Human Resources

Institutional Research

Research Assistant

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience.  Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity.  The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression, and value cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We are seeking Research Assistant to join our Institutional Research team.

Position Summary

The Institutional Research Assistant works under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Research to conduct research, analytical studies, data collection, and surveys that serve the needs of the college.  This position will mainly provide support to the college’s strategic planning projects.

This position is 10 months in duration.  It is full-time, non-exempt position, working 37.5 hours per week.  Reed College offers a benefit package that is unparalleled.  Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403 (b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick leave and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employees and their families and discounted Trimet passes.

Essential Functions

  • Tasks that may be assigned include:  internet searches, tabulating data, conducting statistical analyses, administering surveys, writing queries, and designing graphs and tables for reports.
  • In a timely manner and under the guidance of the Director, prepare verbal and written summaries of information to be provided to those that have made requests of the office.

Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitatively oriented major required.  Those with degrees in subjects such as Economics, Statistics, Sociology, or Psychology may find themselves particularly suited for this type of research. 
  • Familiarity with the following software tools will be helpful: SQL, Stata, SPSS, Banner or Cascade CMS, IPEDS data center.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Experience with research and its application to practical questions.  This may include but is not limited to:  data analysis, statistics, database queries, survey research, or analytical studies. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong Excel skills, preferred

TO APPLY:  Please e-mail all of the following to

(1) Cover letter discussing your qualifications and interests,

(2) Resume

(3) Reed Application for Employment

Deadline to apply: Applications will be considered as they are received.  Priority will be given to those applications received before September 10, 2013.

Anticipated Start Date:  Late September

Rate of Pay:  $16.59 per hour

 As stated above, Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence.  We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.

Deadline: Open until filled