Research Assistant (Temporary, Part-Time)

Associated Colleges of the Midwest - Chicago, IL

Part-time | TemporaryEstimated: $31,000 - $43,000 a year
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a non-profit educational consortium seeks a Research Assistant to work on a temporary basis in the downtown Chicago office.

The Research Assistant position is a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of institutional research in higher education and to put your quantitative research skills into practice. This part-time, temporary position requires a time commitment of 20 hours per week in the summer and 10-12 hours per week during the academic year.

Overall Purpose (Goal) of this Position

The primary focus of the position is to assist senior consortium leaders in collecting data from member colleges, constructing data sets, performing quantitative analysis, and producing statistical reports for key administrators and faculty across the ACM. Additionally, the Research Assistant will support the design and development of the ACM Exchange, an interactive data dashboard to enable the creation of customizable reports for member colleges.

The Research Assistant will report to the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Programs.


The Research Assistant will be responsible for the following:
Designing and administering surveys and data collection instruments to select administrators;
Compiling and cleaning quantitative data sets and performing descriptive statistical analysis;
Preparing reports on various metrics for select administrators and strategic partners;
Designing and implementing data visualization platform for ACM Exchange initiative;
Other related duties and projects, as assigned.
Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required; graduate students preferred.
Demonstrated experience in survey design, and data collection and analytics packages (e.g. Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, etc.).
Experience with data pre-processing (e.g. R, Python, etc.).
Expertise in data visualization, including demonstrated experience with data visualization packages (e.g. Power BI, Qualtrics, Tableau, etc.)
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office, especially MS Excel, as well as quantitative statistical packages (e.g. Stata, SPSS, etc.).
Demonstrated ability to work with data flow from collection through dissemination.
Demonstrated ability to exercise a high level of confidentiality and discretion with sensitive data sets.
Strong initiative and a resourceful approach to problem-solving.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong organizational/project management skills and attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to be a collaborative team player and to work independently with self-direction.
Additional Information

This is a temporary, part-time, non-exempt position in Chicago, IL.

Start date: September 2019

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

If you would like to be considered as a candidate for this position, please send:

a letter explaining your interest in the position, the qualifications you would bring, and how you would contribute to ACM goals for this position;
a professional resume;
available start date; and
a list of professional references, including contact details (who would be contacted only with prior permission).
Please submit materials electronically as attachments, in MS Word or PDF format, to using the subject “Research Assistant.”