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Director of Data Analysis & Research
The UNC System Strategy and Policy Division is charged with enhancing and furthering the UNC System’s strategic goals. The division partners with the President and chancellors on System-wide strategic initiatives, is responsible for the institutional performance measurement framework, and serves as a higher-education policy expert to the President, the Board of Governors, and the NC General Assembly. The Division also tracks and assesses state and national trends in higher education and their likely impact on the UNC System, and proactively identifies new initiatives to support System strategies. The Division provides oversight of the NC Principal Fellows Programs, Teaching Fellows & Teacher Recruitment Programs, GEAR UP, Educator Preparation & Laboratory Schools, and policy and research initiatives.

The Director of Data Analysis and Research provides data analysis and research, reporting and communication, and project management leadership. Responsibilities include: conducting studies including the use of statistical models to address higher education-related research questions; designing, conducting, documenting, and evaluating results of studies/journal articles related to various areas of higher education; responding to specific research requests from the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Policy and other division leaders; preparing materials ranging from detailed, descriptive, and graphical reports to concise summaries and talking points on complex issues for a variety of audiences at all levels of an organization, often under tight deadlines; preparing reports, visualizations, and written products for a diverse audience to include internal leadership, Board of Governors, and external reports; providing expert analysis and counsel in the review and development of data-related goals, metrics, policies, and implementation strategies to further the strategic goals of the University; and managing projects from end-to-end including annual updates to Strategic Plan metrics, research studies, surveys, and program evaluations.

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Position: Director of Data Analysis & Research
Organization: University of North Carolina System Office
Location: Chapel Hill,  NC 
United States
Posting Start Date: 6/16/2021
Date Posted: 6/16/2021
  • A master’s degree in public policy, applied statistics, data science, analytics, social science research, measurement, assessment, research methods, quantitative psychology, or a related discipline and at least 5 years of related experience; or
  • a doctoral degree in public policy, applied statistics, data science, analytics, social science research, measurement, assessment, research methods, quantitative psychology, or a related discipline and at least 3 years of related experience.
  • PhD is preferred but not required.
  • Experience in institutional research and/or data and analytics work in higher education systems.
  • Knowledge of higher education both within and outside of North Carolina.
  • Advanced experience with data analysis software (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, Stata- SAS experience preferred) to manage, manipulate, and analyze large datasets. 
Preferred Competencies 
  • Advanced data analysis and statistics skills and experience.
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office (including advanced Excel proficiency).
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and use data to make a data-driven case.
  • Ability to locate and synthesize research on relevant higher education topics.
  • Experience with data visualization software (Tableau).
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and function in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • An understanding and experience with national higher education data (e.g., IPEDS, College Scorecard, etc.).
  • An understanding of the limitations/tradeoffs of different quantitative methodologies, especially causal research.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/16/2021
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University of North Carolina System Office

Chapel Hill,  NC 27514
United States

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