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Research and Policy Analyst

Application Procedure:

Create a Maryland state application account, prepare a state application and submit the application and supplemental materials. See for more. Ensure you use key words in application. Ensure you meet the minimum and selective qualifications for the position.

Job Duties

The Research Analyst is responsible for analyzing statistical data, preparing information reports, and handling research-related assignments. The position is responsible for aiding in statewide data projects that support the Governor's education agenda, supporting reporting and analysis, writing research reports, and using statistical techniques to analyze large statewide and national data sets. These efforts provide important information that serve as the basis for decisions regarding statewide higher education policy, and advise and inform key stakeholders such as the Secretary of Higher Education, Governor's Office, General Assembly, Department of Budget and Management, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, and others.

 The Research Analyst

  • Prepares information reports and studies about current higher education topics. These include mandated reports, annual reports, and ad hoc research reports and may be requested by the Commission and the Secretary. 
  • Responds to requests for statistical data, both from members of the Commission staff and from external audiences, including the campuses, other state agencies, Maryland businesses, the general public, and out-of- state educational organizations. 
  • Plans and organizes procedures for coding, tabulating and analyzing data, drawing appropriate conclusions and recommendations as indicated. 
  • Completes special projects and assignments requested by the Director, including work related to the Commission’s performance accountability report, Managing for Results submission, enrollment projections, and annual Data Book publication. 
  • Conducts research and analysis of policy-relevant post-secondary education issues and summarizes findings.

Job Qualifications

  • Competitive applicants need an advanced degree (and @ 2-3 years of data/policy experience) or an undergraduate degree and 5 years of work experience performing data or policy analysis.
  • Applicants should have at least one year of professional knowledge and experience with Stata (preferred), SPSS, SAS,R, or other statistical package. 
  • Applicants should have at least one year work experience across several areas of basic statistical methodologies (e.g., descriptive statistics, GLM/regression, statistical tests, analysis of variance). 
  • Applicants should have  at least nine (9) post-secondary credit hours, or the equivalent credit hours in research methodology and/or applied/theoretical statistics
  • Applicants should have strong writing, communication, and analytical skills. 
  • Applicants should also be abreast of current issues in higher education
  • Applicants should have experience managing projects with fixed deadlines, working collaboratively as part of a team, and assisting with interagency work groups.

Institution Description

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the State of Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis. Within MHEC, the Office of Research and Policy Analysis supports the agency in informing the Governor's education agenda, leading key policy studies and analyses, writing research reports, preparing mandated reports, and using statistical techniques to analyze large statewide and national data sets. 


Application Due Date: 2022-08-19
Job Start Date: 2022-08-19
Salary: $58500 - $76300
City: Baltimore
State/Province/Region: MD
Institution: Maryland Higher Education Commission
Reports To: Director
Staff # Reporting to Position: 4
Reports In Office: Office of Research and Policy Analysis

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