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Senior Research Analyst

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Job Duties

Under the general direction of the Assistant Provost, the Senior Research Analyst (SRA) develops, maintains and improves procedures related to the production, processing and delivery of compliance and analytic reports related to students -i.e.- student enrollment, student success, student financial aid, etc. for internal and external constituents, including: Integrated Post-Secondary Data System, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, Common Data Set, Petersons, College Board, US News and World reports and other ranking organization and others. The SRA will also assist in the design, development, and maintenance of dashboards for commonly requested and widely used student financial aid data on the University DataCommons – a web-based platform for visual analytics and data acquisition. The person in this position will keep abreast of ongoing developments and trends in higher education, institutional research and analytics landscapes.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline, such as Data Analytics, Business Administration, Information Systems, or a related area.
• Experience in data analytics and decision support in higher education setting, with specific knowledge of student related data and reporting processes.
• Experience supporting institutional research efforts in higher education with specific experience in database management
• Experience using and ability to program in SAS, or another comparable statistical analysis program, such as Python or R for decision support and reporting services.
• General knowledge of dashboard design, development, and maintenance.
• Ability to work with data and people from multiple sources/departments.
• Well-rounded portfolio of analytical & technical skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Terminal degree in a related discipline.
• Understanding of data modeling, data warehousing, and data lake in a cloud based open source environment.
• Python programming for visual analytic development.
• Experience working with student financial aid data and related reporting processes.

Institution Description

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.


From comprehensive insurance plans to tuition assistance, Virginia Tech offers employees a robust benefits program. This full range of benefits, services, and discounts is an integral part of the university's total compensation package and just one of the many things that make Virginia Tech a great place to work.
Application Due Date: 2020-03-20
Job Start Date: 2020-07-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Blacksburg
State/Province/Region: VA
Institution: Virginia Tech
Reports To: Assistant Provost for Strategic Analysis
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Analytics & Institutional Effectiveness

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