The position of Statistical/Research Analyst is an advanced technical position within the Office of Institutional Research dealing with the analysis of statistical and quantified data. In addition to activities in the area of records/information management, this office is responsible for meeting federal, state, and state system reporting requirements specified in the Annual Data Collection Plan, and for coordinating completion of external institutional surveys such as college guidebook surveys, and requests from external agencies to which the university is accountable or to which the university subscribes. In addition, the department is charged with providing faculty and administration with data in support of planning and research activities. The department is involved in all traditional forms of institutional research and regularly responds to specific requests for institutional data analysis.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary responsibility of the Statistical/Research Analyst is to support the Director of Institutional Research in the conduct of the work of that position and to provide independent back-up in the absence of the director. The analyst assists the Director with fulfilling requirements specified in the Annual Data Collection Plan. The analyst also provides independent leadership in the design and implementation of ‘internal’ research projects, reporting results, participating in team projects, responding to data and analysis requests from administration and faculty, and assisting various offices with preparing the institution and its academic units for accreditation and/or program reviews. The analyst’s work involves meeting with administrators, department chairs, and other university personnel to determine their specific needs, the programmatic considerations necessary to meet these needs, and the factors impacting on the work necessary to satisfy these needs. Work is assigned in the form of departmental or institutional needs and goals. The work is reviewed by the Director, upon completion for attainment of goals and objectives and to determine the usefulness of the work in decision making processes.
The analyst generates original data sets and extracts data from external and internal databases as necessary. The analyst assists in the maintenance of comprehensive, electronic institutional databases which draw on the widest possible variety of sources. The analyst is responsible for collecting information, analyzing it, uploading it to the appropriate databases, maintaining, or assisting in the maintenance of, computer applications, for data access, and linking the databases to standard reports. The analyst maintains a system for updating existing features of the electronic databases, and develops, or assists in the development of new features as required.
Examples Of Work:
Develops projects of study plan to meet expected objectives and collects, classifies, and analyzes data regarding an agency or state program.
Determines sampling techniques applicable to the project or study including the determination of confidence limits and selects appropriate statistical technical of methods.
Designs forms and questionnaires necessary to obtain data base and determines the application of automatic data processing equipment to the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantified data and statistics.
Defines terms and codes to insure uniformity in the collection, analysis, and presentation of the data.
Evaluates data received to develop or revise hypothesis which can be tested within the scope of the project or study.
Analyzes data using statistical or mathematical techniques such as regression analysis, non-parametric methods, t and chi-square tests and analysis of variance.
Prepares narrative and statistical reports to explain data collection and analysis process, the data meanings, and conclusion and findings which can be drawn from the data.
Reviews data collection and organization methods and procedures and recommends revisions as necessary to improve validity, reliability, and relevance of data.
Performs related work as required.
The Position Purpose and Description of Duties sections summarized above provide a representative listing only and should not be regarded as a complete statement of tasks performed by incumbents of this position. It should be recognized, therefore, that employees may be asked to perform job related duties in addition to those outlined above.
Applicant must possess these skills, knowledge, and abilities or to be able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Knowledge of the proper application of statistical and mathematical theories and methods to the sampling, collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of quantified data and statistics.
Knowledge of analytical, statistical and mathematical theories applicable to planning and evaluating university and state system objectives, programs of operations.
Ability to apply statistical and mathematical theories and methods to the analysis and interpretation of data relating to the university’s or state system’s objectives, programs and operations.
Ability to express and interpret meaningful relationship, estimates, projections, and analysis in proper statistical or mathematical terms, formulas and symbols as well as narrative tabular and graphic form.
Experience working with statistical software such as SPSS or SAS and relational database software such as Access. Knowledge of the use of automatic data processing use of data bases to quantified data collection, organization, and presentation.
Experience working with PeopleSoft (or other student information/ERP systems).
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, administrators, faculty and personnel in other university offices and state system divisions.
Ability to handle confidential information, prioritize projects and set and meet deadlines.
Effective verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills with the ability to work independently and as part of a team, a ‘service-minded’ orientation, and strong attention to detail and accuracy.
Minimum Experience And Training:
One year as a Statistical Analyst 1; or One or more years of experience in statistical/research analysis in a similar environment and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in mathematics/statistics, computer and information science, or other appropriate quantitatively oriented field, including or supplemented by 12 semester hours of course work in statistical/research theory and methods or in courses placing major emphasis on the application of statistical/research methodologies.
Appropriate graduate study in statistical theory, mathematics, research methodology, management information science, or a related quantitatively oriented field may be substituted for one year of the required experience. Other equivalent combinations of experience and training will be considered; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Preferred Experience And Training:
Preference will be given to candidates with appropriate working experience in an educational environment.
Applicants will be rated on the following criteria:
Proficiency in statistical software (SPSS or SAS)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel and PowerPoint)
PeopleSoft or integrated system experience
Experience in statistical theory and research methodology
Ability to handle confidential information
Ability to prioritize projects, and set and meet deadlines
Work experience in an educational environment
Demonstrated written communication skills
Demonstrated ability in working with a diverse population and as a team member
Demonstrated ability to learn new software applications
Finalist must communicate well and successfully complete an interview.
Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verifications, educational and credential verification and criminal background check.
Completing this search is contingent on available funding.
In order to receive consideration, submit a Bloomsburg University Merit Systems Employment Application to the Human Resources office by 4:30 p.m. on the last day to apply. Applications are available in the Human Resource Office, located in Waller Administration Building or may be downloaded from www.bloomu.edu/jobs. An electronic application is also available. Faxed applications and/or resumes will not be considered.
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran