Senior Research Associate

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Nov 03, 2021
Apr 21, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Senior Research AssociateThe George Mason University Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning invites highly qualified candidates to apply for the position of Senior Research Associate. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP) is seeking a Senior Research Associate to conduct a range of complex analyses using internal and external data sources. This position will:Partner closely with colleagues within and outside of OIEP in the development of actionable analytical research focused on student success, faculty activity and productivity, classroom utilization, competitive positioning, instructional cost, and other institutional effectiveness projects that inform university planning and initiatives. Disseminate the results of research projects to campus partners and senior leadership through oral presentations, written reports, and dynamic dashboards. Support accreditation and state/federal compliance reporting through the collection, analysis, and reporting of relevant data. Responsibilities:Reporting to the Director of Research and Analysis, the Senior Research Associate will:Execute complex quantitative analyses in support of academic planning, data informed strategic decision-making and external reporting;From those analyses create accessible and dynamic data visualizations and dashboards for campus use that inform and advance strategic decision-making across the institution broadly and within the schools/colleges and senior leadership; Support cross-functional teams in the development of data integrations and tools that align disparate data sources, including students, courses, faculty, fiscal, and space;Identify and anticipate institutional research needs through participation in national conferences and scanning of online higher education sources;Identify and integrate external data sources (e.g., National Student Clearinghouse, IPEDS, NCES sample surveys, Survey of Earned Doctorates, U.S. Census) to better understand the student experience and career outcomes; andDevelop efficiencies for standardized collection, analyses, and reporting.Required Qualifications:Master's degree in quantitative disciplines such as Business Administration, Public Policy, Statistics, Educational Research, or a related discipline;Full-time professional experience of at least five years of progressive experience with institutional research/institutional effectiveness;Knowledge of ERP such as Banner, PeopleSoft, SAP; Experience programming in a statistical analysis package;Demonstrated experience working with SQL and relational databases to extract and merge data from multiple sources;Working knowledge of a visualization tool such as SAS Viya, Tableau, Power BI, or R Shiny;Demonstrated knowledge and experience in statistical analysis, including multivariate statistics and research design; andStrong written and verbal communication skills with various technical and non-technical audiences. Preferred Qualifications:Doctoral degree;Full-time professional experience of at least seven years of progressive experience with institutional research/institutional effectiveness; andExperience programming in SAS.

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA05Jz at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education. Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create. If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at! George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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