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Data Strategy Analyst

Application Procedure:

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: June 5, 2020


Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***


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Job Duties

General Function: This position is primarily responsible for modeling complex educational problems, discovering student success insights and identifying opportunities through the use of statistical, algorithmic, mining and visualization techniques.


Characteristic Duties:

Analyzes complex data sets using research methods, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and statistical techniques to provide critical information to administrators.


Regular data extraction, manipulation, analysis, visualization and interpretation of results using complex programming and statistical tools.


Interprets and transforms institutional data into actionable information.  Example projects may include:


  • Enrollment forecasting based on financial aid package scenarios
  • Student success predictive models
  • Residency forecasting using population and migration models


Identifies new predictive modeling, machine learning, and advanced analytics methodologies based on the available data sets and implements dynamic models/algorithms focused on student-centered outcomes.


Interprets and summarizes complex information and concepts and translate them into easy-to-understand briefs, graphs, and charts.


Delivers effective presentations of findings to the College in a way that can be easily understood by people with varying backgrounds.


Documents analytic protocols, methodologies and results.


Creates and revises institutional dashboards; retrieves data from institutional dashboards.


Assists with validation of compliance reports and data submissions.


Conducts special ad hoc studies as requested.


Represents the Office of Institutional Research on institutional committees and task groups.


Manages multiple priorities and high volumes of work.

Job Qualifications

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree including coursework in statistics.  Master’s degree preferred.


Experience Requirements: Minimum 2 years working in an office that handles large quantities of data.  Ability to retrieve, analyze, and present data in meaningful formats (tables, charts, graphs) to various audiences. Demonstrated experience using statistical software (e.g., SPSS or SAS, etc.), business intelligence software (e.g., Cognos, Argos, etc.), data visualization tools (e.g. Power BI, Tableau, etc.), and Microsoft Office products (Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Word) is required. Excellent attention to detail. Excellent analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Proven ability to explain analyses to non-data experts and administrators. Mastery of writing clear and concise documentation, summaries of methodologies, and descriptions of statistical results. Prior experience working in higher education preferred

Institution Description

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving more than 35,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Application Due Date: 2020-06-05
Job Start Date: 2020-08-05
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Palatine
State/Province/Region: IL
Institution: William Rainey Harper College
Reports To: Director
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research

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