Research Technician
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB
The Research Technician leads institutional research projects as assigned by the Institutional Research Manager that are used for decision-making, planning, and accountability purposes at Red Deer College and for government reporting. The Research Technician provides advice and support to the Institutional Research Manager and other areas of the College as needed in regard to the planning, development, design, and implementation of research projects. The Research Technician also assists with the coordination of the day-to-day activities of full-time and part-time staff for various research projects and reporting processes. The Research Technician handles multiple projects within a face-paced environment and maintains positive working relationships with a variety of contacts inside and outside of the College.

Job Duties
Project Management, Data Collection, Reporting, and Analysis

Provides advice and support for the planning of institutional research projects, development of survey methodologies, implementation of research projects, importing of data into analysis software, basic database analysis, and generation of reports.
Prepares and administers internal and external data collection instruments including telephone interviews, printed surveys, online surveys, and focus groups in accordance with the College Research Involving Humans policy.
Edits and validates surveys, scans completed surveys, codes responses, keys data, prints and compiles surveys, and generates basic descriptive statistical reports.
Completes statistical analysis and provides initial interpretation and analysis of data.
Performs literature reviews, research, and compiles relevant information for institutional planning and decision-making purposes. Collects data and information for institutional purposes from other organizations (example: other Post-Secondary Institutions, Government bodies, local organizations, etc.)
Assists the Institutional Research Manager with the coordination and scheduling of staff to meet project and operational needs.
Consults, advises and provides support to other areas of the College on survey design, development of survey questions, data collection, research methodologies, preliminary analysis, and report writing.

Participates in the recruitment, selection, and performance evaluations of staff for projects assigned by the Institutional Research Manager in compliance with Human Resources policies and procedures, FOIP, and CUPE Collective Agreement.
Leads the planning, organization, and coordination of formal and informal orientations of part-time employees.
Directly monitors and assigns the day-to-day activities of staff and monitors the progress of projects assigned by the Institutional Research Manager, including maintaining an ongoing communication mechanism to address issues, questions and concerns. Coordination duties may include daytime, evening, and weekend hours. Manages and allocates workload and day-to-day activities, defines priorities, provides guidance, and schedules staff to meet operational needs for projects assigned by the Institutional Research Manager.
Required Qualifications
Four (4) year undergraduate degree in Social Sciences, or three (3) year undergraduate degree plus one full additional year of University in a related program representing four years of study or equivalent.
Over two up to three years experience in a related field.
Experience working in a PC environment including Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel, Word, and Outlook).
Experience using statistical analysis software (SPSS).
Demonstrated leadership skills and experience providing guidance.
Excellent written, oral and telephone communication skills.
Coordinating multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to work within a team environment.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Preferred Qualifications
Online survey administration is an asset.
Experience training others is an asset.
Previous experience in a post-secondary environment desirable.
Salary or Hourly? Salary Salary $60,661 annually Benefits and Compensation Information
Red Deer College offers a comprehensive benefits package including extended health and dental care through Blue Cross, access to a health spending account, pension plan, generous vacation allotments, credit tuition waivers and opportunities for professional development funding. Additional time off due to College closures between Christmas and New Year general holidays.

  • Eligibility to access the above mentioned benefits dependent upon the AUPE Collective Agreement and related RDC policies.
About Red Deer College
Red Deer College (RDC) has been offering diverse programs and opportunities for learners since it was founded in 1964. In 2018, RDC was given approval by the Government of Alberta to become a recognized university. Looking to this exciting future, RDC is seeking highly qualified, committed faculty and staff to be part of the team of employees who will make this university vision a reality. RDC’s transition to a university will impact learners for generations to come, and it will provide amazing career opportunities for employees.

Through the multi-year transition process, the College will become a comprehensive regional teaching university. RDC will grant its own degrees that make sense for industry and regional needs, in addition to offering its current mix of trades, certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates, applied degrees and collaborative degrees. Across this diverse program mix, RDC will continue to provide students with applied learning and research opportunities.