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Director of College Research and Planning (Merritt)
Peralta Community College District in Oakland, California
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Date Posted 08/21/2019
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Salary Salary Range: $100,483 - $122,813/y -  
Employment Type 40 Hours/Week, 12-Mo
Application Deadline Open until filled

Peralta/College Information

Merritt College

Merritt College is a public, comprehensive, two-year college, maintained by the Peralta Community College District in Alameda County. With a comprehensive day and evening program of transfer, technical, occupational and basic skills education, the College is committed to meeting the educational needs of the diverse student population it serves.

Located on a 125-acre site in the hills of East Oakland, Merritt College combines modern, spacious facilities with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area. An integral part of a large, busy urban community, the location provides a sense of tranquility and peace.

Special Instructions to Applicants


1. Required documents will include:

· Current resume of experience, formal education/training and qualifications.

· Copies of supporting credentials, if applicable.

· Copies of transcripts from fully accredited college or university institutions.

(Copies of diplomas will not substitute for  transcripts.) (If hired, it will be required to submit official transcripts from fully accredited college or university.)

Information on transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date.Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IF YOUR DEGREE WILL NOT BE CONFERRED UNTIL A LATER DATE.

Note:  A written evaluation by an official foreign credentials/transcripts evaluation and translation service must be submitted for Foreign Degree(s)(non-U.S.degrees) by the application deadline date.

2. Applications and attachments (resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, letters of recommendations, etc.) will ONLY be accepted through the online process. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR FAXED APPLICATIONS OR ITS ATTACHMENTS.

3. Travel expenses for the interview and selection process will be borne by the candidates.

4. Skype and phone interviews are not permitted.

Appointment to the position is conditional upon the approval of the Chancellor.


Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:


Tuberculosis Examination:  Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days.  The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.

Fingerprinting Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.

Immigration Requirement:  According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:

1) A citizen or national of the United States;

2) An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or

3) An alien authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.

All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

District Policy:  A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process.  The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.


Medical Examination:  Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment.  Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.


We are a collaborative community of colleges.

· Together, we provide educational leadership for the East Bay, delivering programs and services that sustainably enhance the   region’s human, economic, environmental, and social development.

· We empower our students to achieve their highest aspirations. We develop leaders who create opportunities and transform lives.

· Together with our partners, we provide our diverse students and communities with equitable access to the educational   resources, experiences, and life-long opportunities to meet and exceed their goals.

The Peralta Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In conformance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, requests for Reasonable Accommodations may be made to the Office of Human Resources by calling (510) 466-7283.

The Peralta Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position.

Job Title

Director of College Research and Planning (Merritt)

Time Base

40 Hours/Week, 12-Month Assignment


Salary Range: $100,483 - $122,813/yr. The maximum initial placement is Step 3 depending on experience.

Benefits Information


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%.  Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, prescription drug insurance coverage*

• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.

• Long-term disability coverage.

• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your own contribution, Peralta also contributes 19.721% of your salary to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).  Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalPERS. A summary of those changes is available at http://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/employer/program-services/summary-pension-act.pdf. For further up to date information on CalPERS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at www.calpers.com www.calpers.ca.gov/. The CalPERS member handbook is available at http://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/about/pubs/member/your-benefits-your-future-school-benefits.pdf., please visit the website at www.calpers.com.  After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)

• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)

• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans

• Credit union membership

• Prepaid legal plan participation 

• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

  • Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District.  Other plans require employee contribution.  Subject to change.

Position Type



President's Office (601)

Job Description Summary

This position is categorically funded. Continued employment is contingent upon refunding of the position.

Under direction of the College President, the Director of College Research and Planning will plan, develop, organize, conduct, coordinate, direct and evaluate research and planning for College functions, programs, services and activities through the continuous assessment and analysis of student needs.

Duties & Responsibilities

Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.
• Collect and analyze internal and external data; perform a wide range of statistical analyses, validation studies, reports and surveys, including student satisfaction, campus climate and community surveys and ad hoc reports as requested by the supervisor; prepare and distribute reports and recommendations as required; develop and implement appropriate data collection, analysis and presentation methodology for studies and projects.

• Provides project consultation and technical assistance to staff and departments requiring
research assistance; coordinates the research efforts of departments involved in projects with
common goals; develops and presents staff development training regarding research value,
methods and interpretation.

• Provide data and analysis to support workforce and economic development planning and strategies, such as gathering census and labor market information, compiling economic and workforce development resources, and environmental scans of industry job growth. Maintain current knowledge of community college education, college and community characteristics and trends, and keep the College and administration informed.

• Assist the College Accreditation Liaison Officer, by providing research, analysis and organizational support for accreditation, including the self-study; organizing, coordinating and monitoring on-going implementation of accreditation agendas and recommendations; providing regular progress reports to the College and administration.

• Support program review with internal and external data as necessary; assist in and provide support for the development, implementation and evaluation of the program review process.

• Select, train, supervise and evaluate assigned support staff; as directed, provide supervision and/ or direction to faculty or staff assigned to grants or projects related to research, planning or institutional effectiveness; provide input for reassigned time evaluations to the appropriate supervisor; complete all assigned evaluations as scheduled.

• Operate a computer and peripheral equipment, including the technical aspects of current spreadsheet, statistical and database management software; utilize query programs to access mainframe data; download and transfer data as required.

• Develop, maintain and be accountable for the research and planning budget and other budgets as assigned; prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports related to institutional research and planning operations, activities and outcomes.

• Develop and maintain the College research and planning web site; develop and implement ways to keep the College informed about research and planning initiatives and outcomes.

• Organizes, attends, or chairs a variety of meetings as required; serves on committees and
special projects as assigned; coordinates programs and services as appropriate with other
District and college personnel.

• Coordinates the timely collection and preparation of data for statutory reporting requirements; serves as liaison with District Information Services as appropriate; coordinates the accuracy of data for reporting to external agencies; interprets technical research data, findings and reports
generated by external agencies and presents implications and limitations as they pertain to the college; remains informed of state and federal legislation and regulations with implications for research and evaluation of college programs and institutional effectiveness.

• Performs other related duties as assigned by the College President.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university institution in statistics, mathematics, business, economics, social sciences, education or related field.

2. Minimum of five (5) years of direct experience in designing and implementing research projects.

3. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.

Demonstrated knowledge of:

• Knowledge of advanced principles, practices, procedures, theories, models and techniques involved in the research, collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting of statistical data.

• Knowledge of qualitative analysis, such as policy analysis, focus group research, project/ organizational evaluation studies, protocol development for qualitative interviewing and case study analysis, etc.

• Operation of microcomputer equipment and a variety of software including word processing and advanced spreadsheet, statistical analysis (e.g., SPSS) and database management applications.

Demonstrated ability to:

• Exercise leadership in the areas of research, planning and institutional effectiveness.

• Plan, coordinate and conduct research, analytical studies and surveys related to the assessment, planning and evaluation of College programs.

• Communicate effectively in oral, written and graphic form; make presentations to large and small groups.

• Develop and maintain a research and planning web site.

• Coordinate and support College planning processes.

• Prepare analytical reports and recommendations.

• Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others; work effectively within a participatory governance environment.

Desirable Qualifications

• Possession of a Master’s Degree from an accredited college of university in business, educational research, mathematics, psychology, sociology, or related field.

• Higher education experience, preferably in a community college.

• Demonstrated knowledge of current higher education/community college research issues and policy implications.

Environmental Demands

• Occasional work performed alone
• Constant work around and with people

Other Requirements

• Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and climbing stairs
• Occasional lifting and carrying up to 15 lbs.
• Occasional pushing and pulling up to 20 lbs.
• Occasional twisting of body
• Occasional use of manual dexterity
• Occasional use of tactile acuity
• Occasional use of visual acuity from a distance, with depth, and for color
• Frequent work at a rapid pace
• Frequent reaching, high, low, and level
• Frequent audio acuity at all ranges, including speech
• Frequent visual acuity for reading
• Constant sitting
• Constant use of clear oral communication

Tools & Equipment Used

• Standard Office Equipment

Application Deadline Date


Open Date

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