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Institutional Research Analyst

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Job Duties

The Institutional Research Analyst aggregates, analyzes, and interprets student and other administrative data for regular internal and external reporting and ad hoc studies, and provides analytical support for enrollment planning, curricular capacity, student progress and success, instructional workload, and institutional effectiveness. The Institutional Research Analyst assists in developing and maintaining accurate and reliable institutional related data in the campus data warehouse, and supports campus leadership and other decision makers throughout campus.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, quantitative social sciences, computer or data science, mathematics or statistics, or related field with a strong focus on quantitative research methods and data analysis, and / or equivalent experience and/or training.
  • General knowledge of data management computer applications, query tools (e.g., SQL), and relational databases in order to extract data from existing systems and restructure data in a manner that facilitates robust analysis.
  • General ability to use statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, or equivalent, using syntax or command language to manage and transform data, produce tables and graphs, and to analyze data using basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques.
  • Experience with and understanding of data visualization and dashboarding techniques and principles, as applied through a tool such as Tableau, Power BI, or Looker.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility to work effectively with staff, faculty, students, and the general public.
  • Oral communication skills with the ability to present complex findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
  • Presentations skills with the ability to present to large groups and through visual displays of quantitative information.
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise reports on complex issues.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to establish priorities, manage multiple activities, meet deadlines to complete a variety of assignments with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.
  • Ability to work as part of a team toward common goals, and to coordinate efforts and collaborate with a variety of individuals.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information and materials.


  • Advanced degree in education, quantitative social sciences, computer or data science, mathematics or statistics, or related field with a strong focus on quantitative research methods and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with issues in higher education and with UC policies, practices and procedures.
  • Familiarity with the educational literature on student retention and progress.

Institution Description

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.

Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies (IRAPS) reports directly to the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (CPEVC), providing support to senior leadership and other decision makers across campus in the areas of academic and enrollment planning, policy analysis, and the evaluation of student outcomes and equity. IRAPS supports strategic planning and data-driven decision making and assessment by providing timely, accurate, consistent and reliable information. IRAPS’s major responsibilities are for reporting, analysis, and presentation of institutional data, administration and analysis of campus surveys, and support for learning outcomes assessment.


Application Due Date: 2023-06-05
Job Start Date: 2023-08-14
Salary: $82300 - $96200
City: Santa Cruz
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Reports To: Assistant Director, Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research, Assessment & Policy Studies

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