Research Analyst, Strategic Analysis and Reporting (SAR)

Posted on11/8/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector
Reports in officeStrategic Analysis and Reporting (SAR)
Application due dateNovember 30, 2017
Job start dateNegotiable
InstitutionWashburn University
Institution descriptionWASHBURN UNIVERSITY is located on a spacious, attractive campus in Topeka, the capital city of the state of Kansas. Washburn is a municipally supported, state assisted university comprised of six major academic units; the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Applied Studies and the Division of Continuing Education. There are over 7,000 students enrolled in traditional undergraduate degree programs, two-year associate degree programs and professional graduate programs in Law, Business, Psychology, Education, Social Work, Criminal Justice and Liberal Studies.

Washburn University provides great benefits and a wonderful place to work. Washburn is publicly funded, independently governed and state coordinated. In addition to funding from city and county taxes, Washburn receives financial support from the State of Kansas. Our friendly employees, competitive pay and benefits, and beautiful campus and community make Washburn an ideal place to be. At Washburn, we put students first!
Job dutiesEmployee must work independently and collaboratively with various University constituencies and manage multiple, concurrent projects, use sound judgment in developing analyses and applying statistics, and communicate effectively. Completed work must be accurate and consistent. It is imperative the employee exercise confidentiality and discretion in the performance of assigned duties.

Apply descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, design and conduct quantitative research and analysis from conception through final written report. Interpret and summarize results. Provide recommendations to Washburn leadership for use in planning and decision making.

Analyze complex datasets and clearly organize and summarize results in tables, charts, and other documents using quantitative and visual information for use by Washburn leadership for planning and decision making purposes. Prepared information will also be used by internal and external constituents requiring information about the University.

Work with University colleagues to determine information needs and how to best access information. This may include identifying problems, offering solutions to resolve those problems, and/or looking for alternative ways to respond to questions.

Determine data requirements and generate data-driven responses for mandated reporting to the federal and state governments and accrediting associations: e.g., Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Kansas Board of Regents, and the Higher Learning Commission.

Determine data requirements and generate data-driven responses for external surveys considered important to the University, e.g., U.S. News, Common Data Set, College Board. Document all project processes, sources, and techniques to ensure consistent application of methodology in future projects.

Effectively use a variety of software. Will use advanced skills in Excel, Access and SPSS or SAS to run queries and perform analyses. Extract data from relational databases and review output for reasonableness, validity, consistency, and accuracy. Document query/report criteria and processes to ensure consistent application of methodology in future projects.

Read publications daily, e.g., Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and monitor professional online discussion groups on higher education issues and topics. Communicate relevant information to the Director, other SAR staff, and University colleagues to keep them apprised of significant activities on various issues.

Serve on project teams and University committees as assigned. Participate in professional development activities to ensure currency and continuous skill enhancement relevant to the University’s needs.

Perform additional job related duties as assigned.
QualificationsRequired Qualifications: Master's degree. Three years of experience, in one of the following or combination of areas: research design, qualitative and quantitative statistical methods, data inference and/or analysis. (Related graduate school experience will be considered.) Strong analytical, research, writing and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly in verbal, written, numerical, and graphical form. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects concurrently; to work independently and collaboratively with multiple constituencies; and to maintain confidentiality and discretion. Well-developed interpersonal and organizational skills. Demonstrated proficiency in the use of a variety of software including Microsoft Office Suite and SPSS or SAS.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD. Experience in higher education policy development, analysis, and reporting. Experience in querying multiple tables within large relational databases using SQL or other programming language. Familiarity working with third party reporting tools.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsSalary is mid to upper $50,000 commensurate with qualifications. Washburn provides an excellent fringe benefits package. Employment at Washburn University will be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.
Application procedureSubmit a letter of interest, resume, Resume Supplement form (available at this website), copy of unofficial transcript(s) for highest level of post-secondary education (official transcript for all levels of post-secondary education may be requested upon hire), and names and phone numbers of three professional references to or to Washburn University Human Resources, 118 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66621. Applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications by November 30, 2017. Applications will continue to be reviewed until interviews are scheduled.