- Collaborate with faculty on grant-driven activities, such as course and assessment development.
- Provide professional guidance, advice, and general direction to UROC Training and Research Coordinators in support of program activities.
- Collaborate with UROC's external evaluator on all evaluation activities, including Data-Based Decision-Making.
- Identify and initiate special projects that capitalize on UROC evaluation and program results that may include special reports, campus updates, conference presentations, and publications.
- Collaborate with staff on designing and delivering UROC's Undergraduate Research Seminar (RSCH) series.
- Develop, in collaboration with appropriate faculty, instructional modules and assessment of scientific writing.
- Develop, in collaboration with the Assistant Director of UROC, appropriate UROC communication materials (e.g. website language, presentations, mentor guides, campus communications, etc.).
- Lead training activities, such as assessment workshops and evaluation of undergraduate research, as needed.
- Build and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, CSU Monterey Bay programs, and external partners (e.g. agencies, universities, and community colleges).
- Oversee grant documentation, tracking, and reporting.
- Generate assigned annual and final grant reports with support from UROC staff.
- Provide regular oral and written progress and summary reports as needed.
- Attend committee and planning meetings on an as needed basis.
- Carry out responsibilities in accordance with Corporation, CSUMB policies and procedures and applicable Federal, State, and local laws.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director.
- Promote and maintain an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.
- Develop and maintain an atmosphere of teamwork.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Extensive knowledge of modern developments, trends, and theories in educational research, assessment, evaluation, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.
- Knowledge of the principles and practices of educational research, program evaluation, course assessment, curriculum development, and strategic planning.
- Extensive knowledge of Human Subjects in Research protocols and Responsible Conduct of Research principles.
- Superior writing, critical assessment, and synthesis skills.
- Knowledge of standard measures and statistical tools used in psychology, educational research, assessment, and evaluation.
- Demonstrated knowledge of higher education.
- Knowledge and ability to produce research articles worthy of peer-review publication and professional conference presentations.
- Ability to think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners.
- Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact, diplomacy, and patience.
- Ability to manage complex projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, and complete tasks on time.
- Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports, proposals, and publications.
- Ability to present complex material publicly at conferences and/or meetings.
- Ability to work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.
- Advanced computer literacy, including word-processing, statistical software, graphics, and database work; relationship database experience a plus.
- Knowledge and familiarity with Federal grant proposals, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.
- Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
- Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.
Education and Experience:
Equivalent of a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Science, Education, or a related field, AND three (3) years of progressive professional responsibility in assessment, evaluation, program planning, or curriculum development.
SPECIAL CONDITION(S) OF EMPLOYMENT:
Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Ability to complete web-based training in Defensive Driving and continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.
NOTE: Candidates identified for hire with the University Corporation at Monterey Bay must successfully complete a criminal background check.
Supervisory and/or management experience preferred. Familiarity with Data-Based Decision-Making.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
The salary for this position is commensurate with education and experience. This is an exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits. University Corporation positions are at-will employment.
PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.
Please complete the required on-line Corporation application at http://hr.csumb.edu/jobs/db/fp/.
A complete on-line Corporation application must be received in the University Corporation Human Resources Office BY 5:00;P.M. on Monday, February 11, 2013 TO BE GUARANTEED A REVIEW. Applications received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.
For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-4449, or TDD at (800) 735-2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Services Building – first floor (map). Please check the links provided for the respective hours and the location of each site. The University Corporation at CSUMB will not fax application materials.
The University Corporation at CSUMB is an EEO employer committed to excellence through diversity.
All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.