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Research Data Analyst -- Counseling Center (148300)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

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Counseling Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Position Title: Research Data Analyst

The University of Illinois Counseling Center is accepting applications for the position of Research Data Analyst. The successful candidate will join an energetic, diverse team of over 50 staff including clinicians, doctoral interns, professional staff, administrative staff as well as graduate assistants, undergraduate paraprofessionals, and practicum trainees. The University of Illinois Counseling Center’s mission is to provide culturally competent services to a diverse clientele presenting with a wide range of psychological, educational, social, and developmental concerns. The Counseling Center is also an APA approved doctoral internship site.

The University of Illinois is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana in central Illinois. The University of Illinois campus is situated between the three major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis and is considered one of the top comprehensive research public universities in the nation. Our staff works on campus with an academically talented and ethnically diverse student population, including 18 percent international students, 16 percent Asian students, 11 percent Latino/a students, and 6 percent African American students, for a total enrollment of over 52,300 students. The University of Illinois is a traditional residential campus with nearly 20 percent of the students living in campus housing.

University of Illinois employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and education assistance programs. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experience and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Primary Job Functions

The Research Data Analyst is principally responsible for the Counseling Center’s assessment and evaluation initiatives. This position requires the ability to select, create, and maintain appropriate assessment protocols, and to disseminate the results in a way that enhances agency programs and practices. An essential function of the position is to ensure the integrity of data collection and extraction processes. Quality assurance of data coding and input is also a key function of this position. In conjunction with the Information Technology Operations Manager, the Research Data Analyst will ensure that the clinical record keeping database is managed both effectively and efficiently as the primary reporting mechanism for clinical services.

The person in this position should possess expertise in mixed methodologies including both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques and statistical reporting. This individual will be able to work autonomously and collaboratively, and possess superior statistical knowledge as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills. This candidate must display initiative coupled with the capacity to partner with and advise those providing direct services to students.

Job duties and responsibilities for this position as research data analyst may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and supervise the collection and analysis of Counseling Center assessment and research data relative to evaluation of Center programs/services and to client/student outcomes.

  • Prepare and present summative and evaluative assessment reports to administrators and staff members to aid with program planning and decision making.

  • Design assessment and research projects to evaluate services as well as to contribute to the field of knowledge.

  • Remain current and knowledgeable about Counseling Center/Psychological research findings, as well as Student Affairs assessment practices and findings.

  • Serve in a consultative and supportive capacity to other Counseling Center staff as they develop and conduct assessment and research questions/projects.

  • Assist in selecting and/or developing assessment instruments as needed.

  • Actively collaborate with other divisional and university personnel in conducting assessment/research projects.

  • Train/supervise undergraduate paraprofessional service providers.

  • Spearhead and collaborate with others in the writing and submission of scholarly manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Other duties as assigned by the director.


  • Master’s degree required (doctorate preferred) from a social science field, emphasizing research and assessment, such as educational psychology, social psychology, sociology, public health or related degree.


  • Minimum of two years of experience in research/assessment methods, including strong skills in data analysis and use of databases is required.

  • Expertise in the use of Excel as well as the use of statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA, R, and/or SAS) is required.

  • Strong skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research (methodological design, instrument selection, statistical analysis, results interpretation) is required.

  • Familiarity with student affairs/higher education assessment philosophies and practices is preferred but not required.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and effectively in a team setting.

  • Project management skills.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills demonstrated through reporting to a variety of stakeholders.

  • Knowledge of emerging trends in college student populations.

  • Ability to quickly learn new software applications.

Starting Date

As soon as possible after the closing date.

Appointment Terms

12-month term with 24-vacation days; full-time regular position.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of education and experience.

To apply, please create your candidate profile through and upload your cover letter, vita, and contact information for three references. For full consideration, please apply by July 23, 2021. Interviews and inquiries may take place prior to the closing date; however, no hiring decisions will be made until after that date; applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews may be conducted before the deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit three current letters of recommendation to:

Mary Barker, HR Associate – [email protected]

Additionally, this position is a security sensitive position.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Student Affairs Category:6-Research Title:Research Data Analyst -- Counseling Center (148300) Open Date:07/02/2021 Organization Name:Counseling Center


Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Academic Resources

Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Undergraduate Education

The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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