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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION


Position Classification Title: Institutional Researcher,Ld
Position Classification Code: M3022
Job Family: Information Technology
Pay Level: 10
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:
Provides team leadership in the collection, development, analysis, and communication of institutional data to constituents throughout the university, to support and enhance informed decision-making, problem solving, strategic planning, policy development, and institutional self-assessment. Performs complex applied research, and designs, executes, and evaluates wide-ranging analytical and statistical studies. Designs and manages information systems and databases to support institutional research activities.
Standard Duties:
Under general supervision, plans, conducts and may supervise assignments. Reviews progress and evaluates results. May train Associate level personnel in technical complexities of assigned work. Recommends changes in procedures. Operates with substantial 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 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. Formulates and prepares institutional responses to external queries for institutional data and statistics on a wide range of issues, such as faculty salary surveys and enrollment statistics and projections. 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 leadership, training, and guidance to other researchers, as appropriate. 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-