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Institutional Research: Institutional Policy Analyst--PRIORITY DATE EXTENDED TO 10/28/21

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Sep 30, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning
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Full Time
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POSITION: A full-time, professional academic staff position is available in the Office of Institutional Research beginning December 6, 2021, or soon thereafter. The working title for this assignment is Institutional Policy Analyst. The salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with three years of experience in research-related work is required. Also required are coursework and/or experience in quantitative research methods;  experience working with Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software; experience with the development of data visualizations; strong project management skills, including teamwork skills; strong written and oral communication skills, as well as creative and critical thinking skills; experience translating/interpreting data and analyses into easy-to-understand explanation; ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure. Must be work-authorized in the United States.  

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  A master’s degree or other graduate or professional degree; previous experience in an Institutional Research setting; knowledge of higher education ERP systems (i.e. PeopleSoft); experience with basic database programming; ability and willingness to quickly learn new tools and technologies; experience with Tableau or other data visualization software; experience with student life cycle data sets including admissions, student, curricular, degree, as well as HR and financial systems.


This policy analyst supports the planning and policy-making decisions of the university through collaboration, analyses, and reporting. Under the direction of the Director of Data Management, Analytics, and Reporting, this analyst will support and enhance the availability of analytical resources for use by the university community. The analyst will collaborate with departments across campus to develop resources that provide all university constituents with metrics needed to evaluate and understand academic and administrative activity and performance. Analyses include interdepartmental research, complex institutional research projects, and standard reports. Scope of responsibility includes all phases of a report from design to data gathering, calculating and analysis of data, and report preparation and distribution.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts and delivers quantitative research focused on identification and analysis of patterns in institutional data
  • Makes critical observations of policy impact of findings and recommends strategies and actions
  • Organizes and conducts research projects while identifying ways to improve research design and data validity
  • Provides analysis and consultation on a variety of administrative-related matters. Applies subject matter knowledge to support institutional decisions and policymaking through research and fact-finding combined with an understanding of applicable business systems
  • Designs, collects, analyzes, and researches institutional data according to established procedures and regulations
  • Prepares and disseminates institutional statistical reports to institutional programs, working units, and leadership
  • Participates in establishing guidelines and procedures to ensure adequacy, quality, and reliability of information sources to ensure information systems and databases manage, store, and retrieve institutional data according to established policies, procedures, and reporting regulations
  • Works on topics that are increasingly complex and on matters that have significant impact to institutional operations
  • This position does not directly supervise any other staff. May be responsible for directing the work of student workers when coordinating department tasks and projects.

THE UNIT: The Office of Institutional Research provides information, analysis and services that foster and support effective and informed decision-making, policy formulation and planning to the UW-Eau Claire campus.  Currently, our unit consists of a Director, two research analysts, a couple student workers, and a part-time program assistant. 

UNIVERSITY and EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY: UW-Eau Claire, an institution of approximately 11,500 students and 1,400 faculty and staff, is consistently recognized as a top comprehensive university in the Midwest and is widely known as a leader in faculty-undergraduate research and study abroad. We strive for excellence in liberal education and select graduate and professional programs through commitment to teaching and learning and dedication to our core values of diversity, sustainability, leadership, and innovation. To learn more about UWEC, visit .

The City of Eau Claire, situated at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers, is at the center of a metropolitan area of approximately 100,000 people located 90 miles east of Minneapolis/St. Paul. The area features beautiful parks and trails, strong public schools, a vibrant arts scene and local food culture, and abundant recreational opportunities.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications are submitted electronically. Please follow instructions found on the following UW-Eau Claire Web site: .You must create an account and login before you can apply.  If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Login."  Click the link to the Institutional Research: Institutional Policy Analyst position (Job ID # 17616) and then click the "Apply Now" button to submit your application electronically.  Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.  Please be sure you have included the following in PDF format:

  • Letter of application (Clarify how you meet the minimum qualifications, as well as any of the preferred qualifications.)
  • Resume
  • Unofficial bachelor’s degree transcript, as well as graduate school transcript (if applicable)
  • Names and contact information of three references

Please direct requests for additional information to:

Nancy Amdahl at

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by Thursday, October 28, 2021.  However, screening may continue until position is filled. The university reserves the right to contact additional references with notice given to the candidates at an appropriate time in the process. Employment will require a background check. Employment will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding past conduct related to sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

The UW-Eau Claire Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Although crime at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is limited, the   University Police want students, faculty and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime.  Visit Campus Security and Fire Report  ( .  Also visit our Campus Security Authority policy (

UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disability employer dedicated to enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion.

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