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Research Specialist (Professional Services Specialist 3, U21, S.C.)

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Job Location:
Mahwah, 07430
Laboratory and Research
Position Title: Research Specialist (Professional Services Specialist 3, U21, S.C.)


Ramapo College, Main Campus - Mahwah NJ

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 202300121

Core: Executive Core

Department: Institutional Research

Opening Date: 11/20/2023

FLSA: Exempt

Bargaining Unit: CWA



Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) develops ethical leaders who serve as change agents across all sectors. The College's unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its liberal arts core, its size (approximately 5,500 students), and its setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border provide an optimal environment for individualized, student-centered learning and leadership development. RCNJ's designation as "New Jersey's Public Liberal Arts College" by the State legislature is the foundation from which the College's commitment to an accessible and transformative undergraduate and graduate education is realized.

Established in 1969, CondeNast Traveler named Ramapo one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America. The barrier-free campus occupies 300 acres and is home to 42 bachelor's degree programs spanning the arts, business, data science, humanities, education, nursing, social work, social sciences, and the sciences. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and an average class size of 21; affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College's exceptional faculty. In addition, the College offers graduate programs leading to master's degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work, and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Every degree program is designed and delivered through the collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts of student-centered faculty scholars and staff who are committed to serving the public good through the delivery of an academically rigorous, inclusive, and a transformative collegiate experience. Ramapo is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice and is recognized as the State's top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges. Further commendations include designation as a "Military Friendly College" in Victory Media's Guide to Military Friendly Schools, and as a leading college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, Princeton Review, and Money Magazine, among others.


This is a full-time, Unclassified, AFT position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Occasional remote, evening, and weekend work may be required as job duties demand. Note: This position is in the "NL" category of employment (non-fixed work week) and has no claim or entitlement to time off or cash compensation for hours worked beyond the normal schedule. However, unusual requirements for additional work time by these employees may be compensated by allowing roughly comparable amounts of time off, provided prior approval is given by the supervisor and Unit Head.


Reporting to the Director of Institutional Research (IR), the Research Specialist position is responsible for independently performing professional research-related functions that support the Office of Institutional Research and foster a campus-wide culture of data-informed decision making. The incumbent will perform a range of research-related functions to include survey reporting and compliance, basic data analysis and compilation, and report design and writing.

In addition to research-related functions, the incumbent will also perform administrative functions in support of OIR to include web and record management, workflow processes, budgeting, purchasing, office/equipment management, and light reception.

Starting Salary: $57,573.92 - $71,979.08

Examples of Duties


  • Assist with the administration of internal and external surveys from inception to conclusion by taking the lead on ensuring timely institutional participation; satisfactory submission of the needed data; distribution, promotion and awareness building; compliance and the design of post-survey reports.
  • Review and perform data entry for all external surveys such as IPEDS, Military Friendly, US News and World Report, Petersons Guides, College Board, etc. in accordance with established requirements and project timetables.
  • Prepare data tables, charts and graphs for research publications, reports, and web-based content; assist with data coding (qualitative and quantitative).
  • Compile, review, design and/or coordinate the publication of reports and forms such as the Annual Institutional Profile, Fact Book, Common Data Set, Fast Facts, Faculty Evaluation, and Program Reviews.
  • Address ad hoc data requests, as appropriate, by quickly securing the information/data requested and/or by guiding requestors to the appropriate resources.
  • Provide access to and/or develop and implement training, seminars, and workshops for college constituents.
  • Maintain and update the Office of Institutional Research web presence with an eye toward ensuring content is timely, compelling, and accessible to a diverse and discerning audience.
  • Represent the College at conferences, meetings, trainings, seminars and to the public as required.
  • Represent the Office of Institutional Research through service on committees, task forces, and in support of College-wide special events.


  • In consultation with the Director, supervise the fiscal affairs of the Office to include preparing and recommending the budget; reviewing, processing, and monitoring expenditures; arranging travel, etc.
  • In consultation with the Director, monitor, advance, and determine progress on OIR projects.
  • Author documented workplans for annual/biannual projects.
  • Oversee the maintenance, processing, and destruction of files in accordance with College and state regulations.
  • Coordinate and track project timetables, meetings, trainings, and appointments, as directed.
  • Serve as liaison to IT for securing, onboarding, maintaining, and accessing software and hardware for OIR.
  • Supervise subordinate staff including clerical, part-time and/or student workers, as needed.
Typical Qualifications


  • Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree supplemented by a Master's degree in a field related to the position to be filled or equivalency.
NOTE: The minimum education experience standards for positions classified under this class title will vary depending upon the requirements of the specific position to be filled. In each case, these minimums will be determined at the discretion of the appointing authority.

Applicants who do not possess the required education may substitute required experience on a year-for-year basis (30 credit hours is considered one year of college.)


  • Two years professional experience in an institution of higher education or in education, higher education, or other related field
  • Team player and willing to work cooperatively and effectively with a diverse team to ensure timely completion of projects and goals of the Office.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and in managing data and spreadsheets.
  • Must have the ability to work independently and manage multiple projects at once.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable presenting information and delivering training or workshops.


  • Knowledge of Wordpress or similar web design tool
  • Knowledge of data visualization software
  • Ability to copy edit and design reports
Supplemental Information

EEO Statement:

Ramapo College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Ramapo has a long history of advocating, advising, and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. Examples can be found in its mission statement, strategic plans, degree and course offerings, community outreach programs and other diversity programs. Ramapo's commitment to diversity and inclusion is infused across all facets of the College; where the environment is welcoming, dedicated to social justice, respectful of freedom of expression, focused on educating and having an ongoing conversation regarding cultural competence and the benefits and importance of diversity.

SAME APPLICANTS: If you are applying under the NJ SAME Program, your supporting documents (Schedule A or B letter), must be submitted along with your resume by the closing date indicated above. For more information on the SAME Program visit their Website at:, email:, or call CSC at (833) 691-0404. Please send an email to confirming you applied through the NJ SAME program.

Ramapo offers a comprehensive benefits package through the State of New Jersey to full-time employees including health care, dental, prescription drug plans, retirement, pension, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

To learn more details, visit our benefits page.


Ramapo offers a comprehensive benefits package through the State of New Jersey to full-time employees including health care, dental, prescription drug plans, retirement, pension, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

To learn more details, visit our benefits page.

Agency: Ramapo College of New Jersey

Address: 505 Ramapo Valley Road

Mahwah, New Jersey, 07430

Phone: 2016847782



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