Research Analyst I

Position Overview:

Develops and maintains information systems for collecting, modifying, storing and analyzing data from various sources. Installs and maintains analytical systems for research. Conducts analysis of data and leads research and analysis projects as assigned. Oversees development of various data sets and reports. Conducts statistical analysis, develops findings and supports research with the goal of providing information to university leadership.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

Keeps current with issues and trends in higher education and demonstrates professional activity in the field of institutional assessment. Conducts literature reviews in support of institutional research, assessment, and research projects. Works with other staff in assisting faculty and staff to better understand and work with research and assessment data. Assists faculty and staff in obtaining information from Blackboard Analytics, institutional and university surveys, and other information tools. Uses appropriate hardware and software tools to develop reports and presentations in order to effectively communicate with a variety of organizational units and representatives. Uses Power BI, Access, and SAS or SPSS to collect and maintain data to be analyzed and presented to agencies, organizations, University administration, etc. Coordinates data access with Information Technology (database usage). Responds to ad hoc requests for information from faculty, administrators, and external organizations. Designs and coordinates special projects and studies. Participates in data exchange with other higher education institutions. Attends and participates in meetings and committees as needed or requested. Assists to ensure the integrity and reliability of research data distributed by the University. Coordinates and prepares reports to OSRHE, Academic Affairs, HLC, and other state and federal entities in order to ensure that UCO meets its state and federal accountability reporting requirements. Assists with preparing data for Program Reviews, benchmarking/performance indicators, strategic planning, specialized accreditations and similar areas. Helps develop and maintain assigned components of the website. Develops and documents processes for routine reports. Performs other related duties as assigned. The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Experience Required:

Requires a bachelor's degree in related field or 4+ years of equivalent work experience in research. Requires knowledge of and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts of institutional research. Requires the application of expertise in a chosen field to achieve results. Requires experience with Excel formulas.

Experience Preferred:

Master's degree. Experience with Power BI or other business intelligence tools, statistical analysis software (SPSS or SAS), SQL, Banner and website development.


Skilled in longitudinal data collection and management. Ability to work independently with a high level of initiative on project assignments and to work collaboratively on team projects. Excellent oral and written (narrative, tabular, graphical) communication skills. Present finding and recommendations clearly. Ability to accurately proofread reports and data. Good organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to approach problems objectively. Ability to exercise good judgment, diplomacy, tact and patience. Ability to reason logically and creatively and apply that logic to research topics. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and collaborative working relationships with others. Ability to apply research theory, methodology and applied statistics. Ability to organize, prioritize, and schedule work on a multitude of research-related requests. Ability to handle concurrent tasks. Ability to demonstrate flexibility in a dynamic environment, including managing interruptions and changing priorities in order to meet concurrent deadlines. Ability to work with requestors to clarify their needs and optimize the utility of research results. Ability to carry out repetitive tasks and to apply tasks to new projects.

Will this employee supervise others?

No, this employee will NOT supervise other employees.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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