Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst - 74203
Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst
Job Family: Information Analytics
Job Series: Organizational Insight
Job Code: 4748
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description
Institutional Research & Decision Support (IR&DS) is looking for two new members for our Assessment and Program Evaluation Team. As a part of the Office of the Provost and President, Institutional Research & Decision Support (IR&DS) provides management information and analysis in support of decision-making by the Stanford community.
Within IR&DS, the Assessment and Evaluation Team works with stakeholders across campus including faculty, staff, and university leadership to design research studies and collect data used to evaluate aspects of the universitys core educational mission. As an Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst, you will be an integral member of a collaborative team conducting multifaceted research about the impact of Stanfords academic programs and policies.
Current projects include analyses of course-taking pathways, student and alumni surveys, assessment of academic support efforts in STEM courses, analysis of educational and professional outcomes for alumni, and many more exciting research opportunities. This position reports to the Director of Assessment & Program Evaluation and requires experience with social science and educational research methodologies. We are looking for candidates who have experience in higher education and have expertise in at least one of the following areas: survey design, data visualization, and learning assessment.
The Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst, collects, monitors, and analyzes information regarding academic policies, procedures, demographics, and academic outcomes, yielding actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging areas. The analyst will provide related consultative services to multiple university stakeholders and will be responsible for communicating research findings in written reports, interactive data visualizations, and presentations to faculty, staff and administrators. Assessment analysts perform under minimal supervision and projects include both routine and challenging assignments.
- Answer questions by developing research methodology, gathering data and/or using appropriate quantitative or qualitative techniques to analyze available data.
- Fully analyze the problem, question existing processes and assumptions, gather data and information, find and evaluate alternative solutions, and propose best course of action.
- Explore data from multiple angles, determine meaning behind the data, and recommend ways to apply the data.
- Communicate, convey, and visualize informed conclusions and recommendations across an organizations leadership structure in a manner that tells the story behind the data and influences how the organization approaches the challenge.
- May interact with and influence senior leaders, faculty, and/or senate with written summaries and/or presentations on assigned research.
- May delineate the information to be gathered, collect data at the project inception, prescribe how to structure the data, and specify the data warehousing structure for future access.
- Drive collection of new data and the refinement of existing data sources; apply and use algorithms or other advanced techniques to accomplish this.
- Through data, may predict what actions will be taken in a designated timeframe for a prescribed issue/challenge.
- May need to collaborate with other organizations to gather data. Proactively seek and locate data, including outside benchmarks or comparative data, to support or refute proposed decisions.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
Education & Experience:
Bachelors degree in a relevant field and four years extensive experience or combination of education and relevant field experience solving analytical problems using quantitative approaches and/or qualitative approaches.
An advanced degree and/or doctoral training in the social sciences or education strongly preferred. Experience with survey design, data visualization (especially Tableau), and/or higher education learning assessment is strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Extensive experience in and strong passion for empirical research and answering hard questions with data.
- Demonstrated experience managing data, analyzing, and reporting on large data sets.
- Familiarity and experience with intermediate statistical methods; advanced proficiency with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R or similar tools.
- Ability to tell stories with data using data visualization software such as Tableau, Excel, R, or similar software in conjunction with strong verbal ability.
- Proficiency in manipulating and analyzing complex, high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources.
- Demonstrated experience with qualitative research methods such as interviews, focus groups as well as qualitative data analysis tools and approaches.
- Knowledge of learning assessment theory and practice in higher education environment.
- Ability to use visual data tools to present data clearly to non-technical audiences.
- Interpersonal and communication skills to positively convey findings and influence senior leadership & faculty.
- Flexible analytical approach allowing for results at varying levels of precision.
- Familiarity with strategic planning concepts.
- Excellent project management skills.
Certifications and Licenses: None
- Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
- Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
- Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
- Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders and use a telephone.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.
- May work extended hours during peak business cycles.
- Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
- Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
- Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the Universitys Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Job: Information Analytics
Location: Offices of the President
Job Code: 4748