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Senior Research and Policy Analyst

Application Procedure:

Apply online at The University of Texas System Careers Website.

Both a resume and a letter of interest are required to apply. Candidates under final consideration will also be required to submit professional references, college degree information, and employment history to an online third-party vendor.

A background check will be conducted on candidates under final consideration. The background check may include any or all of the following: criminal history check, prior employment verification, education verification, professional references check, and motor vehicle records check. Background checks are conducted by third-party vendors. Upon request form the third-party vendor, candidates under final consideration must provide the required information for the background checks to be completed.

Job Duties

Purpose of Position: To conduct high level quantitative analysis of critical issues faced by the University of Texas System, soundly interpret those analyses, and provide clear and straightforward written and/or graphical displays of the findings for a wide variety of audiences. The Senior Research & Policy Analyst will work independently and as part of the OIRA team to meet stakeholder needs.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead responses to ad hoc and legislative requests. This may include mining data from multiple sources, including working directly with campuses to obtain the necessary data; gathering and providing comparable benchmarks (national, state, and institutional peers) for metrics of interest; working with the stakeholder to increase understanding of what data is available to answer the question posed; writing a brief synopsis of any analyses, tables/graphs, or findings; and fully and accurately sourcing and explaining any limitations of the data.
  • Conduct quantitative studies using higher education data. This entails 1) data collection and gathering, restructuring of existing data files, merging of data files from multiple sources, and data cleaning; 2) designing and developing a research approach that utilizes sound and appropriate methodology, both inferential and descriptive, for the specific research question; 3) maintaining comprehensive and accurate documentation of data cleaning techniques, methodological decisions, and necessary decisions and the logic/reasoning for the choices made about the research approach taken; and translating complex information and analyses in a clear and non-technical manner for a wide variety of audiences.
  • Assist in preparing reports, briefing materials, policy papers, and other publications.
  • Develop creative visual displays for data findings for use on the web, as well as for presentation of findings in meetings or conference settings.
  • Supervise student workers.
  • Collaborate with UT System colleagues and institutional colleagues to collect data, develop common definitions of data elements, and to conduct policy analysis.
  • Research and stay current with industry best practices and works strategically to align project goals with other campus initiatives and system wide projects.
  • Ensure compliance with federal reporting requirements and serve as liaison to national data collections.
  • Present analyses at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


  •  Bachelor’s degree and 7 years of experience in higher education research OR Master’s degree and 5 years of experience in higher education research and/or experience in a relevant Ph.D. program with higher education policy analysis and quantitative methods.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience using SAS or equivalent statistical package to manage and restructure data.


  • 10 years of experience in higher education research.
  • 5 years of experience using SAS or equivalent statistical package, including practical application of statistical techniques such as multiple regression, logistic regression, ANCOVA, and cluster analysis.

Institution Description

For more than 140 years, The University of Texas System has improved the lives of Texans — and people all over the world — through education, health care, and research. The System consists of nine academic institutions, five health institutions, and The University of Texas System Administration. The institutions of the UT System employ more than 116,000 faculty, health care professionals, researchers, support staff, and student workers.  

The UT System Administration is primarily based in Austin, Texas. It supports the missions of the System’s fourteen institutions by providing financial, legal, planning, purchasing, government relations, communications, development, and other central services. Serving a growing state, the UT System Administration strives to provide a welcoming, supportive work environment that embraces different perspectives - not only because it enables the organization to be stronger, creative, and thoughtful, but because it is the right thing to do. To that end, UT System Administration embraces state laws on military and former foster children employment preferences.


Option to work in a remote office environment outside of Austin with 100% telecommuting privileges for individuals residing within the State of Texas.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to a minimum of 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

The University of Texas System is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation. Reasonable disability accommodation may be requested by contacting the Office of Talent and Innovation.
Application Due Date: 2024-02-29
Job Start Date: 2024-02-01
Salary: $100000 - $110000
City: Austin
State/Province/Region: TX
Institution: The University of Texas System
Remote Work: Option to work in a remote office environment outside of Austin with 100% telecommuting privileges for individuals residing within the State of Texas.
Reports To: Director of Advanced Analytics and Business Intelligence
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research & Analysis

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