Assistant Director for Data Management

Reporting directly to the Managing Director of the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), the HERI Assistant Director for Data Management is solely responsible for managing the development and maintenance of the HERI's research databases. The incumbent also determines the structure of survey results and programs extensive reports. (S)he will conceive of program syntax for and perform advanced data analysis on those datasets. The HERI Assistant Director for Data Management will also contribute towards research design conducted under the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) umbrella at HERI in the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS). Primary responsibilities include: database management, data analysis and reporting, and the creation of normative files using appropriate methodological and statistical techniques. Survey projects currently include: the CIRP Freshman Survey that contains 51 years of data on over 15 million college students, the Your First College Year Survey, Diverse Learning Environments Survey, the College Senior Survey, and the triennial HERI Faculty Survey.

The HERI Assistant Director for Data Management will supervise a Programmer Analyst. This position is semi-autonomous, and the employee is solely responsible for determining and maintaining management of extensive databases, including data integrity and accuracy of statistical analyses, which are provided annually to hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the United States.

HERI is an interdisciplinary center for research, evaluation, information, policy studies, and research training in postsecondary education. HERI's research program covers a variety of topics including the outcomes of postsecondary education, leadership development, faculty performance, federal and state policy, and educational equity.

The complete listing of qualifications is available on UCLA's official job posting.


  • Expertise in SPSS basic and advanced packages (including but not limited to Custom Tables) with a demonstrated ability to accurately create coding schemes for large longitudinal datasets.
  • Working knowledge of basic statistical procedures and the corresponding underlying statistical concepts.
  • Working knowledge to create complex reports using extensive datasets.
  • Ability to interpret quantitative data to report Higher Education Research Institute findings to a variety of external clients and internal researchers.
  • Ability and willingness to work directly and collaboratively with multilingual, multiethnic, and/or multiracial and/or other education and non-education professional and lay persons.
  • Ability to accept delegated work, validate expectations, problem-solve obstacles, and follow-up to completion and/or report status of delegated tasks.
  • Ability and willingness to work as an effective, collegial, contributing member of Higher Education Research Institute staff and, as may be necessary, work independently in successfully accomplishing assigned tasks.
  • Ability to work with competing deadlines, meet fixed deadlines, manage multiple assignments, and follow through tasks to completion with attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently operate Macintosh and Windows-based computers including using the most current versions Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software.
  • Ability to effectively hire personnel with required skill sets and supervise staff to schedule workflow to meet fixed deadlines within available budget/resources.
  • Advanced working knowledge of database management procedures and software tools to facilitate database management, including expertise in SQL or similar programming languages.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of institutions of higher education and their structures and organizations sufficient to cooperatively and collegially work with representatives of the colleges and universities that use CIRP surveys preferred.
  • Working knowledge of survey development and administration and associated data analysis sufficient to recommend modifications, evaluate quality, and determine ease and practicality of administration.


  • Master's degree from an accredited university or college or equivalent work experience with a concentration in computer science, database management, information management, management information systems or similar field preferred.


UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 12 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -

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