Research Analyst II

Workplace Alaska Juneau, AK 2019-07-11
Effective July 1, 2019 the salary increased for this position. The salary listed above reflects this increase.
The Department of Education and Early Development is seeking a Research Analyst to complete our Data Management team. This Research Analyst II position is with the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), Division of Student Learning. The department offers an opportunity to work in an upbeat, fast-paced, and friendly environment. The position is located in the Michael J. Burns Permanent Fund Corporation building in downtown Juneau and offers on-site parking. The office is conveniently located within walking distance of several restaurants and coffee shops, a post office, bank, and grocery store.

This position is part of a small, dynamic, team-oriented research unit that prides itself on anticipating information needs and providing accurate, timely, and useful information in an easily understandable way. This position is focused on serving as the Part B, Special Education Data Analyst responsible for the collection of multiple special education based data sets. The incumbent reports necessary data specific to the special education team, and also plays a key role in calculating school accountability system indicators outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan.

Under direct supervision or guidance, the selected applicant will be responsible for coordinating the collection of data used to generate reports required by the U.S. Department of Education regarding Special Education students in Alaska. As part of this coordination, the incumbent will assist in creating and maintaining instruction manuals for internal team members and for school/district staff regarding procedures. The Analyst will provide technical assistance to school districts regarding each data collection and will follow up with schools and districts as necessary to resolve discrepancies.

The incumbent will help in establishing internal timelines and coordination with the data team and other staff at DEED to ensure timely and accurate submission of required reports. They will follow internal systems to track and analyze student and district data, including performance over time and growth or regression. The Analyst will develop, with supervision, methods of reporting to ensure data is accurate, understandable, and protects the privacy rights of individuals.

Additionally, the incumbent will assist with research projects and the preparation of written reports in response to priority requests by the Commissioner's Office and by Legislative and Executive offices. This may involve coordinating with other department staff to obtain information from separately managed databases and developing custom management reports.

This Research Analyst II position is flexibly staffed, and the incumbent can advance to the Research Analyst III position upon successful completion of the required training program and required experience to meet the minimum qualifications for the higher level.

Our ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following skills and/or experience:
  • Experience working in relational databases (such as Access or SQL), including reviewing the accuracy of data entry, editing, correcting and compiling data and generating data reports
  • Experience working with the public and communicating information of a complicated and/or sensitive subject matter
  • Successful experience handling sensitive or confidential information and documents
  • Experience with Microsoft Access and Excel, including the ability to import/export data between the two
  • Experience interpreting complex documents and instructions, such as statutes, regulations, policies, and federal rules with assistance
  • Experience working with statistical information in a particular field and developing appropriate reporting procedures with assistance

Applicants must supply a responsive cover letter that addresses their knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as related to the traits listed above. Please provide examples of duties from specific positions you have held which helped you gain the skill or experience. Applicants are NOT required to have experience in every area. If you do not have experience with a particular trait, simply say so.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from an accredited college.
AND
One year of experience as a Research Analyst I with the State of Alaska or the equivalent.

Substitution:

Research or statistical analysis experience may substitute for the required education (3 semester or four quarter hours equals one month); graduate study may substitute for the required experience (2 semester or 3 quarter hours equals one month).

Special Note:
Transcripts which indicate the credit hours earned for the specific coursework may be requested at the time of interview or prior.

Desirable: Major course work in an academics field closely related to the research area assigned.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED INFORMATION:

FLEXIBLY STAFFED
This vacancy may be filled at either the II or III level depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. This flexibly staffed position is being recruited for in separate postings and you will only be considered at the level which you apply. This posting is for the Research Analyst II level. To be considered at the Research Analyst III level, you must apply under the specific recruitment for that level. If filled at the Research Analyst II level, promotion to the Research Analyst III will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class.

COVER LETTER
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they relate to the key responsibilities and desired traits listed in the job description above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, fax it to the contact number provided in the job posting.

This is not a traditional cover letter. It is expected that your letter will exceed one page in length. Please ensure that you have responded to the desired traits fully.

Your cover letter will be used as a writing sample and will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

EDUCATION
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above. If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

WORK EXPERIENCE
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.

WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE
Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are located in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to recruitment.services@alaska.gov. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'governmentjobs.com' domains.

For applicant password assistance please visit:
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EEO STATEMENT
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

ADDITIONAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
At the time of interview, applicants must submit the following documentation, if it is not already attached to their application package:
  • Copies of their college transcripts, if education is being used to meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Names and current contact information for at least three professional references who are familiar with your work, two of which are current or former supervisors.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Don Enoch, Special Education Administrator
Phone #: 907-465-2972
Fax #: 907-465-2806
Email: Donald.Enoch@alaska.gov

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