Institutional Research & Planning Analyst

Posted on8/24/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toExecutive Director, Integrated Planning & Effectiveness
Reports in officeIntegrated Planning & Effectiveness
Application due date28/8/2017
Job start date12/9/2017
State/ProvinceBritish Columbia
InstitutionThompson Rivers University
Institution descriptionAt Thompson Rivers University, student success is our priority. We empower our students to reach their goals with flexible learning options, individualized student services, hands-on learning opportunities, and a diverse, inclusive environment.

For 45 years TRU has taken pride in providing an excellent education to every student that comes to us—from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives, at various stages of the learning journey. Nearly 26,000 students study on our campuses in Kamloops and Williams Lake, or in distance or online courses and programs through Open Learning.

From traditional academics to trades, from certificates to graduate degrees, TRU offers over 140 on-campus programs and 60 Open Learning programs to choose from. Our students apply what they learn in co-op work terms, study abroad, undergraduate research, field schools and practicums, service learning and other opportunities — with guidance and mentorship by our accessible faculty. Research, creation and innovation thrive in our open, flexible learning environment. And so do our students.
Job dutiesProvides accurate, timely, impartial and reliable information from internal and external sources to support planning and decision making at a variety of levels across the university.


Plans, designs and conducts research projects and reports results with descriptive and inferential statistics and makes recommendations with regards to follow up research.
Analyzes data and conducts statistical analyses to prepare information reports to internal and external agencies in accordance with the Provincial accountability framework.
Under the direction of the Manager and/or Director, prepares, develops and produces management information reports that communicate analyses and research findings to internal and external audiences in a manner that is clear, concise and appropriate to the audience, which may include the design and delivery of presentations.
Interprets and analyzes data related to a wide range of functional areas, both academic and administrative.
Develops, manages and manipulates complex databases required for research and reporting.
Conducts ongoing data validation to support institutional data integrity.
Produces institutional reports such as the TRU Fact Book and Annual Report.
Responds to data and information requests.

Grade 12 plus a degree in an appropriate analytical discipline (such as economics, sociology, management sciences, engineering, computing or accounting), with specialized courses in statistics and research methodology or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience


Four (4) years' related experience
Experience designing and conducting research, including survey methodology and knowledge of statistical techniques (quantitative and qualitative) and their application to educational and survey research
Experience in gathering, synthesizing, evaluating and interpreting information from survey results


Ability to design and conduct research projects
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Access in a windows environment and statistical software such as SPSS. *Including but not limited to: pivot tables, graphs, regression analyses, etc.
Ability to maintain and develop new applications using relational databases
Ability to work with data dictionaries and use computer applications to manipulate data and produce statistical reports and analyses
Familiarity with structured query language and HTML
Knowledge of business intelligence tools (e.g. Cognos, Crystal Reports)
Knowledge of provincial post secondary reporting and accountability systems
Understanding of BC higher education system
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including the ability to design and deliver presentations
Ability to work both as a team member and independently
Ability to be courteous, tactful and diplomatic in dealing with others
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks and meet deadlines, maintaining accuracy and attention to detail
Record keeping and documentation skills
Salary range$40,000 - $60,000
Salary benefitsFor detailed information on Benefits for this position please visit our Benefits website.
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website.