Job Title: Senior Analyst, Research and Evaluation
Division: Academic Affairs
Evaluation Group: Staff
FLSA Status: Exempt
Starting Salary: $ 52,185.00 +
Reports To: Director, Institutional Research
Positions Supervised: N/A
The senior analyst for research and evaluation conducts research on institutional issues. This position leads initiatives and assists other stakeholders in study design, data collection, analysis, and reporting.
Essential Job Functions and Performance Indicators
The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and level of responsibility that will be required of positions given this title. This job description shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
Job Responsibilities and Execution
Interprets, monitors, and analyzes information regarding key operational practices and outcomes, yielding actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging areas
Delivers clear, accurate, informative results related to student academic progress, course outcomes, and other institutional priorities
Develops research methodology for gathering data and/or using appropriate statistical techniques on available data
Explores data from multiple angles, determines meaning behind data, and recommends application(s) of findings
Utilizes both descriptive and inferential statistics to understand not only what outcomes have occurred, but also why they may have occurred
Reviews relevant educational research, best practices, and analytical techniques to inform organizational practices and data analysis decisions
Assists in the completion of ad hoc data requests and university compliance reports
Leads or assists with survey design and administration projects
Develops short- and mid-length project plans for extra complex research questions
Approaches complex student outcomes with organized thinking, breaking the problem into coherent parts for analysis and potential action by practitioners
Analyzes existing issues, questions existing processes and assumptions, gathers data and information, finds and evaluates alternative solutions, and proposes best course of action
Identifies systemic data management problems and assists in the development of solutions
Seeks to improve statistical skills, data presentation skills, and leadership abilities in a higher education context
Applies a social justice orientation during analytical work by attempting to identify and alleviate potential gaps in key outcomes among a variety of student groups and demographics
Supports the mission of the university and serves as an ambassador of the Q2 culture of service excellence
Models, supports, and holds others accountable to the university’s values – integrity, dedication, excellence, creativity, and teamwork
Assists faculty and staff in determining necessary information and obtaining access to it
Aids organizational leaders in articulating research questions for the institution
Communication, Teamwork, and Collaboration
Collaborates with stakeholders to identify informational needs and research questions, select data sources, and present results in an engaging way for appropriate audiences
Communicates, conveys, and visualizes informed conclusions and recommendations
Collaborates with team members on multifaceted, complex research reports and data dashboards
Presents relative external research to various audiences to aid in professional development efforts
Job may require other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered. Additional requirements may be designated by position.
Master’s degree in higher education, education leadership/policy, psychology, or related social science field
Minimum of 5 years’ experience working with quantitative data (preferably administrative data) or other large, longitudinal data sets
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – May be representative, but not all inclusive, of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform this job competently.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
Strong verbal, written, and visual communication skills to determine real data needs and collaborate with other University offices
Ability to think deeply about outcomes and test and develop hypotheses accordingly
Knowledge of higher education business practices, data types, and management issues
Expert at conveying information via descriptive statistics
Knowledge of inferential statistics and an interest in expanding skill set
Proficiency in basic data visualization in Excel and statistical software packages, i.e., Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and/or Statistical Analysis System (SAS) software
Proficiency with basic analysis and data management in SPSS and/or SAS
Familiarity with data querying and reporting tools
Ability to concisely and accurately describe analytical results via writing
Knowledge of basic survey design, distribution, and analysis techniques
Knowledge of basic student assessment design and analysis techniques
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of this job’s functions.
General office setting
Physical Abilities – The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform this job’s essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Ability to work effectively at a computer for up to eight hours daily
Ability to sit for extended periods of time
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function
Equal Opportunity Employer
Lindenwood University is an Equal Opportunity employer. The University complies with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and provides equal employment opportunities and access to educational programs without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status to all qualified applicants and employees. Lindenwood University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and dedicated to providing a positive discrimination-free educational work environment.
Lindenwood University, often referred to as Lindenwood or LU, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university located in St. Charles, Missouri. Founded in 1827 by George Sibley and Mary Easton Sibley, it is the second oldest higher-education institution west of the Mississippi River and since 1990 the fastest growing university in the Midwest. The University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 16,000 students a year through values-centered programs that lead to development of the whole person. Lindenwood is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.