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Research Analyst I

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Job Duties

The Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment facilitates the university’s planning, budgetary and strategic initiatives by coordinating institutional research and assessment activities. The office serves as a comprehensive source of information about The Catholic University of America. Information and research originating within the office serves to: facilitate university planning; inform policy recommendations and decision-making; support the university’s strategic plan and accreditation; inform the planning and improvement of curricular and co-curricular experiences; and satisfy the needs of Federal and private external agencies to which the University reports data. 

The Research Analyst I responds to external reporting requests, conducts course and faculty evaluations, and assists in the planning, development, and administration of surveys. The RA I also analyzes, interprets and summarizes the meaning of data for internal and external ad hoc reporting needs.


Create, maintain, and analyze statistical data needed for university reporting to external agencies, internal initiatives, and the assessment of student learning outcomes.  Most projects will require incorporating data from one to two data sources / data sets.

Administer the university’s course evaluation system and oversee the analysis of results.

Assist in the administration, deployment, and analysis of surveys and other assessment instruments to assess student learning outcomes and university processes and procedures.  Examples include: the National Survey of Student Engagement, the CIRP Freshman Survey, the university’s graduate and undergraduate alumni surveys, the university’s senior survey, university surveys of student advising, and the Classroom Survey of Student Engagement.

Provide support and consultation for the assessment of student learning outcomes.  Provide support for all aspects of the university’s plan for the assessment of student learning outcomes.

Develop and maintain web-based documents that organize and present institutional data for internal and external constituencies.

In collaboration with the Director, conduct complex and objective research studies using appropriate statistical techniques.

Responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating all other essential functions of the office with attention to high standards and accuracy.

Assist with specific administrative tasks as necessary, and perform other special projects and other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Minimum of 1 year experience with research or assessment in higher education or a comparable environment, or equivalent experience in an academic research environment at the master’s level. The incumbent will also possess: experience reporting data and creating tables and graphs for multiple constituencies; strong analytical, written, and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work independently and under firm deadlines.

Experience with statistics (descriptive), research methods, statistical software (SAS), databases, and survey design. Position requires the ability to manipulate and extract datasets from the PeopleSoft Student System.  Familiarity with national educational datasets.

Position requires attention to detail, high-level analytical skills, and high degree of confidentiality.  Position requires the ability to handle and manipulate data information in multiple formats.  Position requires the ability to manage multiple tasks and communicate with various campus constituencies.

Institution Description

Our university was founded by the Catholic bishops of the United States, with a charter from then Pope Leo XIII, to be the national university of the Catholic Church in America. For more than 130 years, we have lived out our mission to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research. Catholic University scientists, engineers, nurses, philosophers, theologians, historians, architects, social workers, musicians, artists, and scholars in all fields embrace both reason and faith as they apply the inexhaustible resources of the Catholic intellectual tradition to help solve the problems of contemporary life and enrich the culture around us.

The Catholic University of America is an affirmative/equal opportunity institution and welcomes applications from women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and people with disabilities. All employees must be able to affirm and support the mission of the University in performing their duties. See the University’s Non‐Discrimination Policy (


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Application Due Date: 2019-09-27
Job Start Date: 2019-10-30
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Washington
State/Province/Region: DC
Institution: The Catholic University of America
Reports To: Director of Planning and Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Planning and Institutional Research

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