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Data Analyst, Data & Policy Analysis

Application Procedure:

Please send a cover letter and resume to APLU’s Office of Human Resources at with the subject line: Data Analyst, DPA. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, with preference given to those submitted by March 3, 2024. APLU is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, and supports staff with a generous benefits package.

Job Duties

•Provide general analytic and data analysis services for APLU and its grant-funded projects, ensuring services are completed on time and following established procedures. 
•Create data visualizations and dashboards to support both internal and external audiences, using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey (NSF HERDS), College Scorecard, etc.
•Develop and administer surveys for APLU offices and grant-funded projects, including survey design, implementation, fielding, and analysis.   
•Collaborate with other DPA staff to develop data-focused policy briefs, white papers, blogs, etc.
•Create resources for APLU employees, including dashboards and factbooks. Design and implement trainings to support APLU employee use of data and analysis in their work. 
•Perform data updates, quality control, documentation, and other duties as assigned.
•Participate as an integral member of APLU and the DPA Team, and contribute to an inclusive, welcoming, and collegial workplace.

Job Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications 
•Master’s degree in related field or equivalent work experience.
•A minimum of two to three years of data analysis experience, preferably working with higher education datasets. Work experience at a college/university, a higher education organization, or a non-profit organization preferred.
•Experience using and creating dashboards with data visualization software such as Microsoft Power BI. 
•Experience developing and administering surveys via survey software (e.g., Qualtrics, Survey Monkey). 
•Experience and comfort working with data, spreadsheets statistical software (e.g., R, Python, or SAS).
•Familiarity with higher education datasets (e.g., IPEDS, NSF HERDS, College Scorecard, etc.).
•Significant experience and skills in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word, and other Office365 products. 
•Experience implementing complex, multi-faceted projects of varying scope and duration. Excellent time management and organizational skills are required. 
•Ability to work in a dynamic environment with a diverse, cross-functional team as well as an ability to carry out tasks independently. Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees at all levels of the organization. 
•Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. 
•Keen attention to detail. 
•Desire to continuously grow and learn. 
•Commitment to the work of APLU and the DPA Department.
•Ability to travel domestically as needed.

Institution Description

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the US, Canada, and Mexico, is seeking a Data Analyst. The Data Analyst position is ideal for a person with technical skills and experience in transforming data into actionable information for different constituent groups. The incumbent manages and combines multiple higher education-related datasets to create analytic data files and dashboards using R and Power BI. They perform standard analyses, prepare and present user-friendly results and dashboards, and curate resources and training in support of promoting and maintaining a data-sharing culture within APLU and its members. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC. The incumbent must reside in DC, MD, or VA and pass standard background checks. The Data Analyst is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.  For more information, consult


APLU offers a competitive benefits package that can be discussed at a later time in the recruitment process.
Application Due Date: 2024-03-03
Job Start Date: 2024-03-25
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Washington
State/Province/Region: DC
Institution: Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
Reports To: Assistant Vice President, Data and Policy Analysis
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Academic Affairs

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