Research Assistant #668

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Denver, CO

Department Information

Description of Job
About the Colorado Department of Education
Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state's education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.
All students graduate ready for college and careers and are prepared to be productive citizens of Colorado.
The mission of the Colorado Department of Education is to ensure equity and opportunity for every student, every step of the way.
Why work for the Colorado Department of Education?

We offer a great location and great benefits which include:
Medical and dental plans
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
Employee wellness programs
Paid life insurance
Short and long-term disability coverage
Free ECO Pass
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options,
Training opportunities, and more.

Under the mission of CDE, the Research Assistant is responsible for presenting research findings to the library community in multiple formats (written reports, infographics, presentations, etc.), creating, reviewing, and editing Library Research Service (LRS) content (online, print, etc.), working with LRS staff on evaluations of Colorado State Library projects and services, and contributing to planning, logistics, curriculum development, and instruction for LRS training and continuing education events. Duties include:
In collaboration with other LRS staff, design and produce infographics and other innovative visual presentations of data, create LRS website content including writing blog posts, write reports summarizing and interpreting data for a variety of audiences, both expert and non-expert; proofread and edit research findings, survey results, and other content; and assist with all LRS communication efforts including dissemination of electronic and print publications and social media.
Design a curriculum about basic data and evaluation concepts and provide instruction at continuing education events. Continuing education events are offered virtually as well as in-person; some travel will be involved.
Enter and verify research project data using the spreadsheet, databases, and online tools. With guidance from and in collaboration with LRS staff, analyze data, produce charts/graphs/tables, and write the explanatory narrative for statistical reports. Verify data and calculations in LRS's online data tools.
Contribute to planning, logistics, and organizational efforts in support of LRS training and continuing education events; aid in the administration of the annual survey of public libraries and other surveys/studies as needed; provide customer service to internal and external clients including training and technical assistance in the use of the unit's varied surveys, services, and tools; manage website content including adding new pages, uploading media, and modifying existing pages; coordinate with administrative assistant in the production of print materials as needed.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and (1) one year experience working in a library or conducting research. This experience must be clearly demonstrated in your application to be considered for employment.

Additional (4) four years' experience in a library or conducting research will substitute for a bachelor's degree on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:
Working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop and online survey tools such as SurveyMonkey or SurveyGizmo.
Experience using a content management system such as Wordpress or Drupal.
Experience with document production and publication, including graphic design.
Experience working with data and statistics in a library, non-profit, education, research, or office setting. Knowledge of SPSS is helpful.
Proven project management skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities at the same time.
Interest in social media and its appropriate professional applications.
Undergraduate- or graduate-level coursework in Library and Information Science.

Required Skills and Competencies:
Ability to work in a team environment
Ability to work across teams
Strong attention to detail
Effective problem-solving skills
Effective verbal and written communication skills
Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Application Checklist:
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

Applicants MUST submit a resume, cover letter/letter of interest detailing how their experience and background address the stated minimum and preferred qualifications/competencies of the job and attach to the online application. Applications left blank or marked "See Resume" will not be accepted.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:
A complete online application.
A cover letter with a written narrative. The written narrative should describe your interest in this position and specifically how your education, abilities, skills, and experience relate to the requirements, responsibilities and competencies listed in the job announcement.
A resume (attach to your online application).

Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions, and reinstatements) if applying are required to participate in the comparative analysis process.

Comparative Analysis:
Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees hired and promoted through a comparative analysis. The comparative analysis for this position will include a structured review of your application materials and responses to any supplemental questions. The comparative analysis process may also consist of Telephone Screening, Oral Assessment, Written Assessment, Online Assessment, etc. Candidates who most closely meet the job requirements will move through successive stages of the process.

Conditions of Employment:
A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted as part of the selection process.
Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.

You MUST be a Colorado resident to apply for this position.

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
Supplemental Information

Supplemental Information:
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources representative listed on this job announcement by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and the type of accommodations needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.