STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


Salary Group B23

Class No. 0608

RESEARCH SPECIALIST V

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs highly advanced (senior-level) research work.  Work involves overseeing the development, implementation, and monitoring of specialized research projects pertaining to fiscal, administrative, or program functions. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.  Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Oversees, plans, develops, and monitors research projects.

Oversees the preparation of reports and research findings.

Evaluates and reviews the scope and methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated.

Develops and reviews policies and procedures used in conducting and administering research activities.

Develops quality assurance procedures, and conducts quality assurance reviews on research projects.

Provides consultation and technical advice on research methods and techniques.

Prepares and provides presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public.

Prepares research budget estimates, maintains cost accounting records of project expenditures, and prepares monthly budget reports.

Formulates and monitors long-range research objectives, programs, and priorities.

Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the impact of legislation, regulations, and policies affecting current research.

Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data.

Designs and creates computer programs for research applications.

May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in directing research and planning work.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in business or public administration, computer science, statistical analysis, research methodology, or library methods is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.

Skill in conducting qualitative and quantitative research, in the use of a computer and applicable software, and in using statistical tools and programs.

Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects; to evaluate research data; to ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity; to interpret and publish research findings; to communicate effectively; and to plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others.


State Auditor’s Office

Revised 9-1-15