Research Officer
Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Competition Number P09213
Posting Title Research Officer
Classification Band 9
Location Saskatchewan Polytechnic Administrative Offices
Other Location(s)
Other Building
Date Posted 06/18/2019
Closing Date 07/02/2019
JIQ # 50010
Start Date 07/22/2019
End Date 03/05/2021
Open Until Filled No
Ongoing No
Category of work Full Time
Bargaining Unit Professional Services
Hours of Work Regulated 36 hours (5/4 work pattern)
Salary Range $2,318.85 - $2,769.88 per bi-weekly pay
Temporary Market Stipend
Total Assigned days (AC) / Total Hours per biweekly pay
72 hours per bi-weekly pay

Posting Status Open

Job Duties/Qualifications, Skills and Abilities(QSA)
Job Duties
Job Duties
The Research Officer will serve as a generalist for the Institutional Research & Analysis (IR&A) office, applying his/her knowledge and skills in a variety of research and reporting activities, in order to bring together quality, timely, value-added information, for evidence-based planning, decision-making, assessment and accountability purposes.

Reporting to the Manager, IR&A, Strategy Management, the Research Officer will play a larger role in the provision of business intelligence (i.e., value-added information, filterable integrated survey and statistical data sets and dashboards), as well as assisting in the management of IR&A’s ongoing research and reporting activities.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Lead primary research (survey) activities of the Institutional Research & Analysis Office
  • Provide secondary research services such as environmental scans, benchmarking, etc.
  • Serve as a key institutional data steward, maintaining expertise regarding institutional data, data definitions and business reporting rules; undertaking data validation in legacy and reporting databases; managing data quality; documentation; and ensuring data access and delivery to clients.
  • Serve as official releasor for student statistics, program data and performance metrics
  • Advance the implementation of business analytics software to transform data into business intelligence (i.e., filterable dashboards, trends, performance metrics visualized, etc.)
  • Other administrative services as required to support IR&A office (i.e., procedures documentation, staff training, development of reference materials, intranet page maintenance)
Specific Accountabilities
Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities (QSA)
1. Bachelor’s degree with statistical research knowledge (i.e., Commerce, Psychology, Economics or Statistics, or related discipline), or an equivalent combination of training and experience in an institutional research environment.
2. Experience in the use of statistical software (i.e., SPSS – Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) and the Microsoft Office suite (i.e., Excel, Word, PowerPoint) for data collection, analysis and reporting.
3. Experience with survey methodology (i.e., design, sampling), administration (i.e., online, Remark scanable paper surveys, telephone) and advanced statistical analysis.
4. Strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrating ability to interpret, summarize and present value-added information in a clear and concise manner.
5. Experience extracting and working with large datasets from an Oracle database environment (i.e., Oracle Discoverer, SQL, Microsoft Access)
6. Technically proficient, with training in or experience using business analytics – data transformation and visualization tools (i.e., Tableau, Cognos, SAS)
7. Proven project management skills
8. Ability to work with minimum supervision, prioritizing and performing multiple tasks within time constraints and through interruptions
9. Proven critical thinking and problem solving skills
10. Data stewardship focus, demonstrating attention to detail and quality assurance
11. Strong interpersonal skills, working well within a team environment and across departments
12. Demonstrates valuing diversity

Desired QSA