SHEEO Position Announcement:
Senior Policy Analyst
Located in Boulder, Colorado
The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
(SHEEO) seeks to fill a senior policy analyst position. SHEEO is
the national association of state higher education leaders who
serve statewide coordinating and governing boards and other state
higher education agencies. This position supports SHEEO’s efforts
to perform high-quality analysis; policy evaluation and research;
advance critical programs and projects; provide assistance to SHEEO
members; advance SHEEO’s strategic vision, mission, and strategic
priorities; and contribute to the intellectual and knowledge base
of the higher education policy field. SHEEO responds to the
changing needs of its members and the state higher education
community and regularly pursues new projects that meet our members’
needs and align with the mission of the organization. This position
will identify, develop, and work in these new areas. Additionally,
this position will join other SHEEO staff in general membership
outreach and support.
SHEEO seeks and strongly encourages individuals from
historically underrepresented or marginalized groups to apply. The
ideal candidate for this position will be enthusiastic about state
policy in higher education, have advanced econometric research
skills and experience working with large data sets, demonstrate
research and policy writing experience, and have knowledge of or
experience with SHEEO agencies. They will be conversant in a wide
range of public policy issues in higher education and will
understand how data can inform policy and practice. The successful
candidate will use their enthusiasm, knowledge, and skills to
inform our members and the community about current activities and
future trends in public higher education for the purposes of
advancing educational attainment, closing equity gaps, and
benefiting our states and their stakeholders.
The senior policy analyst will help lead, coordinate, and
develop a multiyear research endeavor to quantify the impacts of
college closures on student persistence and completion. This
project is a formal research collaboration between the National
Student Clearinghouse Research Center and SHEEO. The project
leverages a newly constructed student-level longitudinal data set
to develop descriptive analyses, advanced data visualizations, and
quasi-experimental research. Rigorously and thoroughly quantifying
the impacts of college closures on subsequent postsecondary
outcomes will inform policies meant to prevent, prepare for, and
respond to college closures in an environment where more closures
are expected to occur. The team working on this project will
produce a number of publicly available deliverables, including
three published reports that examine the impacts of college
closures on student outcomes in detail, policy and academic
presentations, and a website that will house interactive data
visualizations and aggregated data.
The senior policy analyst will also work on various other
projects, such as assisting SHEEO members and organizational
leadership, and fulfilling other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience
Preferred: An earned doctoral degree in a relevant field (e.g.,
higher education, econometrics, public policy, statistics,
political science, sociology, or related field) and three years of
relevant work experience.
Required: A master’s degree in a relevant field, with rigorous
quantitative training, and five years of relevant experience.
Required Skills and Attributes
- A passion for advancing educational and economic opportunity,
diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and social mobility.
- Advanced training and skill in and application of quantitative
and econometric methods, with a specific emphasis on
quasi-experimental research designs.
- Advanced skills with the statistical software Stata.
- Experience with data visualization tools.
- Experience using large-scale, student-level data sets.
- Demonstrated ability to produce relevant papers, reports, and
- Demonstrated experience working on large-scale research
- Interest in and knowledge of higher education and state
- Knowledge of higher education data systems and external data
resources such as IPEDS, NPSAS, U.S. Census Bureau.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work well with and contribute to a team.
Salary and Position Term
Salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s
experience and demonstrated skill level, with a potential range of
$85,000 to $105,000. SHEEO provides excellent staff benefits.
The position is fully funded for two years with the possibility of
continuation depending upon interest, performance, and funding.
Please apply by email to email@example.com and include the
- A letter describing your interest in the position and how you
meet the requirements mentioned above. Please address letter to
David Tandberg, SHEEO, 3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 100, Boulder,
- A curriculum vitae.
- A writing sample. This sample can be a policy brief, report,
and/or an academic paper. The sample should provide evidence of
both the applicant’s writing and quantitative methods skills.
- Names and contact information of three academic or professional
references. (References will not be contacted until you have given
permission for us to do so).
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but
full consideration will be given to those received by Monday,
November 29, 2021.
SHEEO serves its members as an advocate for state policy
leadership, as a liaison between states and the federal government,
as a vehicle for learning from and collaborating with peers, and as
a source of information and analysis on educational and public
policy issues. SHEEO seeks to advance public policies and
educational practices to achieve more widespread access and
successful participation in higher education, more new discoveries
through research, and more applications of knowledge that improve
the quality of human lives.
The position will be based in Boulder, Colorado. SHEEO is
particularly interested in providing equal employment opportunities
and employing a diverse staff. Read more about SHEEO on our