Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Posted on2/12/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toAVP, Strategy Implementation and Institutional Research Officer
Reports in officeStrategy Implementation
Application due dateFeb 2018
Job start dateMarch 2018
Other Location91125
InstitutionCalifornia Institute of Technology
Institution descriptionCaltech is a world-renowned science and engineering Institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. Caltech's extraordinary faculty and students are expanding our understanding of the universe and inventing the technologies of the future, with research interests from quantum science and engineering to bioinformatics and the nature of life itself, from human behavior and economics to energy and sustainability.

Caltech is small but prizes excellence and ambition. The contributions of Caltech's faculty and alumni have earned national and international recognition, including 38 Nobel Prizes. The Institute manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet; owns and operates large-scale research facilities such as the Seismological Laboratory and a global network of astronomical observatories, including the Palomar and W. M. Keck Observatories; and cofounded and comanages LIGO, which, in 2016, observed gravitational waves for the first time.

The Institute has one of the nation's lowest student-to-faculty ratios, with 300 professorial faculty members offering a rigorous curriculum and access to varied learning opportunities and hands-on research to approximately 1,000 undergraduates and 1,250 graduate students. Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus located in Pasadena, California.
Job dutiesThe Senior Institutional Research Analyst is an integral member of the Office of Strategy Implementation, with a
focus on institutional research. Under the general direction of the Vice President for Strategy Implementation and
reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Strategy Implementation and Institutional Research Officer, the Senior
Research Analyst will have primary responsibility for four areas of effort: 1) collection, extraction, and manipulation
of data from various sources, 2) knowledge discovery through analysis of data, 3) effective visualization and
communication of information derived from data to a broad range of campus leaders, and 4) the complete conduct of
complex statistical studies to interpret data and translate it into clear, usable and actionable information in support of
the Institute’s planning, decision-making, and reaccreditation activities. Activities also include administering webbased
surveys, addressing ad hoc research requests from the campus community, executing data collection protocols,
and serving as a liaison in data sharing activities.
The Analyst must be able to acquire and maintain a deep understanding of Institute and related higher education data
and apply sound methodological practices and other publication standards to work with databases, tables, data
extraction tools, visual presentations, and narratives. The Analyst will work collaboratively with various campus
offices to ensure data integrity. The Analyst will work with complex data sets and merge current with historical
records. The Analyst will use statistical software and data discovery tools to identify trends and patterns. The Analyst
will design, develop, and test models using a variety of advanced statistical analysis techniques.
The Analyst will prepare and write reports summarizing research findings, including detailed descriptions of statistical
methods, detailed analysis of results, and synthesis and presentation of conclusions from summary tables to support
the work of the Institute’s decision-making bodies. The Analyst will facilitate the development of metrics, which may
include the merging of disparate internal and external data sets (e.g., student, faculty, facilities, and financial data). The
Analyst will collaborate with various internal clients to understand their information needs and develop innovative,
effective solutions. The Analyst will use data visualization tools to display and summarize data, trends, and patterns
effectively. The Analyst will ensure the consistency of data and establish automated procedures for analysis and
reporting. The Analyst will be responsible for maintaining detailed and accurate documentation of all projects.
The Analyst will manage campus survey collection procedures from the initial survey design, participant engagement,
survey execution and data collection. The Analyst will maintain comprehensive mapping of Institute survey content
to ensure consistent data collection points that allow for robust and meaningful analysis and reporting. The Analyst
will serve as project manager for surveys, including administering survey software, conducting training, providing
analyses or analytic support and overseeing survey-related web content. The Analyst may consult on research design
and reports of other group members and Institute constituents.
Maintain website for the Office of Institutional Research and Educational Assessment. Find solutions for effectively
conveying information both internally (to Caltech constituents) and externally, while maintaining the site with current
Will take the lead and respond to ad-hoc requests for information and analysis and perform other duties as assigned
by the Vice President or the Institutional Research Officer.
Qualifications• Bachelor’s degree in social science research or statistics or related field and a minimum of 5 years of related
experience in a complex institutional research environment or equivalent
• Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods; ability to work effectively with quantitative and
qualitative data
• Expertise in the use of multiple statistical package and text analytics tools; familiarity with on-line survey design .
Expertise in SPSS and Qualtrics
• Knowledge of multiple data visualization tools
• Experience developing and interpreting metrics
• Experience as lead author of research reports; excellent writing skills for both technical and non-technical
• Strong understanding of the complexities of data management, extraction, and analysis techniques
• Intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn new tools and knowledge in research and evaluation
• Simultaneous ability to work as a member of a team and to work independently
• Familiarity with external data sources including IPEDS, CDS, National Student Clearinghouse, etc.
• Demonstrated ability to understand the implications of data, including identifying trends, outliers and results that
seem amiss
• Ability to craft meaningful and actionable information from rigorous analysis of complex data
• Investing time to keep abreast of current and significant research and policy issues in higher
• Participate in relevant professional organizations for professional development
• Proven ability to identify critical issues and to lead an idea or project to completion
• Proven ability to assimilate information gathered through research and consultations and to apply that
• Proven track record in managing competing priorities and to work effectively under pressure when facing
extremely short deadlines and multiple interruptions
• Ability to convey concepts in a clear, concise and logical manner
• Familiarity with diverse sources, policies and practices in the higher education and national laboratory sectors
• Good judgment, discretion, tact and the ability to work easily with individuals at all levels across campus and
partner institutions
• Ability to work independently and to undertake supervisory responsibilities as needed
• Excellent diplomacy skills and ability to converse easily, with courtesy and clarity, with all members of the Caltech
community and beyond
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential situations and information with absolute discretion
• Flexibility and adaptability to shifting priorities
• Ability to work as a collaborative, conscientious and dependable colleague
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or comparable software
• Willingness to learn new systems as needs arise
• Ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for Institute business
Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in social science research or statistics
• Experience working in higher education
Salary range$100,000 and Higher
Salary benefitsCompetitive salary and full benefits package are part of this position. In addition, relocation costs will be covered if necessary.
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