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Research Analyst or Principal Analyst

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The University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThis is an open rank search for a Research or Principal Analyst. Appointment title will be assigned based upon the selected candidate’s credentials (experience, education and skill set).

Salary range for each title:


Principal Analyst - $70,000 - $76,000

Research Analyst - $60,000 - 66,000

The University of Kansas Analytics, Institutional Research, and Effectiveness (AIRE) Office is seeking applicants for an Analyst position. Title assignment of Research or Principal Analyst will be based upon the selected candidate’s credentials in relationship to University requirements.

Research/Principal Analysts in AIRE support University units in developing dashboard tools to formulate and present data for leaders for strategic planning and decision making. Analysts often work collaboratively and are assigned specific unit(s) to develop reporting solutions reflecting data analytics. It is critical that Research/Principal Analysts have an understanding of, and interest in, the specific business line they support. This role will be a member of the Data Analytics team with a specific focus in Academic/Student data. The Analyst will have the opportunity to work with end users to ensure data is sourced and mapped correctly, as well as assist other Analysts with validation strategies.

The successful candidate must philosophically support an iterative or agile methodology of design and development, be sensitive to deadlines and related project plans, and have strong written and verbal communication skills in documentation as well as being able to engage with the client/customer.
Job DescriptionReport Development & Analysis (40%)
  • Works with analysts and end users to develop quality assurance protocols and testing scripts, serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in their assigned subject area(s).
  • Collaborates with clients to assist with the identification of business problems and/or needs and the creation of dashboards for analysis Works directly with operational managers to develop tools to monitor the efficiency/effectiveness of their unit and to prioritize workload based on priority/SLA indicators.
  • Mines data to look for trends and presents findings to University leaders.
  • Prepares and analyzes quantitative and qualitative studies across a spectrum of areas (e.g., comparative metrics, enrollment, financial/costing, research analyses; salary studies, etc.) including design, data validation, and performing tests of reasonableness.
  • Business Requirements Definition (25%).
  • Works with internal and external customers to gather and validate requirements.
  • Develops and writes business requirements for the design of BI solutions (dashboards, reports, and other analytics tools).
  • Assists campus customers with defining key performance indicators.
  • Helps identify business needs and creates models for analysis to identify solutions. Leads projects and works with Data Stewards, Data Scientists, and other SMEs to develop analytical solutions that support the needs of the campus.
Business Requirements Definition (25%)
  • Works with internal and external customers to gather and validate requirements.
  • Develops and writes business requirements for the design of BI solutions (dashboards, reports, and other analytics tools).
  • Assists campus customers with defining key performance indicators.
  • Helps identify business needs and creates models for analysis to identify solutions. Leads projects and works with Data Stewards, Data Scientists, and other SMEs to develop analytical solutions that support the needs of the campus.
Testing & Quality Assurance (20%)
  • Searches for inconsistent or incorrect data and works with BI Analysts/ETL Developers to develop cleansing strategies.
  • Works with data SMEs to develop quality assurance protocols and testing scripts.
  • Tests and verifies that modeled data meets quality standards.
  • May assist with maintenance of the metadata repository or data dictionary.
  • Assists with the creation of programs to reconcile warehouse data to source system(s).
Training & Communication (10%)
  • Serves as an expert on campus data analytics tools.
  • Develops end user training materials.
  • Coaches customers on the use of analytics tools to enhance decision-making.
  • Provides staff support and/or serve as a member on university committees
Other duties as assigned (5%)

Position RequirementsThis position will have a hybrid work arrangement. Incumbent will work remotely and on campus based on a set departmental schedule.
Required QualificationsThis is an open rank search for a Research or Principal Analyst. Appointment title will be assigned based upon the selected candidate’s credentials (experience, education and skill set).

For appointment at the rank of Research Analyst:
  1. Bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree and two years of related experience or a high school diploma and four years of related experience.
  2. Two (2) years of experience analyzing and/or presenting data to help inform decision-making (report generation, dashboard development, etc.).
  3. Two (2) years of past experience demonstrating computing skills using standard workplace productivity software for word processing, database and/or spreadsheet analyses, graphics, etc.
  4. Two (2) years of past experience demonstrating strong communication and presentation skills, as evidenced by cover letter, work history, interview and references.
  5. Two (2) years of project management experience.
  6. Prior work experience that required working independently and collaboratively.
For appointment at the rank of Principal Analyst:
  1. Bachelor’s degree and three years of related experience or an associate’s degree and 5 years of related experience.
  2. Four (4) years of experience analyzing and/or presenting data to help inform decision-making (report generation, dashboard development, etc.).
  3. Four (4) years of past experience demonstrating computing skills using standard workplace productivity software for word processing, database and/or spreadsheet analyses, graphics, etc.
  4. Four (4) years of past experience demonstrating strong communication and presentation skills, as evidenced by cover letter, work history, interview and references
  5. Four (4) years of project management experience.
  6. Two (2) years of experience using data visualization tools such as Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) or Tableau.
  7. Two (2) years of experience with programming languages supporting data analytics (SQL, SAS, R, etc.).
  8. Prior work experience that required working independently and collaboratively.
Preferred QualificationsFor both ranks:
  1. Master’s degree.
  2. One (1) year of professional or educational experience working with academic or student data.
  3. Exceptional time management skills, including the ability to adapt quickly to shifting priorities while managing multiple projects and deadlines.
For Research Analyst:
  1. One (1) year of experience using data visualization tools such as Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) or Tableau.
  2. One (1) year of experience with programming languages supporting data analytics (SQL, SAS, R, etc.).
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  4. Completion of the online application.
Application review begins Monday, September 13, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.
Contact Information to ApplicantsJeanette Smith, [email protected] Advertised Salary RangePrincipal Analyst - $70,000 - $76,000 Research Analyst - $60,000 - 66,000 Work ScheduleMonday - Friday; 8am – 5pm Application Review Begins13-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date04-Oct-2021

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Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

Instruction 

KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

Research 

The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

Service 

The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

Values 

The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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