Research Analyst and Data Manager - Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)

Crawfordsville, Montgomery County
May 07, 2014
HEDS collects, analyzes, and disseminates quantitative data to support institutional research, institutional effectiveness, and assessment at 123 private colleges and universities. The Research Analyst and Data Manager reports to the Assistant Director and works in collaboration with the other two research analysts. These three individuals constitute the consortium’s research team. Working in collaboration with other members of the research team, the Research Analyst and Data Manager works across our three main areas of data collection—institutional data, HEDS unit record surveys, and third-party unit record surveys. The Research Analyst and Data Manager will identify, collect, format, and analyze data and develop reports and dynamic spreadsheets for consortium institutions based on that data. The Research Analyst and Data Manager will also provide customer service and support for HEDS institutional and unit record survey data collection. Specific responsibilities and skills include:
  • Contacting member institutions to encourage participation in HEDS data collections.
  • Collecting data via downloads from websites or databases, surveys of member institutions, the consortium’s survey engine, purchasing data files from third-party sources, and other sources/means.
  • Cleaning and formatting the collected data, and then producing reports, spreadsheets, and other summary/analytical information based on the data for member institutions.
  • Analyzing collected data to identify trends and patterns that would be useful for member institutions.
  • Writing clear, accurate, and error free reports.
  • Answering questions from representatives of member institutions about our data products and providing customer support for people who use those products.
  • Producing well-written and clear content for the Consortium’s website and other modes of written communication.
  • Making presentations about the HEDS Consortium and her/his work at regional and national conferences as well as at the HEDS annual conference.
  • Keeping up-to-date about the data needs of member institutions and continuously searching for new ways of providing relevant, useful data to member institutions.
  • Working with the research team to develop mechanisms for ensuring the quality and integrity of the data that HEDS disseminates in reports, publications, presentations, and via its website.
  • Tracking and evaluating how member institutions use the data products provided by the consortium, and recommending revisions to the products to better meet members' needs.
  • Helping to organize and implement the HEDS Consortium's annual conference.
  • Helping to market the HEDS Consortium to potential members and increase institutional membership.
  • Ability and willingness to learn how to use Microsoft Excel sufficient to allow her or him to download, clean, and format large institutional datasets, and convert them into user-friendly, dynamic spreadsheets. This includes use of macros and formulas.
  • Ability and willingness to learn how to use SPSS and other statistical software for univariate, multivariate, and other forms of statistical analyses necessary to support the consortium’s research.
  • Ability and willingness to learn how to use the consortium's survey engine to manage HEDS institutional data collection.
  • Knowledge of, and willingness to learn more about, institutional research/institutional effectiveness data (e.g., data on enrollment, admissions, tuition and fees, financial aid, revenues and expenses, staffing, productivity) and other relevant institutional data for colleges and universities.
  • Willingness to develop proficiency with new technologies, software packages, data acquisition methods, necessary statistical and graphical techniques, and other skills to support the consortium’s work.
  • Working in a courteous, professional, and responsive manner with institutional representatives.
  • Ability and willingness to learn how to make basic updates to the HEDS website using a content management system.
  • Ability and willingness to use Macintosh computers.
  • Willingness to occasionally travel and participate in occasional weekend and evening work during on-site conferences/consultation meetings/colloquia.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to work flexibly as a member of a team in a high pressure, “perpetual start-up” environment.
  • Willingness to perform other work as designated by the Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Director.
Required qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Strong organizational, quantitative, and research skills, including appropriate experience with statistical software and Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong communication skills: written, oral, and interpersonal.
Review of applications begins immediately. Open until position is filled Wabash College, seeks faculty and staff committed to providing quality engagement with students, high levels of academic challenge and support, and meaningful diversity experiences that prepare students for life and leadership in a multicultural global world. We welcome applications from persons of all backgrounds. EOE.