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Research Associate/Data Analyst I

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Research Associate/Data Analyst I

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Position Type:

Professional Staff


Non-Union Non-Classified Staff

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Pay Grade Range:

Expected Hiring Range - $50,000 to $65,000

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Permanent


Institutional Research Office


Please note: Job applications must be submitted directly online only at: (

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Job Description Summary:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This is an open until filled search. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 14, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by October 28, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (October 28, 2021) may not be given full consideration.



Design and develop reporting and analytics for a wide variety of internal and external constituents, including required state and federal reports (e.g., IPEDS, Common Data Set, guidebooks). Encourage a culture of evidenced-based decision making by increasing data access.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Identify and anticipate data and information reporting needs of the University’s schools, colleges, departments, and senior administrators.

Generate and maintain standard data reports and coordinate and complete prompt response to external data requests (e.g., US News and World Report, Princeton Review, etc.)

Aid with the coordination of data collection and reporting for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

Collaborate with Enrollment Services staff to provide bench marking, analysis and modeling assistance in support of institutional student success efforts.

Provide consultation and expertise to institutional offices and departments regarding research method and design and analyses.

Utilize and propose new analytical tools and technologies (data mining, data visualization, statistical modeling) where appropriate.

In coordination with the Director of Institutional Research, design and execute university-wide, campus, and unit-level data-oriented reports and projections to inform decision-making and aid strategic planning.

Identify, capture, scrub, and synthesize data from established and novel sources at the institutional, regional, and national level to support both day-to-day decision-making and long-term planning.
Ensure data integrity and reconcile data discrepancies in cooperation with units throughout the university.

Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses and/or conferences.

Lead periodic departmental technical trainings as new software and approaches become available.


Perform other duties as assigned.


Personal computers and printers; word processing, spreadsheet, and statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, Minitab.)

Required Qualifications:


1. Bachelor’s Degree.

2. Minimum of one year of experience with statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, Minitab, etc.)

3. Demonstrated familiarity with data visualization software and techniques.

4. Demonstrated strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.

5. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

6. Demonstrated ability to work with personnel at all levels of campus.

7. Demonstrated organizational skills.

8. Demonstrated attention to detail.

9. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


1. Master’s degree in Social Science, Computer Science, Systems Engineering or related field.

2. Demonstrated experience working with higher education student data and federal reporting (e.g. IPEDS).

3. Demonstrated experience with statistical programming software (e.g., R, Python, SAS).

4. Demonstrated experience with business intelligence tools (e.g., PowerBI, Tableau, MicroStrategy etc.)

5. Demonstrated familiarity with student information systems (e.g. PeopleSoft).

6. Demonstrated familiarity with database management software and SQL.


Environmental Conditions:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

Posting Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:
(#1) Cover letter.
(#2) Resume.
(#3) “Other Document-References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

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