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Institutional Research Data Analyst

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Job Duties

The person in this position will:

  • Regularly perform data extraction, manipulation, analysis, and interpretation of findings/results to prepare institutional responses to external and internal inquiries (“ad hoc” requests) on a wide range of subjects – e.g. student admissions and enrollment information, student persistence and success (retention and graduation), student financial aid need analysis, personnel planning including recruitment retention as well as attrition, compensation studies.
  • Respond to federal and state reporting and to guidebook surveys, national rankings and national studies by preparing accurate and timely reports and/or data files.
  • Provide institutional research data to academic units and programs as well as administrative constituencies throughout the institution.
  • Collaborate on projects within IRDS along with other stakeholders at VCU.
  • Provide support with survey design, analysis and presentations.
  • Seek and participate in continuing learning opportunities, including topics such as SAS programming, data subject domain knowledge and understanding, expanding data topics, and University-level initiatives and information delivery efforts.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Hiring Standards:

  • Bachelors required with a major in statistics, mathematics, economics, sociology, computer science or other quantitative social sciences discipline.
  • 2-3 years experience working in Higher Education preferably in an Institutional Research Office.
  • Experience in extracting, analyzing, and interpreting data from variety of sources (information systems).
  • Ability to draw conclusions and communicate data findings; applying statistical principles and methods to meet a range of information requirements; gathering and analyzing data and generating statistical reports
  • Experience (2-3 years) with statistical software tools/packages such as SAS
    (preferred), SPSS, R etc. to produce high quality analysis.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including knowledge and familiarity with spreadsheets, programming languages, relational databases and SQL.
  • Extensive survey design and ability to analyze the results to help support research questions and presentations.
  • Familiarity with higher education data domains (e.g. admissions, enrollment, financial aid, employee, finance, development, sponsored research) in a university setting.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written form.
  • Strong organizational and documentation skills.
  • Ability to take initiative when working independently and yet work effectively in a team environment with people who have a diverse array of experiences and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or a committment to do so as a staff member at VCU is required.

Preferred Hiring Standards:

  • Masters degree preferred or the equivalent in training and work experience at a level that equates to an advanced degree.
  • Hands on experience with Data Visualization and Business Intelligence Tools such as Tableau, Power BI, SASVA
    Ellucian/Banner experience.

Institution Description

VCU Mission:

Virginia Commonwealth University and its academic health sciences center serve as one national urban public research institution dedicated to the success and well-being of our students, patients, faculty, staff and community through:

  • Real-world learning that furthers civic engagement, inquiry, discovery and innovation
  • Research that expands the boundaries of new knowledge and creative expression and promotes translational applications to improve the quality of human life
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships that advance innovation, enhance cultural and economic vitality, and solve society’s most complex challenges
  • Health sciences that preserve and restore health for all people, seek the cause and cure of diseases through groundbreaking research and educate those who serve humanity
  • Deeply engrained core values of diversity, inclusion and equity that provide a safe, trusting and supportive environment to explore, create, learn and serve


Application Due Date: 2022-02-01
Job Start Date: 2022-02-25
Salary: $60000 - $65000
City: Richmond
State/Province/Region: VA
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Reports To: Director of Institutional Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research and Decision Support

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