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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION


Position Classification Title: Institutional Researcher
Position Classification Code: M3019
Job Family: Information Technology
Pay Level: 08
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Collect, extract, analyze and communicate institutional data to constituents throughout the university community to support and enhance informed decision-making, strategic planning, policy development, and institutional self-assessment. Conduct detailed research and data analysis and convert analytical results into consumer reports. Assist in design and maintenance of information systems and databases to support institutional research activities. Prepare graphical and numerical data displays for optimum data understanding by constituents.
Standard Duties:
Develop, and maintain longitudinal data sets, verifying accuracy and consistency over time, in the context of evolving requirements regarding reporting institutional data. . Understand and identify university data, and gather, manipulate, and analyze data as necessary through SAS or other SQL programming tools. Interpret analyses and prepare formal research reports. Prepare graphical and numerical data displays for optimum data understanding by constituents. Review and understand instructions from internal and external sources and surveys, gather pertinent data, and work with internal teams to deliver research and analysis results on topics such as enrollment statistics, employee statistics, retention and graduation statistics, and financial aid and finance-related statistics. Assist with a wide variety of survey research efforts including survey construction, development of survey instruments, deployment of surveys, analysis of results, and construction of survey reports. Work with other institutional research staff to coordinate work and provide technical assistance, as assigned. May provide functional direction to lower level technicians on assigned work. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or similar SQL programming language to manipulate, analyze, and produce reports from multiple, large, complex databases. Basic to intermediate knowledge of statistical concepts, protocol, and procedures. Intermediate knowledge of PC spreadsheet programs such as MS Excel, report production software (such as MS Word, MS Publisher, InDesign), and presentation software (such as MS Powerpoint) Basic knowledge of PC management. Basic knowledge of current topics in higher education.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively and professionally with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
Intermediate to advanced ability to manipulate, evaluate and analyze data. Strong ability to communicate effectively and to convert analytical results into consumer reports. Ability to complete assignments quickly and accurately, with attention to detail. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, function as part of a team, and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Three (3) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- None
   Certifications/License-
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-