Research Analyst 3

Posted on8/24/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toAssociate Director
Reports in officeInstitutional Effectiveness
Application due date8-29-2017
Job start date10-1-2017
InstitutionCentral Washington University
Institution descriptionCentral Washington University (CWU) is one of three state-supported comprehensive universities in Washington State. Like other regional universities, CWU began as a normal school, became a College of Education in 1937, a state college in 1961, and a comprehensive university in 1977. Offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 135 majors, the university enrolls approximately 12,000 students and employs about 1,300 faculty and staff. Average class size is 25, with a faculty-student ratio of 17:1. With its robust focus on inclusivity and diversity, more than a third of freshmen were people of color in fall 2016. CWU enrolls and graduates the largest percentage of Hispanic/Latino/a students of any public baccalaureate institution in the state. The university holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Job dutiesGather and analyze data necessary to complete federal reports (e.g., IPEDS), state reports, the Common Data Set, and standard external surveys (e.g., Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report). Track and meet all deadlines necessary to complete such reports.

Respond to and track ad hoc data requests from the campus community, including accreditation, strategic planning, enrollment management, and deans/departments. Meet all requests in a timely manner.

Plan, design, implement, maintain, and modify complex reporting systems in cooperation with other support staff.

Develop and maintain processes for insuring data integrity. Check data for completeness and accuracy.
Prepare data files for analysis in accordance with office protocols.

Document data elements and coding schemes

Gather and analyze information for data requests following federal, state and office protocols.

Consult with clients to determine data needs. Extract data from university information systems and the office data warehouse. Collect data as needed from other university offices and external agencies.

Prepare data sets for analysis and compute descriptive statistics. Present data in tables, graphs, web pages, slides, and narrative reports.

Develop and implement datasets for faculty records, including detailed load records. Prepare submission of faculty data for the American Association of University Professors and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

Design and maintain databases pertinent to specific accreditation standards.

Participate in gathering metadata and other activities related to the construction and maintenance of a university data warehouse.

Construct and maintain a database of performance measures to serve in the development of an integrated performance-based budgeting system. Collect relevant data from CWU units and enter into a database. Monitor, update, reconcile, and maintain these datasets. Work with the budget office to gather and analyze information for the university operating and capital budgets.

Participate in activities to maintain office processes, documents and budgets.

Maintain database and web log for organizing and tracking data requests and web pages.

Responsible for advising Information Services staff in website and dashboard construction.

Actively engages in recruitment and hiring new employees;

Clearly defines performance expectations, ensure accountability, and provides ongoing informal feedback, coaching, and mentoring. Conducts formal performance evaluations;

Ensures employees have necessary resources;

Oversees and directs the work of staff; serves as mentor, coach and leader, and resolves complaints or issues;

Promotes professional development opportunities

Develops and fosters supportive working relationships, motivation, and engagement

Communicates information to staff on an ongoing basis to influence staff engagement and to be a part of a larger community

Takes corrective action in a timely manner

Recognizes and rewards employees for good performance

Schedules employee work hours/shifts; monitor hours worked; approve payable time and absence requests

Adjusts leadership style as needed to achieve results

Recognizes value of and promotes diverse workforce. Values and encourages diverse perspectives, creativity and teamwork

Other duties as assigned
Bachelor's Degree including college-level course work in a computer programming language (e.g. SQL, R, or Python) and one year of experience working with higher education data OR an equivalent combination of education and experience which clearly demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the job

Experience using word processing software such as MS Word, spreadsheet software such as MS Excel, and database software such as MS Access

Experience applying proper use of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary to prepare detailed reports.

Ability to acquire knowledge from new software applications as required

Excellent oral and written communication skills

OR applicable combination of education and/or experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.


Graduate work in statistics or mathematics or in qualitative fields of the social sciences, business, or education.

Experience working in an institutional research/effectiveness office

Experience working with CWU data and information systems

Experience working with SQL

CWU is an EEO/AA/Title IX/Veteran/Disability Employer
Salary range$40,000 - $60,000
Salary benefits$3436/month with periodic increases up to $4506/month

CWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance, along with vacation and sick leave plans depending on employment classification. For additional information please visit this website.
Application procedureTo apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application at this website and attach:

A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting;

Resume including work history, education, training; and Contact information for three professional references.

Screening Begins: August 29, 2017

**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.