Institutional Research Analyst
Posted: August 3, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers nearly 90 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University's nine colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Social Work; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and Human Development; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; the Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing; and St. Vincent's College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change-in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 387 Colleges-2022 Edition, "Best Northeastern" and Best Business Schools-2021 Edition. Sacred Heart is home to the award-winning, NPR-affiliated radio station, WSHU, a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theatre.
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The successful candidate for this position will be able to conduct research and analysis across the institution in support of university operations and strategic initiatives. This position serves as the primary coordinator for external ranking surveys (e.g., US News, Princeton Review), standardized surveys (e.g., NSSE) and internal surveys occurring annually or as needed and maintains responsibility for all aspects related to the surveys. Compile institutional data and information to fulfill state, federal and accreditation reporting requirements. Qualitative research via surveys, including survey development and administration. Benchmark analysis on external ranking surveys. Report writing, including data interpretation and visualization; Completion of ad-hoc requests Provide research support for all phases of University operations requiring research generated information.
Coordinate the submission of external federal, state, and ranking surveys in a timely and accurate manner by reviewing instructions or guidelines, communicating with pertinent operational areas, and preparing data for final submission.
With an understanding of data models and schemas, develop and modify reports and SQL queries to aid in data extraction from a variety of systems and databases.
Oversee all phases of survey administration for institutional surveys, including creation and implementation of questionnaires, survey administration, data analysis, and report design.
Coordinate with operational areas regarding surveys that support institutional metrics and goals (e.g., Career Services, Advising).
Summarize results of analysis for varied audiences utilizing a mixture of text, graphs, and tables.
Respond to internal and external data requests as needed by providing research and assessment information or by summarizing data and results.
Other duties as assigned
Statement of Personal & Organizational Responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion
Actively promote a collegial environment and consciously apply our mission and values to create a culture of inclusion and belonging; a safe space where all may thrive and succeed. Participate in developmental activities to increase understanding and awareness of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion; apply that understanding to guide your approach to all aspects of your job and the community as a whole. Demonstrate that we are "Stronger Together" as described in the Office for Diversity & Inclusion's Mission and Vision statements.
Knowledge and Skills Needed:
Bachelor's degree in social sciences, statistics, measurement or related field required; Master's degree desirable. Equivalent experience will be considered.
At least two years of experience with social science research, which includes data collection, quantitative analysis, interpretation of data, report writing and presentation with data visualizations.
Experience in higher education with compliance reporting (e.g., IPEDS, CDS, etc.) and ranking surveys (e.g., US News, Princeton Review) highly desirable.
Strong skills in using spreadsheets, database and reporting systems, such as Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Reporting Services.
Experience with survey development (Qualtrics), Ellucian Colleague ERP (or similar), statistical analysis, and the Microsoft Office Suite or comparable programs. Facility with Excel is required.
Candidates must be detail-oriented, have strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to communicate results effectively, ability to manage large datasets and a grasp of higher education issues and trends.
Commitment to student success, for all students, is essential.
Experience in document management using SharePoint is a plus