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Senior Data Analyst, Institutional Research

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Job Description:
This Senior Analyst position will engage in general institutional research with a focus on information related to student and faculty experiences and outcomes. Consideration will be given to candidates with excellent problem-solving skills, significant technical skills, and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and to work with others collaboratively. The successful candidate must be able to think strategically, develop creative solutions, develop novel descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, and, most importantly, help the community make meaning from these analyses.


• Responding to internal and external requests for data, information, and analyses by preparing and submitting a variety of regular and ad hoc reports.
• Combining data from multiple sources to generate statistical analysis, and interpretive reports on the experiences, progression, and outcomes for Penn's students and faculty.
• Producing novel descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, including the preparation of well-designed communications in the form of reports and/or presentations of analytical findings in narrative and graphical formats.
• Creating efficient, repeatable processes to proactively respond to all ongoing and/or repeating requests for data, information, and analyses.
• Engaging in assessment activities for selected educational initiatives and programs.
• Engaging in survey research, with a focus on internal instruments that collect Penn-specific information for use in longitudinal studies on issues of local concern.
• Providing detailed and organized documentation of all assigned projects.
• Representing IR&A on university committees and task forces.
• Participating in institutional research consortia (e.g., AAUDE, COFHE, Ivy-IR, etc.).
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Qualifications


• Bachelor Degree required, Master's degree preferred and 3 to 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Background and experience should emphasize quantitative skills and research methods. (e.g., Statistics, Social Science, Mathematics, etc.)
• Excellent analytical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
• Experience creating complex data sets from multiple internal and external data sources.
• Ability to produce descriptive, inferential, and predictive statistical analyses.
• Advanced proficiency in programmable statistical analysis software (Base SAS, R, SPSS syntax, STATA, etc.); SAS preferred.
• Experience with one or more data visualization software packages (e.g., Tableau, Microsoft BI, Qlik, etc.); Tableau preferred.
• Familiarity with relational databases, data management, and SQL.
• Quantitative skills are a must; however, the capacity to engage in qualitative research is also highly valued.
• Demonstrated ability and desire to acquire new knowledge and skills independently.
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills (ability to relay complex statistical results in an organized and easily understandable fashion).
• Excellent organizational skills, including a keen orientation to detail and deadlines, as well as the ability to prioritize work and handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
• Ability to handle confidential materials professionally and to utilize discretion in releasing confidential information.
• Commitment to maintaining accurate and detailed records and documentation.
• Experience working with the student or employee information systems (Banner and/or Workday especially helpful).

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Institution Description

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest universities in America and, as a member of the Ivy League, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in all the world. Penn is home to 12 schools including the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Wharton School of Business, as well as several graduate and professional schools such as the School of Medicine.


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Application Due Date: 2023-10-03
Job Start Date: 2023-10-03
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Philadelphia
State/Province/Region: PA
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Reports To: See Job Description
Staff # Reporting to Position: 18000
Reports In Office: General Institution

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