Institutional Research Insight Analyst

Posted on6/13/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector of Institutional Research
Reports in officeInstitutional Research, Data, and Analytics
Application due dateFriday, July 6, 2018
Job start date2018
Other Location20783
InstitutionUniversity System of Maryland
Institution descriptionThe USM is the State’s public system of higher education. The USM’s 12 institutions offer over 600 academic programs to more than 163,000 students worldwide. The USM’s interactions with state, federal and local governments are significant and diverse. It is a $5.2 billion enterprise with an economic impact of over $6.7 billion, and a research and development program of $1.2 billion.
Job dutiesThe Institutional Research Insight Analyst provides technical and analytic support for the data and information needs for the USM Office, the USM institutions, and the USM regional centers. The position’s primary responsibilities include directed and self-guided research into the University System and its institutions to find key insights that may shape policy, providing stakeholders with actionable information, and helping to develop the analytics needed for decision-making. This position will help manage and utilize complex datasets combined with existing data stored in the USM warehouse to model data and create visualizations that will be used in institutional research presentations, briefs, and reports for the consumption of various USM constituencies (the USM Board of Regents and leadership, the USM campuses and regional centers, and state agencies).
Responsibilities for this position include (but are not limited to) the following: develop robust data analytic models that are designed to address policy and operations-based inquiries using data within the USM’s Institutional Research Information System (IRIS), as well as other sources, and help present those insights to both technical and non-technical audiences; develop predictive analytics in areas related to student enrollment and persistence, degree completion, workforce preparation, and other higher education academic and administrative areas; assist in producing and presenting data, visualizations, and analyses required by internal and external constituencies (the USM Board and leadership, USM campuses, state and federal agencies, etc.); assist in the maintenance and integrity assurance of all data and visualizations on the USM IRIS Website; update and retrieve data from USM’s data warehouse as needed.
QualificationsBachelor’s degree in data science, computer science, economics, statistics, the social sciences or another quantitatively-oriented discipline or field. Knowledge of statistical analysis and experience with relational databases. Knowledge of emerging data storage and analytics platforms (e.g., IBM Cloud). Knowledge and experience with data mining and developing predictive analytical models. Ability to conduct empirical research and answer complex questions using data mining or data modeling techniques (e.g., traditional statistical model development and machine learning). Ability to independently identify and solve problems, primarily through statistical programming and analysis. Ability to analyze complex topics, problem solve, synthesize, and communicate the results clearly both orally and in writing to faculty, staff and students within the USM and its stakeholders. A curious, creative, and flexible approach to analysis that allows for results at varying levels of precision.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsFor detailed information on Benefits for this position please visit our Benefits website.
Application procedureApplications received by Friday, July 6, 2018 will be given priority consideration. All other resumes will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft word document and send to the following email address: