Reporting to the Associate Director of Institutional Research, this position will complete Institutional Research requests and aid in data management processes; assist in the development of reports and research studies to inform university planning and decision making; answer various institutional, agency, state and federal reports, questionnaires and surveys. The Institutional Research Associate will offer support, information, and guidance in assisting the Associate Director of Institutional Research and the Senior Director in developing an effective vision, strategy and procedures for the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS). Duties include:
- Develop and disseminate reports on official university statistics for internal and external audiences; develop reports in response to ad hoc data requests.
- Report official campus statistics to external agencies including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), US News and World Report, and college guides.
- Create and maintain data visualizations, including Tableau dashboards, for internal and external audiences.
- In close collaboration with the Associate Director of Institutional Research, lead or collaborate in the preparation of research studies to inform decision making and planning; conduct statistical analyses and prepare reports and presentations of the findings; present findings to relevant audiences.
- Assist in data management and governance processes. Identify data quality issues and work with appropriate staff to resolve issues and processes as needed; develop and implement data validation procedures and models that will best meet the planning and decision support needs of the campus.
- Collaborate with other IRDS team members to support the validation of official data and ensure consistent data governance processes.
- Participate in institutional research or other higher education professional organizations and keep abreast of national, state and local educational issues.
- Perform other duties as assigned or requested.
- Typically a Bachelor’s in the social sciences, statistics, or a related field (Master’s or Doctoral degree preferred). Incumbent will be expected to continue upgrading knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to keep abreast of regulation/policy changes.
- Minimum two years of experience in data analysis, and research design and implementation in an institution of higher learning or other similar setting.
- Experience with querying databases using SQL or other programming knowledge. Experience with Banner is a plus.
- Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of quantitative research methods, research design, and statistical analysis techniques; established competency using statistical analysis software such as R, SAS, or Stata. Experience with Stata is a plus.
- Ability to visualize data into interactive tables and charts. Experience with Tableau is a plus.
- Familiarity with the academic enterprise and knowledge of key issues and concepts in higher education.
- Exemplary communication skills (both written and oral) as evidenced by the preparation of comprehensive research reports and executive summaries that present complex or technical information in an easily understood fashion.
- Ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals and diverse groups; demonstrated success working collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and varied projects and initiatives.
LMU is a top-ranked university rooted in the Catholic Jesuit and Marymount traditions, and committed to fostering a diverse academic community rich in opportunity for intellectual engagement and real-world experience. The university’s 142-acre blufftop campus in Los Angeles consistently ranks among the country’s most beautiful, and is situated in the city’s growing Silicon Beach tech hub. Founded in 1911, LMU is the largest Jesuit, Catholic university in the Southwest, with more than 6,000 undergraduate students and more than 3,000 graduate and law students. A comprehensive university, LMU offers 60 undergraduate majors and 56 minor programs, along with 49 master’s degree programs, one education doctorate, one juris doctorate, one doctorate of juridical science and 14 credential/authorization programs. Students study in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts; College of Business Administration; College of Communication and Fine Arts; Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering; School of Education; School of Film and Television; and LMU Loyola Law School’s campus in downtown Los Angeles.