Institutional Research Analyst 4

Riverside, CA
Mar 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Full/Part Time
Full Time

8AM - 5PM

$65,700 - $81,600

Position Information
We are looking for a high-level analyst who is passionate about using data to transform higher education. Public higher education in the State of California is at a crossroads. The number of qualified students wishing to enroll at the University of California is fast outpacing public funding. To fulfill the University of California's mission to provide quality, affordable, and accessible higher education to all qualified California students will require a fundamental transformation of the University's operating model in the next decade. As part of the campus data team, the Institutional Research Analyst (IR Analyst) will play a critical role in answering the tough questions that UCR is tackling in its pursuit to be the model 21st century university. As part of the Institutional Research (IR) team, the successful candidate will have the creativity, resourcefulness, technical skills and the statistical know-how to dive into the data and enable leadership to make data-driven decisions on how to align our resources to the outcomes that matter most - student success and the creation of knowledge. The IR Analyst will have a diverse set of responsibilities, ranging from mastering the structure of campus information systems to extract relevant data, to writing articles for general campus consumption that share methodologies and key findings of the office's research. The successful candidate must be highly independent and be able to handle research projects from end to end, including design, execution, and communication. Common projects will include ad hoc statistical reports that detail enrollments, admissions, personnel, financial aid, graduation rates, degree completions, student-to-faculty ratios, and other important information; developing and automating recurring reports using Stata; predictive analytics related to retention and graduation; creating Excel reports that summarize research for broader dissemination; standard hypothesis testing using basic and advanced statistical methods; and exploratory modeling using a variety of techniques. In addition to these duties, there are some obligatory external reporting requirements such as rankings, federal reporting, maintenance of our website, and fulfillment of UC Office of the President (UCOP) requests. We are most of all looking for someone that is innovative and never satisfied with the status quo. The IR Analyst should possess a high degree of intellectual curiosity, balanced with an insatiable desire to get stuff done. Demonstrated experience working with cross-functional teams to deliver exceptional work is a huge bonus.

Minimum Requirements
Requires experience in conducting and interpreting multivariate analyses including such analysis techniques as logistic regression, ANOVA, multivariate regression, quasi-experimental designs, clustering techniques and similar models.
Requires programming experience in a major statistical package such as Stata, SAS, SPSS, or R. Must be willing to learn Stata if not already proficient.
Requires thorough knowledge in data collection and analysis techniques; statistics or social science research techniques; knowledge of organization-specific computer application programs (for example, query tools and relational databases); knowledge of organizational principles and procedures involved in handling sensitive data (for example, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA).
Requires working with internal and external constituents to identify and clarify data requests, select appropriate data, analysis techniques, and deliverables within given timelines.
Able to provide good judgment and decision-making, problem solving.
Requires knowledge of principles and procedures involved in handling sensitive data including survey responses and personally identifiable information.
Requires ability to present complex findings and recommendations in a clear concise manner both in writing and verbally.
Requires active listening, critical thinking, good interpersonal skills and ability to multi-task.
Requires knowledge of common institutional research reports, external surveys, governmental obligations, and ad hoc needs.

Preferred Qualifications
Familiarity with data mining.

Knowledge of higher education issues related to student success and/or first-generation, low income, and/or underrepresented minority students.

Familiarity or experience with Activity Based Costing methods and models, predictive analytics, and/or course demand modeling.

Experience working with faculty and leadership on a university or college campus.

Understanding of organizational rules and regulations.

Familiarity with data management and reporting tools such as Cognos, Stata, DB Visualizer, SQL and similar tools.

Knowledge of database development and data management in an Oracle 12g server.

Additional Information
In the Heart of Inland Southern California, UC Riverside is located on nearly 1,200 acres near Box Springs Mountain in Southern California; the park-like campus provides convenient access to the vibrant and growing Inland region. The campus is a living laboratory for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities' air, water, energy, transportation, politics, the arts, history and culture. UCR gives every student the resources to explore, engage, imagine and excel.

At UC Riverside we celebrate diversity and are proud of our #12 ranking among the nation for most diverse universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014). Become part of a place that fosters success for all its constituents, students, faculty, and staff, and where work/life balance and campus culture are integral to our way of life.

UCR is ranked 55th among top public universities (US News and World Report 2013-2014).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For information about our generous employee benefits package, visit: Employee Benefits Overview


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