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Academic Analytics Program Manager/Principal Analyst

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Position OverviewThe University of Kansas licenses and supports a broad suite of products with Academic Analytics, including benchmark tools to examine university research productivity; the External Discovery Site to provide public exposure for research activity being produced by KU faculty; Research Insight to assist researchers in exploring proposals most suitable to their research interests and expertise; and Faculty Insight which is a newly developed tool to provide mechanism for activity tracking for KU faculty as well as a mechanism through which activity reports can be generated to support institutional processes.

The ideal candidate will support this suite of products and be detail-oriented, resourceful, and able to effectively work both collaboratively and independently. They will have strong communication and organizational skills, completing tasks that require significant attention to detail. Analytics, Institutional Research, and Effectiveness, a staff office which reports to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, is dedicated to meeting the data, information, analytical and planning needs of the Lawrence Campus and the central administration of the University of Kansas.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in candidates who have professional experience working with a wide constituency and are conscious of diversity and equity perspectives. Women, minorities, and candidates who will contribute to the climate of diversity in the area are especially encouraged to apply.

KU is a Research 1 institution, the flagship of the Kansas system, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). It is located in Lawrence, a thriving and progressive community, which lies close to Kansas City. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.
Job Description30% - Academic Analytics (AcA) Benchmarking Suite Engagement Manager
  • Serves as subject matter expert for data and analytical resources within the Academic Analytics benchmarking platform
  • Develops and implements campus engagement plan for various campus constituent groups, including academic leadership, research leadership, and faculty groups, to ensure active and appropriate use of AcA benchmarking suite resources
  • Serves as liaison with AcA to ensure appropriate access is credentialed to appropriate users on campus and training is conducted for new users in a timely manner.
40% - Academic Analytics (AcA) Faculty Insight (FI) Program Manager
  • Supervises and directs the work of the AcA-FI Data Entry Specialist
  • Interacts with campus constituencies regarding Faculty Insight, including the design of training tools and resources
  • Proactively schedules and carries out trainings for campus constituencies to ensure active and appropriate use of the tool by faculty and academic units
  • Serves as liaison with AcA product development to ensure campus feedback regarding software issues, suggested enhancements, and future needs are logged and addressed with appropriate priority
  • Serves as liaison with academic units pursuing programmatic accreditation to ensure reporting needs from AcA FI are provided in a timely and meaningful manner
  • Serve as contact with Academic Analytics regarding contract issues
20% - University Decision Support
  • Plans and develops quantitative and qualitative studies utilizing Academic Analytics data to inform future direction and decisions of academic unit leaders and university leadership
  • Utilizes multiple technology applications to analyze data and to prepare/present results
  • Conducts analyses to assess efficacy of policies, procedures, and current and planned university initiatives
  • Develops content area expertise and serves as a resource person to departmental staff
10% - Administrative
  • Provides staff support and/or serves as a member on university committees
  • Will supervise staff and may supervise students

Position Requirements
  1. Update: Due to the current work arrangement and needs of the department, this position is being changed to fully remote.
Required Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience.
  2. Experience using the Microsoft Office Suite.
  3. Prior work experience managing multiple projects and deadlines.
  4. Strong written communication skills and attention to detail, as evidenced by application materials.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master’s degree and three years of relevant experience.
  2. Minimum of three years professional experience in a higher education setting.
  3. Experience working professionally with tenure and non-tenure track faculty and academic leadership.
  4. Experience working with the Academic Analytics suite of products, including the benchmarking suite, External Discovery Site, and Faculty Insight.
  5. Experience with university or program specific accreditation.
  6. Previous supervisory experience.
  7. Familiar with administrative structure, policies, and procedures at the University of Kansas.
  8. Strong verbal communication skills as demonstrated during the interview process.
  9. Experience working working independently and collaboratively.
  10. Experience working with visualization toolsets, such as Tableau.
  11. Experience utilizing standard statistical packages, such as SPSS or SAS.
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, December 13, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is identified.
Contact Information to ApplicantsCorinne Bannon, [email protected] Advertised Salary Range61,578 - 95,446, Commensurate with experience Work ScheduleMonday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm Application Review Begins13-Dec-2021 Anticipated Start Date28-Feb-2022

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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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