Principal Research and Data Analyst

Location
Irvine, Orange County
Posted
May 02, 2014
Employment Type
Full Time
Department: Office Of Institutional Research
Req No.: 2014-0307
Location: UCI Campus - Irvine

Job Summary

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR), under the guidance of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Decision-Support, performs research, analysis, and reporting that supports campus academic planning, strategic decision-making, enrollment management, and program assessment. OIR collects, analyzes, and interprets a wide variety of data about UC Irvine and its external environment for the purposes of assessing institutional outcomes, measuring institutional performance against strategic planning goals, comparative analysis with peer institutions, and reporting to campus constituencies and external agencies. OIR reports to the Vice Chancellor of Planning and Budget.

 

Under general direction from the Director of Data Management and Analysis, the Principal Research and Data Analyst performs the highest level of administrative and statistical analysis. In support of UC Irvine's commitment to building a culture of data-informed inquiry to identify strategic opportunities and operational improvements, the Principal Research and Data Analyst will assist to optimize University efforts through the creation and maintenance of web-based institutional effectiveness data dashboards to inform progress on core themes, institutional planning, and student success projects and analytics. The dashboards will present performance metrics for internal and external stakeholders through intuitive easy-to-use interfaces. The Principal Research and Data Analyst will also perform other institutional research on a variety of topics.

 

Salary: Range $61,800 - $100,000

Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F

Career Position.

Final candidate subject to background check.

As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.

Please attach your resume.

 

Click here to see the Office Of Institutional Rsrch website.

 

View Job Description for the position requirements. 


Job Description
Job Essential Function 1
Percent of Time: 50%
 
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE REPORTING
 
In coordination with the Office of Information Technology, translate business requirements into data tables and report specifications for the University s business intelligence platform (IBM Cognos).
 
Access, manage, and maintain data models in support of the business intelligence platform in a development environment.
 
Develop, maintain, and generate reports and dashboards in the BI platform. Work with stakeholders to understand goals and requirements in order to quickly deploy reports and analytics that enable better decision making and student success.
 
Participate in entire report lifecycle from evaluation, development, and deployment of reports for end users.
 
Working with OIR colleagues, develop and maintain predictive analytic scoring models and systems to augment the BI reports and dashboards for campus decision-makers.
 
Job Essential Function 2
Percent of Time: 45%
 
RESEARCH & ANALYSIS:
 
Perform institutional research, analysis, and reporting on topics such as student retention, cohort tracking, student learning and institutional outcomes, student placement, faculty instructional workload, academic and non-academic staffing patterns, faculty-staff-student demographics, classroom utilization, student housing, student financial aid, sponsored research, campus rankings, campus budgets and finance, and other measures of institutional performance or questions of interest to senior campus managers.  
 
Perform trend analysis to predict future needs.  Identify patterns, tendencies, and relationships of data. Interpret and communicate findings.
 
Use statistical software (e.g. SAS or SPSS) to analyze data from a variety of sources. Keep current on knowledge of statistical software. Perform data mining projects using SPSS Modeler to help develop models based on predictive analytics.
 
Keep abreast of the latest statistical modeling and computing tools.
 
Exercise considerable independence in developing problem-solving methodologies or strategies and evaluating criteria.
 
DATA COLLECTION & MANAGEMENT:
 
Gather and organize analytical and factual data.  Given an assignment, research the options for data collection, determine the best method for collecting data, and collect and compile data.  
 
Maintain repositories of data and libraries of frequently-used information in anticipation of projects that will be conducted under very short timelines.
 
Use common data query tools and methods to access data.  Keep current on data query methods.
 
INFORMATION DISSEMINATION / REPORTING / PRESENTATION:
 
Use data analysis, graphic design, and programming expertise and all appropriate design and statistical tools to present data in ways that are accurate, accessible, appealing, and innovative.
 
Organize and report research results clearly and effectively in narrative, tabular, graphical, and oral modes.  Design the format and layout of data and reports, charts, tables, and other related documents and graphics in accordance with office graphic design standards.
 
As needed, respond to external report requests. Support the completion of academic institutional surveys received from other educational institutions, data-sharing consortia, state and federal agencies, news media, college guidebook publishers, and other surveys such as US News, College Board, Petersons, etc.
 
Design and maintain integrated institutional data to support institutional research and external reporting in support of the University s mission.  Maintain ongoing assessments of institutional quality measures for presentation to executives and senior managers.
 
Prepare and give presentations to Institutional Research professional associations  events, campus committees, and other groups.
 
Job Essential Function 3
Percent of Time: 5%
 
MISCELLANEOUS:
 
Maintain archival institutional research information that is easily accessed.  For each assignment, document the assignment s purposes, methods, assumptions, analytical procedures, and conclusions to ensure consistency among OIR staff in preparing future reports.
 
Work collaboratively with colleagues to support OIR s research efforts. Assist fellow OIR staff members complete projects of high priority.
 
Provide daily, weekly, and/or monthly status reports to the Director on all projects.
 
Define, analyze, and recommend to the Director improvements in office procedures and infrastructure to increase operational efficiency.
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
 
As budget permits, participate in relevant conferences and training in order to improve job-related skills and knowledge.
 
SPECIAL PROJECTS & OTHER DUTIES:
Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Vice Chancellor or the Director of Data Management and Analysis.
 
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
 
Required:
Analytical and research skills to identify issues; to determine sources of information; to gather and synthesize data from multiple sources; to find, evaluate and recommend alternative solutions to problems; to formulate logical and objective conclusions and recommendations; and to organize and sum-marize concepts and conclusions in both written and oral form.
Demonstrated strong foundational knowledge of visual design principles and how they apply to decision-support systems and statistical visualization.
Ability to translate complex, and sometimes vague ideas into insightful visualizations.
Familiar with business intelligence software and reporting tools (such as IBM Cognos, WebFOCUS, OBIEE,  BusinessObjects, or Tableau).
Knowledge of programming in SAS or SPSS.
Demonstrated experience in data query methods and knowledge of data collection techniques. Proficiency in using SQL query tools.
Knowledge of statistical methods. Ability to apply a range of standard statistical techniques in support of research studies and other assignments. Strong analytical writing and statistical background.
Knowledge of data mining software and methodologies. Understanding of the potential uses for predictive analytics in a higher education environment.
Strong organizational skills to track, store and retrieve documents and information. Ability to generate and maintain status reports for assigned projects.
Strong organizational and communication skills with the proven ability to meet project deadlines on a regular basis; flexibility to adjust to changing priorities.
Strong interpersonal skills with a team player focus; ability to build inter personal relationships with colleagues; an understanding of the coop eration an individual needs to display in an organization s complex and diverse environment.
Strong computer skills, with proficiency in the Microsoft Windows oper ating system and the following application programs: Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Access; Microsoft PowerPoint; Microsoft Outlook; and Internet search tools.
Attention to detail; demonstrated ability to produce work of the highest quality; ability to proofread work to catch and correct errors before work is released.
Ability to work independently and to keep track of a large number of on-going problems, requests, and projects. Ability to prioritize competing projects.
Strong quantitative skills.
M.A./M.S. degree or higher that includes coursework and research in quantitative methods.
 
Desired:
At least three years of experience in an institutional research office at a baccalaureate degree granting institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
 
Below are general guidelines on the position's physical, mental, and environmental working conditions.
In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-5210.
 
Bend: Occasionally
Squat: Occasionally
Crawl: Occasionally
Climb: Occasionally
Kneel: Occasionally
Handle Objects: Constantly
Push/Pull: Occasionally
Reach Above Shoulder Level: Occasionally
Sit: Constantly
Stand: Constantly
Walk: Constantly
Use Fine Finger Movements: Constantly
Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Occasionally
Carry/Lift loads between 25-50 lbs: Occasionally
Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Not Applicable
Read/Comprehend: Constantly
Write: Constantly
Perform Calculations: Constantly
Communicate Orally: Constantly
Reason and Analyze: Constantly
Chemical/Biological Agent: Not Applicable
Construction Activities: Not Applicable
Contact with Water/Liquids: Not Applicable
Drive Motorized Equipment: Not Applicable
Confined Spaces: Not Applicable
Elevated Work Location: Not Applicable
Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable
Temperature Variations: Occasionally
Gas System: Not ApplicablePI76718456