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Research and Policy Analyst

Application Procedure:

Qualified candidates must submit a letter of interest, a current resume, a professional writing sample, and titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Candidates may be asked to complete a performance task that demonstrates their ability to analyze a sample data set and articulate findings.  Final candidates are subject to employment and credential verification, as well as, reference and background checks.  Submit all information electronically via e-mail with “Research and Policy Analyst” in the subject line to: Ms. Vickie Hairston, HR Representative, Senior at

Closing date:  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.  Review of applications begins immediately.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Veterans/Disabled

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. The Commission and Council provide a collegial, respectful and inclusive environment that values the diversity, creativity and contributions of its staff.

Job Duties

This position serves the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (Commission) and the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education (Council) whose offices are located at 1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.  The position offers the option of remote work along with opportunities for advanced training and professional development.  Remote work arrangements are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Overview:  Reporting to the Senior Director of Research and Policy, the Research and Policy Analyst will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting West Virginia-specific higher education data in order to provide accurate and meaningful information to stakeholders.  As an integral member of the agency’s research team, the position works closely with colleagues to support data-driven decision making at the agency and campus levels by producing executive summaries, research reports and interactive data tools for both technical and non-technical audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Fulfills data requests from a variety of interested parties, such as internal Commission and Council staff, campus administrators, education researchers, and state legislators. Synthesizes research needs into salient, specific data requests to internal data programmers, followed by analyzing, interpreting, and presenting the data in a meaningful manner.  Produces annual agency reports and data resources including statutorily mandated higher education reports and the public facing web-based data portal.  Supports data-driven decision making at the campus level by providing direct support and training to institutional research personnel.

Job Qualifications

Preferred Knowledge, skills and abilities:

Experience with the use of statistical and reporting packages such as SPSS, Tableau and Argos is desired. Knowledge of SQL and/or PL/SQL is preferred but not required.  Training in the use of Tableau and Argos may be provided by the agency.

Required Knowledge skills and abilities:

Applicant must possess knowledge of higher education administration and information needs; must be highly organized and detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal acumen, and the ability to work productively in a team environment.    

This position requires the ability to access and analyze a wide array of student-level, institutional, state and national datasets as well as the ability to complete diverse tasks ranging from long-term, multi-stage research projects to fast-paced legislative data requests. 

Must be familiar with research design and data analysis.  Intermediate statistics proficiency is required.

Ability and willingness to learn new data analysis and reporting software and advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office suite are required.

Must be willing to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment.

Minimum education and experience Requirements: 

A minimum of a master’s degree in higher education, data analytics, research methods, or a related field is required.  An earned doctorate is preferred.  A minimum of three years of institutional research or related experience is required.

Institution Description

West Virginia’s four-year public higher education system includes 12 campuses that offer vast opportunities for a high-quality education at an affordable cost. Together with these institutions and the state’s Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission is working to arm 60 percent of the Mountain State’s workforce with a formal credential beyond high school by 2030 — nearly doubling the percentage of working-age West Virginians with a postsecondary education over the next decade.

About the Higher Education Policy Commission

Comprised of a 10-member board, the Commission works with institutions on accomplishing their missions and carrying out state procedures. A source of support for institutions and students, the Commission’s work includes academic affairs, administrative services, finance and facilities, financial aid, health sciences, human resources, legal services, policy and planning, science and research, and student affairs.


This position offers a competitive salary and fringe benefit package, including a employer-matched retirement plan, and health insurance and other optional benefits through the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency.
Application Due Date: 2020-12-31
Job Start Date: 2021-02-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Charleston
State/Province/Region: WV
Institution: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Reports To: Senior Director of Research and Policy
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Division of Policy and Planning

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