Senior Institutional Research Analyst

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POST DATE 9/2/2016
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Stanford University Stanford, CA

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Stanford University

Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Job Number: 72341

Job Purpose:
The Senior Institutional Research Analyst will report to the Associate Vice Provost of Institutional Research and Decision Support. The IR&DS Office is the University's principal source of data and analysis on a broad array of institutional topics, including but not limited to student enrollment, admission, financial aid, faculty, research, budget and finances, tuition and fees, etc. Under general direction, the Senior Institutional Research Analyst will be responsible for working with stakeholders to identify information needs, selecting data sources and presentation mechanisms appropriate to tasks and audiences, and delivering clear, accurate, informative results related to student academic progress, enrollments and curricular planning. Will take a lead role in advancing development of analytic and reporting systems, including data analysis and solution design, in support of student, faculty and/or other institutional topics decision support . Interprets, monitors, and analyzes information regarding student related policies, procedures, demographics, and operational outcomes yielding actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging areas. Provides related consultative services, in support of academic and institutional decision making.

This level performs proactively in defining projects and suggesting areas of investigations; this is differentiated from Level 1 based on complexity and the high impact and visibility of findings involved that lead to major changes in organization, policies, procedures and practices (e.g.: a complete academic program might be discontinued; do we increase our medical research footprint into other domestic or international areas using teaching hospitals). This level also has responsibilities for managing a professional staff within the unit.

Core Duties:

Select the issues/challenges having the most value to the organization and determine methodology to utilize in interpreting and gathering data from multiple sources on the issue.
Drive collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources; apply and use algorithms or other advanced techniques to accomplish this. Recommend ways to apply the data. Assures reliable and consistent data is maintained and available for both ad hoc and longitudinal inquiries
Fully analyze the problem, question existing processes and assumptions, gather data and information, find and evaluate alternative solutions, and propose best course of action.
Explore data from multiple angles, determine meaning behind the data, and recommend ways to apply the data.
Communicate convey, and visualize informed conclusions and recommendations across an organization's leadership structure in a manner to tell the story behind the data and influence how organization approaches the challenge.
Develop relationships with and influences senior leaders, faculty, and/or senate with written summaries and/or presentations.
May delineate the information to be gathered, collect data at the project inception, prescribe how to structure the data, and specify the data warehousing structure and reporting for future access.
Through data, may predict what actions will be taken in a designated time frame for a prescribed issue/challenge.
May need to collaborate with other organizations to gather data. Proactively seek and locate data, including outside benchmarks or comparative data, to support or refute proposed decisions.
Mentor and/or supervise other information analytics staff and direct project work.

*Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and seven years of extensive, relevant experience or combination of education and relevant technical field experience solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches.

Extensive experience in the collection, management, analyses and presentation of student enrollment, admissions and curricular data in a university setting.

Experience developing and implementing analytic reporting systems in support of improving access to institutional information.

Experience managing and developing a professional analytical staff in a university context.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Facility in manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources.

Extensive experience in and strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions with data.

Interpersonal and communication skills to effectively convey findings and broad trends to a variety of audiences and positively influence senior leadership & faculty.
Ability to use data retrieval and manipulation tools such as SQL, Brio Query, Business Objects, ALTERYX, and the like along with visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
Advanced proficiency with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, STATA, R or similar tools.
Ability to tell stories with data using data visualization software such as Tableau, Excel, SPSS, or similar software in conjunction with strong verbal ability.
Ability to use visual data tools to clearly articulate data to non-technical audiences.
Flexible analytical approach crafting multiple options with supporting arguments for the same goal and allowing for results at varying levels of precision.
Facilitation skills to conduct meetings to achieve the desired outcome and manage projects within time constraints.
In depth knowledge of University administrative organization, policies, procedures, and practices for institutional research-oriented roles.
Preference for Managerial skills to balance workload in a highly volume environment and direct the priorities and work products of professional analytic staff to meet the demands on the unit.

Physical Requirements:

Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.

*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Working Conditions:
May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

Work Standards:

Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

*The final candidate will need to successfully pass a background check to be considered for this position.

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Location: Other

Schedule: Full-time

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