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Internal Number: 4096766
Sr. Institutional Research Analyst
Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 51946
UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.
Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.
INITIAL REVIEW DATE (IRD)
UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.
The IRD for this job is: 05-03-2023
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
Institutional Research, Assessment, and Policy Studies (IRAPS) reports directly to the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (CPEVC), providing support to senior leadership and other decision makers across campus in the areas of academic and enrollment planning, policy analysis, and the evaluation of student outcomes and equity. IRAPS supports strategic planning and data-driven decision making and assessment by providing timely, accurate, consistent and reliable information. IRAPS's major responsibilities are for reporting, analysis, and presentation of institutional data, administration and analysis of campus surveys, and support for learning outcomes assessment.
More information can be found here: https://iraps.ucsc.edu/
The Senior Institutional Research Analyst aggregates, analyzes, and interprets student and other administrative data for regular internal and external reporting, ad hoc studies, and conducts research in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, enrollment planning, curricular capacity, student progress and success, instructional workload, institutional effectiveness and program evaluation. Using technical expertise and deep subject matter knowledge, the Senior Analyst is responsible for developing sustainable methods for delivering information across a broad range of stakeholders, and for conducting sophisticated analyses using a variety of statistical techniques and methods in support of critical campus operations and strategic planning. The Senior Analyst will be responsible for developing new information resources (e.g., dashboards and reports), and will collaborate with other units on campus to evaluate and assess programs and initiatives, particularly related to student outcomes and equity.
Budgeted Salary: $102,500 / Annually or Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.
Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.
No. of Positions: 1
Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
- Full-time, Fixed
- Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
- Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
- Shift Includes: Day
Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment
Job End Date: None
Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
Union Representation: Non-Represented
Job Code Classification: 005876 (INSTITUTIONAL RSCH ANL 4)
Travel: Never or Rarely
50% - Reporting and Analytics
- Research, gather, analyze and summarize data and information across a variety of domains, especially in the areas of enrollments, student success and equity outcomes and instructional activity.
- Develop and revise queries and reports using campus business intelligence tools (i.e., InfoView, Tableau, SPSS, Excel, and others) to meet information needs and to address ongoing and ad hoc reporting requirements using agreed-upon standard definitions and methodologies.
- Produce historical campus level and program specific reports on a quarterly or annual production schedule; maintain information on the unit's website; and provide data and information for public information requests, external surveys and for mandatory compliance reporting.
- Design and develop interactive visualizations to enhance analysis, accessibility and presentation of institutional data in ways that best answer questions and tell a story.
- Conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analysis, including multivariate methods, interpret findings in the institutional context, and write analytical summaries, comprehensive reports, and technical memoranda.
- Use technologies and methodologies in machine learning, data mining and predictive analytics to develop and train algorithms for admissions forecasting, enrollment projections, predicting curricular demand and student success outcomes.
20% - Strategic Planning and Decision Support
- Provide ad hoc reporting and analytic support to principal officers, academic senate committees and other decision-making bodies.
- Gather, analyze and present data and information in support of key strategic planning initiatives, including identifying sources, and appropriate comparative and benchmarking data.
- Develop dashboards for academic planning that display key metrics for campus leadership.
- Working collaboratively and in consultation with other campus units, design and implement evaluations of policies, programs and initiatives using appropriate research methods and statistical techniques.
- Produce written and oral reports with conclusions, implications, and recommendations.
20% - Data Management
- Participate in the development of institutional databases and data pipelines by identifying data needs, requirements, specifications and sources.
- Working closely with the Data Management unit, contribute to the creation of data models that support the analytical needs of the campus.
- Transform, test and deploy raw data from industry standard data warehouses (e.g., Snowflake, Databricks, Oracle) using one or more industry standard program languages (e.g., SQL), to construct, clean, and standardize data sets for use.
- Maintain data documentation and definitions.
- Identify, investigate, and work to resolve data quality issues to ensure accurate reporting of information.
- Assure the validity and quality of campus data submissions to external agencies and systems, including the UC Office of the President.
10% - Professional Development and Service
- Attend classes, seminars, and conferences and pursue opportunities to enhance expertise in areas of data science, institutional research, and higher education to keep skills current.
- Develop expertise in external and public data sources (e.g., IPEDS, NSC, AAUDE) related to higher education.
- Serve on campus-wide committees and workgroups as appropriate; interact with peers across the UC system and at the UC Office of the President.
- Bachelor's degree in education, quantitative social sciences, computer or data science, mathematics or statistics, or related field with a strong focus on quantitative research methods and data analysis, or equivalent experience.
- Demonstrated proficiency with data management computer applications, query tools, and relational databases, in order to extract data from existing systems, join large datasets, manipulate data (e.g., import data, transform and derive variables), and aggregate data using SQL, R, Python or other coding languages to create datasets that facilitate robust reporting and analysis.
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of statistical software such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, or R, or equivalent, to produce tables and graphs, using syntax or command language to manage and transform data, produce tables and graphs, and to analyze data using a variety of statistical techniques including including multivariate analysis.
- Demonstrated experience with predictive modeling using machine learning techniques to create classification and other statistical models.
- Thorough knowledge of data visualization and dashboarding techniques and principles, and demonstrated proficiency using tools such as Tableau, Power BI, or Looker.
- Excellent interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility to work effectively with staff, faculty, students, and the general public.
- Advanced oral communication skills with the ability to present complex findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner.
- Advanced presentations skills with the ability to present to large groups and through visual displays of quantitative information.
- Advanced written communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise reports on complex issues.
- Strong organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage multiple activities, meet deadlines to complete a variety of assignments with attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal guidance.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team toward common goals, and to coordinate efforts and collaborate with a variety of individuals.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential information and materials.
- Advanced degree in education, quantitative social sciences, computer or data science, mathematics or statistics, or related field with a strong focus on quantitative research methods and data analysis.
- Knowledge of logical and physical data modeling concepts including complex data and structures.
- Familiarity with cloud-based data warehousing.
- Familiarity with issues in higher education and with UC policies, practices and procedures.
- Familiarity with the educational literature on student retention, progress, and learning outcomes assessment.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
- Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
- Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
- Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
- The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
- Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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