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Policy Planning Spcialst II

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Research Analyst

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Northern VA Community College


NV280-VP Workforce Development

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Fairfax County - 059

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$75,000 - $85,000

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Full Time

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Normal Work Schedule. 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the second largest community college in the United States and the largest public educational institution in Virginia. NOVA has more than 71,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. As one of the most internationally diverse colleges in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries, NOVA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable Virginia by fostering excellence in higher education. As an Achieving the Dream “Leader College,” NOVA is committed to the principles of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence by meeting the educational and training needs of the region and its people with excellent and affordable courses and programs, offered by an inspired and committed diverse faculty and support staff. With six unique locations throughout our region, each conveniently located within 40 miles of Washington D.C, we have Northern Virginia covered. NOVA’s Alexandria Campus is located seven miles from the nation’s capital, just across the Potomac River from Washington DC; the Annandale Campus, with its urban feel and suburban appeal, is ranked as the most diverse in Virginia and boasts a thriving Koreatown; the Loudoun Campus is located in a comfortable suburb steeped in colonial history; the Manassas Campus is located next to Manassas Battlefield Park, site of the first major battle of the Civil War; the Woodbridge Campus is home to municipal parks, state parks, and national wildlife refuges; and the Medical Education Campus, located in Springfield, is a uniquely specialized campus that stands apart from what most community colleges can offer, with the area boasting an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and parks with nature and wildlife areas. NOVA offers an opportunity to make a difference with outstanding career opportunities and competitive total rewards benefits, including a comprehensive health and dental insurance program, generous paid leave, deferred compensation plans, paid parental leave, state employee discounts, and a solid and secure retirement system. NOVA embraces opportunities to create a college community that is a welcoming and inclusive place to learn and work. We do this by fostering a sense of belonging and ensuring equity while maintaining an open, civil, and safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In so doing, NOVA fulfills its mission to offer world-class teaching and learning to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The security of our students, faculty, and staff is very important at NOVA. Please take a moment to review NOVA’s Annual Security Reports.

General Description: The Research Analyst will perform a variety of institutional research functions to support institutional effectiveness, including information analysis and presentation, research design, data extraction, statistical analysis, and development of SAS programs for the purposes of assessing student learning outcomes, reviewing academic programs and disciplines, informing decisions, and external reporting. This is a research position in the Office of Institutional Research and reports directly to the Associate Vice President of Institutional Research, Data Management and Analysis.

Duties and Tasks: The job involves qualitative and quantitative analyses of data, examination of related and unrelated situations, drawing conclusions, devising solutions and alternatives, and making recommendations in a timely manner to support institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision making. The position engages in examination of internal and external data sources to study performance indicators and student outcomes data. The position writes reports (with graphs/tables or other visuals) to present and communicate the data in an effective and informative manner. Using data, the position advises, supports, makes recommendations, and acts as a consultant to college administration, committees, and other constituencies..

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May be required to perform other duties as assigned. May be required to assist the agency or state government generally in the event of an emergency declaration by the Governor.

KSA's/Required Qualifications:

Required KSAs: Knowledge of SAS software, SAS programming language, database structures, data mining, and MS-Office. Knowledge of research design and research methods. Ability to accomplish data exploration and analysis, including data mining and statistics, using SAS software. Ability to compile data, analyze data and systems, and to present findings. Ability to determine and apply appropriate research design and methods. Ability to determine data requirements. Ability to manage projects and work independently. Ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical staff. Ability to work effectively with other people. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. College course work and/or experience in programming, information systems, and research design and methodologies. Experience working with statistical analysis software (SAS, SPSS), information systems, and designing and conducting research with diverse data sources. Ability to prioritize and delegate tasks in a fast-paced environment and ensure the quality of work produced.

Minimum Qualifications: A degree or course work in social sciences, economics, or business or related field or combination of education and experience. Experience with SAS for extracting and manipulating data from relational databases and statistical analyses.

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Work experience in higher education and with student information systems. Master’s degree in a research-intensive field. Knowledge of online survey development and distribution. Experience with creating visualizations in Tableau.

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Background Check Statement Disclaimer:

The selected candidate’s offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation, which may include: fingerprint checks, local agency checks, employment verification, verification of education, credit checks (relevant to employment). Additionally, selected candidates may be required to complete the Commonwealth’s Statement of Economic Interest. For more information, please follow this link:

EEO Statement:

The Virginia Community College System, an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors.

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The VCCS is an EOE and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA and ADAAA), VCCS will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodation to applicants in need of access to the application, interviewing and selection processes.

Governor's Mandate Message:

Executive Order #18. Newly hired, including employees transferring from other state agencies, will be required to provide their vaccination status prior to starting a position or at the latest by their position start date. Additional details regarding how to request an accommodation, required weekly Covid-19 testing, and mask requirements will be provided by Human Resources for newly hired or transferred employees who are unvaccinated.

E-Verify Statement:

VCCS uses E-Verify to check employee eligibility to work in the United States. You will be required to complete an I-9 form and provide documentation of your identity for employment purposes.

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Working at Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. With over 130 degree, certificate and workforce programs NOVA helps to prepare students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. Learn more about Northern Virginia Community College at 

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