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Research Analyst

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req11104

Department: Udall Center

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Native Nations Institute (NNI) within the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona seeks candidates for the position of Research Analyst (Research Professional II). At the direction of the Research Director, working both independently and on teams, the Research Analyst will conduct research and policy analysis on behalf of NNI. The incumbent is expected, with minimal instruction, to develop and engage in a variety of research activities. These may include survey outreach, data management, literature collection and review, and report drafting. The ideal candidate will approach tasks with ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adaptability to the unique and changing needs of the specialized field of Indigenous governance and development.

Research efforts in which the Research Analyst may be engaged include projects related to revenue distributions in Indian Country, land tenure and economic outcomes, the political economy of tribal government, environmental regulation by tribes, social determinants of health, the Native American diaspora, Indian child welfare, and criminal justice in Indian Country, among other topics. NNI was established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2001, with the express purpose of serving as a self-determination, development, and self-governance resource to Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere by providing research and policy analysis, education programs, online and digital resources, and tribal services for Native nations. NNI is a program of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Participate in primary and secondary research on governance and community development among Indigenous nations in the United States and elsewhere.
  • Research and write teaching and learning case studies of successful examples of Indigenous nation governance, including editing extant draft cases, managing the human subjects research process for new cases, and negotiating case finalization with Indigenous nations.
  • Supervise activities of direct reports.
  • Prioritize workload to meet work unit operations.
  • Help assure the highest academic standards and rigor in research processes and products.
  • Write proposals and help fund NNI research activities by responding to RFPs and other solicitations for grant and contract research.
  • Engage in the administrative and intellectual responsibilities of NNI's research function, including participating in research check-ins and other research meetings.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Ability to work successfully in a team environment.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization skills; ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet negotiated timelines.
  • Ability to be self-driven and maintain strong work ethic.
  • Ability to present complex data in a succinct, meaningful way to both technical and public audiences.
  • Resourcefulness, flexibility, responsiveness, and attention to detail.
  • Critical thinking, analytical, logical problem solving, organizational, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage concurrent projects in an environment filled with competing priorities.
  • Ability to work with complex data in a relational database environment.
  • Substantial familiarity with American Indian policy in the United States.
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse array of individuals and groups.
  • Ability to work independently and professionally with minimal supervision and direction.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree (disciplines and fields include economics,political science,
    sociology, geography, education, social work, social policy, andpublic policy) or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a social-science discipline with relevance to the position description and requirements; possible disciplines and fields include economics, political science, sociology, geography, education, social work, social policy, and public policy.
  • Experience carrying out research on Indigenous socio-economic development, governance, and tribal and federal Indian policy.
  • Experience writing case studies of examples of successful Indigenous governance
    and community development activities.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Research

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $47,735 - $62,533

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Researchers & Scientists

Job Function


Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Mara Castro

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume, Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please be prepared to submit a writing sample (such as a grant proposal) with your applicant materials.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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