The Research Analyst will assist in TBR’s research and policy development, from initial data analysis to policy design to research, with a special focus on pathways connecting K-12 and higher education. The Policy and Strategy division has responsibility for the timely and uniform collection and submission of data. This places this division and this position at the front lines of understanding the data that informs access and student success issues across the TBR system. This position will research current policy issues, keeping up to date on national, regional and state trends to better inform our work. At its heart, this position will work in close contact with the rest of the policy and data team to understand TBR data and to turn data into actionable information.
Conduct data and research analyses on various projects for the Policy & Strategy division, including data mining and analysis that is specific to the K-12/higher education space. Projects currently envisioned might include dual enrollment, statewide dual credit exams, remediation interventions, and other issues that impact college access, retention and success across the 40 community and technical colleges within TBR. Many projects will incorporate use of Tennessee’s statewide longitudinal data system, as well as the TBR’s enrollment, graduates, and course level data. These projects will be conducted within a team environment and individually depending on the specific project.
Research academic literature, and other sources such as think tanks, national and regional organizations, on issues that are related to ongoing policy work of TBR. This job area may include preparing white papers or short memos on topics of interest to TBR; having informal discussions with colleagues from other states and higher education organizations to better understand a policy area.
Assist staff in Policy & Strategy in various projects and attend various internal and external meetings and discussions as necessary, perform other duties as needed.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Microsoft Excel and proficiency in data analysis;
Demonstrated ability to be professional, courteous, trustworthy team player with high character;
Demonstrated ability to work with statistical measures and programs;
Demonstrated ability to collect, analyze and report data using computer software applications;
Demonstrated ability to analyze and present information in a concise and informative manner;
Ability to work simultaneously with short and long-term priorities;
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including excellent writing and presentation skills
Three years of professional work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
Graduate degree in public policy, higher education, economics, or related field.
Experience with Stata, R, SQL, or other similar applications;
Related professional work experience, beyond that obtained in a graduate learning environment
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