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Senior Research Analyst

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Job Duties

  • Extract, validate, and report data to meet mandatory state and federal reporting in agreement with written data definitions and file requirements.
  • Prepare reports and presentations with accompanying tabular, graphic and statistic content, descriptions of analytical methods used and narrative of findings and conclusions for College decision-making and planning.
  • Update and maintain institutional data calculation sheets for internal and external reporting. 
  • Conduct institutional research studies that assess student-learning, academic programs, student success and other measures of institutional effectiveness.
  • Design, analyze, and report a wide variety of institutional research surveys and related studies that support the planning and decision-making activities of the college.
  • Prepare periodic reports on the current status and recent trends in student characteristics, access, needs, outcomes, and satisfaction with campus climate and academic and student services.
  • Work on internal and external data requests as assigned.
  • Collect and conduct periodic analysis on economic, labor market, and demographic data for the College service area.
  • Serve on appropriate committees as requested.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, in the social sciences, higher education, management information systems, or a related field with coursework in research methods and statistics.
  • Minimum three years of experience, five or more preferred, as an analyst working with data management for research purposes, with a strong preference for experience at an institutional research office in higher education.  
  • High level of self-motivation and willingness to learn new technologies and skills.
  • Proficiency in research-oriented statistical software for the social sciences like SPSS, SAS Enterprise Guide, or Access.
  • Excellent skills with data management, including ability to clean data, merge data sets, and answer data-dependent questions.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; with evidence of a collaborative and cooperative work style. 
  • Ability to write reports and summarize data through written narrative and data visualization formats.  (Experience with Power BI is a plus.)
  • Ability to meet deadlines; and strong analytical and problem solving skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to design and conduct specialized research, review and synthesize literature, collect data, conduct statistical analyses, interpret data, identify trends, and present findings. 
  • Ability to work accurately, independently, and effectively with all segments of the college community, while meeting schedules and time lines.
  • Experience designing and administering surveys using online survey software, as well as different survey techniques and analysis of results.
  • Mastery of descriptive statistics and working knowledge of inferential statistics and their practical applications.
  • Ability to maintain organizational standards of the office using shared file storage.


  • Experience working in institutional research in the state of Maryland with knowledge of mandatory state reporting.
  • Application of statistical methods to measure outcomes of programs and initiatives, strategic planning, etc.
  • Formal research experience in the social sciences or education. 

Institution Description

Chesapeake College is a comprehensive public two-year regional community college serving the educational needs of the residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The college offers a large selection of credit and continuing education classes designed to help students prepare for transfer to four-year institutions, immediate entry into a career, or enhancement of work-related skills. It is a small institution, with under 2000 Total FTE and approximately 220 full-time employees.  The college offers competitive compensation and benefits.  The office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness has 2.5 full-time staff.  Maryland’s Eastern Shore is a beautiful rural and coastal area, located on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay. 


Chesapeake College provides a wide variety of benefits including medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, short and long-term disability, participation in the Maryland State Retirement system, a wellness program, employee assistance program, and health advocate services.  Additional benefits such as tax-deferred retirement savings, supplemental life insurance, and a flexible spending account are also available.
Application Due Date: 2021-01-22
Job Start Date: 2021-03-22
Salary: $44791 - $73906
City: Wye Mills
State/Province/Region: MD
Institution: Chesapeake College
Remote Work: Position will work from home until IR employees return to campus.
Reports To: Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research

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