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Job Duties

Here's what you will do...

The primary purpose of the position is to develop and manage data collection and validation processes and to develop, coordinate, and complete research projects for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Office of Research and Data. Major duties include:

Research Development and Analysis:

  • Analyzes data by using SQL and other statistical software as needed to write complex programs that extract, investigate, tabulate, synthesize, and validate processes sufficient to ensure data accuracy and generate reports.
  • Manages multi-faceted data collections from public and private colleges and universities in Oregon, including coordinating with external partners and internal groups; validating data with analytic software and expertise in higher education trends; developing and maintaining adequate documentation of data element definitions, timelines, and processes; and assisting with policy and process improvement.
  • Generates extracts of data as needed for other agencies and research partners.
  • Preserves security of personally identifiable information in data at all times.
  • Participates with external partners and internal groups on the coordination of program improvement, monitoring, and evaluation of agency data collections.
  • Assists with the development of research proposals and grant applications by providing both quantitative data that identifies higher education policy issues as well as narrative that describes the data, policy issues, and potential solutions.

Report Preparation:
  • Plans and coordinates research studies to assess the equity, pipeline, affordability, completion, and return on investment of higher education in Oregon using standard analytic techniques, concepts, and methodologies. 
  • Evaluates analytic results to synthesize and construct aggregate-level tables, graphs and charts.
  • Interprets analytic results with written summaries of findings and conclusions to support education policy and program goal setting, assessment, and evaluation. Reports may include legislative reports, government accountability reports, research monographs and summaries, and other public narrative reports.
  • Prepares summary statistical reports and explains their significance to agency leadership, program staff, postsecondary and community partners.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications (Required Skills)

  • A Bachelor's Degree in any discipline that included six-quarter units in statistics or quantitative analysis methods and procedures, and one year experience using computerized applications to independently gather, compile, and analyze data and prepare narrative or statistical reports;


  • Four years of research experience using computerized applications to independently gather, compile, and analyze data and prepare narrative or statistical reports.

Desired Attributes/Skills

If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

  • Excellent skills and substantial experience with SQL programming and relational database analytics.
  • Research project experience including research reporting and accountability reports.
  • Experience guiding colleagues in data preparation and analysis, including demonstrated ability convening and supporting diverse groups in a way that encourages engagement, active listening and group problem-solving.
  • Skilled in collaborative problem-solving and collegial relationship-building with partner agencies and diverse stakeholder groups and demonstrated ability with correctly assessing the political and institutional environments in which decisions are made and implemented. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse individuals from all levels of an organization.
  • Knowledge of higher education issues, especially with regard to equity, state policy and student experience.
  • High degree of flexibility and work demand tolerance.
  • Project management experience.

Institution Description

About the Agency

HECC AGENCY VISION - The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) envisions a future in which all Oregonians—and especially those whom our systems have underserved and marginalized—benefit from the transformational power of high-quality postsecondary education and training. 


The HECC's eight (8) offices include: Executive Director, Operations (Ops), Research and Data (R&D), Student Access and Completion (OSAC), Academic Policy and Authorization (APA), Postsecondary Finance and Capital (PFC), Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD), and Workforce Investments (OWI).  This position is located within the following office:

The Office of Research and Data collects data on students, courses, demographics, enrollments, academic performance, and academic awards in order to provide effective recommendations to state and agency policy makers, conduct research to better understand and manage the postsecondary enterprise, comply with state and federal reporting requirements, and meet other reporting responsibilities. The office is responsible for providing postsecondary education research and analytic services to support the Commission's efforts to achieve 40-40-20 and equity in Oregon higher education and to track progress in achieving all of the Commission's strategic goals. The office works closely with Oregon's seven public universities, 17 community colleges, workforce development, the Governor's Office, the Legislature and key partners.


The Perks

  • Competitive medical, vision and dental benefits package for the employee and qualified family members.
  • Paid days off -
    • 10 paid holidays per year.
    • 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" per year.
    • 8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month.
    • Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 8 hours per month, with increases every 5 years.
  • Opportunity to participate in a deferred compensation savings program.
  • A fabulous retirement program which includes employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs.  Click here to visit our full benefits website.
  • Live, work and play in Salem, Oregon!

This is a full-time unrepresented position. T
his recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.

Application Due Date: 2019-05-31
Job Start Date: 2019-07-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Salem
State/Province/Region: OR
Institution: State of Oregon - Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Reports To: Director of Research & Data
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Research & Data

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