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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION


Position Classification Title: Institutional Researcher,Sr
Position Classification Code: M3020
Job Family: Information Technology
Pay Level: 09
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:
Collects, develops, analyzes, communicates, and consults on a wide range of institutional data with university constituents in support of informed decision-making, problem solving, strategic planning, policy development, and institutional self-assessment. Performs applied research, and designs, executes, and evaluates wide-ranging analytical and statistical studies and/or institutional self-assessments. Designs and manages information systems and databases to support institutional research activities.
Standard Duties:
Usually works with minimum supervision, conferring with superior on unusual matters. May be assisted by Associate/Intermediate level personnel. Assignments are broad in nature, usually requiring originality and ingenuity. Has appreciable latitude for unrelieved action or decision. Acquires, manipulates, develops, and maintains longitudinal data sets, verifying accuracy and consistency over time, in the context of evolving requirements regarding reporting institutional facts. Conducts and/or consults on a wide variety of university survey research efforts; participates in and advises on survey construction, objectives and rationale, development of survey instruments, and design of survey protocol and procedures. Performs and/or advises on data reduction, statistical analysis of data, and interpretation of results; prepares or participates in the preparation and presentation of formal research reports. Facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated institutional self-assessment programs, as appropriate to the objectives of the position; coordinates assessment activities, provides technical support, and facilitates the integration of processes and findings into institutional planning and decision-making. Analyzes functional requirements in order to answer fundamental questions of fact regarding the institution using varied data resources. Prepares institutional responses to external queries such as faculty salary surveys, employment statistics, enrollment statistics and projections.Formulates and prepares institutional responses to external queries and requests for institutional data and statistics on a wide range of issues. Designs, executes, analyzes, communicates, and consults on the results of ongoing and one-time analytical studies using appropriate inferential statistics. Represents the department to Faculty Senate committees, ad hoc committees, and task forces, as assigned. Provides functional direction to lower level technicians on assigned work. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of higher education planning methods, processes, systems, reporting, and databases. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Knowledge of institutional self-assessments and student outcomes assessment principles, methods and techniques. Knowledge of statistical data collection, analysis, tracking, and reporting systems, methods, and techniques. Knowledge of SAS programming and/or other software used to manipulate, summarize, and produce reports from multiple, large, complex data sets. Knowledge of University data systems, definitions, and procedures.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on research data and findings. Ability to provide technical leadership and direction to lower level staff members. Ability to analyze statistical data and generate reports, and design and administer survey instruments. Ability to plan, create, program, and manage statistical computer databases across multiple hardware and operating system platforms/environments.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Five (5) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- None
   Certifications/License-
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-