University of Washington

Seattle , WA


University of Washington
Seattle, WA Full-time
Posted on January 24, 2019
INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH ANALYST Req #: 161912 Department: UW TACOMA – Institutional Research Job Location: UW Tacoma Posting Date: 01/23/2019 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Shift: First Shift Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for four consecutive years.

The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma’s commitment to access and diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here:

The UW Tacoma has an outstanding opportunity for an Institutional Research Analyst. Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor for Strategy and Assessment, the Institutional Research Analyst will help build an infrastructure for reporting and responding to advanced analytical needs. The analyst will be charged with working collaboratively with stakeholders across the campus to analyze current data and develop new datasets to support campus wide data-informed solutions that serve the university and its mission. The position will support policy research, research on student retention and graduation outcomes, and metric development.

Specific responsibilities:

Creating data extracts for statistical analysis
• Develop and revise queries and reports to meet information needs across campus and respond to ad hoc reporting requests. This work will require combining data from a variety of sources and ensuring that agreed-upon definitions and methodological approaches are used.
• Research and present information in support of campus data awareness, including academic planning, enrollment, budget planning, academic initiatives, and capital planning programs.

Analyzing data
• Perform data analysis and modeling that require an advanced skill set. This work will include retention modeling, and institutional growth modeling.

Creating internal and external analytical reports and/or data visualizations
• Design comprehensive studies, develop models and project plans, and generate reports that aggregate, analyze, and describe student, faculty, staff, course, finance and physical resource use at UWT using appropriate databases, information systems, and analytical/statistical tools.
• Assist the Assistant Chancellor in drafting recommendations for senior leadership, strategizing in advance of committee and council meetings, setting policy strategy, and planning key campus communications.
• Collaborate with IT, Institutional Research, and HR to design and build institution-level dashboards displaying metrics for campus leadership.
• As needed, serve as a subject matter expert to leadership and committees (and faculty/staff as appropriate) to help others to understand what data are available, assist them to formulate those questions that may be answered with information or analysis, and triage those requests for information.

Working with other departments on data projects
• Lead on tri-campus projects that involve data and institutional initiatives (BI Portal Operational reporting)
• Engage in the production of information for UWT, including federal and state reports, on-line Reporting Services, reporting requirements for external agencies (e.g., college guidebooks, college rankings), and ad hoc requests, including public records requests.

Data governance and education
• Train, and support departmental analysts as part of the University of Washington Data Fellows program
• Attend conferences, seminars, or participates in other opportunities to enhance expertise in the intersection of data, higher education, and leadership

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Data Analytics, or related field
• A minimum of four years of experience, where the major focus was in data analysis, forecasting, and reporting that includes experience using SQL,SAS, SPSS, R, or other querying, and statistical tools. The successful candidate should have at least intermediate Microsoft SQL Server or T-SQL skills (ability to write and run queries against multiple data sources: joins, unions, null handling, subqueries, common table expressions) and experience with data visualization with products like Microsoft Power BI or Tableau.
• The successful applicant should have a commitment to the missions of public higher education.
• Two of the most important requirements for the position are a curious nature and a high level of self-motivation to explore new areas and gain an understanding of how things work.
• In addition, the successful candidates will have strong communication skills, including the ability to probe with necessary questions and to listen to answers provided.

The position requires demonstrated ability to:
• Work with multiple and diverse database sources by designing, refining and running complex data queries and producing related reports
• Articulate the value and weaknesses of data
• Successfully track and deliver on multiple simultaneous projects
• Work effectively in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and with short deadlines
• Work at a high level in a windows-based operating system, specifically MS Word and MS Excel (graphics, pivot tables)
• Successfully exercise independent judgment in resolving complex issues
• Work effectively with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds across an institution
• Lead teams in the completion of larger projects
• Work collaboratively with groups of individuals with differing levels of technical and business understanding

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

• A master's degree or additional experience in a related field.
• Extensive experience with a variety of tools including, but not limited to, SQL, SPSS, SAS, Microsoft Access, and Tableau
• Demonstrated skill publishing data visualizations and executive reports for print, web, and interactive reporting
• High level of experience with advanced statistical analysis
• Prior experience with higher education data

Application Process
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