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Research Analyst IV

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Annual Salary Range:
$43,056.00 – $63,360.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,794.00 – $2,640.00
Class Number: 
0434
Pay Grade: 
A28
Areas of Interest: 
Research, Information & Publication
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Definition

This is senior-level supervisory and administrative work planning, organizing and directing a major program for research, analysis and reporting of statistical data and evaluation of projects.

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

Plans and directs a major program within the statistical and research section of a large agency, or directs the entire statistical and research section for a small agency.

Reviews and evaluates the work of personnel; reviews reports and papers for statistical validity and accuracy of interpretation.

Assists in determining policy and personnel needs; assists in selecting and training employees, planning equipment purchases, and preparing the budget.

Plans, designs, and executes special studies and research projects; develops new methods and procedures.

Prepares federal and other grant applications.

Performs economic or other research for the purpose of forecasting and developing projections based on intensive investigation of data; writes or directs the writing of narratives and the preparation of graphic material for publication.

Consults with supervisors of other sections and with personnel of other state, federal, and private agencies who provide or utilize statistical data in order to solve problems and to improve the quality of data products.

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

Participates in conferences, seminars, and meetings, relating to the general area of research statistics or to specific appropriate program areas.

Programs statistical applications using micro or mainframe computer statistical software packages.

Prepares monthly, annual, and/or other periodic work reports.

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

Performs other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

Comprehensive knowledge of statistical methods, principles and formulas 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 methods and techniques, and of the 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 moderate number of professional and clerical employees engaged in research and/or the 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.)

One or more years of experience as a Research Analyst III 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,

Four 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)