Senior Research Analyst - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah 84058

United States


Detailed Job Description

Under the direction of the Instructional Research and Information leadership team, senior research analysts conduct research to assist the planning, measurement, and evaluation of the mission and goals of UVU and its communities. A senior research analyst participates in conception and articulation of research problems, development and realization of methodology designed to inform those problems, the analysis of data, and finally, the identification and communication of findings relevant to those problems.
Institutional Research and Information is organized into two teams: (1) Assessment Support, Analysis, and Survey Research; and (2) Data Management, Analysis, and Reporting. Although general skillsets needed for each role are similar, specific skills may be emphasized depending on the vacancy being filled.
Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
-Manage and maintain quality of institutional databases. Extract, analyze, visualize, and describe institutional data. This data is used both internally for operational and strategic decision making and externally for informational and official institutional reporting to state and federal agencies, accreditation, program review, and other programs such as IPEDS, Perkins, VSA, and Student-Right-to-Know.
-Conduct data collection efforts involving UVU constituencies, including the development, administration, and analysis of paper, telephone, and web surveys, focus groups, etc. These efforts include standardized, nationally-normed surveys, such as the NSSE, as well as custom surveys of students (alumni, non-completers, prospective students, etc.), employees, local employers, and the community-at-large. A research analyst facilitates the utilization of these data through both written and verbal communication. This includes presentations, executive summaries/briefs, data visualizations, reports, etc.
-Collaborate with administrators and leaders regarding institutional reporting, business intelligence, strategic planning, assessment, and data-informed decision-making. This collaboration may take the form of informal meetings and communication or participation in more formal task forces and committee assignments.
-Participate in professional associations and other development opportunities to (1) keep abreast of best practices and trends in the area of institutional research, and (2) to contribute to the field more broadly.
-Work closely and in collaboration with other IRI staff and internal and external clients to design and implement studies and reports to meet the growing and diverse needs of the University and its administrative units.
-Other duties as required.  

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a Ph.D. and one year of related experience OR Master's degree and three years of related experience. Related degrees might include: Administration (Educational, Public, or Business); Behavioral Science; Research/Evaluation; Information Systems; etc.  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Technical Proficiency
- Knowledge and use of computer systems and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access; SPSS, Tableau, and Qualtrics, or similar tools.
- Knowledge and use of database management and design, and structured query language and protocol. Familiarity with operational data stores/enterprise data warehouse and best practices regarding meta-data and uses of a common data dictionary.
- Knowledge of research/assessment design in social science, including questionnaire design, survey methodology, descriptive and inferential statistics.
Project Management
- Ability to lead a project from inception through the design, implementation, and extraction/collection of data, to the creation of the final report and presentation.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Client Relations
- Ability to collaborate within the department and institution with data stewards and custodians, staff, faculty, academic leadership, and other officials at UVU and across the state.
- Ability to present themselves as professional, competent, and cordial.
- Ability to communicate complex research designs and findings in simple, compelling, and actionable terms to decision-makers in accordance with established business intelligence principles.
Skill in verbal and written communication, both in informal and formal contexts.
- Skill in the effective visualization of data. Attention to detail and clarity.
- Commitment to championing data-informed decision making, practice, and professional development.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of higher education and institutional research, including: current issues, trends, research, and best practices.
- Principled dedication to issues of privacy and compliance (including FERPA, HIPPA, etc.).  

Special Instructions to Applicants

- To be considered an applicant for employment you must apply online through the UVU.Jobs website.
- To receive full consideration for post-secondary education, please submit copies of transcripts or diploma of highest degree earned. Transcripts do not have to be official copies.
- To be considered in the first screening, the online application and required application documents (see below) must be submitted by the screening or closing date.
- Our system can only accept supplemental documents (such as cover letters or transcripts) in PDF or Word format. The file size of documents must be less than 2MB. It is strongly recommended that you take documents that are not in an electronic form and scan them into a separate black and white PDF file so you can attach them electronically to the online application. You can get help with this at a local copy center if needed.
- Any offer of employment will be contingent upon the results of a background check, which includes a criminal records check. A criminal conviction is not necessarily a bar to employment.
- Application materials become the property of UVU.
- For questions contact Human Resources at  

Keyword Phrases

  • Senior Research Analyst
  • Institutional Research
  • student centered teaching organization
  • building communities of engaged learners
  • beautiful mountain location
  • Institutional Research and Planning
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Best if Apply By 11/22/2013