Lead Research Statistician
The College Board - New York, NY

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The College Board, the national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Lead Research Statistician who will lead analytical work on a wide range of activities related to higher education and student financial aid including the creation and manipulation of various data sets, generation of statistical summaries, and design, implementation, and presentation of reports.

This is an 18-month term appointment and is resident in our New York City headquarters.


This position will actively participate in research and analysis projects as a principal investigator, particularly on projects that support the College Board as a leading provider of sophisticated information and analyses about higher education and student financial aid. This position will oversee large-scale data aggregation and research and analysis projects, and mentor other research statisticians. This position will provide technical training for other staff members as needed. Work will be conducted with a substantial degree of independence and with minimal supervision.


Statistical Analysis
  • Lead statistical analyses using both internal and external data.
  • Produce tables and graphical displays of large-scale statistical results.
  • Produce data aggregations (descriptive statistics, correlation coefficients, and visual display of aggregated data) for internal and external consumption. Examples of such efforts are Trends in Student Aid and Education Pays.
  • Work with a variety of data files representing student-, school-, district-, institution-, state- and national-levels.
  • Work with a variety of data file formats including flat, Stata, SAS and Excel files.
  • Develop and document more efficient and innovative procedures in the fulfillment of these analyses that may include developing stored procedures/programs and/or database solutions.

Data Manipulation
  • Organize and re-organize data into a variety of formats to permit for use in specialized statistical software used for research and policy analysis.
  • Manipulate output from statistical analysis for use in research reports, other statistical analyses, and for specialized uses with policy and practitioner audiences.
  • Using advanced knowledge of external data, particularly from Federal government sources, fulfill ad hoc internal and external requests.

  • Lead research and analysis projects as primary investigator consistent with the Research agenda. Specific role would be determined based on experience and need.
  • Design and implement QC procedures on all statistical analyses.
  • Present with approval from supervisor and as needed at professional conferences and author statistical summaries, policy briefs, and research reports.
  • Lead efforts surrounding work to align external student data to internal College Board assessment data. This includes work within Research as well as supporting efforts in other College Board departments.
  • Collaborate with other Research staff to maintain a repository of research evidence and compelling data facts based on internal and external sources.

Policies and Conventions
  • Maintain a procedure for an efficient and thorough documentation of how the statistical analyses were completed and reports were generated.
  • Provide research support and guidance to Research colleagues.
  • Produce technical reports and memorandum describing procedures, data collection, and/or research results.
  • Provide consultation on new reporting efforts and/or developing/piloting new reports.
  • Act as resource for database questions. Provide technical training.
  • Identify new areas where training is needed and create training resources.

Education/Experience :

Candidates with at least a Master’s degree in social science, math/science field or equivalent experience is required. Eight or more years of demonstrated proficiency with SAS, Stata or Excel required. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience working with large projects involving data, statistics, and research summaries. Participation in projects involving publication of a variety of statistical summary reports is required.

Related Skills & Other Requirements :
  • Knowledge of statistics is required.
  • Knowledge of education policy, particularly around student financial aid is required.
  • Research skills and expertise in methodology are beneficial.
  • Experience with Stata, SAS, or Excel is required.
  • Ability to translate general inquiries into specific research and analysis questions and tasks.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Outlook), with an emphasis on MS Word and Excel.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to function in a team-oriented unit.


We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.


If you are interested in joining the College Board in this position and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to apply by submitting your resume and a brief, introductory cover letter.


The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®.

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