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Research Analyst AA-0002-14

Position Deleted on 2/20/2014. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Boise, ID
Admin - Institutional Research and Planning
Application Due:
Full Time
$52,300 USD Per Year

Research Analyst
Office of Institutional Research
Search #AA-0002-14
PCN 1959

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the position of Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Research.
Drawing on both technical and analytical competencies, the Research Analyst will extract, analyze, visualize, and describe a variety of institutional data for use both internally for operational and strategic decision making and externally for informational and official reporting to state and federal agencies and other external organizations as assigned. The Research Analyst will be expected to develop collegial working relationships within the unit, across campus units and with off-campus constituents; continually hone her/his technical, analytical, and problem solving skills; and participate in committees and other workgroups as assigned.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Extract data from multiple systems, including the University's People-Soft systems, data warehouse, other university systems, and external educational databases for the purposes of research, analyses, and reporting. Data sources may include student records, position control, general ledger, facility inventory, payroll, and personnel records.
  • Translate report requirements into specifications and use SQL or other programming languages to generate data extracts, tables, and reports appropriate for the identified need.
  • Document all project processes, sources, and techniques to ensure consistent application of methodology in future projects. Contribute to ongoing efforts in data quality.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative research methods and analytical techniques through the use of SPSS, SAS, NVivo, etc.
  • Anticipate and represent end-user needs; propose analytic reports to answer strategic, tactical, structured or unstructured business questions.
  • Clearly and concisely organize and summarize results through written communication and data displays such as tables, charts, etc.
  • Become proficient in the use of the Boise State data warehouse, including the Pyramid reporting tool, for the purposes of building dashboards and other data views to address institutional, college, and/or department-level questions or needs.
  • Ensure validity, reliability, consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of all work completed.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the culture of a data-driven university.
  • Perform other duties as assigned
At a minimum you should have:
  • Bachelor's degree required in information sciences, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics or a related field plus five years professional experience in a role that requires similar skills.
  • A master's degree in a related field and three years of experience also would qualify
  • High level of technical competence, including SQL, SAS or SPSS, and PeopleSoft or other enterprise reporting system, as well as Data Warehouse software. Competence in MS Excel is expected.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, including demonstrated skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly verbally and in written, numerical, and graphical forms; ability to work as part of a team of professionals and collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to organize and sequence complex computer programs and queries. Ability to run queries and perform analyses.
  • The position also requires: a high level of accuracy, extraordinary attention to details, solid proofreading skills, ability to multi-task and adhere to deadlines, and adherence to ethical and legal standards in research.
Preferentially, you will have:
  • Experience in institutional research or higher education analysis and reporting.
  • Experience and proficiency with MS Access.
  • Familiarity with higher education journals and literature.
  • Extensive knowledge of external data resources and capacity to merge various structures into existing data files.
Salary and benefits: Minimum starting salary of $52,300. In addition, an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: .

If you are interested in this position: Please submit:

  • a cover letter indicating your interest and qualifications for this position;
  • a resume that includes employment history (including dates of employment);
  • the names and contact information for three professional references
Required documents should be emailed in one package to Debi Reininger at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until Wednesday, February 19.

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Boise State University is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations of women, persons of color, and members of other underrepresented groups. EOE/AA Institution. Veterans preference may be applicable.
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