Senior Institutional Research Analyst

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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
Senior 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 a Sr. 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. This individual will be responsible for analyzing and documenting information needs and use cases, recommending reporting solutions and opportunities for automation, and producing dashboards and reports to support effective data distribution and strategic decision making at the University. They will work collaboratively with clients, technical staff, and senior administration to continuously develop and improve the University's reporting resources.
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
Required Skills
  • Bachelors’ Degree in statistics, quantitative social science, computer science or related field, and five to eight 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, including experience with translating complex problems into successful report or visual solutions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to communicate and facilitate the communication between technical and business staff. 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 in the field of institutional research or other higher education areas strongly preferred.
  • Comfortable working autonomously or collaboratively, while managing multiple projects in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment. Ability to adapt to changing requirements.
  • Experience with applied statistical techniques including regression analysis, significance testing, and descriptive statistics.
  • Understanding of database concepts. Experience with data warehouses and transactional databases.
  • Experience as a report developer in tools (e.g, PowerBI, MicroStrategy, Tableau) strongly preferred.
  • Experience with a programming, statistical computing, or database management language (e.g., SQL, R, Python, VBA, SPSS, SAS, C++, Java) preferred.
A cover letter is required for consideration.
This is a temporary position through 12/31/2023.
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.