The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is seeking an Organizational Insight Analyst 1 that interprets, monitors, and analyzes information regarding policies, procedures, demographics, and operational outcomes yielding actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging areas. As part of the OPA team, the OIA will work to ensure data integrity, excellent reporting, and systems alignment, to query and present data to support new policy, and provide guidance for local and national issues around postdoctoral training. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is a fast-moving, agile office that administers and supports the more than 2300 postdocs on campus. OPA is one of the leading postdoc offices in the country and seeks to provide the best service to its constituents - the postdocs, faculty, and departmental administrators. Through close working relationships throughout the University, the OIA will work independently to provide clear and deep understanding of trends and issues in postdoctoral training. Job Code 4748/Grade J*This position is not scheduled to move to Stanford Redwood City Duties include:
Answer questions by developing research methodology, gathering data and/or using appropriate statistical techniques on available data.
Explore data from multiple angles, determine meaning behind the data, and recommend ways to apply the data.
Develop and define key questions to assist senior leadership with strategy and decision making around policies, programming, funding, etc.. Formulate questions related to climate, training, cost of living role of the postdoc, and other questions relevant to postdoctoral experience and training.
Fully analyze the problem, question existing processes and assumptions, gather data and information, find and evaluate alternative solutions, and propose best course of action. Ensure the quality, reliability, accuracy, and precision of all data. Provide innovative approaches to data use and visualization that reflect and influence the current University and National challenges and conversation.
Drive collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources; apply and use algorithms or other advanced techniques to accomplish this.
Work directly with Directors of Finance and Administration, Departmental Managers, and Student Services Officers across various schools within the university in order to develop meaningful surveys and data outcomes for a broad array of stakeholders and leaders.
Perform outcomes analysis of postdoctoral training, including gathering and analyzing data for ~800 departing postdocs. Advise on and refine current taxonomy for outcomes; construct valid tools for assessing success of postdoctoral training. Determine how to house, track and update outcomes data continual use.
Working with Administrative Systems and IRT, design connections to data warehouse(s) to streamline data retrieval and create more automated reporting. Provide ongoing oversight of existing reporting, and develop more effective and efficient tools.
Drive University and external audits of all postdoc data. May interact with and influence senior leaders, faculty, and/or senate with written summaries and/or presentations on assigned research. Communicate, convey, and visualize informed conclusions and recommendations across an organization's leadership using own subject matter expertise. Create data visualizations and advise senior leaders including the Senior Associate Dean, Vice Provost of Graduate Education, Provost, and Provost's Advisory Committee on Postdoctoral Affairs.
Represent postdoc-related interests on University-wide steering committees, task forces, and working groups. Drive and align with strategies throughout the University.
Through data, may predict what actions will be taken in a designated timeframe for a prescribed issue/challenge. Create models to support high-level policy changes. e.g. determine relative University-wide impact of proposed policy changes on a School, Department, and faculty level. Analyze the possible outcomes to advise Provost-level decisions.
Collaborate with other organizations to gather data. Proactively seek and locate data, including outside benchmarks or comparative data, to support or refute proposed decisions. Collaborate closely with IR&DS, EPS, RMG, AS, Faculty Affairs, and other University groups to ensure University systems support postdoc requirements, and that data is valid. Collaborate with NSF and other federal institutions to collect and analyze data.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Master's degree in Statistics or a related field
Prior experience working in a higher education environment preferred, including interactions with senior leadership, faculty and staff.
Ability to articulate and translate non-technical end user objectives to identify the most appropriate reporting or analysis methodology given time and information constraints.
Experience with SQL and Tableau
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE (REQUIRED): Bachelor degree in a relevant technical field and four years' extensive experience or combination of education and relevant technical field experience solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED):
Proficiency in manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources.
Extensive experience in and strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions with data.
Interpersonal and communication skills to positively convey findings and influence senior leadership & faculty.
Demonstrated experience querying, processing, analyzing, and reporting on large data sets.
Ability to use data retrieval and manipulation tools such as SQL, Brio Query, Business Objects, etc.in conjunction with visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
Familiarity and experience with intermediate statistical methods; advanced proficiency with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R or similar tools.
Ability to tell stories with data using data visualization software such as Tableau, Excel, SPSS, or similar software in conjunction with strong verbal ability.
Ability to use visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
Flexible analytical approach allowing for results at varying levels of precision.
Familiarity with strategic planning concepts.
Excellent project management skills.
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job. About Stanford UniversityStanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000 which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability to promote health, fulfilling lives. An award-winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers. Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.
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Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 9000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu.Stanford University is an eq...ual opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions.