Classification Specification

 

RESEARCH ANALYST

 

 

DEFINITION

Under general supervision, to develop statistical, analytical and data collection methods to measure and project the effect of, and need for, various Health Department and County programs; to plan and organize research projects, interpret and analyze data and report findings and recommendations; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISING CHARACTERISTICS

A position in this class typically performs research and analysis at an experienced professional level with general technical supervision and has significant responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating and completing assigned projects.In the Health Department this position reports to the Epidemiologist.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  1. Designs mathematical and statistical models for research projects and selects and adapts statistical and analytical methods
  2. Defines population and/or database to be surveyed.
  3. Develops questionnaire forms, procedures, schedules and sampling criteria for field data collection and selects existing source references.
  4. Advises program staff regarding objectives and methods of requested studies.
  5. Selects and reviews pertinent literature in the particular technical, scientific or professional field that relates to the County program under consideration, such as social welfare, real property economics, public health, urban systems and public facilities analysis, and criminal and juvenile justice systems.
  6. Coordinates the work of program and clerical personnel in assembling material for report drafts and final reports.
  7. Participates in collecting, compiling and tabulating field data.
  8. On project basis, may provide technical guidance to entry or intermediate level analysts.
  9. Analyzes and evaluates data and performs and verifies mathematical and statistical calculations.
  10. Plans and develops content and format of final report, including recommendations, summary of findings and supporting narrative text, charts, graphs, tables and source references.
  11. Act as primary contact with Systems Analysts in developing computer systems to organize and display field data and perform mathematical and statistical calculations.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A combination of experience, education and/or training which substantially demonstrates the following knowledge, abilities and skills.

Thorough Knowledge of

1.††††† Principles and methods of research design, including sampling and the testing of hypotheses.

2.††††† Methods of organizing statistical information into reports, tabulations, charts and graphs.

Working Knowledge of:

1.††††† Principles and methods of descriptive and inferential statistics, including probability theory, sampling techniques, statistical correlation, frequency distribution, reliability and validity criteria and regression analysis.

2.††††† Principles and theories of a scientific, technical or professional field as they apply to a particular County program, depending on area of assignment, such as, but not limited to, social welfare, public health, urban systems and public facilities analysis, or criminal/juvenile justice systems.

3.††††† Capability of various research methods to meet management information needs in a large and complex organization.

4.††††† Computer programming and processing methods to generate, organize and display a wide variety of complex statistics and other research data.

Skill to:

1.††††† Apply principles of logic and scientific method to define problems involving several concrete and abstract variables and collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

2.††††† Organize and design an efficient plan for collecting and summarizing varied and complex field data.

3.††††† Apply mathematical formulas and make calculations necessary to select and apply appropriate statistical methods for collecting and summarizing varied and complex field data.

4.††††† Read and understand specialized information and terminology in a particular scientific, technical or professional field, depending on area of assignment.

5.††††† Read and understand complex technical information in mathematical or diagrammatic form.

6.††††† Independently plan and organize research activity to meet specific needs of a County program, depending on area of assignment

7.††††† Speak and write clearly, concisely and logically.

8.††††† Use tact and persuasion in eliciting information and explaining and advocating research objectives and methods.

9.††††† Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with colleagues and client staff.

10.     Initiate, plan and complete work assignments with minimal supervision.

Licenses:

Possession of a valid California class C driverís license

 

EXAMPLES OF EDUCATION, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

The knowledge and skills listed above may be acquired through various types of education, training or experience.Typical ways to acquire the required knowledge and abilities may include:

Education:

Bachelorís degree in business administration, public administration, mathematics, computer science, statistics, social services or other related field,

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Experience:

Two years of experience performing research analysis or similar analytical duties,

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A combination of education, training and experience that demonstrates the above knowledge and skills and the ability to perform the above duties.

 

 

CLASS HISTORY

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Established:††††† 8/28/01††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††† Work Group:03

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