Policy and Planning Analyst or Senior Policy and Planning Analyst
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS Madison, WI POLICY AND PLANNING ANALYST or SENIOR POLICY AND PLANNING ANALYST Office of Policy Analysis and Research The University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country and employs more than 30,000 faculty and staff statewide. The UW System institutions’ combined headcount enrollment exceeds 180,000, and it confers approximately 33,000 degrees each year. The UW System is comprised of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW colleges, and a statewide UW-Extension. Two of the universities (UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee) are doctoral degree-granting institutions and 11 are master’s degree-granting comprehensive institutions. The UW System is governed by a single Board of Regents comprised of 18 members. The UW System head is the President of the System. Together, these institutions are a tremendous academic, cultural, and economic resource for Wisconsin, the nation, and the world. Learn more about the UW System at http://www.wisconsin.edu/about/. The University of Wisconsin System Administration, Office of Policy Analysis & Research (OPAR) is seeking candidates to fill a full-time Policy and Planning Analyst/Senior Policy and Planning Analyst position. The position reports to the Associate Vice President for Policy Analysis and Research, within the Academic and Student Affairs division of UW System Administration, located in Madison, Wisconsin. The mission of the OPAR is to inform UW System planning, policy development, evaluation, and decision making processes. In fulfilling this mission, OPAR's primary functions are to: • Oversee the collection and management of student, curricular, admissions, and financial aid data from UW System institutions. • Serve as the office of record and clearinghouse for the UW System Administration (UWSA) on student, curricular, admissions, and financial aid information. • Provide accurate, timely information and analyses to the Board of Regents, UWSA senior leadership, and UW System institutions. • Lead systemwide accountability reporting efforts. • Conduct instructional workload and cost analysis. • Initiate studies to address emerging national and state issues in higher education. • Support review and evaluation of UW System policies and academic programs. • Contribute to the budget planning process. • Benchmark UW System performance against peer systems and institutions. • Coordinate and analyze systemwide surveys. • Respond to state and federally mandated information requirements and other data requests. Major Responsibilities: The Policy and Planning Analyst/Senior Policy and Planning Analyst conducts research and analysis on a wide variety of higher education issues supporting planning, decision making, and policy development in the UW System. This position is responsible for a variety of activities related to institutional research, data management, and predictive analytics, including leading and/or coordinating selected OPAR projects and processes. Specific duties include: • Lead or coordinate OPAR efforts to support UW System planning, policy research and analysis, and evaluation and assessment. • Develop analyses, process, and products that support planning and decision making in the UW System. • Conduct institutional research on a variety of topics in higher education to undertake policy analysis and evaluation. • Determine the most appropriate statistical techniques, carry out the analyses, and prepare written and oral reports. • Conduct an advanced level of predictive analytics. • Manipulate large data files and secondary data sources to answer analytical questions. • Work with other OPAR staff and information technology staff on the design and implementation of data systems. • Contribute to the development of dashboards and key performance indicators (KPIs). • Respond to ad-hoc requests for information and analysis. • Represent UW System and OPAR on internal and external committees, and at state, regional, and national conferences. • Other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications: • Master's degree is required. • At least five years of professional experience in higher education is required. • Experience with statistics, research methodologies, and predictive analytics required. • Experience with high level programming languages is required (e.g. SQL, SAS). • Experience in manipulating large relational data bases is required. Preferred Qualifications: • An earned doctorate in social sciences, higher education, or statistics preferred. • Advanced knowledge and expertise in statistics, research methologies, and predictive analytics. • Advanced knowledge and expertise with high level programming languages. • Advanced skills in manipulating large relational data bases. • Experience in research and analysis on financial aid and admissions. • Evidence of excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. • Proven record of building effective partnerships with a variety of constituencies. • Experience in large university or system of higher education. • Ability to develop high quality written reports, analyses, and visual presentations. • Knowledge of and experience in using “big data.” • Knowledge of and experience in developing dashboards. • Current knowledge of trends and practices in higher education. • Knowledge of best practices in the use of technology in institutional research. • Demonstrated skill in project and team management. • Critical reasoning using data. • Knowledge of survey design and analysis. • Ability to cope with a dynamic and demanding environment where expectations for performance and productivity are high. • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time and meet project deadlines. • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity as critical components of organizational success. • Intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate must value diversity and be capable of working in a diverse environment. He or she must also be willing to work for the building of a UW System workplace environment that values diversity and inclusion. Additional Qualifications to be considered for the Senior Policy and Planning Analyst: In addition to the minimum and preferred qualifications above, candidates may be considered for the Senior prefix title if they have demonstrated progressive responsibilities in the field and have at least ten years of relevant experience. Conditions of Employment: This is a full-time, unclassified academic staff position. The Policy and Planning Analyst title is assigned to Salary Range UWS 7 (currently, $62,884-94,326); the Senior Policy and Planning Analyst title is assigned to Salary Range UWS 8 (currently, $72,094-108,140). Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. An excellent benefits package is also included. (http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/compest/). The UW System conducts criminal background checks on final candidate(s). To ensure full consideration, complete application materials must be received by February 24, 2014. Applications received after that date may be considered if the position is not yet filled. Procedure: Submit (1) Cover letter specifically addressing how your education and experience relate to the position and qualifications described above; (2) a current comprehensive resume or curriculum vitae; (3) sample of analytical work; (4) current contact information for five professional references, including at least two supervisory references; and (5) a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request. Please note that in the absence of any statement regarding confidentiality, we will assume you do not wish to have your application held in confidence. Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes, upon request we are required to provide a list of all applicants who have not requested in writing that his/her application be held in confidence. Regardless of request to hold application in confidence, persons agreeing to be final candidates will have their identities revealed as final candidates. These five documents should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document in the Upload a New Resume section of the online application process. You will not be submitting individual documents in the Add Attachment or Add References sections of the process. Applications can be completed on line at the below link: http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/jobs/applicantportal.htm Questions may be addressed to: Lori Fuller, Office of Human Resources and Workforce Diversity, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (608) 263-0847. The University of Wisconsin System Administration is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, and person with disabilities.