Institutional Research Analyst

Employer Info:

Boston University

Boston University (BU) is the fourth largest private research university in the nation, 12th largest employer in Massachusetts, and the fourth largest employer in the City of Boston, with an endowment of $2.44B and annual operating budget of $2.75B. Founded in 1839, BU has grown to include 17 schools and colleges and the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, offering over 300 programs of study, with a low 10:1 student:faculty ratio. BU received $574.1M in sponsored research awards in FY2020 and was invited to join the prestigious Association of American Universities in 2012. The University places a strong emphasis on excellent scholarship, outstanding teaching, and interdisciplinary research, with major research initiatives in data sciences, antiracism, public health, neuroscience, systems biology, photonics, biomedical engineering, medicine, and emerging infectious diseases, along with communications, the humanities, and the arts. With nearly 34,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and over 130 countries, and over 10,000 faculty and staff, discoveries and advances take place on our three Boston campuses. Our “affordableBU” program ensures access to a BU education regardless of family means, and our Pell Grant program guarantees eligible students a loan-free aid package. BU provides over $17M annually in financial aid to Boston Public School graduates and contributes $6.3M a year in PILOT payments to the City. U.S. News & World Report ranks BU among the top universities and named BU among the nation’s “Most Innovative Universities” for 2020.
Job Name
Institutional Research Analyst
Posting Date
Brief Description
Analytical Services & Institutional Research Office seeks a technical-minded and detailed oriented person to join our staff as an Institutional Research Analyst. This individual will work extensively with University data to identify trends and communicate findings to support strategic decision-making, planning, and evaluation. The Institutional Research Analyst will support the submission of domestic and international external surveys, as well as federal regulatory reports. This person will use MicroStrategy to create reports from the data warehouse to fulfill ad hoc and annual data requests.
Job Category
Institutional Research
Job Type
Education Level Required
Location City
Boston, MA 02215, United states
How to Apply
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Job Details
The Institutional Research Analyst will work with cross-functional teams to support University initiatives such as the Academic Program Review. They will document current procedures and recommend opportunities to automate existing processes. They will work to transform exist static documents to interactive visualizations using Power BI and other software.
Required Skills
  • Bachelors’ Degree in statistics, quantitative social science, computer science or related field, and one to three years of experience working in a research or analytical environment, preferably in Higher Education.
  • Successful candidates will demonstrate a well-rounded portfolio of analytical, technical and communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and an understanding of post-secondary education. Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn new software and systems.
  • Experience in the field of institutional research or other higher education areas strongly preferred.
  • Comfortable working autonomously or collaboratively on multiple projects in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment. Ability to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to articulate findings to a variety of internal and external audiences. Must be flexible and responsive to stakeholders across campus.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to create and maintain documentation of projects and processes.
  • Experience with report development, data visualization tools (e.g, PowerBI, MicroStrategy, Tableau), data warehouses and/or transactional databases preferred.
  • Experience with a programming, statistical computing, or database management language (e.g., SQL, R, Python, VBA, SPSS, SAS, C++, Java) welcome.
  • Experience with applied statistical techniques including regression analysis, significance testing, and descriptive statistics welcome.
This is a temporary position through 12/31/2023.
A cover letter is required for consideration.
We cannot support sponsorship for this position.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.