Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Manager for John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. This position reports to the Director of Research and Evaluation. The Research Project Manager is responsible for conducting quantitative analyses of data in a large and comprehensive education and workforce longitudinal database. The Research Project Manager interacts with stakeholders in New Jersey state government to obtain input on research tasks and research products.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Develops research designs for studies that involve quantitative data analysis, including evaluating the effect of specific education and workforce programs on participants' employment, earnings and future educational attainment.
Identifies and calculates appropriate performance measures for tracking the effectiveness of education and workforce programs.
Identifies and implements the most appropriate statistical models for conducting quantitative studies of data; develops robust and replicable procedures for handling missing data elements.
Uses machine learning (data mining) methods to build systems for predicting key workforce outcomes.
Writes reports, conference papers, and publications based on the data analyses conducted.
Manages data in the workforce longitudinal database in order to allow these analyses to be conducted and works with Heldrich Center and Bloustein School staff to maintain the security of the data in the database.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a master's degree in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, education or related discipline
A minimum of three more years of professional experience in data analysis.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Exceptional quantitative analysis skills and expertise in using statistical programming languages to conduct sophisticated analysis.
Advanced degree in a social scientific field, because the primary job duties relate to implementing highly sophisticated statistical models that are not taught at the undergraduate level.
Sufficient experience implementing the different methods of analysis to be able to make difficult judgments about which model is the most appropriate given the data.
In addition, because the data analyses will have to be conducted primarily in R (with some data analysis in Python), the position requires solid knowledge of and experience using data analysis software.
Requires extensive interaction with and the delivery of oral presentations and written reports to employment, education and higher education database stakeholders, the position requires exceptional oral and written communication skills and knowledge of these areas.
Exceptionally high level of attention to detail; a sincere concern about ensuring that the data analyses are of the highest quality
Vigilant adherence to procedures to maintain the security and confidentiality of all data in the system
Creativity to develop and answer intriguing research questions based on the data.
PhD in economics, statistics, public policy, political science, sociology, education or related discipline, with strong academic work in data analysis.
Knowledge of and experience in analyzing employment and training, education and/or higher education data preferred.
In addition, knowledge of and experience working with SQL databases are also preferred.
Skills in data visualization (e.g., R shiny; Power BI) and knowledge of multiple languages or experience R or Python
The position is expected to have a strong knowledge of data management and data analysis software.
Posting Number: 18ST3553
Location: Downtown New Brunswick
Internal Number: 78650
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.