Senior Research and Data Visualization Analyst
Student Services | North East, MD | Full Time
Founded in 1968 to meet the post-secondary and continuing education needs of Cecil County residents, Cecil College has been serving the community and shaping its future for more than 50 years. The College is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the governor. The College’s fifth president, Dr. Mary Way Bolt, reports directly to the Board of Trustees.
Cecil College is centrally located in Maryland’s most northeastern county, just one half mile from Interstate 95. It is easily accessible from Philadelphia and Baltimore, as well as from Wilmington, Delaware.
With a diverse student population, Cecil College enrolls approximately 2,500 credit students and 3,400 non-credit students. Cecil offers associate degrees, certificate programs and non-credit classes. Cecil offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs.
Through its open admissions policy, Cecil College provides learning opportunities for all who have the desire and ability to benefit from its courses and programs, regardless of age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or socioeconomic status.
Employees of Cecil College, including instructors for online and virtual courses, must be residents of Maryland or the contiguous states of Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US, as the College does not offer Visa sponsorships.
Reporting to the Director of Institutional Research, the Senior Research and Data Visualization Analyst supports the research and data analytic agenda of the Office of Institutional Research. The analyst will design and implement studies to precisely research, collect, interpret, analyze, report and/or publish data and information required for compliance with federal and state reports, institutional effectiveness, institutional advancement, enrollment management and retention and all other research and survey initiatives as required. A focus of this position is to provide in depth analytical and statistical expertise, including developing and maintaining dashboards, and to summarize and present analytical results to inform policy development and institutional decision-making.
Conduct comprehensive studies, survey research, and ad hoc reports; Activities include identifying research questions, designing protocols, analyzing data, interpreting findings to help make sense of the information, and reporting findings through developing narrative reports, tables, dashboards, infographics, and other data visualizations.
Respond to internal and external data requests of varying complexity, including managing the institution’s compliance reporting and supporting grant development.
Manage the office’s survey research program, including the design and administration of survey instruments and the reporting/analysis of survey results.
Provide guidance and training to faculty and staff in using OIR deliverables.
Develop and maintain comprehensive documentation to detail office reporting standards, protocols, and processes, including the maintenance of an institutional research calendar to ensure that cyclical project timelines are met.
Work collaboratively across units in auditing existing processes to identify opportunities for processimprovement and to increase the efficiency, accuracy, and consistency of regular and ad hoc reporting.
Support the College’s data governance efforts by proactively identifying data issues and working collaboratively in the implementation of effective data management practices and procedures supporting student success, continuous improvement, and institutional effectiveness.
Maintain a current knowledge of policies, procedures, and technologies in areas of expertise.
Other duties as assigned
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: A minimum of 3 years of experience performing research, reporting, and analytic functions in higher education
Knowledge of research design, social science research methods and statistical software packages such as SPSS or SAS; SPSS preferred.
Expertise leveraging SQL, Excel, and data visualization tools such as Tableau to manipulate, analyze and present data required.
Proficiency in SSMS, SSRS, and
Tableau preferred. Strong project management skills with the ability to manage complex projects and multiple deadlines. Commitment to data quality, accuracy, and integrity while professionally handling confidential data.
Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to present and communicate complex analysis in a variety of formats to a non-technical audience.
Familiarity with higher education reporting and data definitions (IPEDS, CDS, etc.).
Demonstrated experience integrating large datasets from multiple sources, including developing and maintaining both simple and complex queries that translate data needs from stakeholders into complete and valid datasets.
Excellent analytical/data interpretation skills.
Proven ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across units while also functioning independently.
Proficient in training end-users in the use of reporting tools and reporting methodology.
Scheduling Requirements: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Given the need of interaction with students, employees, and college community this position requires in person presence. During critical periods, some evening hours may be required depending on the needs of the office. The position may be eligible for limited telework options as determined by supervisor and/or designee.
Physical Demands: Most of the position is sedentary. Requires frequent use of computer and repetitive hand motions for computer use.
Salary: Competitive, Commensurate with experience
For best consideration, please apply by November 1, 2022.