Principal Research Analyst

Posted on2/2/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector - Institutional Research Operations
Reports in officeOffice of Institutional Research
Application due dateUntil the position is filled
Job start dateAs soon as possible
InstitutionUniversity of California, Irvine
Institution descriptionFounded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
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.
Use statistical software (e.g. SAS or SPSS) to analyze data from a variety of sources. Keep current on knowledge of statistical software.
Exercise considerable independence in developing problem-solving methodologies or strategies and evaluating criteria.

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.
Manage online surveys: compile data as received, handle communications with survey users, and troubleshoot routine user issues. Analyze open-ended survey responses.
Maintain repositories of data and libraries of frequently-used information in anticipation of projects that will be conducted under very short timelines.
Use SQL query tools and data query methods to collect data. Keep current on emerging data sources and data query methods.

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.
Respond to external report requests. Complete 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 an integrated institutional data set 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 present presentations to Institutional Research professional associations’ events, campus committees, and other groups.

As budget permits, participate in relevant conferences and training in order to improve job-related skills and knowledge.

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.

Other duties as assigned by the Director - Institutional Research Operations or the Assistant Vice Chancellor - Institutional Research and Decision Support.
* Analytical skill 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 summarize concepts and conclusions in both written and oral form.
* 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 cooperation an individual needs to display in an organization’s complex and diverse environment.
* Strong computer skills, with proficiency in the Microsoft Windows operating system and the following application programs: Microsoft Word; Microsoft Excel; 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.
* Advanced quantitative skills and knowledge of qualitative methods.
* Demonstrated experience in data query methods and knowledge of data collection techniques. Proficiency in using data query and extraction tools (e.g., web scrapers).
* Knowledge of statistical sampling and survey methodology. Ability to apply a range of standard statistical techniques in support of research studies and other assignments. Strong analytical writing and statistical background.
* M.A./M.S. and three years of experience in research and analysis, or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

* Doctoral degree with experience in the research methods and techniques found in the education, psychology, or the social sciences fields.
* One or more years of work experience in an institutional research office.
* One or more years of using BI tools to create data tables, visualizations, and dashboards to support organizational leadership decision making. Tableau, SAS, or Cognos experience preferred.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsSee job posting for more details.
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