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Institutional Research Analyst

Washington and Lee University

Location: Lexington, Virginia
Type: Full-Time, Non-Remote
Posted on: July 8, 2024
Institutional Research Analyst
Job Description:
The Institutional Research Analyst reports to the Assistant Provost of Accreditation and Institutional Research and assumes a significant leadership role over data integrity and analytics within the Office of Institutional Research. This Office is at the forefront of data evolution at Washington and Lee University collaborating with numerous institutional offices making this position perfect for an individual with fresh ideas looking for a dynamic and innovative environment. As an Analyst, you will extract, collect, analyze, and summarize institutional data for multiple purposes and audiences, including IPEDS, SCHEV, SACSCOC, external publications, the Executive Staff, department chairs, and the University Fact Book. Additionally, you will centralize key management data into one official repository, playing a crucial role in supporting cutting-edge data initiatives at W&L.
To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to contributing to an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.
Essential Functions:
• Ensures data integrity and data management within the Office of Institutional Research; notifies the Assistant Provost and other offices of data issues and maintains records of actions taken, either independently or upon consultation.
• Updates, maintains, and meets a cyclical reporting timetable, to accurately report to IPEDS, SCHEV, SACSCOC, and HEOA according to survey requirements.
• Extracts, collects, analyzes, and summarizes institutional enrollment, admissions, and employee data according to an annual and term timetable that includes each relevant and active term.
• Generates census and current data snapshots for internal and external audiences to inform the discussion of institutional and programmatic enrollment, undergraduate and law admissions, program review, retention, and graduation trends. Generates spreadsheets, visualizations, and/or other reports as needed.
• Leads the office’s institutional response to mandated state and federal reporting, including SCHEV, IPEDS, and HEDS reports, and assists with other formal documents as required by law or accreditation; coordinates with Financial Aid, Human Resources, and the Treasurer on reports requiring the specific expertise of those offices and personnel.
• Assists in managing aggregate reporting and monitors institutional and programmatic trends; informs the Assistant Provost and other departmental heads of any critical observations or noteworthy changes.
• Generates, compiles, and publishes the University Fact Book, including developing new content in collaboration with the Assistant Provost and other University leadership.
• Designs, organizes, and updates the Accreditation and Institutional Research website using lngeniux and other publication software.
• Coordinates institutional response and serves as the primary institutional contact for numerous college guidebook publications, including U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges, Peterson's Guide, and the College Board among others. This includes significant interaction with offices and individuals throughout the campus to ensure the highest degree of accuracy and integrity in external reporting.
• Annually compiles, publishes, and disseminates the W&L Common Data Set.
• Designs and updates the Consumer Information Portal required by HEOA regulations..
• Assists in directing the work of student workers assigned to the Office of Institutional research.
• Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
• A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
• Excellent oral and written communication, including effective interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques
• Strong organizational abilities and experience managing multiple projects concurrently
• Experience with database systems and management and data cleaning techniques
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
• Two years or more of progressively responsible work experience in Institutional Research or similar analytical role h or a similar analytical role.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Proficiency in statistical or other programming languages/software such as R, Python, or SPSS
• Familiarity with relational database concepts and design, proficiency with SQL
• Familiarity with automated report generation tools and dashboards such as Tableau, Power BI, RMarkdown or similar
• Experience with Workday, including data extraction and loading
Application Instructions:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A resume and cover letter are required. Please upload these documents when prompted on the application form. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.
Application instructions and information about Washington and Lee University can be located at https://www.wlu.edu/employment-opportunities .
Position Type:
Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible
Minimum Pay:
$68,344.00 - Pay Commensurate with Experience
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
• Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Full-time