The Research Assistant, Faculty Senate conducts literature reviews with broad focus on university governance, and researches university current events and issues. This role archives materials for Senate and committees, including collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and supports senate and committee meetings.
This position creates and maintains associated documents, spreadsheets, databases, meetings, special events, etc. and alerts supervisor of critical issues and upcoming events.
Documents & Databases
Creates and maintains standard spreadsheets and/or databases.
Prepares queries, reports, statistics, tables, charts, etc. based on information compiled from various sources.
In support of the Faculty Senate, builds and maintains a library of materials on:
Stock issues of university governance (e.g., academic freedom)
Issues already confronting the university or emerging on the horizon (e.g., unionization)
Issues that might become topics of Senate emphasis (e.g., topics recommended by individual Senators for possible consideration)
Supports the Senate and committees with research on topics as requested by the committees or suggested by the leadership (intellectual property rights, diversity training for faculty, etc.)
Researches the specific theme selected for the year by the Senate president.
Determines format, elements, trends, etc.
Organizes and coordinates events which may include creating timelines.
Collects agenda items and background materials.
Supports Senate and committee meetings.
Responds to inquiries.
Researches information to resolve problems or issues.
Performs other duties as assigned.
A high school diploma or equivalent required.
4 years of administrative support or other relevant experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Intermediate knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, email, and database software programs is required.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
BA with research experience
Master’s Degree with extensive qualitative research
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Archival research, Microsoft Suite
Knowledge of university governance structures and norms
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.