Statistician I

Cambridge, MA, USA
Jun 14, 2018
Jul 12, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Senior Scientist
45668BRAuto req ID:45668BRJob Code:RS0356 Statistician I Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research and Data AnalystSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in data analysis, public policy, political science, economics, or related discipline. 3 years of related research/data analysis experience. Course related work or internships may count toward related experience. Fluency in Mandarin Chinese (spoken, reading and written) is a key requirement for this position.

Additional Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have strong academic qualifications combined with demonstrated quantitative analysis, research, and project management skills. Experience with surveys, data collection protocols, and programs for data collection, and database management. Proven organizational, creative problem-solving and analytical skills. Experience with statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA or similar software is required. Independent self-starter who is able to manage multiple priorities, maintain effective organizational systems that include tracking and communicating work in progress, and follow through projects to completion with limited oversight. Willing to travel occasionally. Strong team player with an ability to build productive relationships and lead work across a diverse organization.

Additional Information:

The Research and Data Analyst will exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research. When gathering and working with data, the analyst will be able to make deductions, add insight and draw conclusions to share with the team. The Research and Data Analyst will work independently to identify gaps in research data and methods. Make recommendation to director and faculty based on statistical interpretation and independent research.

The Research and Data Analyst will help contribute to a dynamic portfolio of China Programs' research initiatives, beginning with two major data projects. The first entails the collection and statistical analysis of philanthropic donation data relating to China and the US to support academic, policy-oriented, and sector-related papers generated by such analysis. The second project involves collaborative efforts to analyze the results of a 10+ year national survey of Chinese citizen satisfaction relating to governance, to support a series of publications that highlight change over time in a comparative context. Other projects may be added over time.

This is a benefits eligible term appointment for 1 year, with possibility of renewal.

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Department:Ash Center for Democratic Governance and InnovationPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Research Duties & Responsibilities:

The China Programs at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation engages scholars and practitioners around key policy challenges both within China and in China's increasing global engagement. The China Programs has a multi-disciplinary research portfolio in addition to tailored training programs, a robust network of visiting scholars, and high-level policy dialogues with Chinese policymakers, senior executives from state-owned and private industry, NGO leaders, and others.

The Research and Data Analyst will conduct original data analyses, synthesize and apply relevant extant research, and develop and implement data visualizations. The Research and Data Analyst will receive general assignments and will work independently to determine how to best approach and frame the research agenda, determine the methods and tools to collect the data, define appropriate data sets, develop conclusions acquired from the data, resolve problems, and present findings relevant to the work of China Programs.

As appropriate, insights gained through this research will be disseminated through a mix of internal reports, in-person presentations, publishable academic manuscripts, and other channels to maximize impact on practice.

The Research and Data Analyst is a key member of the China Programs team, with primary responsibilities for the China Philanthropy Project and other quantitative research projects. Reporting to the China Programs Director and working in close coordination with the Faculty Chair, the Research and Data Analyst will be responsible for data collection and statistical data analysis to inform long-term research long-term questions and individual publications written by faculty.

Although specific projects will evolve based on the research needs of the Program, responsibilities include:

+ Perform complex analytical and programming tasks with limited direction

+ Determine methodology and conduct analyses of large data sets in STATA, SPSS, SAS or similar statistical software

+ Identify methodological challenges related to the work and help resolve or elevate these within the research team.

+ Support data visualization, statistical analysis, and program evaluation

+ Evaluate the success of experimental interventions in the field.

+ Serve as an in-house expert on quantitative methods and their application

+ Provide analytic evaluation support to the research team

+ Present key findings to internal and external audiences.

+ Oversee extraction and merging of data

+ Maintain overall project workflow; determine project timeline and key performance measurements

+ Oversee technical platforms: building and then managing an online interactive database

+ Maintain the web presence, help with research proposals, and provide other research and project support as needed

+ Recruit, train, and oversee the contributions of student research assistants

+ Provide analytic evaluation support to the research team including drafting research finding reports

+ Identify and liaise with vendors providing web support for project websites; and manage partnerships with data sources

Continued in Additional Information section, below.

School/Unit:Harvard Kennedy School EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.