Research Specialist
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation - Round Rock, TX

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Department : Research & Analytical Services

Min. Starting Salary : Commensurate with Experience

Application Deadline : Open Until Filled

To perform public policy research on matters that relate to student access and success in higher education. The Research Specialist is responsible for writing policy papers, updating existing reports, analyzing proposed legislative changes, and developing new reports which meet customer demand. The Research Specialist will also coordinate with other team members in the process of acquiring, organizing, interpreting, and displaying information about financial aid and higher education. The Research Specialist queries corporate and public data resources to generate reports for TG management and for external customers, e.g. colleges, state and federal agencies, legislative staff and the media.

EDUCATION REQUIRED : Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major work in business administration, public policy/administration, government, economics, sociology, or similar field is required. Graduate training in these same areas preferred. Four years of experience in the Texas student aid field can substitute for the lack of the required major field of study.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED : Must have strong research and writing skills. Two years of experience writing public policy research reports required, although may be substituted by two years of graduate school experience. Must understand the legislative process. Must have strong MS Excel skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS : Graduate training in a related field. Familiarity with secondary research regarding higher education or workforce development. Ability to program in SAS or similar statistical software. Experience working in or with institutions of higher education, legislative offices, or state or federal agencies. Experience with public speaking preferred.

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