Research Statistician I or II
The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Research Statistician I or II to work in the Psychometrics department. This position will be based out of our Yardley, PA office. This is a 2 Year Term role.
Named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative education companies, the College Board is a mission-focused organization, and powerful force in the lives of American students. To fulfill our purpose of clearing a path for students to own their future, we offer access, opportunity, and excellence to millions of students each year. Over the past five years, the College Board has been undergoing a transformation. We’ve redesigned the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and many AP courses and exams, and we’ve introduced the PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9, and Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, all with great success.
The Psychometrics team designs, conducts, and manages research efforts to support various Higher Education programs, most notably the SAT suite of assessments.
What you’ll do
The Research Statistician will have responsibility for developing SAS code to conduct a variety of statistical and psychometric analyses, with a focus on test security analysis, and integrating it with corporate databases and enterprise SAS solutions. Additionally, the Research Statistician will work closely with Psychometricians and other Research Statisticians to perform statistical summaries, design and implement QC efforts, and manipulate large data sets to support scoring and statistical analysis of College Board Assessments.
Research Statisticians will manage core statistical and quality control processes supporting the scoring of College Board assessments, test security analysis, and ad-hoc analyses to support psychometric analysis of College Board assessment.
More of what you’ll do
- Perform statistical analyses using both internal and/or external data as assigned
- Produce tables and graphical displays of large-scale statistical results
- Produce data aggregations (descriptive statistics, correlation coefficients, and visual display of aggregated data) for internal and/or external consumption
- Write basic to intermediate queries/programs, and generate reports representing a variety of formats.
- Work with a variety of data files representing item-, student-, school-, district-, institution-, state- and national-levels.
- Work with large databases involving assessment data
- Research Statistician II will develop more efficient procedures in the fulfillment of these analyses that may include developing stored procedures/programs and/or database solutions
- Design and implement QC procedures on all statistical analyses
- Data Manipulation
- Develop SAS code to support analytic work with College Board assessment databases
- Support or lead organizing and re-organizing data into a variety of formats to permit use in specialized statistical software used for research and psychometric work
- Manipulate output from statistical analysis for use in research reports and other statistical analyses or research reports
- Provide personalized data representing a variety of data sources (internal and/or external) to Psychometricians. These data include item-level, item meta-data, standards, student overall test scores, school/district/institution data and related attributes
- Support fulfillment of large-scale, strategically important research and analysis projects
- Research Statistician II will support research and analysis projects as a secondary investigator and present results to internal and/or external audiences
- Implement and aid in design of QC procedures on all statistical analyses
Policies and Conventions
- Maintain a procedure for an efficient and thorough documentation of how the statistical analyses were completed and reports were generated
- Provide research support and guidance to Psychometric colleagues, depending on experience
- Research Statistician II will produce technical reports and memorandum describing procedures, data collection, and/or research results
Collaborate with Psychometric staff members on data and statistical components of research discovery, QC procedures, reporting projects, research projects, and operational procedures. Occasional interactions with other College Board staff members.
Research Statistician I and II require bachelor’s degree in statistics, math/science, biostatistics, or social science field. Research Statistician I will have 1 to 3 years of demonstrated proficiency with SAS. Research Statistician II will have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience and demonstrated proficiency with SAS. Candidates with a master’s degree in educational measurement, social science, a math or statistics with equivalent work experience are preferred. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience working with large projects involving data, statistics, test security analysis and research summaries.
More about you
- Extensive understanding of SAS platform capabilities and suite of products
- Research Statistician I will have 1 to 3 years using Base SAS, SAS Macro Programming, and SQL experience.
- Research Statistician II will have 3 or more years of experience using advanced Base SAS and SAS Macro programming and SQL writing, Enterprise Guide (EG), SAS programs statements, select queries and update
- Experience in analytic programming, data extraction, querying databases/data warehouses, data analysis and SAS reporting, with 1 to 3 years of experience for Research Statistician I, or 3 or more years of experience for Research Statistician II
- Experience in Business Analytics and SAS Enterprise Guide in a Client-Server environment
- Strong background in statistics I and knowledge of psychometrics is preferred
- Knowledge and experience using R is beneficial, particularly in a Client-Server environment
- Research skills and expertise in methodology is beneficial
- Experience with SQL is required
- Ability to translate general requirements into specific research and analysis questions and tasks, and SAS code development for integration into SAS enterprise solutions is required.
- Good organizational and time management skills.
- Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook), with an emphasis on MS Word and Excel.
- Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience working within an Agile framework.
- Ability to function in a team-oriented unit and manage a variety of ongoing projects.
We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.
If you are interested in joining the College Board in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by submitting your resume and a brief, introductory cover letter through our Careers page at www.collegeboard.org/careers
The College Board is dedicated to the principle of equal opportunity, and its programs, services, and employment policies are guided by that principle.
The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®. The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.