This position is physically located in the University Park campus location, but connection to the 24 campuses around the Commonwealth is essential for this role. The uniqueness of Penn State as an organization allows a person in this role to use and apply planning work in a variety of institutional contexts and sizes, all under the Penn State name. Penn State is also unique in its approach to its planning process, investing money in pilot projects that are intended to support the work of the strategic plan.
The Planning Analyst in the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) at Penn State supports the work of the Penn State community through the systematic collection, analysis, and reporting of data related to unit and University planning to help Penn State make an impact through reinforcing its various strategic efforts, which are meant to impact the community, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the world. The Planning Analyst will support the University through the assessment of strategic plan progress (at the unit and University levels) through data collection procedures meant to highlight the work the University is doing in support of its strategic plan foundations, thematic priorities and supporting elements. Through data analysis and visualizations, the Planning Analyst will help tell the story about the impact of the work that Penn State conducts related to strategic planning. The Planning Analyst reports to the Director of Planning and Analysis.
The position typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in applying statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS, STATA, SAS) for quantitative analysis of both structured and unstructured data related to educational research is required. Experience using reporting analytics solutions (e.g., Power BI, Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics) to depict complex information related to higher education in a meaningful, comprehensible, and accessible manner is required. Demonstrated success in presenting data and analyses clearly and accurately in both written and oral formats is required. The successful applicant should be able to apply methodological expertise to convey meaning around planning initiatives related to the strategic plan of Penn State, which is available here: http://strategicplan.psu.edu/.
Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, problem solving, attention to detail, and time management skills required.
A completed Ph.D. in a field that studies higher education, engages the social sciences, or a related area is preferred.