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Assistant Director for Survey Methodology, National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates

USC Race and Equity Center Los Angeles, California

Assistant Director for Survey Methodology, National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates

University of Southern California

Los Angeles

The Race and Equity Center unites University of Southern California scholars who do research on important topics pertaining to racial equity in the United States and abroad. Center staff and affiliates collaborate on funded research projects, events and a range of creative activities, evaluation and consulting opportunities, and the production of timely research reports that include useful implications for policy and practice. The Center’s strength resides in its interdisciplinarity – professors and students from various academic schools and departments across the USC campus learn and work together as Center affiliates. Principally, the Center aims to illuminate, more deeply understand, and ultimately eradicate racial injustice and inequities. The Center is home to the USC Equity Institutes, the USC Equity Summit Series, and the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC).

The NACCC will provide data to institutional leaders and faculty members about students’ feelings of belongingness and inclusion, the extent to which they interact meaningfully with diverse others, where and what they learn about race and other aspects of diversity, and their feelings of readiness for participation in a diverse democracy. The NACCC will also furnish data on how different groups of students uniquely experience and appraise the campus climate. Primarily, the Assistant Director for Survey Methodology will formulate and execute appropriate survey designs, interpret survey results, and produce statistical reports for campus partners. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Recommending and implementing precise survey designs.
  • Analyzing quantitative data from the national survey.
  • Producing statistical reports of survey results for campus partners.
  • Making presentations about the NACCC at national, regional, and local education conferences and meetings of various stakeholder groups.
  • Working closely with members of advisory boards comprised of content and technical experts to continuously improve all aspects of the NACCC, including instrument revisions.
  • Collaborating with the NACCC Director and graduate assistants to produce methodologically rigorous quantitative research papers using NACCC data for presentation at annual higher education conferences and for publication in high quality peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Translating NACCC findings to audiences with varying levels of familiarity with statistical terms and quantitative research methods.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Center’s directors.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Education: Advanced degree in survey methodology, education, statistics, or another relevant field.
  • Work Experience: At least 3 years full-time professional work experience, preferably in a higher education research center or a context that conducts national surveys.

Desired Expertise:

Demonstrated expertise in survey research and design (including knowledge of sampling and weighting procedures) and complex quantitative research methods. Extraordinary oral and written communication skills. Prefer fluency in topics pertaining to racial equity.

If you are interested, please upload a cover letter and resume.

Minimum Education: Master's degree

Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Biometry, Biostatistics or Statistics; mainframe and PC experience; experience with SAS, Epilog, BMDP, GLIM or SPSS and programming languages such as FORTRAN, C++.

REQ20051380 Posted Date: 10/05/2017

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