Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7086673 (Ref.No. 2544245)
Posted: October 6, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Type: Full Time
Job Number: 2015-1603129
Location: CA 94556, CA
Department: Provost
Closing: 10/29/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Reporting directly to the Director of Institutional Research, the Senior Institutional Research Analyst is responsible for supporting data-driven decision making through the collection, display, and reporting of institutional data. The Senior IR Analyst (re)evaluates frameworks, strategies, standards and standards-making activities to enhance the College's goal of continuous quality improvement. The analyst must have extensive knowledge in processing complex data from various systems using Colleague, Informer, Excel, Tableau, programming in Python and other computer languages. The position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills. It also requires the ability to carefully manage internal and external relationships in the institutional research and higher education community. Familiarity with project management tools like Smartsheet or Teamworks are preferred but not required.


The primary responsibilities for the Senior IR Analyst include:
  • Develop tools, techniques, and dashboards for insights and data visualization that combines cross-departmental information such as: Student, Faculty, Degree, Course, and Financial Aid data
  • Produce accurate, user-friendly deliverables in a timely manner pending institutional and external deadlines such as grants and other funding sources
  • Manage IR ad hoc reports
  • Assist in data analysis for internal and external reporting of College data, including: IPEDS, WASC reporting, US News, NSSE, Petersons, and World Reports
  • Complete institute-wide surveys and student feedback surveys (course evaluations) utilizing both Qualtrics and Explorance (Bluenote)
  • Demonstrate consistent and clear communication between internal and external parties
  • Manage strong and healthy working relationships within SMC community
  • Analyze and present institutional trends and other IR-related information that is relevant to the College community
  • Oversee and manage the institutional Factbook
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Qualifications


The Senior IR Analyst must be a seasoned professional with extensive experience in developing queries and compiling/analyzing data using various software including: SPSS/SAS, Excel, Tableau, Banner, Colleague, Blackbaud, etc. The job requires a professional who also has both analytical and communication skills, and can lead teams with effective management skills. Success in this role requires collaboration, communication, leadership, vision, and openness to learn and grow professionally.

Qualifications include:
  • A Master's degree in math, social science (multiple statistics/research method courses), education (multiple statistics/research method courses), business, or a related field
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience as a data analyst dealing with analysis from descriptive statistics to binary regressions
  • Ability to build queries
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of relational database structures, theories, and practices
  • Demonstrated expertise in excel and Tableau
  • Skills and deep familiarity with extracting, transforming, and loading data sets into third party software
  • Ability to perform in a high-pressure environment, and to meet tight deadlines
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions: Please apply online at Your application is considered complete if you include the following:
  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications and are prepared to support the Mission of the College
  3. The name and contact information for three (3) professional references
  4. Consent authorizing a broader inquiry which may include reference checks, a motor vehicle check, and a third party background check
Saint Mary's is an equal employment opportunity employer. We support inclusive excellence and are committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all.

College policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, gender stereotyping, and gender identity, taking a protected leave (e.g. family medical or pregnancy leave), or on any other basis protected by applicable laws.

Saint Mary's College annually collects information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. To view the Saint Mary's College Report, see the website here To request a paper copy please call Public Safety at (925) 631-4284. The report includes the type of crime, venue, and number of occurrences.

Please apply online at

We envision a community that goes beyond tolerance of differences to one guided by social justice, cultural competence and engaged citizenship. We know we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people.


Apply Now

Please mention to the employer that you saw this ad on