Missouri State University

5970 Research Specialist

POSITION IDENTIFICATION

TITLE Research Specialist

CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 5970

GRADE 41

CLASSIFICATION Nonexempt

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Principal Investigator

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Department Head

GENERAL FUNCTION

The Research Specialist carries out specific research objectives or other projects defined by the Principal Investigator. The duties of the Research Specialist will vary in level of responsibility and complexity depending on the grant project.

MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE

Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree is preferred.

Skills Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are required. Must have the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff, as well as to communicate effectively with off-campus collaborators. Proficiency with basic spreadsheet, graphics, and word processing software is required. Other specific requirements depend upon the particular position.

Other: Positions associated with this position classification may be located in facilities requiring the position to be designated “sensitive” as defined by University policy.  Positions associated with this position classification may include job duties, responsibilities, or activities that are subject to export control regulations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Carries out sponsored research projects, adhering to objectives and protocols determined by the Principal Investigator and funding agencies.

2. Maintains detailed records of results and prepares written reports acceptable to the Principal Investigator and funding agencies.

3. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional training, courses, or meetings as directed by the Principal Investigator.

SUPERVISION

The Research Specialist is supervised by the Principal Investigator.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES

REVISED MARCH 2009

JOB FAMILY 4

Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 2 - 900 Points: Entry-level professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of non-technical administrative and managerial functions. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in areas including communications, social sciences, art and design, education, and related functions while gaining in familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in an unspecified field or a specific background in a non-technical area. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 2 - 100 Points: Interactions are generally routine and structured involving employees inside the University, students, or the general public. The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, coordinating work, solving recurring problems, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students, faculty, or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchanging information.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 1 - 150 Points: Work involves services including collecting, processing, and disseminating information for others to use. Work activities may be complex and may affect the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services, but typically involve providing information for others to use rather than requiring managerial decision-making on the part of the incumbent. Job activities typically have limited consequences for the department and relatively minor impact on the cost center. Jobs at this level typically involve no budgetary control except for the normal responsibilities associated with monitoring and reporting every day expenses.