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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Research Specialist

Series: Research

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4










The Research Specialist is the first level of a four-level Research series.  Incumbents are responsible for performing a variety of duties involved in conducting research and surveys, compiling results, and preparing related reports that summarize findings. The Research Specialist is distinguished from the Research Analyst classification which is responsible for performing professional level interpretive analysis.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Conducts research to include:   surveys, focus groups, or interviews; selecting samples; receiving, compiling, and coding responses and related data; preparing reports regarding research findings.  Daily 50%
  2. Responds to inquiries regarding matters within the department’s scope.  Daily 10%
  3. Maintains various informational resources; develops report formats; generates reports upon request.  Weekly 10%
  4. Assists in the publication and distribution of College documents and maintains departmental web pages.  Weekly 5%
  5. Assists in developing and monitoring the departmental budget, including tracking expenditures; developing and producing departmental financial reports; advises supervisor of issues requiring immediate attention; and assists with department budget paperwork.  Monthly 10%
  6. Coordinates administrative tasks in the office, including travel paperwork, payment of membership dues, room reservations, monitoring office supply inventory and orders supplies when needed. Monthly 10%
  7. Trains other employees on survey software and survey instrument design.  Quarterly 5%
  8. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Not applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

Associate's degree in a related area and two years of related research experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  A Bachelor's degree is preferred.

Licensing /Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • None required.

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Applicable computer programs and applications
  • Mathematical principles
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment
  • Research instrument design principles
  • Service Excellence principles
  • Data collection principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Using computers and applicable software applications
  • Conducting research
  • Gathering, compiling, and organizing data
  • Evaluating and summarizing research findings
  • Monitoring inventory
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, and the general public.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require:talking, hearing, seeing, repetitive motions and fine finger movements – using the fingers to manipulate/handle objects such as typing, sorting papers, activating buttons, or sorting/separating small parts.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments may vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Revised by Human Resources: 02/05, 9/12, 04/16