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Research Analyst, School of Medicine, Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Scholarship

Richmond

Research Analyst, School of Medicine, Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Scholarship

  • req2894
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23284
  • Dean's Office
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
The Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Scholarship provides program evaluation services and conducts research in medical education for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (SOM). The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine is a premier academic medical center located in the heart of Richmond. Accounting for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research, the School of Medicine is internationally recognized for patient care and education. All full-time university staff are eligible for VCU’s generous benefits package that includes: competitive health benefits, paid annual and holiday leave, retirement planning and savings options, tax-deferred annuity and cash match programs, Virginia Retirement System (VRS), professional development &certifications, tuition waiver, parental leave, caregiving leave and community service leave. Learn more about VCU’s benefits here: https://hr.vcu.edu/careers-at-vcu/why-work-at-vcu/

Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

Position Summary:

The Research Analyst provides leadership and expertise in data science to support the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Scholarship undergraduate medical education evaluation program within the VCU School of Medicine. This position works collaboratively with SOM faculty and stakeholders under the supervision of the Director of Evaluation for Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) to lead and facilitate the data analytics and research work of the UME data and evaluation team including development and administration of evaluation surveys, program evaluation, interviews, focus groups, statistical analysis, and consultation on organizational or program effectiveness. The Senior Research Analyst serves as a point of contact for research and data analytics reporting projects. They work with a variety of database and analytical tools (e.g. SQL, tableau, Python, SPSS) to extract data, build visualizations or dashboards to provide valuable insights for School of Medicine faculty, leadership, or other stakeholders to positively impact processes or outcomes. The senior research analyst manages administration of surveys, data analysis, and reporting of results to stakeholders. This position participates in research projects to assist with data analysis using quantitative or qualitative data and help with distributing surveys, coordinate meetings and projects or managing other research assistants.

Core Responsibilities: Responsibility 1 (40%): Data Management
Oversees the development and maintenance of data collection for evaluation and performance metrics for program oversight and management. Facilitates the shared work and collaboration between the application services team and Office of Medical Education in the design, building and maintenance of data warehouse infrastructure. Develops reports and complex visualizations (i.e. data dashboards) using a user centered agile approach. Prioritizes and coordinates with the Office of Medical Education, faculty, or other stakeholders regarding the process for responding to data requests. Develops and implements data quality procedures for data collected and validates statistical reports.

Contribute to decisions around best practices for data management. Manage data at all levels, including collection, preparation, storage, and analysis. Integrate data from multiple data sources or functional areas, ensure data accuracy and integrity, and update data as needed. Prepare and provide data files to stakeholders. Maintain an understanding of institutional practices and protocol to protect confidentiality of participants and update as needed per university guidelines. Debug data inconsistencies and raise those when appropriate to the project teams for appropriate remediation. Respond to requests for ad hoc data analysis, as needed

Responsibility 12 (40%): Evaluation
Engage with key stakeholders to determine needs and objectives for evaluation or quality improvement. Collaborate with stakeholders to design Logic models and identify appropriate frameworks to guide program evaluation. Assist in the development of process improvement strategies along with the implementation and monitoring of appropriate progress. Collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data back to stakeholders. Contribute to survey development through management and identification of instruments and review of relevant literature. Work with team members, educational informatics team, and stakeholders to continually refine and design appropriate measures of evaluation at the course, clerkship, and instructor levels. Manage survey processes, including development and administration.

Responsibility 2 (10%): Research
Provide support on externally and internally funded research projects (i.e., literature review, data collection, data analysis, IRB submission). Conduct simple (i.e., descriptive) and complex data analyses (i.e., inferential statistics such as linear and logistic regression) as needed across projects. Develop interview and focus group protocols for qualitative research projects. Assist with Identifying potential research studies and funding opportunities. Manage incentives for research participants.

Responsibility 4 (5%): Project Management
Oversee scholarship projects with minimal supervision. Coordinate team meetings and manage timelines to conduct research and disseminate results.

Responsibility 5 (5%): Office Management
Coordinate team meetings. Manage day-to-day unit finances. Manage funding for scholarship within the School of Medicine in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. Assist with development of hiring materials for faculty, staff, and research assistants. Update and maintain team calendar, including scheduling and note-taking during weekly team meetings.

Minimum Hiring Standards:

Master’s degree in Education, Public Health Administrations, Psychology, Analytics or other related field with an emphasis in research methodology and statistics or bachelor’s with relevant work experience.
A minimum of three years of relevant work experience designing and implementing research projects, analyzing data and reporting results; experience working in health professions education or healthcare preferred;
Experience working with large data sets and data management systems.
Knowledge of and experience with the following software: Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
Knowledge of and experience with SPSS or other statistical software such as R, Pytho
Working knowledge of statistical programs (i.e., SPSS, Stata, R) and data management systems (i.e., SQL Server Management).
Knowledge of and experience with a variety of research methodologies such as survey research, focus groups, interviewing, quantitative and qualitative analysis;
Experience building reports and/or data visualizations.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and team coordination skills
Flexibility and the ability to multi-task, with strong organizational skills
Experience in statistical analysis, automated data mining, pattern recognition, and or prediction modeling
Strong organizational and time management skills
Ability to work efficiently in a team environment and provide direct administrative support as needed
Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working with tableau preferred.
Knowledge of research methods, research design, and principles of statistics.
At least 2 years supervisor experience.
A masters degree in data science, education, psychology, healthcare education or other related field.

Position will remain open until filled.

The School of Medicine continuously strives for our workplace and learning environment to reflect the demographic and social milieu of the communities we serve. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

 

Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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