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Institutional Research Analyst

Application Procedure:

Applicants must submit information via Wayne State University's online hiring system. You may search for job posting number 044774. 

Job Duties

Job Purpose

Support the University’s strategic planning and decision making through developing and conducting institutional research analytics, focusing on organization performance, as well as presenting and distributing institutional research related data. This position will also collaborate with professionals from other offices for successful maintenance and management of the University official census data repository process and other decision-support activities. 

Essential Functions

Provide reporting and statistical analyses of data used in compiling information and reporting on the University’s strategic indicators, institutional performance, and organizational performance dashboards;

Work with University IT professionals to maintain and manage the University official census data (applicants, enrollment, course, degree, human resources data) repository process and perform data auditing and quality control tasks;

Prepare enrollment projections in collaboration with the Budget Office;

Respond to federal and state mandated data requests as well as routine or ad hoc internal and external data requests;

Identify and design complex analytical studies and projects pertinent to all aspects of Student Success;

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education   Bachelor's degree

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in Data Science, Information Systems or a closely related field is required. A master’s degree is strongly preferred.


Requires a minimum of three to five years experience data management, developing reports, dashboards, data visualizations and scorecards using business intelligence and visualization software.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent data management skills and the ability to analyze, synthesize, and graphically represent data to diverse audiences in support of decision-making. Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability and willingness to reevaluate and improve analytical, reporting and survey activities.

Extensive knowledge of reporting analytics solutions (Power BI, SAS, SQL). Expert knowledge of data extraction methodologies for metric development. Proficient with associated computer applications and programs (i.e. TOAD, SAS/EG, MS Access, Excel).

Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively engage with a variety of people. Skilled in writing procedures, guidelines and application documentation.  Able to communicate technical and analytical information verbally and in written reports.

Strong understanding of cutting-edge methods of data management and analysis across a large, complex institution. Proficiency with query language and statistical software.

Excellent organizational, project management, communication, and human relations skills.

The ability to serve and engage others in a multicultural environment. An openness to change and growth by learning from others.

Ability to collaborate with others in the accomplishment of a common task or program. Manage the design and delivery of data visualizations to support internal teams and external customers.

General knowledge of data collection and analysis techniques. Strong understanding of data sources, database design, and development logic and constructs, especially as related to data warehouse technology. Able to download, merge, manipulate, analyze and report on large amounts of complex data.

Ability to produce consistent work and meet established deadlines with strong attention to detail and follow-up on each task and assignment.

Demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles. Ability to manage and protect confidential information.

Institution Description

Wayne State University is a premier public, urban research university located in the heart of Detroit. Founded in 1868, Wayne State pursues scholarship at the highest levels and serves a diverse body of more than 27,000 students through a broad array of nearly 350 academic programs. It is one of only nine public urban universities in the United States to have received the highest Carnegie Foundation rating for both research intensiveness and community engagement. Since its inception, faculty and staff have provided a high-quality educational experience for hundreds of thousands of students, who have gone on to make outstanding contributions as corporate CEOs, government leaders, judges, teachers, policy makers, university presidents, astronauts, scientists, physicians and more.


For a full listing of employee benefits, please visit Wayne State University's Human Resources webpage at
Application Due Date: 2019-12-02
Job Start Date: 2020-01-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Detroit
State/Province/Region: MI
Institution: Wayne State University
Reports To: Assistant Vice President, Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research and Analysis

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