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Research Area Specialist

Application Procedure:

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.  You can apply online by going to the following link:

Job Duties

The Office of Budget and Planning, which directly supports the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, is seeking a research area specialist with a natural curiosity and creative mind to help us discover the information hidden in vast amounts of data and assist leadership in making strategic decisions.  The selected candidate will lead our student survey projects and provide analytic and evaluation support for planning and institutional research activities in areas such as tuition, student enrollment and admissions, student outcomes, faculty and human resources, budget and finances including research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of results. 

The candidate will have a passion for discovering solutions hidden in large data sets and for working with stakeholders to improve business outcomes.  If you flourish in a fast-paced environment and thrive in making value out of data, then you will be a great fit with our team.


  • Coordinate surveys on student experiences, recommend and implement survey administration techniques to maximize survey response
  • Analyze survey results and present findings and recommendations in briefings and reports to administrators across campus
  • Recommend and carry out specific research projects to assist Academic Affairs in decision making utilizing data in the university data warehouses or data collected through surveys
  • Analyze complex data sets using research methods, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and statistical techniques to provide management information to administrators
  • Proactively gather data from multiple sources and use statistical techniques to analyze for better understanding of the university in order to introduce pertinent topics to leadership
  • Remain current on trends that affect higher education and assist the Associate Director and Executive Director on the appropriate responses
  • Develop and maintain relationships with organizations within the university and outside that are conducting education research and evaluation

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications*

  • Masters degree or Bachelors degree with relevant experience
  • Prior directly-related professional experience
  • Strong experience using a variety of data mining/data analysis methods
  • Experience in quantitative and mixed methods research
  • Extremely detail oriented with the ability to recognize and investigate data anomalies
  • Competence in query language and working with complex data warehouses
  • Sound organizational skills and the ability to successfully multi-task
  • Proven writing/technical graphic ability to create copy that is well written and can be readily understood by various audiences
  • Competence in interpreting and representing numeric data, in manipulating data representations (graphical, tabular, etc.), and in translating data into concise summary documents with key points highlighted
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to coordinate and work effectively with numerous units and staff at various levels
  • Proficiency in statistical software, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word and publishing software

Desired Qualifications*

PhD; experience working in higher education with some knowledge of UM structure, policies, procedures and institutional data warehouse.

Institution Description

The Office of Budget and Planning (OBP) provides high-quality and comprehensive support for the informed decision-making, policy creation, and planning necessary for effective allocation of campus financial resources. As the University’s central planning and institutional research unit, the Office of Budget and Planning actively partners with campus leadership in guiding strategic resource allocation and development, fostering new initiatives, and supporting dynamic decision-making.

Our Office:

  • Reports to the Office of the Provost serving as primary manager of the University Budget Model, budget preparation process, and budget allocations to Ann Arbor campus units.
  • Provides analyses to support and enhance university decision-making, planning, and policy formation.
  • Develops analytical reports and dashboards that track important trends for the university and its schools and colleges.
  • Provides information about the university to internal and external audiences in a consistent and timely manner.
  • Collaborates with campus partners to build and document a common understanding of data used in decision-making.
  • Manages the university approval process for academic programs and student fees for the Office of the Provost.
  • Produces mandated State and Federal reports.

Our Values:

  • Support and implement the goals set forth by the Board of Regents, President, and Provost.
  • Research, acquire, analyze, and share knowledge.
  • Ethically manage financial, student, and human resource data entrusted to the university.
  • Foster an environment where growth, renewal, and risk-taking are supported.
  • Maintain grace and professionalism in relationships with campus and external partners.
  • Recognize, respect, and celebrate individual and collective differences and strengths.


The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor offers an excellent benefit package.  Details can be found by going to the following link:
Application Due Date: 2019-05-27
Job Start Date: 2019-06-10
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Ann Arbor
State/Province/Region: MI
Institution: University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Reports To: Associate Director of Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 5
Reports In Office: Office of Budget and Planning

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