Senior Research Analyst - 501382

Posted on7/6/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector of Institutional Effectiveness
Reports in officeInstitutional Effectiveneess
Application due dateOpen Until Filled
Job start dateTBD
CityRichmond
State/ProvinceVirginia
Other Location23173
InstitutionUniversity of Richmond
Institution descriptionLocated minutes from downtown Richmond, Virginia, the University of Richmond (www.richmond.edu) blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs. Our School of Arts & Sciences anchors Richmond as a nationally ranked liberal arts university. A ranked business school, the nation’s first school of leadership studies, a highly respected law school, a nationally recognized international education program and the community-focused School of Professional and Continuing Studies build on that strong foundation and make this university something unique.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity.
Job dutiesSUMMARY:

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Effectiveness, the Senior Research Analyst is responsible for conducting research and analysis in support of institutional research and reporting activities for the University. The Senior Research Analyst serves as the IPEDS Keyholder and the SCHEV Reports Coordinator for the University of Richmond as well as contact for various guidebooks and ranking entities. This position is responsible for ensuring data integrity in institutional reporting, for developing datasets for use in reporting and analysis using various qualitative and quantitative analysis methods, providing analytical support for assessment activities and for conducting research and analysis to meet the strategic information needs for key University decision makers.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS: This position is responsible for conducting institutional research and analysis such as retention studies, peer data comparisons, US News ranking projections and analyses, etc. This involves:

-Identifying data sources, definitions, timelines, etc. appropriate for analyses.
-Developing, cleaning, and maintaining datasets from external and internal data sources to use for research and analysis.
-Designing and conducting quantitative research and analysis using descriptive and inferential statistical techniques.
-Interpreting and summarizing research results to key University staff and leadership for use in planning and decision making.
-Providing analytical support and university data extraction in support of assessment
-Analyzing complex datasets and clearly organizing and summarizing results in tables, charts, and other documents using quantitative and visual information for use by key University staff and leadership in planning and decision making and by internal and external constituents requiring information about the University.
-Working closely with University colleagues to determine information needs and how to best access information; this may include identifying problems and offering solutions to resolve those problems or looking for alternative ways to respond to questions.
-Conducting peer analyses for University benchmarking using external data bases such as IPEDS Peer Analysis system, US News’ analytics tool, Academic Insights, etc.
-Documenting all project processes, sources, and techniques to ensure consistent application of methodology in future projects.

INSTITUTIONAL REPORTING: This position is responsible for overseeing institutional compliance with external mandatory reporting and for ensuring quality, consistency, and accuracy in voluntary reporting. This involves:

-Determining data requirements and generating 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 State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
-Determining data requirements and generating data-driven responses for external surveys considered important to the University (e.g., U.S. News, Common Data Set, College Board).
-Documenting all project processes, sources, and techniques to ensure consistent application of methodology in future projects.

DATA WAREHOUSE REPORTS: This position is the point person in the department for working to develop reports to serve institutional research and reporting needs. This includes:

-Developing reports and dashboards in the data warehouse in all data areas to generate data extracts, tables and reports appropriate for the end user: admissions, student, finance, financial aid, human resources, etc.
-Working with business units and Information Services to identify data discrepancies and data quality issues to ensure consistency and integrity of institutional data.
-Coordinating and working with business units and IS to develop and maintain data standards and quality assurance policies and supporting documentation.
-Training end users to use the reports and dashboards.

CONTINUOUS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: It is critical for successful job performance that the person in this position actively monitors and troubleshoots for potential and planned changes to any external reporting requirements and burgeoning issues involving institutional research and reporting and keeps key University officials informed of these as appropriate. The Senior Research Analyst must maintain an intimate knowledge of external databases available for use in research and analysis.


-Developing reports and dashboards in the data warehouse in all data areas to generate data extracts, tables and reports appropriate for the end user: admissions, student, finance, financial aid, human resources, etc.
-Working with business units and Information Services to identify data discrepancies and data quality issues to ensure consistency and integrity of institutional data.
-Coordinating and working with business units and IS to develop and maintain data standards and quality assurance policies and supporting documentation.
-Training end users to use the reports and dashboards.

OTHER DUTIES: Conduct other analyses and/or develop reports in response to ad hoc requests or urgent University business as needed and provide research support to the Director in strategic initiatives as assigned.
QualificationsQUALIFICATIONS:

-Strong analytical, research, writing, and communication skills. -Strong attention to detail, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Well-developed interpersonal and organizational skills.
-Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly verbally and in written, numerical, and graphical form; to manage effectively multiple projects concurrently; to work independently and collaboratively with multiple constituencies; and to maintain confidentiality and discretion. Demonstrated proficiency in use of a variety of software including Microsoft Office Suite and SPSS or other statistical package. Ability to conduct research on educational, economic, social, or demographic trends.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

-Master’s degree in education, social science or related field required.
-Three years experience in reporting, data analysis, or related field required. Previous experience conducting education or social science research.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsPay Grade 8

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