Social Research Associate II (Planning and Research Associate)

Social Research Associate II (Planning and Research Associate)


North Carolina Community Colleges System Office
200 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: 919-807-7100

Job Location

200 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603


$39,632 - $51,609/70


State of NC

Job Category

  • Technical/Paraprofessional

Application Period

Opens: Friday, March 2, 2018
Closes: Friday, March 16, 2018

Target Start Date

Monday, April 2, 2018

Expected Work Hours

8am - 5pm M-F

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

Completion of coursework for a four-year college degree in sociology, economics, psychology or related social science, including coursework in statistics, research methodology, computer science, and/or other coursework directly related to the work to be performed, and two years of progressively responsible experience in gathering, editing, and analyzing data for social and economic research, preferably including experience in the particular program area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s Degree in related field and experience analyzing education data.

Position Description

This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Research and Performance Management and is responsible for gathering, analyzing, and reporting data that supports NCCCS’s strategic plan. Additionally, the Planning and Research Associate will work closely with System Office staff and college leaders as well as state, regional, and national partners to conduct research support of NCCCS research priorities. Current research priorities include, but are not limited to, college access, student progression and success, economic and workforce impact, and overall system effectiveness. Finally, this position will help inform policy decisions by identifying opportunities for improvement and promising practices through focused research and ongoing scanning of external research and trends.


  • Thorough knowledge of research and program management standards applicable to the research projects.
  • Considerable knowledge of theory and literature in the subject matter of the research projects.
  • Knowledge of the use and capabilities of manual and electronic data processing systems in gathering, storing, retrieving, and analyzing data, if applicable.
  • Knowledge of state and federal agencies and regulations pertaining to data collection in higher education.
  • Knowledge of higher education data trends and issues.
  • Ability to design and manage research projects.
  • Ability to gather, interpret, and analyze large and complex datasets.
  • Ability to present data and research findings clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to assemble reports, dashboards, and presentations for internal and external use.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, managers, other agencies, and the public.

How to Apply

The North Carolina Community College System Office uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions SUBJECT to the Office of State Human Resources Act (OSHR) with highly qualified individuals.

Individuals interested in applying for this position must complete the online process at, Résumés will not be accepted in lieu of the application. Work history and credentials must appear on the application to receive consideration during the selection process.

Job Post Contact

Apri Tibbs, Personnel Technician III
North Carolina Community College System Office
Human Resources/Caswell Building
5001 Mail  Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-5003
Phone: (919)807-7177
Fax: (919)807-7222