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Policy Research Associate

Position Overview

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Research Department invites applications for the position of Policy Research Associate. We seek a creative and innovative thinker who prioritizes equity and social justice through research and analysis of the Washington state community and technical colleges’ programs and services. Through an equity-mindset, the successful candidate will provide evidence-based information to support the policy goals of the system to increase student success and close equity gaps.

This full-time position resides in the Research Department of the Education Division. Based in Olympia, Washington, the successful candidate will work closely with the SBCTC policy and program staff, the community and technical colleges, and other educationally-focused state agencies to provide support and expertise for extracting, analyzing, and reporting data in alignment with the research needs of the system.  

SBCTC Vision and Mission

Our vision is to build strong communities, individuals and families, and achieve greater global competitiveness and prosperity for the state and its economy by raising the knowledge and skills of the state’s residents. We support and empower the Washington State community and technical colleges to increase higher education opportunities and student participation through advocacy, resources, information, leadership and accountability. Our values are focused on customer service, integrity, humor/exuberance,expertise and effective communication.

Job #: 2019-27

Annual Salary: $91,728

Location: Olympia, WA

Opens: Monday, July 29, 2019

Closes: Monday, August 19, 2019

Recruitment and screening of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled. However, to ensure full consideration, return completed materials by 5 p.m. on the closing date. Note: Agency hiring authorities reserve the right — and may exercise the option — to make a hiring decision prior to the conclusion of the recruitment process.

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  • Perform research and analyses for reporting, policy guidance, decision-making, and information requests.
  • Conduct policy research and analysis related to the strategic enrollment priorities of the system, including working with national and state population and enrollment data to identify demographic trends and areas for potential enrollment growth.
  • In partnership with the SBCTC Director of K-12 partnerships, serve as a liaison with state agencies, such as the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Council of Presidents (COP), the Education Research and Data Center (ERDC), and Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) to bring a CTC research perspective to the evaluation of policy goals related to longitudinal progress through K-16 educational system in Washington.
  • Work closely with the SBCTC Director of Transfer to develop a framework for studying the transfer patterns and outcomes of community and technical college students. Provide research and data support to the colleges to inform their guided pathways work from a baccalaureate transfer student perspective.
  • Serve as SBCTC policy research staff support on system workgroups, task forces, committees, and to the Research and Planning Commission.
  • Respond to ad hoc information requests from college staff, internal and external partners, and the state legislature.
  • Other related tasks as assigned.
  • Familiarity with and commitment to the Washington state community and technical college’s core mission, values, and goals.
  • Experience working with and/or in support of individuals with diverse identities and backgrounds.
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a master’s degree and three years of demonstrated experience in designing and conducting applied research.
  • Experience working with relational database querying tools, including but not limited to SQL reporting services or Microsoft Access; Microsoft Excel, and a working knowledge of data visualization techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistics and/or other quantitative or qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated success presenting research findings and recommendations that impacted policy and practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • Work with stakeholders to develop meaningful research questions.
    • Collaborate with a team of researchers on projects.
    • Work independently, prioritize, and complete tasks on time with minimal supervision and frequent interruptions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual compensation for this position is listed above. Washington state has a generous benefit package including health, dental, life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and two optional deferred compensation programs. For more information, see Employee Benefits.

This position has no supervisory responsibilities and reports to the policy research director.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Letter of formal application that addresses your interest in the position and ability to perform the responsibilities described in this announcement.
  • Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications.
  • List of at least three professional references with contact information. References are typically contacted after interviews.

Send application materials

Email is preferred, but you may send application materials by one of the following delivery methods:

Application tips

  • Make sure you clearly indicate the position you are applying for in your letter of interest and within your email and/or subject line – suggested subject line format:  Last name, First name – Position Title.
  • Include your name, address, current phone number, and email on the first page of each document you submit.



Pamela Kelly
Human Resource Consultant


Submitted applications are the property of SBCTC and will not be returned.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) supports Executive Order 13-01 Veterans Transition Support and is an equal opportunity employer. SBCTC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at 360-704-4301. A TDD relay service is available by dialing 800-833-6388 or voice 800-833-6384.

Employee Benefits

Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation. As an exempt employee, you will also have access to an outstanding employee benefits package worth about 30 percent of your salary.

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More Information

Contact the Human Resource Office at 360-704-4301 or visit the HR web page.

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