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Research Analyst III

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Annual Salary Range:
$38,544.00 – $54,864.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,606.00 – $2,286.00
Class Number: 
0433
Pay Grade: 
A25
Areas of Interest: 
Research, Information & Publication
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Definition

This is senior-level supervisory or specialized work involving the research, analysis, evaluation, and reporting of statistical data.

This description may not include all of the duties, knowledge, skills, or abilities associated with this classification.
Examples of Work

Supervises a small group of professional and clerical employees in the gathering, analysis and processing of statistical data; reviews and evaluates completed projects for quality, technical accuracy, and completeness.

Plans, organizes and directs assigned phases of a major research program; develops procedures and methodology to be used in researching, analyzing, evaluating, and reporting data; determines sources for obtaining data and designs questionnaires; corrects, adjusts, and interprets data.

Prepares correspondence to providers and users of information; visits public and private agencies to coordinate, manage, and improve the quality of data products.

Consults with program staff and various levels of administration in planning and implementing research and evaluation projects.

Assists in formulating administrative and research policies, and in correlating program policies and practices with federal and state requirements.

Performs highly specialized and complex analytical and research studies; prepares detailed reports using tables, charts, and narratives.

Coordinates activities involving electronic data processing functions and provides functional supervision as needed.

Programs statistical applications using micro and mainframe computer statistical software packages; provides training for staff in the use of statistical software packages.

Exercises independent judgment and initiative in the performance of responsibilities; receives general administrative direction; work is reviewed for conformance to broad program objectives and policies.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

Comprehensive knowledge of mathematical and highly complex statistical methods and their application to the analysis and evaluation of health, social and economic data.

Comprehensive knowledge of the use of graphic presentations.

Comprehensive knowledge of research techniques, current technical literature and sources, and availability of information.

Comprehensive knowledge of the use and capabilities of statistical software packages.

Comprehensive knowledge of programming utilized in conjunction with a variety of statistical computer packages.

Comprehensive knowledge of agency program operations so consultation can be provided to program director on appropriate evaluation and research techniques.

Ability to plan and supervise the work of a small number of employees engaged in research and/or analysis of data.

Ability to analyze complex statistical data and to clearly present conclusions in written and graphic form.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, outside agency personnel, and the general public.

Experience and Education

(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers. When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

Two or more years of experience as a Research Analyst II with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.

OR

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Public or Business Administration, Mathematics, Economics, Sociology, Education, Psychology, Computer Science, or a closely related field, including at least six earned credit hours in quantitative research methods or statistics; and,

Three or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in the analysis and reporting of statistical data.

(Technical and professional experience in the field of statistical analysis and research may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.)

(Earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas including statistics or quantitative research methodology, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required experience at a rate of 24 earned graduate credit hours for one year of experience.)

(Revised 3/1/06)