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Research Analyst

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Research Analyst
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170243
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Virginia Tech is looking for an experienced professional for the position of Research Analyst with the Institutional Research (IR) function in the Office of Academic Decision Support (ADS). ADS facilitates a culture of continuous improvement in the university by developing systems and providing solutions and analyses to support strategic and operational decisions across all levels of the institution. The IR group has primary responsibility for state and federal reporting and plays a critical role in addressing burgeoning issues of institutional accountability.

The Research Analyst supports these responsibilities through the following essential functions:
• Gather, prepare, and submit institutional data on behalf of the university to state and federal agencies, national and regional organizations
• Process point-in-time census files for students, faculty, and staff on which internal and external reporting depend
• Respond to cyclical reporting needs and ad hoc requests for institutional data from internal units and external constituents
• Benchmark university data against similar metrics from other institutions
• Collaborate on data gathering, curating, and analyses with other functions of Academic Decision Support, including the University DataCommons

Required Qualifications:

• A Master’s degree in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with significant experience that may equate to a Master’s degree.
Successful candidate must have demonstrated experience with the following:
• Experience in data collection, processing, integration, and management
• Experience in statistical analysis
• Proficiency with SAS or other statistical analysis software
• Experience with relational databases
• Solid experience with Excel or other spreadsheet software
• Excellent communication skills
• Immaculate attention to detail
• Ability to work as part of a close-knit team and maintain composure in a deadline-driven, high-change environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to the following:
• Experience working in the higher education domain
• Experience with large national databases, such as IPEDS, for reporting and benchmarking
• Experience with SQL scripting
• Familiarity with the R programming language/environment
• Familiarity with data visualization software and techniques

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested candidates should apply online at (posting number AP0170243) and include a letter of application that addresses qualifications for and interest in the position along with a comprehensive curriculum vita and contact information for three references. For further information, please contact Roxanne Gile, Director, Institutional Research,, 540-231-8725. Review of materials begins on September 27, 2017.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Institutional Research
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5
Job Posting Date: 08/31/2017
Review Begin Date: 09/27/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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