Research Analyst
Rancho Santiago Community College District

Santa Ana, California

Posted in Education and Training

Job Info

Research Analyst

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Salary Range: Grade 17: $77,791.62 - $99,382.44/year

Job Type:

Job Number: CL23-00518

Location: Orange, CA

Division: Institutional Effectiveness, Library and Learning Support Services Division

Closing: Continuous

Job Description


Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is one of the most established districts in the state and has been in operation for nearly 50 years. Located in the heart of Orange County, it is one of the largest of California's 72 community college districts, based on the number of credit and non-credit students. RSCCD encompasses 25 percent of Orange County's total area and serves a population of more than 700,000 residents in the communities of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Santa Ana, Villa Park, and portions of Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Tustin, and Yorba Linda. The District includes Santiago Canyon College and Santa Ana College, as well as the Centennial and Orange Continuing Education Centers, the Digital Media Center, Joint Powers Fire Training Center, the Orange County Sheriff's Regional Training Academy, the College and Workforce Preparation Center, and the District Operations Center. RSCCD's three (3) auxiliary Foundations are actively involved in supporting both community and campus programs.


Under direction works with administrative and instructional staff and other community colleges and agencies to develop and implement research studies; identify research questions and appropriate project design, prepare research instruments and implement data collection process, analyze data and produce reports; coordinates and disseminates information; assumes and performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


Prepares research designs and data collection instruments; completes literature reviews; creates data processing designs for the microcomputer and/or mainframe processing of research data; supervises student assistants and the collection of data; analyzes data in relation to policy questions and study purposes; creates statistical tables and graphic displays; writes research reports; presents and disseminates research findings; attends meetings and maintains communication and liaison with research study-related individuals; coordinates ongoing research which may relate to topics such as student retention and tracking, student outcomes, follow-up studies, student skills assessments, demographics, institutional self-study and community and business needs assessments.


This position reports to the designated manager and may supervise the work of student assistants.


Thorough Knowledge of: research design and methods, analysis, writing and reporting methods.

Good Knowledge of: Statistics, data processing software; data collection instrument development; community college programs.

Ability to: write clear, concise reports; communicate well with other program staff; organize and coordinate projects; initiate, design and complete research projects with a minimum of direction; learn new computer technology and research methods; work cooperatively with others of diverse program backgrounds.

Skills: research, computer, human relations, organizational, and statistical skills sufficient to carry out the job duties successfully.

Job Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSTraining and ExperienceAny combination of training and/or experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree with educational background in statistics, computer science, educational program delivery or management; and three years of experience in research or demonstrated ability to conduct such research. EEO STATEMENTThe Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) is committed to the concept and principles of staff diversity and equal employment opportunity by prohibiting discrimination based on ethnic group identification, national origin, religion, age, sex, race, color, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), marital status, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Applications from all persons interested in the position are encouraged. SELECTION CRITERIAApplication ScreeningIn addition to the requirements and responsibilities listed, the following criteria will be considered in selecting candidates for interviews:

  • Education experience (breadth and depth)
  • Work experience (breadth and depth)
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Bilingual ability (if needed)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with diverse socio-economic communities
  • Professional growth activities
  • Specialized skills training
  • Leadership skills
  • Written and/or oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem Solving Skills
Based on the information presented in the application materials, a limited number of candidates with qualifications most pertinent to the position will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may include a written test and an oral interview. Meeting the position's minimum requirements does not guarantee advancement in the selection process. Candidate qualifications will be assessed to determine those who meet and exceed requirements and are deemed the most competitive in the applicant pool. InterviewApplicants selected for an interview may be required to take additional tests or assessments and will be notified of such prior to the date of the interview. During the oral session, those selected for interviews will, in addition to the above, also be evaluated on the following factors:
  • Oral communication skills
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving skills
A predetermined set of questions will be asked of all applicants interviewed. Applicants are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their related experience to ensure the correct evaluation of their qualifications. Evaluation criteria will be applied consistently to all applicants. The District will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities. Applicants should contact Recruitment in the Human Resources Office for assistance. Application ProceduresThe position will remain open until filled. The first review of applications will begin on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2023. To ensure full consideration, all applicants must submit a complete online Rancho Santiago Community College District Online application that includes the items listed below no later than FEBRUARY 12, 2023. People & Culture will review all applications for completeness, and only complete application packets will be forwarded to the screening committee for further review.
A Complete Application Packet Must Include the Following:
  1. RSCCD Online Application
  2. Resume - details all relevant education, training, and other work experience
This applicant pool may be used for vacancies in the same classification occurring within the next six months. Foreign Transcripts: Education completed outside of the United States must be equivalent to that gained in the conventional/accredited United States education programs to be considered for the satisfaction of minimum qualifications. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), a United States-based credentials evaluation service, must translate and evaluate Foreign transcripts. Conditions of EmploymentSelected candidate(s) is required to complete the following prior to employment as part of the onboarding process:
  1. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States (by in-person appointment in People & Culture)
  2. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis Exam
  3. Fingerprints (by a Live Scan Agency at the candidate's expense, and clearance must be received before the first day of employment)

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