Job Posting: Senior Research Specialist, MCAT

05/16/2016 9:19 AM | Anonymous

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Location: Washington, DC

About the Organization

The AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.

Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 145 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies.

Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public's trust for the role we play in improving the nation's health.

About the Job

The Association of American Medical Colleges is seeking a Senior Research Specialist to support the MCAT research division. The Senior Research Specialist is responsible for designing and conducting research to evaluate the validity of the MCAT exam and its impact on examinees, applicants, matriculants, and medical school admissions, and for managing the development of reports, resources, and tools to disseminate research findings to admissions officers, AAMC stakeholders, and technical audiences. This role will be responsible for collaborating with AAMC’s IT department, MCAT staff, and participating medical schools to establish the infrastructure and underlying data tables necessary to support the production and distribution of local predictive validity reports for the 20 medical schools participating in research collaboratives to evaluate the predictive validity of the new MCAT exam. In addition, this position is responsible for managing MCAT’s adherence with Institutional Review Board policies and protocols for all MCAT-related research, including managing the local IRB processes for the 20 medical schools participating in the validity research. The Senior Research Specialist will also work to implement quality control processes and procedures for data and datasets that inform MCAT research.

Job Duties

Statistical Analysis

  • Translates research questions into appropriate statistical analyses; conducts analyses; produces tables, figures, and reports for disseminating findings to the MCAT Validity Committee, AAMC staff, and other technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Conduct descriptive/inferential statistical analyses to support the validation of the MCAT exam.
  • Designs and implements quality control processes and procedures for data and datasets that inform MCAT research.

Report Management

  • Design, develop, and distribute local predictive validity reports.
  • Works with AAMC’s IT staff, MCAT staff, and medical schools participating in the MCAT predictive validity studies to design the infrastructure and underlying data tables needed to prepare and deliver local predictive validity reports to the participating schools.
  • Collaborates with MCAT staff to design template reports that draw on MCAT validity studies infrastructure.  Manages the schedule for regular distribution of local validity reports.

Sustaining MCAT Publications

  •  Manage the development and dissemination of MCAT publications, reports, presentations, and other materials
  • Works with MCAT staff, AAMC publications, and other AAMC resources to develop user-friendly guides and resources with data displays and analytics that answer questions about the value of MCAT scores in admissions.

Data Distribution

  • Lead the analysis of new or expanded alternative payment and delivery programs and recommend level of AAMC engagement.
  • Works with Director, Development and Psychometrics to manage all internal and external data requests for MCAT score data.
  • Responsible for communicating with the AAMC’s data request staff to facilitate data requests, queries data, analyses data, and prepare reports to address data requests.

Data Compilation

  • Maintains a library of resources supporting use of AAMC data sources in conducting research on the MCAT exam.  Develops and maintains datasets, as needed, for regular reports; develops, tests, and disseminates with other researchers syntax for common analytical procedures.

Department Supervision

  • Supervises work of others (planning/assigning/reviewing/training/productivity). May offer recommendations on staffing/compensation/performance issues.

Job Qualifications

Requires a Master’s Degree plus a minimum of 8 years of advanced experience of quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis techniques. The ideal candidate will also possess the following specialized skills:

  • Advanced skills in the full suite of Microsoft Office products, Windows, and database environments.
  • Advanced SPSS or SAS and Microsoft Access skills.
  • Experience working with relational databases, ORACLE databases, Visual Basic, and SQL programming preferred
  • Experience managing large projects and complex business processes.
  • Experience with measurement research preferred
  • Able to work in a consensus-based decision making environment.
  • Strictly observes AAMC policies regarding confidentiality of exam information and personally identifiable information.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills necessary to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders including MCAT management and constituents.
  • Demonstrates maturity, tact, and sound judgment in dealing with AAMC constituents.
  • Time-management skills with the ability to prioritize multiple, critical tasks while maintaining a high level of service and attention to detail and adhering to a strict schedule.
  • Skill in managing project timelines. Escalates issues appropriately.  Identify sources of problems and recommend solutions.

How to Apply

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