Research Analyst for Special Programs –H40

  • REPORTS TO: Assistant Superintendent for Special Programs
    DEPARTMENT: Special Programs
     
    JOB DESCRIPTOR: H40
    SCHEDULE: 
     
     
    NON-EXEMPT X

    NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB: 
    The Research Analyst, under the direction of Assistant Superintendent for Special Programs, is responsible for designing, analyzing, and reporting findings of the District’s student assessment and accountability system, surveys, research projects and evaluation studies of varying scope and purpose for students with reference to any disability.
     
    JOB FUNCTIONS: 

    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
    Plans, designs and conducts studies and produces annual profiles and reports for Special Programs based on academic performance and other demographic and contextual data.
    Analyzes and produces reports for disaggregating achievement data.
    Establishes a file management system for longitudinal studies for standards and to study the progress of various subgroups with regard to new measures.
    Designs data collection instruments appropriate to the program or subject matter being assessed, studied or surveyed and applies appropriate scaling and weighting procedures and techniques as necessary.
    Keeps current in research design and statistical methodologies in education, psychology, and special education.
    Organizes and presents data to special programs staff in order to increase special programs students and success.
    Researches and presents new methodologies and techniques for teaching strategies to increase student test results.
    Provides leadership with all staff members in maintaining the necessary confidentiality of information as it relates to students and staff that they work with on a daily basis.
     
    OTHER FUNCTIONS:
    Uses a variety of computer software to input, retrieve and manipulate data for statistical analysis across large data sets for multiple measures analyses.
    Assists with the development and validation of standards-based assessments and reporting strategies.
    Estimates time and resources for the conduct of surveys, special studies, and set up schedules and report format development.
    Prepares reports with explanations and interpretations of data in tabular, graphical and narrative form.
    Assists with school requests for data of needs assessment, research design and evaluation models for grant applications.
    --EMPLOYEES ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL FUNCTIONS OF THIS JOB-- 

    JOB QUALIFICATIONS: 

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND MENTAL ABILITY:
    Educational research design and evaluation.
    Descriptive and inferential statistics, including regression analysis.
    Psychometrics, including reliability, generalization, discriminatory analysis, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.
    Scaling and other survey analysis techniques.
    Sampling theory and variations of random sampling.
    Computer systems, including hardware, PC query systems, software and database management.
    Possess knowledge of I.D.E.A. Rules Governing Students with Disabilities in Wyoming Public Schools, and local rules.
    Ability to follow and successfully complete both written and oral directions.
    Possess visual acuity aided or non-aided, to read and interpret accurately written reports of a technical nature.
    Possess the ability to write reports of evaluation data in a fashion that is readable and understandable by all persons reviewing this written communication.
    Ability to enunciate clearly and communicate positively throughout the workday.
    Ability to calculate accurately specific mathematic applications in the development of “formulas” that are attached to diagnostic evaluation instruments.
    Ability to work with a variety of personality types throughout the workday.
    Possess sound emotional judgment.
    Perform other duties assigned by the Assistant Superintendent for Special Programs.
    EDUCATION, LICENSE, CERTIFICATION OR FORMAL TRAINING:
    -        Proper Certification issued by the Wyoming Department of Education for teaching Special Education.
    -        A minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related field from accredited college or university.
    EQUIPMENT USED:
         Personal Computer                  Duplicating Machine
         Photo-copy machine                 Video Play-back Equipment
         Typewriter                         Adding Machine
        
    PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
    Possess visual acuity and stamina to work at a computer monitor for at least part of each day.
    Possess strength and stamina to be able to remain in a seated position for up to 90 minutes at a time throughout the workday.
    Possess strength and stamina to be able to remain standing for a period of up to 90 minutes at a time throughout the workday.
    ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:
    Air conditioned buildings.
    Occasional exposure to weather extremes.