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Senior Institutional Research Associate

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Job Duties

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Research and Evaluation, this position will coordinate the completion and streamlining of various institutional, agency, state and federal reports, questionnaires and surveys; provide leadership over the research agenda for office of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS) to inform university planning and decision making; complete Institutional Research requests and aid in data management processes; and mentor junior Institutional Research Associates. The Senior Institutional Research Associate will offer support, information, and guidance in assisting the Directors and the Assistant Vice Provost in developing an effective vision, strategy and procedures for IRDS.

Position Specific Responsibilities/Accountabilities

  1. Coordinate the reporting of official campus statistics to external agencies including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), US News and World Report, Moody’s, and college guides. Provide guidance and mentorship to other IRDS team members tasked with completing external requests and develop and maintain practices to streamline external reporting across agencies to ensure consistent and accurate reporting.
  2. Develop and disseminate reports on official university statistics for internal and external audiences; develop reports in response to ad hoc data requests. 
  3. Create and maintain data visualizations, including Tableau dashboards, for internal and external audiences. 
  4. In partnership with the Director of Strategic Research and Evaluation, provide leadership over the research agenda for IRDS, including but not limited to the identification of research studies to inform university planning and decision making, providing guidance to other IRDS team members on the use of IRDS data in research and on methodological best practices, and identifying and maintaining developmental resources on for IRDS team members. 
  5. Conduct statistical analyses and prepare reports and presentations of the findings; present findings to relevant audiences. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Collaborate with other IRDS team members to support the validation of official data and ensure consistent data governance processes. 
  8. Mentor junior Institutional Research Associates. Assist in the onboarding and training of new Institutional Research Associates.
  9. Participate in institutional research or other higher education professional organizations and keep abreast of national, state and local educational issues. 
  10. Perform other duties as assigned or requested. 

Job Qualifications

Requisite Qualifications  

  • Minimum of five years of experience in data analysis, and research design and implementation in an institution of higher learning or other similar setting, including at least one year of institutional research experience
  • Experience with querying databases using SQL or other programming knowledge. Experience with Banner is a plus.
  • In-depth knowledge in the areas of quantitative research methods, research design, and statistical analysis techniques; established competency in one or more programming languages such as R, SAS, or Stata. Experience with Stata is preferred.
  • Experience preparing reports for external agencies. Experience completing IPEDS surveys, US News Best Colleges, College Board, Princeton Review, and Common Data Set preferred.
  • 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.
  • Strong organizational, leadership, and project management skills. 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.

Required Education
  • 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.

Institution Description

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


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Application Due Date: 2022-01-31
Job Start Date: 2022-01-31
Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
City: Los Angeles
State/Province/Region: CA
Institution: Loyola Marymount University
Reports To: Director of Strategic Research and Evaluation
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support

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