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Data Strategy Analyst

Harper College
Palatine, IL

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Schedule Information: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Hours per Week: 37.5

Benefits: Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick, Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition Waivers; and Professional Expense

Work Conditions: Work is primarily indoor and sedentary in nature.

Duties of Position: This position is primarily responsible for modeling complex educational problems, discovering student success insights and identifying opportunities through the use of statistical, algorithmic, mining and visualization techniques.

Analyzes complex data sets using research methods, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and statistical techniques to provide critical information to administrators.

Regular data extraction, manipulation, analysis, visualization and interpretation of results using complex programming and statistical tools.

Interprets and transforms institutional data into actionable information.  Example projects may include:

  • Enrollment forecasting based on financial aid package scenarios
  • Student success predictive models
  • Residency forecasting using population and migration models

Identifies new predictive modeling, machine learning, and advanced analytics methodologies based on the available data sets and implements dynamic models/algorithms focused on student-centered outcomes.

Interprets and summarizes complex information and concepts and translate them into easy-to-understand briefs, graphs, and charts.

Delivers effective presentations of findings to the College in a way that can be easily understood by people with varying backgrounds.

Documents analytic protocols, methodologies and results.

Creates and revises institutional dashboards; retrieves data from institutional dashboards.

Assists with validation of compliance reports and data submissions.

Conducts special ad hoc studies as requested.

Represents the Office of Institutional Research on institutional committees and task groups.

Manages multiple priorities and high volumes of work.

Performs other duties as needed.

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree including coursework in statistics.  Master’s degree preferred.

Experience Requirements: Minimum 2 years working in an office that handles large quantities of data.  Ability to retrieve, analyze, and present data in meaningful formats (tables, charts, graphs) to various audiences. Demonstrated experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS or SAS, etc.), business intelligence software (e.g., Cognos, Argos, etc.), data visualization tools (e.g. Power BI, Tableau, etc.), and Microsoft Office products (Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Word) is required. Excellent attention to detail. Excellent analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Proven ability to explain analyses to non-data experts and administrators. Mastery of writing clear and concise documentation, summaries of methodologies, and descriptions of statistical results. Prior experience working in higher education preferred

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled,

Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.


Founded in 1965, William Rainey Harper College is a dynamic comprehensive community college situated on a 200-acre campus in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.

harper_college1.gifAnnually, the College serves approximately 25,000 students from 23 communities. Providing both transfer and career programs, Harper offers degrees and a wide range of credit, continuing education and corporate training for students of all ages and interests. In order to provide accessible higher education to all, we offer a flexible schedule of daytime, nighttime and weekend classes at our main campus and at several other sites conveniently located throughout our service area.

Harper College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has received the coveted Bond Rating of Aaa from Moody’s Investor Service. We are committed to our Institutional Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Collaboration.

Our Vision:

William Rainey Harper College is committed to academic integrity and excellence. The College is a leader in teaching and learning, transforming lives by responding to the needs of the individual and the community.

harper_college2.jpgBenefits offered to employees include tuition reimbursement/professional expense, health/life/dental/disability insurance, participation in the State University Retirement System (SURS) and tax deferred annuity plans as well as fourteen paid holidays. Harper also offers some on-site childcare, a summer camp for children, and much more.

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that encourages applications from women, minority group members and persons with disabilities.

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