Performance and Policy Analyst

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Position TypePermanent Staff (EHRA NF)DepartmentVC Finance and Operations-210100Working TitlePerformance and Policy AnalystAppointment TypeEHRA Non-FacultyPosition Posting CategoryAccounting/Finance/AuditingSalary RangeFull Time/Part Time?Full-Time PermanentHours per Week40Vacancy IDNF0004536Position ID00059517Posting Open Date09/03/2020Application Deadline09/17/2020Open Until FilledNoProposed Start Date10/01/2020Position Summary

This position provides strategic policy development and analysis for the Division of Finance and Operations and is responsible for synthesizing data from across various platforms to guide financial and policy decisions. Key duties include:

(1) Data Analysis and Measurement: Design and conduct analyses that quantify the impact of policy alternative decisions, projects, and financial plans using various analytical methods and data sources. Conceptualize the overall scope of Division financial projects, identifying common themes and trends, collaborating with cross-functional teams, and using this information to develop and maintain an intuitive project management system. Pull data from a variety of system sources; clean and validate this data; analyze and build financial models; develop reports and dashboards. Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for budget and planning purposes; synthesize source data and develop dashboard reports for regular distribution to senior leadership, along with accompanying analysis and recommendations. Partner with internal and external data providers, leveraging predictive analytics and advanced statistical techniques to drive strategic thought and effective decision making. Prepare statistical reports and data sets to support trend analysis, forecasting, and predictive analysis to demonstrate results and explain the significance of data.

(2) Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with various stakeholders to understand business and analytical opportunities. Maintain ongoing research into higher education (peer) best practices in budgeting and resource allocation. Conduct and maintain peer analyses. Present results and recommendations in understandable, thematic manner, using innovative and creative data visualization techniques, and craft a coherent vision from complex output and data. Research, and synthesize data; identify trends in data, draw conclusions, develop solutions, present and implement recommendations. Use research and data to evaluate internal programs, services and policies. Create reports, dashboards, visualizations, and presentations to share analyses with a diverse group of both technical and non-technical audiences. Perform cost/benefit analysis and program evaluation in response to requests from senior leadership. Develop research and analytical studies to help inform strategic direction of Finance & Operations.

(3) Financial Policy/Model Management: Draft and propose written financial policies and procedures that support the University’s enrollment growth projections. Draft and configure dynamic financial models to support long-term institutional financial planning. Propose and refine methodologies that take the University’s financial position and outlook into account and stay abreast of higher education best practices in budgeting and resource allocation.

(4) Project Management and Strategic Leadership: Utilize project management best practices; develop well-defined project goals, establish deliverables and milestones; identify appropriate resource needs; establish project timelines. Pose questions and guide discussions to identify broader indicators of organizational performance and strategic development. Identify expected results, establishing clear goals that reflect varied business functions, and establish key benchmarks needed to reach these goals. Identify methods to measure progress through user-friendly dashboards. Recommend a reasonable and sustainable system for reviewing performance indicators, providing analytical data from project initiation through completion of deliverables. Set a strategic vision and a plan for bringing actionable, innovative analytic solutions to project deliverables that can be used as a model for other Schools and Divisions.

The position reports to the Senior Associate (Deputy) Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations.

Educational Requirements

Master’s degree in relevant areas such as public policy, public administration, business administration, or statistics with 1-2 years of related professional experience; bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience; or will accept a combination of related education and experience in substitution.

Qualifications and Experience

Experience in higher education, federal, and/or state government budgeting and policy analysis and development.

Strong data analytics skills with aptitude for data science and IT systems.

Familiarity with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards and financial accounting and reporting.

Ability to write queries, pull data from multiple sources, build and maintain databases, develop financial models, reports, and dashboards.

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

Strong writing skills and the ability to develop reports and policy documents built around data and trend analysis, along with the ability to present these findings in a manner understandable to diverse audiences.

Prefer knowledge of SQL, SAS, Tableau, and PeopleSoft.

Prefer solid planning, priority setting, and project management skills with experience managing multiple projects and resources concurrently.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special InstructionsQuick Link Contact Name and TitleJena Kiser, HR SpecialistDepartment Contact Telephone or [email protected] of Human Resources Contact Information

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (919) 843-2300 or send an email to [email protected]
Please note: The Office of Human Resources will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

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    1. * Please select the response below that describes your level of education that best or mostly closely satisfies the education requirements for this position.
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    Posted: 9/9/2020
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