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Institutional Research Analyst

St. Lawrence University
Canton, New York
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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Reporting to the Director of Institutional Research, the Institutional Research Analyst assists with information requests and research for decision support, strategic initiatives and external reporting. The Search Committee is looking for equity-minded applicants who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community and who value the opportunity to actively contribute to the liberal arts mission of the University. The Institutional Research Analyst is expected to work in-person, on-campus.

The Institutional Research Analyst performs routine and ad hoc reporting, manages small- and large-scale data and research projects and communicates findings in the form of data tables, data visualizations, presentations and reports. The Institutional Research Analyst also assists with institution-wide surveys and is responsible for completing and submitting mandated/compliance reports/surveys.  One of the key responsibilities of this position is to maintain the IR Office’s SQL data warehouse and website. This position requires knowledge of data analysis and reporting methodologies, organizational skills, keen attention to details, and the ability to manage multiple tasks.

It is expected that in the next few years, the IR Office at St. Lawrence University will progress toward new methods and platforms to provide analytical data to inform its various constituencies and the Institution Research Analyst is expected to engage in this process and mission.

Essential Functions

  • Identify and extract a wide range of data; inspect, clean and code data in preparation for analysis and data warehouse updates
  • Maintain and update the IR Office’s extensive historical SQL data warehouse
  • Assist with the update of the University’s longitudinal trend analyses and fact sheets, including the IR website
  • Develop documentation and scripts to validate data accuracy and consistency in data collection and reporting efforts
  • Identify and communicate trends, opportunities, and concerns through data analysis
  • Assist in the coordination and preparation of state, federal and other external reporting requirements (e.g., IPEDS, NYSED data collections, NCAA reports)
  • Respond to ad hoc informational requests from faculty, staff and administrators within the University
  • Serve on committees, work groups, or project teams and contribute as an active member of the community 
  • Assist with other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

General Skills

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Keen attention to detail and follow-up skills
  • Attentiveness and sensitivity to diversity, equity, and inclusion values in data analysis
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies and contribute to a team-based environment
  • Ability to handle confidential materials discreetly and professionally on a routine basis
  • Excellent time management skills; ability to work independently, multi-task, and prioritize workflow in order to meet deadlines

Technical Skills

  • Solid knowledge and demonstrated understanding of data sources, database design, and development logic and constructs, especially as related to data warehousing
  • Working knowledge of SQL (or similar) and data extraction methodologies
  • Experience in querying, manipulating, analyzing, and reporting large amounts of complex data
  • Proficiency in analytical software packages, such as SPSS, R, SAS, and Python; advanced knowledge of Excel and data visualization tools (e.g. BI, Tableau)
  • Some knowledge of web frameworks/website design (e.g., Drupal)
  • Ability to make large and/or complex data more accessible, understandable, and usable
  • Demonstrates an understanding of bias in data and, how to control for it 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a research/social science/analytics related field
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in higher education, data analytics, research, statistics, or a related field (will consider Master’s degree or higher toward 1-2 years of experience requirement, depending on the program)
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated competency in working with relational database systems

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a research/social science/analytics related field
  • Previous experience in an institutional research position

Interested applicants must apply online at uploading all required materials, which are defined in the “special instructions to applicant” section.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Christine Zimmerman, Director of Institutional Research, at [email protected].

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

*This position requires authorization to work in the United States.

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