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Employment Opportunity

Research Analyst

Office of University Planning and Analysis
Competition Number: 14-1006
Appointment Type: Temporary Full-time
Subject to funding
Start/End: September 02, 2014 - or earlier if possible up to March 31, 2015 -
May end early or be extended
Workload: Up to 35 hours per week
Schedule flexibility available depending on successful candidate's needs
Employment Group: Admin 5
NOTE: This position is currently excluded administration but that status is under review and may change.  
Position: 00547
Location: Nanaimo Campus
Duties: Reporting to the Director of University Planning and Analysis, conduct research and report on matters related to enrolment management, program assessment, as well as academic planning. Compile and analyze internal and external survey results and quantitative information from external sources related to demographic and labour market data. Integrate data from a variety of internal and external sources into consistent, repeatable, useful reports. Prepare and present statistical, written, and verbal reports in a clear, succinct manner. Design, conduct, and report on quantitative and qualitative research projects as well as data preparation required for program reviews and summative program assessments. Clarify information needs, identify appropriate and timely information sources, and resolve data anomalies. Interact with a wide variety of stakeholders including senior management, faculty, staff, and students as well as external organizations and the public.
  Up to half of the workload assignments for this position will include assistance to the Office of Aboriginal Education to complete the Aboriginal Service Plan.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in the Social Sciences, Business Management, Education, Statistics, or Information Technology as well as one to three years related experience. An equivalent combination of technical training, education, and experience may be considered. Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, proven experience with research methods, and strong writing skills. Extensive use of database, spreadsheet, and report writing software such as Access, Excel, and SPSS, as well as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Key competencies include the ability to innovate, a high level of integrity, and proven ability to take initiative, particularly in the area of project design. Proven ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment and exercise discretion, as the RA manages confidential and sensitive information. High attention to detail and the ability to identify and recommend information collection and editing procedures.
Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with the post-secondary education system, ministry reporting requirements, and experience in an institutional research office. Knowledge and experience with survey design, administration, and survey software. Experience with quantitative and qualitative analytical tools (e.g. SPSS), and business intelligence tools highly desirable. Graduate degree from an appropriately accredited institution in a related discipline. Familiarity with issues related to survey design, development, and inferential statistical analysis.

Demonstrated recognition of holistic learning principles and awareness and knowledge of indigenous ways of knowing and learning.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: June 19, 2014 - July 02, 2014
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.