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Institutional Research Associate

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The Institutional Research Associate is responsible for analyzing data and creating reports and data sets.  This position is the lead analyst on requests regarding student data and serves as backup support for requests on faculty and employee data.  Reports include both standard analyses that are created on a scheduled basis and ad hoc data requests from the university community. 

The IR Associate dual reports to the Analytics and Reporting team within the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) and the Student Success Analytics team within the Division of Student Success and Enrollment Management.  Both offices are located at GSU’s downtown Atlanta campus.  The position’s work schedule is hybrid with days scheduled both in the office and working remotely.

Examples of duties:
•    Evaluate end user requests for data and analyses. Work with clients to clarify requestor needs.
•    Extract data from university data systems using Oracle SQL Developer and Argos.
•    Combine data from multiple sources, including both internal GSU sources and external data, for use in analyses.
•    Produce data sets for use in research.
•    Conduct research and create deliverables, such as standard reports, statistical analyses, and data visualizations for the university community.  
•    Provide written and verbal presentations of research findings.
•    Create documentation for reproducibility of analytical and report-generating processes.
•    Participate in the university-wide data community.

A quality candidate will possess the following:
•    Knowledge of research techniques and quantitative problem solving.
•    Knowledge of reporting principles and practices.
•    Knowledge of typical university business processes, particularly those impacting data processing.
•    Knowledge of integrated information systems and programming.
•    Effective time management, work prioritization, and organizational skills.
•    Professional customer service, including verbal and written communication with external and internal clients at all levels.
•    Ability to advise managers and clients in the effective use of data for analyses.
•    Ability to generate, review, update and edit analyses and data extracts.
•    Ability to test, document and perform quality assurance on analyses and reports.
•    Knowledge of ethical use of data, as well as knowledge of the regulations and procedures regarding protection of student data (FERPA, EU General Data Protection Regulation, IRB).
•    Knowledge of and experience with data extraction software, such as Oracle SQL Developer, PL/SQL, Argos, or Cognos.
•    Knowledge of and experience using standard data management and analysis software tools, such as Excel, Power Query, Power BI, Tableau, SPSS, STATA, R, Python, etc.
•    Knowledge of and experience using standard business software tools, such as the Microsoft Office Suite.

Minimum Hiring Requirements:

Bachelor's degree and three years of related experience; or a combination of education and related experience.

Preferred Hiring Qualifications: 

In addition to meeting the minimum hiring standards, preference may be given to those who meet the following criteria:
•    Master's degree and two years of relevant experience.
•    Experience with Banner by Ellucian.
•    Experience with data visualization and dashboarding tools, such as Power BI, Tableau, etc.
•    Knowledge of and experience with client/server computing, relational databases, and scripting/programming languages such as Oracle SQL, PL/SQL, Python, R, etc.
•    Experience working with Student Tracker files from the National Student Clearinghouse.

College/Business Unit
03/24/23, 11:59:00 PM

College/Business Unit: Provost & VP Academic Affairs
Location: Atlanta Campus
Job Posting: 03/10/23, 8:14:51 AM


Founded in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest and one of four research institutions in the University System of Georgia. The University serves one-fourth of the graduate students in the university system; it is within a one-hour commute of more than one-third of the state’s population. Approximately 80 percent of all Georgia State alumni live and work in Georgia.georgia_state_university1.jpg

Georgia State’s main campus is located on 34 acres in downtown Atlanta. University centers in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead and Henry County offer students convenient suburban locations for graduate courses in business and education.

More than 50,000 students annually attend Georgia State University. While 90 percent of the students are from Georgia, students also come from all 50 states and 160 countries. More than 1,400 international students attend Georgia State and graduate students comprise 31 percent of the student population.

georgia_state_university2.jpgThe University offers more than 52 degree programs in more than 250 fields of study – from public policy and African-American studies to biology and health sciences. Degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels through six units: the College of Arts and Sciences, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition to the numerous degree programs, Georgia State offers full- and part-time programs and day, evening and weekend classes.

Students have many choices in extracurricular activities including more than 22 fraternities and sororities; and some 250 chartered student groups, including 60 degree-related student groups, seven religious, 24 law-oriented and 22 multicultural/international groups; and 10 honor societies. There is also an active student government association which includes the student senate and the judicial board.

The Georgia State Panthers are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and compete in 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and volleyball. The university announced in April 2008 that is will begin Division I-AA football in 2010.

The university’s innovative Touch the Earth program brings outdoor recreation ranging from backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting and water-skiing to out-of-state snow-skiing and snorkeling trips. And WRAS, Georgia State’s popular 100,000-watt radio voice, is the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States.


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