The Research Department upholds the mission of the Office: "To support the pursuit and completion of a higher education credential by every Minnesotan, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status, in order to enhance our democracy, the State's economic vitality, and individual quality of life." The department will work to advance the agency’s strategic goal for equity and inclusion by implementing equity-driven policies and practices, working proactively to increase access to critical resources for traditionally underrepresented populations, responding to the specific needs of diverse communities, and contributing to the creation of an agency culture that is equitable and inclusive.
This position conducts data collection, research analysis and reporting related to student health and safety, updating reports and webpages related to research projects, and maintaining working knowledge of federal, state, and institutional activity related to student health and safety. This position will also provide support to other research projects, data management, and policy development activities.
This position is telework eligible. The work schedule and telework frequency is established by the hiring manager.
Minimum qualifications must include the following:
- Association for Institutional Research Code of Ethics.
- Research methods, including design of projects and implementation of findings in a practical application.
- Statistical analysis techniques, as well as, descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Higher education legislation and policy at the federal and state levels.
- Public health research and policy.
- Advanced degree in postsecondary education policy, public affairs, economics, or related field.
- Have at least 1 year of professional experience working in public health or student health.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully:
- Design and produce analytic products and translational research.
- Communicate through writing and public speaking to laypersons and professionals.
- Understanding of the state legislative and regulatory processes and committee structures.
- Ability to maintain the highest personal and professional levels of ethical conduct, confidentiality, and integrity.
- Do research
- Understand complex research activities within defined deadlines; interpret research needs, requests, and questions.
- Design research studies and draw sound conclusions.
- Competently use software programs such as SAS, SPSS, Excel, Access and other database query, survey development software.
- Utilize database and reporting tools such as SQL and Tableau.
- Ensure an effective work environment.
- Work independently as well as collaboratively with team members.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population.
- Successfully work with multidisciplinary and multi-skilled teams.
- Represent the agency professionally and effectively with other professional organizations.
- Deal with difficult questions in a variety of potentially sensitive settings.
- Make broader connections to policy
- Be detail-oriented while sustaining a big picture focus.
- Read, summarize and translate research findings to impact public policy.
- Communicate well
- Highly effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Make oral presentations representing OHE at professional conferences; communicate through writing and public speaking to laypersons and professionals in education and policy.
- Must possess a broad familiarity with research and statistics relevant to policy.
- Experience working in areas of education or public health policy or programs for improving health outcomes of students.
- Experience working with large datasets and producing descriptive statistics.
- Experience writing research reports and policy briefs describing or explaining statistical information.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education is a cabinet-level state agency providing students with financial aid programs and information to help them gain access to postsecondary education. The agency also serves as the state’s clearinghouse for data, research and analysis on postsecondary enrollment, financial aid, finance and trends.
Why Work For Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.