12537: Institutional Research Analyst

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Institutional Research Analyst - Archive
Institutional Research

Posting: 12537
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-02-17

University of Oregon’s Office of Institutional Research invites applications for an Institutional Research Analyst.  The position is a full-time, 12-month non-teaching position with a renewable contract as an Officer of Administration (OA).

The position is responsible for providing analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of data and information in a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to, those involving faculty, student, and financial data in areas related to enrollment management, fiscal planning, policy analysis, quality assurance, and program evaluation.  Project results support policy development, planning, and evaluation at the University of Oregon.  Research and reporting activities involve the development and testing of hypotheses, presentation of study results and information in appropriate forms and mediums for differing audiences, and providing methodological and statistical support to other campus units. While the Assistant Director of Institutional Research provides general supervision and direction, the Institutional Research Analyst is responsible for identifying appropriate methodologies, procedures, and timelines necessary to complete projects in an accurate and timely way.  The Institutional Research Analyst may work directly with deans, directors, and other campus administrators on particular projects and must manage his or her time and workload and sometimes coordinate the work of others to accomplish project goals and meet deadlines for multiple projects.

Responsibilities

  • Present data and summaries of results in a manner that efficiently and accurately conveys information useful to decision makers.
  • Respond to ad hoc questions from UO administrators, the Oregon University System, legislators, and outside agencies as appropriate.
  • Manage personnel data download process, including detailed data accuracy review and preparation of multiple reports for different audiences.
  • Develop, maintain, and use institutional databases to support decision-making, budgeting, assessments and evaluations, program review, enrollment management, and planning.
  • Extract, manipulate, and analyze complex data from databases such as the student data warehouse, Cognos, and other data sources.
  • Design and maintain historical databases to be used for trend analysis. Conduct analysis and provide support on projects ranging from enrollment studies to faculty trends.
  • Maintain documentation of sources of information and completed projects.
  • Keep current in knowledge about issues affecting the university, including internal and external events, discussions and concerns.
  • Requires work with sensitive material, often of a confidential nature, directly related to academic processes and environment.  Prepare supporting materials relating to collective bargaining and legal matters as requested by legal counsel and the Offices of Human Resources, Affirmative Action, and Academic Affairs.
  • Other projects as assigned.
  • Serve as analytical staff support for administrative and faculty committees.
  • Work cooperatively in teams and serve on university committees as needed.

Required Qualifications

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree with documented course work in research methods and statistical analysis required.

Skills and Experience:

  • Strong, demonstrated knowledge of statistics.
  • One year of experience in data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Ability to use and understand data from a variety of sources.
  • Ability to present results of data analyses in easily understandable ways.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer skills including knowledge and familiarity with spreadsheets, programming languages, relational databases, and SQL.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity with a statistical package.
  • Ability to work with large relational database systems and perform complex data extractions.
  • Ability to lead project teams and to work cooperatively as a team member.
  • Experience in the management of multiple projects.
  • Finalist for the position must complete a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in statistics, social science research methods, or related disciplines.
  • Three or more years of experience with data analysis and reporting.
  • Experience preparing management reports for and working with high-level decision makers.
  • Experience working with data within higher education.
  • Familiarity and experience with using Cognos.

Salary

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University provides excellent benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance coverage, retirement plans, and paid leave policies.

University of Oregon Information

The University of Oregon's 295-acre main campus is located in Eugene, nationally recognized as one of America's most livable cities.  The Eugene metro area (pop. 215,000), located 110 miles south of Portland and a convenient hour’s drive west to the Oregon coast and east to the Cascade Mountains, is noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment.  The main campus is home to more than 24,000 students living and studying in an idyllic, lush setting in the heart of the Pacific Northwest.  The University is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-12 athletic conference.

The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute positively to its diverse community.

Application Procedure

To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by January 18, 2013, and must include the following: (1) a cover letter that addresses the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position, (2) resume or vita, and (3) answers to the supplemental questions listed below.  Position open until filled.

Supplemental Questions

  1. Describe your experience designing and implementing research studies.  Indicate the level of analysis and interpretation required when working with raw data and the research methods, procedures, and statistical techniques you most commonly used.
  2. Describe your experience using computers and software packages for research and data management projects. Indicate the type(s) of software packages used; your level of responsibility for developing programs, macros, or scripts to manipulate the data; and your responsibility for the use of the data.
Applications should be submitted to:

Institutional Research Analyst Search
UO Office of Institutional Research
360 E 10th Avenue, Suite 201
Eugene, OR 97401

email: contactir@uoregon.edu

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.