Research Scholar

Posted on6/25/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toSenior Director of Institutional Research,
Reports in officeDepartment Academic & Student Affairs
Application due dateOpen Until Filled
Job start dateApprox. August 1, 2018
CityLas Vegas
Other Location89119
InstitutionNevada System of Higher Education
Institution descriptionThe Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) invites applications and nominations for the position of Research Scholar. This is a renewable, full-time, non-tenured, administrative position and reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Research within the Department of Academic & Student Affairs. The position will be located in the NSHE Las Vegas office. The NSHE is comprised of eight institutions: two universities, a state college, four community colleges and a research institute. The public system of higher education in Nevada continues to experience growth with significant challenges and opportunities in serving over 105,000 students and 12,000 employees.
Job dutiesThe Research Scholar will work closely with the Senior Director of Institutional Research to craft NSHE reports, white papers, and other formal publications, and work on data related projects. Projects vary in complexity and periodicity, ranging from ad-hoc and short-term to ongoing and scheduled projects. Projects will range across the entire higher education decision support spectrum, including student enrollment, demographics, performance, the research enterprise, teaching, admissions, human resources, finance, and other topics as assigned. Data and statistical analysis prepared by the analyst will be used for purposes including, but not limited to, developing public policy, developing and reviewing programs, and measuring institutional and system success relative to strategic goals defined by the Board of Regents.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Successful candidates need the following knowledge, skills and abilities. It is recommended that applicants for this position address each of the following items in the letter of application:

• Advanced skills in a variety of computer applications and reporting tools including, but not limited to, MS Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
• Experience with databases, data query and data access. Data sources include the NSHE data warehouses (Oracle), IPEDS, National Student Clearinghouse, U.S. Census, state demographer data and DETR workforce data
• Ability to work with large data sets, verifying and checking data thoroughly for accuracy and completeness
• Strong organizational abilities as well as highly developed written communication skills
• Capable of working independently in a changing environment with accuracy and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize and organize tasks to meet deadlines and follow through on assignments with minimal direction, often under pressure.
• Ability to exercise judgment to solve administrative problems where the answer is not apparent
• Ability to communicate effectively in both an oral and written manner
• Ability to adhere to stringent deadlines
• Ability to process large amounts of information and break it down into critical elements
• Ability to discern critical information
• Ability to determine the most appropriate format for conveying information to a specific audience
• Strong interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to establish collaborative relationships
• Ability to analyze complex data and draw a conclusion
• Strong working knowledge of and experience compiling data from higher education data systems such as IPEDS, Peoplesoft, National Student Clearinghouse
• An understanding of role of institutional research within a postsecondary setting including standard protocols and procedures
• Knowledge of, exposure to, and deep interest in higher education
• Knowledge of higher education policy generally
• Knowledge of and familiarity with higher education data definitions generally

RESPONSIBILITIES: The duties of this position will include, but not be limited to, the following areas of responsibility within the NSHE Office of Academic and Student Affairs:

• Collect, extract, compile and report institutional data for scheduled and ad hoc reporting requests
• Analyze data and statistics and draft formal NSHE reports, white papers and other formal publications in support of the Board of Regents and its strategic goals
• Provide direct support in the development, publication and dissemination of reports and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences, including creation of charts and tables, design of report and incorporating input from various sources
• Retrieve data sources including the Oracle student data warehouse, Peoplesoft, IPEDS, National Student Clearinghouse, U.S. Census and state demographer, DETR workforce informer and other sources as necessary for both internal and external reports and data requests
• Develop and condition large scale datasets
• Create handouts and presentations for a variety of audiences
QualificationsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate must have an earned Ph.D. or Ed.D. from an accredited institution and five years of experience in institutional research, working with large datasets, analyzing data and writing reports for publication.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsApproximate starting salary $80,000.00 w/benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, life and retirement.
Application procedureTO APPLY: Application materials must include a current resume, detailed cover letter, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of four professional references willing to be contacted. Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience, since the initial review will serve to evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience. Applications will be considered incomplete without all requested materials. Materials should be addressed to Lori Mandracchio, Search Coordinator, and are to be submitted via our website. For assistance with NSHE’s on-line applicant portal, contact Lori Mandracchio at (702) 889-8426 or

INTERNAL APPLICANTS: Current employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at NSHE institutions. Once you log into Workday and type “Find Jobs” in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate the specific job posting by typing the requisition number (e.g. R0000000) in the search box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications may be submitted until the position is filled. The review of materials will begin immediately..