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RESEARCH AIDE
04090
(Competitive)


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS

The work involves researching records and gathering textual and arithmetic data from agency records or other governmental or non-governmental sources and assembling that data into a format which an administrator uses in ways such as evaluating program progress, identifying scope of services or client population reached, carrying out urban planning projects involving zoning, land use, or development, or in asset management. Under direct supervision of an administrative superior, an employee in this class is responsible for performing research preliminary to the final drafts of narrative reports, program evaluations, state and federal grant studies, scopes of service, accurate data collection and organization, and related recurring work in a supportive role to a Research Technician or an administrator. Employees develop processes for collecting data as well as prepare reports on information. The duties of an employee in this class are distinguished from the duties of a Research Technician I in that the former requires less formal training and experience than does the Technician, and does not have the breadth and depth of final job responsibility assumed by the Technician. An employee in this class generally exercises no supervision. An employee in this class receives assignments orally and in writing from an administrative superior who reviews the work in writing. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES

Gathers data from a variety of sources.
Designs and revises formats used in the collection and organization of data.
Participates with technical and administrative staff in the formulation of program evaluation or planning design processes.
Establishes an information retrieval system to provide data used by professional staff in evaluating the quality of the program.
Uses computer software packages such as spreadsheets and data base applications to organize data and prepare statistical reports, tables, graphs, and fact sheets of research findings and operational data.
Verifies the accuracy and validity of data entered in databases, correcting any errors.
Composes narrative reports which address the issues of program impact, effectiveness, accomplishments, and efficiency.
Organizes, updates, and inventories resource material, such as literature and technical equipment, that are utilized by the agency to which assigned.
Contacts or makes field visits to government or other officials or agencies to obtain information and to receive suggestions for acquiring additional resource material.
Replies orally or in writing to inquiries for information about agency goals, objectives, and programs.
Participates in meetings to report progress.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Working knowledge of the principles and practices of research.
Skill in making illustrative presentations such as graphs, charts, and maps.
Ability to gather and assemble textual and arithmetic data.
Ability to compose narrative reports from pre existing information.
Ability to operate a personal computer accurately.
Ability to follow moderately difficult instructions in oral and written form.
Ability to establish working relationships with governmental and other agencies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Competitive

A. Completion of thirty (30) semester credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees, and one (1) year of work experience which involved research, data collection and report preparation; or,

B. Two (2) years of paraprofessional or professional level work experience or its time equivalent, which includes one (1) year of work experience which involved research, data collection and report preparation.

7/2014 Revised