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Research and Data Associate

Application Procedure:

Please provide a resume, three references, and letter that addresses your specific interest in the position and that describes an evidence-based project you are proud of or a problem you have solved. Please submit materials to Michael Toliver, Director of Finance and Operations,  Applications will be reviewed as received. 

Job Duties

Conduct statistical data analyses and visual displays of data.  This work includes:

  • Collecting, gathering and analyzing data independently and working directly with the campuses to obtain data, when necessary.
  • Restructuring of data files, merging of data files from multiple sources, and data cleaning.
  • Gathering and providing comparable benchmarks (national, state, and institutional peers) for metrics of interest.
  • Interpreting findings and effectively communicating and displaying results through preparation of reports, narratives and graphics for research and reporting.
  • Maintaining comprehensive and accurate documentation of data sources and methodological decisions, including the logic/reasoning for the choices made about the research approach taken. Appropriately sourcing all products, including clear explanations of any data limitations.
  • Ability to shift priorities quickly, while maintaining track of projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing in a professional manner with multiple audiences, including internal colleagues, campus officials at many levels, students, policy makers, and researchers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in social science, statistics, computer science or related field and at least three years' professional experience in higher education data collection and research.  Proven proficiency in software to analyze large scale data.  Proficiency in Power BI, Tableau or other similar software to create visual displays of data.

Experience in compiling and extracting data from national and state data sources such as the U.S. Department of Education’s IPEDS Data Center. Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.  Knowledge of topics in higher education including institutional research and educational programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in statistics, quantitative sociology, education, or related field. Prior experience in a campus institutional research office. Advanced skills programming in one or more of the following – Salesforce, SPSS, SAS, and/or Excel, including using data warehouses, pivot tables, dashboards, or similar tools to automate reporting. Advanced knowledge of topics in higher education including institutional research and planning, educational programs, and policy issues impacting higher education.

WASC Senior College and University Commission is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive higher education community.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, medical condition, military/veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. WSCUC is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its staff and programs, and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

Institution Description

WSCUC, located in Alameda, CA, is a higher education association and federally recognized institutional accrediting agency committed to quality, accountability, improvement, and student success. It currently accredits more than 200 public and private higher education institutions based in California, Hawai’i, the Pacific region, and internationally. WSCUC member institutions enroll 1.2 million students with widely diverse student populations; one-third of members are classified as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).


3 weeks vacation

Free medical, dental, vision

12% 403b match

1 day a week work from home option
Application Due Date: 2020-03-20
Job Start Date: 2020-04-01
Salary: $91000 - $100000
City: Alameda
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: WASC Senior College and University Commission
Reports To: Vice President
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: WSCUC Main Office

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