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Assessment and Research Analyst

Application Procedure:

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Job Duties

Position Overview

The Assessment Analyst is an integral part of the assessment team, which oversees the University’s assessment process, as well as research and assessment studies that reflect the strategic priorities of the University. The position is physically located at the University Park campus, but a connection to the 24 campuses around the Commonwealth is essential for this role. The Assessment Analyst supports the work of the Penn State community through the systematic collection, analysis, and reporting of assessment and research data related to the University’s 24 campuses. This position can be fully or partially remote if requirements are met.

The Assessment Analyst is responsible for establishing processes and procedures for extracting, compiling, analyzing, and presenting data relevant to assessment and reporting, regional accreditation, and other institutional research studies primarily through the use of Penn State’s human resources, institutional, and student learning data. The position requires the skills to design, program, test, implement and modify both novel and existing analyses and reports.

Job duties

The Assessment Analyst position requires experience with learning outcomes assessment and program assessment, survey research methods, the extraction and manipulation of data from a variety of systems, and strong skills in communication and data visualization. Candidates will demonstrate an ability to think creatively and innovatively, to design studies that address complex strategic and operational issues, and will have experience working in collaboration with diverse stakeholders to meet their needs.

More specifically, this role is responsible for accurately extracting, compiling, analyzing, and presenting data related to Penn State’s academic program and General Education assessment processes, as well as University research studies undertaken by the assessment team. The analyst will need familiarity with the characteristics and structures of human resources, student, and learning data, as well as the systems that store them. Experience with enterprise data systems for human resources, student information, or learning management is preferred, but training will also be provided.

The position requires the skills to analyze, design, program, implement, and modify data and database systems to serve a diverse range of project needs, but in particular, in support of survey research. Experience with the Qualtrics survey platform is necessary, experience with data analysis software such as SPSS and NVivo is needed, and familiarity with programming languages such as Python and R, is preferred.

The position requires skills to work with large complex, structured, and unstructured data sets, merge current and historical records, use database query tools and programming logic to extract, translate, and load data within and across various data systems. The ability to work closely and collaboratively with stakeholders to develop project parameters, effectively communicate methodologies, and develop analysis and reports, is essential for this position.

In addition to conducting in-depth analyses as part of assessment and University studies, the assessment analyst will also prepare written or visual representations of findings for internal and external audiences. This position will be involved in creating dashboards in PowerBI and other visualization tools or platforms. Prior experience with Power BI is preferred.

Job Qualifications

Job Qualifications

Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, problem solving, and time management skills, as well as attention to detail, are required for this position. Strong writing skills are preferred.

The position typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of experience in higher education, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3.

Institution Description

There’s a reason Penn State consistently ranks among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Across 24 campuses, our 100,000 students and 40,000 faculty and staff know the real measure of success goes beyond the classroom – it’s the positive impact made on communities across the world.

Our ideals stem from our origins as Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant institution, which allow us to continue to bring positive impact to humanity through our teaching, research, and engagement mission. And across the world is a community of Penn Staters – more than half a million strong – driven by that same spirit to serve our local and global communities.

At Penn State, passion is met with collaboration in an environment that is rooted in shared pride for the accomplishments of our fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Penn Staters cheer each other on to build a culture committed to service and engagement.

Our University values represent our core ethical aspirations for all our daily activities and actions as students, faculty, staff, and volunteers at Penn State. Our values are as follows; Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, Excellence, and Community.

We Are Penn State.

One Community. Impacting Many.



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The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

Application Due Date: 2021-11-15
Job Start Date: 2022-01-01
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: University Park
State/Province/Region: PA
Institution: The Pennsylvania State University
Reports To: Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research

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