Institutional Research Analyst

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details

The Office of Institutional Research serves as the major source of official data, research, and decision support for University administrators.

Reporting to the Director of Institutional Research, the Institutional Research Analyst works independently and in collaboration with the Director and others to conduct, manage, and support the accurate and timely collection and dissemination of information across a broad range of reporting, research, and decision-support activities.
The Research Analyst will support, guide, and implement a transformation of the University’s data and reporting infrastructure.

Responsibilities include:

Query, compile, transform, and clean data from multiple data sources, including large relational databases, data marts, and flat files

Complete internal and external reporting, verifying accuracy and internal consistency, including required state and federal reports (e.g., IPEDS , Common Data Set, guidebooks)

Update, debug, and troubleshoot SAS code

Update, automate, and document data and business processes

Collect and analyzes data to inform University policies

Prepare clear and effective reports and presentations using both text and graphics

Work with campus partners on data definitions, reporting standards, and data governance

Compile benchmark information about peer institutions

Stay abreast of relevant issues in higher education.

Other additional duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in social science, computer science, statistics, business or a related field with course work in statistics and research methods and a minimum of three years’ related experience in institutional research, data analysis or management of data sets, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and related work experience

Experience writing original SAS code or similar coding experience with SQL , Python, R or other statistical software

Strong aptitude for coding

Proven ability to create large, complex data sets from disparate sources while managing data quality both for statistical analysis and data management.

Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills

Ability to work as part of a team and communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders

A commitment to accuracy and quality
Proven ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks

Ability to collect and compile information independently and respond quickly to complex requests

Collaborative interpersonal communication skills with ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Proficiency with Microsoft Office products.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and work collegially with individuals of different backgrounds


Preferred Qualifications

5 or more years experience conducting Institutional Research strongly preferred

5 or more years’ experience in original SAS coding strongly preferred

Demonstrated proficiency with Base SAS , including data step programming, merging large and complex data sets, PROC SQL , ODS , PROC TABULATE , MACRO , RETAIN , and array processing

Master’s degree (or higher) in a quantitative social science, public policy, statistics, or economics

Skill in research methodology and design, including descriptive and inferential statistical methods for social sciences, multivariate and trend analyses

Broad experience conducting statistical studies, analyses and report generation, or closely related work

Experience in and knowledge of current issues/trends and institutional research, the strategic use of data in institutional decision-making, and key issues in higher education

Experience with methodologies for displaying information

Experience conducting survey research

Extensive experience with business intelligence tools (particularly Power BI)

Experience developing and analyzing surveys


Special Instructions to Applicants

Application closing date: May 16, 2021


Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.



Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, awilliams@wesleyan.edu.

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