Data and Policy Analyst

University of North Carolina System Office
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Data and Policy Analyst


The Data and Policy Analyst position will support the Division of Strategy and Policy through data analysis, policy research, and project management. Reporting to the Director of Data Analysis and Research, the analyst will develop concise, well-written reports, briefs, and presentations to communicate research findings and recommendations and shape state higher education policy.


The analyst will collect, clean, and analyze different types of data to produce dashboards and other types of data visualizations.  The analyst will also support the Division’s efforts to implement strategic initiatives and inform policymakers like the President, the Board of Governors, and the General Assembly about topics including student success, financial aid, and innovation in higher education.


Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit

The Strategy and Policy division is charged with enhancing and furthering the UNC System's strategic goals. The division partners with the President and chancellors on System-wide strategic initiatives, is responsible for the institutional performance measurement framework, and serves as a higher education policy expert to the President, the Board of Governors, and the NC General Assembly. The division also tracks and assesses state and national trends in higher education, and their likely impact on the UNC System, and proactively identifies new initiatives to support System strategies. The division also provides oversight of the University and P12 Partnerships unit as well as the GEAR UP Program.


Minimum Education, Experience, and Skills

Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the field assigned and one year of related training or experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.  All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.


Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

Graduate-level training in social sciences preferred though not required. Experience with data analysis software (e.g., SAS, SPSS, Stata, R) needed to manage, document, manipulate, and analyze large student-level datasets is preferred. Familiarity with social science research design, statistical methods, and best practices in data collection, quality control. Experience with data visualization tools such as Tableau is a plus. Knowledge of higher education policy and practice both within and outside of North Carolina.



Demonstrated ability to collect, clean, and analyze data to answer important policy and research questions. Ability to present complex information in an accurate, understandable, and compelling manner for various audiences, including senior staff, the President, Board of Governors, and legislative staff. Demonstrated knowledge of statistics and related information technology tools necessary to interpret complex data/information or data sets and identify and communicate trends and probable outcomes. Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks, function in a fast-paced and collaborative environment, and independently plan and manage complex projects with a range of stakeholders after receiving reasonable guidance from superiors. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Exceptional attention to detail and a demonstrated commitment to excellence.


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The UNC System Office (includes PBS NC, NCSEAA, and NC Arboretum) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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