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Post-Doctoral Research and Policy Analyst

Application Procedure:

Qualified candidates must submit a letter of interest, a current resume, a professional writing sample, and titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Candidates may be asked to complete a performance task that demonstrates their ability to analyze a sample data set and articulate findings. Final candidates are subject to employment and credential verification, as well as, reference and background checks.  Submit all information electronically via e-mail with “Post-Doctoral Research and Policy Analyst” in the subject line to: Ms. Vickie Hairston, HR Representative, Senior at

Job Duties

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education are seeking applications for the position of Post-Doctoral Research and Policy Analyst.  This position will be responsible for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting West Virginia-specific higher education data in order to provide accurate and meaningful information to stakeholders.  The employee is responsible for performing independent research that informs West Virginia education policy as well as updating statutorily mandated higher education reports. 

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Priority consideration will be given to applications received before June 21, 2019.

Job Qualifications

Knowledge of higher education administration and information needs is required. Must be highly organized and detail oriented. Strong written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal acumen, and the ability to work productively in a team environment is a necessity. This position requires the ability to access and analyze a wide array of student-level, institutional, state and national datasets as well as the ability to complete diverse tasks ranging from long-term, multi-stage research projects to fast-paced legislative data requests. Familiarity with research design and data analysis, and intermediate statistics proficiency are requirements. The ability to use statistical and reporting packages such as SPSS, SAS, Strata, Tableau and Argos is desired. Knowledge of SQL and/or PL/SQL is preferred but not required. Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and the ability to learn new data analysis and reporting software is required.

An earned doctorate in higher education, public policy, or a related field. Candidates who have completed all requirements for a doctoral degree but have not yet completed the dissertation (ABD) may be considered. At least one year of applied or scholarly higher education research or institutional research experience is preferred.

Institution Description

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission develops and oversees a public policy agenda for West Virginia's four-year public colleges and universities.  As a coordinating body, the Commission supports institutional missions and includes various divisions such as academic affairs, administrative services, finance and facilities, financial aid, health sciences, human resources, legal services, policy and planning, science and research and student affairs.


Full-time position, benefits to be discussed during interview.
Application Due Date: 2019-06-21
Job Start Date: 2019-08-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Charleston
State/Province/Region: WV
Institution: WV Higher Education Policy Commission
Reports To: Senior Director of Research and Policy
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: WV Higher Education Policy Commission

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