Sponsor Funded Professional | Research Associate, Senior

Position ID: 45405
Georgia State University
Enrollment Management
Division of Student Success, Enrollment Services
Branch Campus: 
Position Description
Job Class: 
Senior Research Associate
Job Description: 

Sponsor Funded Professional | Research Associate, Senior - 20000105

Georgia State University, an enterprising public research university in Atlanta, is a national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the 21st century’s great global cities. The university offers a challenging academic environment that emphasizes research and practical experience across the curriculum and has more than 50 nationally and internationally ranked programs. Georgia State’s commitment to student success and its proximity to the vibrant arts and entertainment community of downtown Atlanta make working for Georgia State the perfect blend of city and campus life.


As a national leader in student success, Georgia State has developed a robust data infrastructure that seeks to leverage insights from analytics to maximize educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds. In an effort to capitalize upon, greatly expand, and better measure the learning that is already happening between Georgia State and partner institutions, the university is seeking to establish a National Institute for Student Success (NISS), which will become a catalyst for change in higher education through promoting a model of structured, evidence-based, peer-to-peer learning. The NISS will aim to support student success through various dissemination initiatives that may include engaging universities in a cohort-based model, providing student success and analytics degree/certification programs, advancing pertinent research, developing a summer academy for secondary school leaders, and forming student success consulting teams.

The Senior Research Associate will provide strategic program development and data analysis support to the NISS project team. The position will serve as the point person for research, program development, and policy, market and data analyses that support the planning, implementation, and operation of the National Institute for Student Success (NISS). The position will be a critical member of the NISS development project, executing various research projects and disseminating findings to NISS and GSU leadership. The position will support internal and external reporting through engagement with and analysis of academic, policy and practitioner communities in the area of Student Success praxis, as well as provide multilateral support for research publications. Examples of duties include:

  • Develop research plans, manage workflow, and provide feedback, guidance, and assessment strategies on the development of NISS research, data analytics methods, certificate/degree plans, and fellowship programs.
  • Gather data from multiple databases and sources and organize data into meaningful formats.
  • Conduct data analytics of internal business and program data to identify opportunities for partnership recruitment and revenue growth of the NISS.
  • Develop for publication research topics on best practices in higher education programs focusing on student retention, progression and graduation.
  • Perform business modeling and recommends feasibility and shape of new initiatives, including features and benefits, pricing, and delivery channels.
  • Assist in developing budgets and strategic marketing plans including grant development opportunities.
  • Develop research frameworks and administer and collect survey data.
  • Create summary reports and give descriptive analyses of data.
  • Create and evaluate standard data tables for various Student Success projects.
  • Review and analyze results of complex queries.
  • Test, document and perform quality assurance on data analyses related to and generated by NISS programs.
  • Performs analyses using various statistical methods and techniques with a broad range of tools for data manipulation and visualization reporting.

Disclaimer: This job requisition provides a high-level job definition. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive or exclusive list of job duties. As such, job duties and/or responsibilities within the context of this job requisition may change at the discretion the employee’s direct supervisor. 


Ph.D. with three years of experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

College/Business Unit: Enrollment Management 

Department: Division of Student Success | Enrollment Services 

Location: Atlanta Campus 

Shift: 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM | Monday - Friday 

Salary : $65,000 - $75,000 

Pay Grade: NPP 

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Job Type: Full Time (Benefits Eligible) 

Job Posting: 02/27/20, 12:19:04 PM 

Closing Date: Open until filled 

Preferred Hiring Qualifications: 

A highly-qualified candidate should possess:

  • Earned track record of success in academic and professional settings with a strong ability to work on multiple projects.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in strategic design and program development.
  • Strong understanding of quantitative data analysis.
  • Ability to present complex analyses effectively.
  • Research and publications background.
  • Experience building and tuning explanatory and predictive models.

Special Instructions: 

cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Finalist applicants will need to submit name and contact information for three references (minimum).

Please note, Georgia State University’s career board updates daily and requisitions are subject to be removed without prior notice or before the posting expires. 

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
CIP Discipline Code: 
Big Data (Applied)
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Student Success/Student Testing and Assessment Services (Admin code)
Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods
Research Methodology and Qualitative Methods
Operations Research
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Degree Levels: 
Position Type: 
Required Qualifications
3 years
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Vacancy Status: 
Annual Salary: 
$65,000 - $75,000

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822
E-Mail: ch@uga.edu


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

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