Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Posted on6/13/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector of Institutional Analytics
Reports in officeThe Office of Institutional Research and Planning
Application due dateOpen until filled
Job start dateASAP
State/ProvinceDistrict of Columbia
InstitutionGeorge Washington University
Institution descriptionThe George Washington University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Charted by an act of the United States Congress in 1821, GWU was founded on the basis of the wishes of George Washington, 1st President of the United States, for a national university within the nation's capital. George Washington's main Foggy Bottom Campus is located in the heart of Washington, D.C., and the White House and the U.S. Department of State within blocks of campus. GWU has two satellite campuses: the Mount Vernon Campus, located in D.C.'s Foxhall neighborhood and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in the Washington Metropolitan Area. It is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia, as well as the largest private landowner in D.C., only behind the U.S. Federal Government. George Washington offers degree programs in seventy-one disciplines, enrolling an average of 11,000 undergraduate and 15,500 post-graduate students from more than 130 countries. The university is famous for preparing leaders for careers in government, international affairs, and journalism.
Job dutiesThe Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) serves as George Washington University’s official source for the gathering and reporting of all university data (excluding financial information) and provides data for federal and state surveys (The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia), accreditation agencies (Middle States, American Bar Association, National Association of Schools of Arts and Design, etc.), and publications (US News, Common Data Set); and ad hoc reports for the university community. It also produces a University Factbook dashboard, updated several times a year, which provides information about enrollment, retention and graduation rates, faculty and staff statistics, etc.

This position is responsible for analyzing and summarizing a broad range of internal and external data to provide executive leadership with reliable and consistent information with which to make planning decisions. The core responsibilities of this role are to provide institutional data in response to client requests, to design and direct the maintenance of the university factbook and institutional research dashboards, and to review and confirm preliminary analyses of ranking reports. This role may train lower level staff. This position will also compile, analyze, verify, and report institutional data in compliance with reporting requirements of federal and state agencies and other requests, in addition to providing statistical analysis of institutional data.

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Analytics, the Senior Institutional Research Analyst will:

Work independently and with limited supervision to provide sophisticated statistical analysis, modeling, and interpretation of data to support executive decision-making, institutional planning, and policy development using international and national data sources to answer internal and external inquiries and requests.

Design and execute internally-developed, highly complex and specialized statistical models, perform data analysis, and disseminate findings that address critical issues in the areas of strategic planning, accreditation, national and international rankings, teaching effectiveness, student retention, and student satisfaction.

Implement and summarize complex analytical research into coherent reports for use in decision-making based on statistical analysis of institutional data.

Delegate work to and train entry-level staff, educating them about best practices and procedures within the institutional research field.

Actively follow new trends and developments in the field of higher education and institutional research; and share relevant information within office.

Lead office in adopting innovative technologies and techniques.
Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC.
QualificationsMinimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study plus 3 years of relevant professional experience. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree or equivalent degree.
Prior exposure to data warehousing concepts, querying data warehouse tables a plus.
Experience in an institutional research office, including experience in data collection, statistical analysis, statistical modeling, and interpretation of data.
Experience using statistical and/or database programs and visualization software.
Strong written and oral communications skills; and strong interpersonal skills necessary.
Experience using SAS and Tableau preferred.
Experience in manipulating and combining large data files.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsSee GWU's Human Resources for benefit available to full-time staff.
Application procedureInterested applicants should apply online via the George Washington University employment website.

Review of applications will begin on June 28 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Eric Yang, Director of Institutional Analytics, at

The George Washington university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.