The Research Analyst assists the Director with the collection, management, and dissemination of institutional data. The Analyst’s responsibilities include compiling and preparing data for federal and state reporting, creating and updating internal institutional research (IR) reports, and supporting ad hoc reporting requests. The Research Analyst must work closely with other offices across all campuses of the College to support data needs relating to accreditation reports, grant proposals, assessment of student learning, strategic planning, administration of surveys, and other projects or studies involving the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research (OAIR).
• Assist with the compilation, cleaning, and testing of large data files for reporting and analysis purposes. • Compile data from multiple sources and systems; merge student records across those data sources. • Ensure the accuracy of data collected, including identifying anomalies that require resolution prior to analysis and reporting. • Write concise research reports including graphics. • Summarize complicated data to support the decision-making of technical and non-technical campus members. • Update OAIR reports that are completed regularly on an annual schedule. • Prepare submissions for federal and state departments of education (IPEDS, New York, Texas, and California). • Prepare data for Common Data Set and external surveys (US News, etc). • Assist with the administration of internal surveys. Help design survey questions that will capture the information campus members require. Use several web-based survey systems to layout and run campus surveys. Design and schedule automated reports in an online system. • Perform statistical analyses for reporting. Most frequently, present data in summary form and simple graphics. Create and run reports in a warehouse-based reporting system (requires basic understanding of relational databases). Set up simple, interactive tools for non-technical users to view aggregated data. • Assist in the facilitation of assessment data management and reporting. Enter data into the CIA’s web-based assessment system and run reports from the system. Assist with the creation and implementation of rubric-style feedback reports. • Any and all other duties as assigned.
Education: • Bachelor’s degree required.
Experience: • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant research experience (managing data files, analyzing data, creating reports) in graduate school program, employment, or combination of the two.
• Master’s degree in an analytic discipline is preferred. • Two (2) years of experience preferably in a higher education setting, especially in Institutional Research or Assessment. • Experience with relational databases, data warehousing, and related reporting tools. • Familiarity with and experience using relevant data sources for benchmarking, such as NCES/IPEDS data and reports.
• Knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics. • Experience managing and manipulating data sets. • Evidence of excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. • Ability to develop written reports, analysis, and visual presentations that are appropriate to their intended audience. • Knowledge of survey design and analysis. • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time and to meet deadlines. • Accuracy and attention to detail. • Ability to handle sensitive information appropriately. • Proficiency with one or more statistical analysis software applications (SPSS, SAS, R, KNIME, RapidMiner, etc). • Excellent computer/technology skills, including the ability to quickly learn a web-based assessment system, a data warehouse reporting tool, and online survey management systems. Advanced skills in MS Office suite products (i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint) required.
• Must be able to work nights and weekends as required by business needs. • May be required to travel periodically to other CIA locations due to business needs. • Operates in a standard office environment, which includes sitting for extended periods of time and repetitive use of a keyboard at a computer workstation. • Occasionally required push, pull, lift, and carry boxes and other objects up to twenty-five (25) pound in weight.