Senior Research Analyst

Posted on1/9/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toManagers of Research
Reports in officeResearch
Application due date1/18/2018
Job start date2/1/18
CitySt. Paul
State/ProvinceMinnesota
InstitutionMinnesota Office of Higher Education
Institution descriptionThe Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to postsecondary education. The agency also serves as the state's clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on postsecondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and trends.
Job dutiesTo provide policy expertise, research, and leadership on issues, trends, and evidence-based best practices to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce by increasing quality postsecondary attainment of certificates, diplomas and degrees.

1. Develop and implement a research agenda that informs the agency’s leadership and stakeholders on issues, trends, and evidence-based best practices to strengthen Minnesota’s workforce through postsecondary attainment and by improving postsecondary retention and completion outcomes – resulting in sustainable employment, a healthy economy and a high quality of life for all Minnesotans.

2. OHE SLEDS Coordinator - Act as Agency’s liaison and facilitate activities with the Minnesota’s Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS).

3. Conduct research, analyze policies, and report on issues related to student health and safety, including, but not limited to, study abroad health and safety data reporting.
QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

COMPETENCIES AND QUALIFICATIONS

Master's degree in postsecondary education policy, public affairs, economics, or related field and five (5) years of professional experience working in student affairs, research, or administration capacity in a postsecondary environment.
Must possess a broad familiarity with research and statistics relevant to higher education policy.
Experience working in areas of education policy or programs for improving retention/persistence, progress, completion and attainment of students.
Experience working with large datasets and producing descriptive statistics
Demonstrated ability to successfully:
Design and produce analytic products and translational research
Communicate through writing and public speaking to laypersons and professionals
Understanding of the state legislative and regulatory processes and committee structures.
Ability to maintain the highest personal and professional levels of ethical conduct, confidentiality, and integrity.

Experience with:

Research activities -
Conduct complex research activities within defined deadlines; interpret research needs, requests, and questions.
Design research studies and draw sound conclusions
Competently use software programs such as SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access and other database query, survey development software.
Utilize database and reporting tools such as SQL and Tableau.
Ensure an effective work environment
Work independently as well as collaboratively with team members
Demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population
Successfully work with multidisciplinary and multi-skilled teams
Represent the agency professionally and effectively with other professional organizations
Deal with difficult questions in a variety of potentially sensitive settings.
Make broader connections to policy
Be detail-oriented while sustaining a big picture focus
Read, summarize and translate research findings to impact public policy
Communicate well
Highly effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Make oral presentations representing OHE at professional conferences; communicate through writing and public speaking to laypersons and professionals in education and policy.
Write research reports and policy briefs describing or explaining statistical information

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. degree in postsecondary education policy, public affairs, economics, or related field and three (3) years of professional experience working in student affairs, research, or administration capacity in a postsecondary environment.
Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Pass a criminal background check
Successfully complete interviews and related assessments
Submitting a first-authored writing sample with your application or email it to lynne.richard@state.mn.us and put Job ID 18935 in the subject line
Salary range$60,000 - $80,000
Salary benefitsSalary Range: $28.16- $38.96 /hourly; $58,798 - $81,348 /annually

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
Application procedureTo learn more and to apply please visit our website and search for JOB ID 18935.