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Job Summary

Wolverine Pathways (WP) is seeking a Research Area Specialist Intermediate to provide data analytic support and expertise for the overall WP program. This position is a regular 0.5 FTE (20 hours/week) appointment.

The Research Area Specialist Intermediate will serve as the primary staff member overseeing and/or performing the data collection, data processing, database management, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and report writing for WP. The position will work in partnership with staff from WP to fulfill data requests and will provide data analytic expertise for the program.

The position is an FLSA exempt position that reports directly to the Director of Evaluation and Assessment within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The successful candidate will be a creative, solution and action-oriented, reliable, collaborative, skilled, and organized professional.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Wolverine Pathways (WP) program is a unit that report to the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Wolverine Pathways is a free, year-round college readiness program for 7th through 12th grade students who live in Detroit or within the boundaries of Southfield Public or Ypsilanti Community school districts. WP guides students and their families in exploring and preparing for college early, while supporting students in their academic and social development.


  • Oversee all data analytic aspects of the research process, including instrument development, data collection (quantitative and qualitative), and data analysis, and manuscript and report preparation.
  • Serve as the expert in statistical analysis, interpreting research findings, and writing up the results for reporting needs.
  • Other duties include data cleaning; preparation of documentation for data sets; and working collaboratively with staff to develop and implement new systems for data gathering.
  • Lead/assist with preparation of research papers and manuscripts for publication and presentation at conferences and workshops.
  • The Research Area Specialist Intermediate also will be required to perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in statistics or social science discipline.
  • At least four years of experience in data processing and analysis of a complex nature.
  • Knowledge of research principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated advanced skills in data management and analysis, including the cleaning and merging of datasets from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated quantitative research experience using statistical analysis such as ANOVA and regression modeling.
  • Proficiency with SPSS.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft computing environment, particularly with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Previous experience with Qualtrics or other online surveying programs, and database management tools, such as Salesforce.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Outstanding organizational skills and communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work both as part of a team and individually.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and deadlines.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Academic knowledge of a social science discipline, including advanced study or demonstrated capacity for social science research that is generally associated with an earned doctorate degree, or an equivalent combination of education and progressively responsible work experience.
  • Knowledge of higher level multivariate statistical modeling and techniques.
  • Proficiency with R for statistical computing.
  • Experience with U-M business processes and systems including U-M student records is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated program evaluation related to diversity, achievement, and/or access issues is a plus.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.