Organizational Area: Institutional Research & Academic Planning
Location: Oakland, CA
Posting Salary: $94,180 - $110,800
Position Summary: The Academic Planning and Research Analyst is responsible for key aspects of IRAP's responsibilities in the academic planning area with a focus on undergraduate education and educational effectiveness. The position plays a critical role in efforts to facilitate academic planning and policy initiatives across UC campuses and with the systemwide Academic Senate. Researches and analyzes issues, supports institutional research projects, maintains and interprets academic policies, and serves as a liaison to systemwide councils and committees.
Uses advanced academic planning and policy concepts and systemwide educational objectives to resolve complex academic planning issues. Regularly works on complex academic planning and policy issues such as those affecting timely undergraduate completion where analysis of situations and data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors such as external agency requirements, systemwide policies, and enrollment data and projections.
Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and criteria for evaluating campus academic planning and policy proposals, developing new proposals, initiating statistical analysis of UC and national data sets, and completing other assignments. Analytical tools employed by the incumbent include comparative policy analysis including historical and political context for use by leadership in evaluating proposals. Frequently works with ambiguous and contradictory information.
The incumbent will be a key member of the IRAP team and functions in the following areas and ways: --Analyze, understand and explain student academic achievement and outcomes and use that information to create information and research products that 'tell stories with data.' --Produce a wide variety of products that are compelling and visually interesting, including reports, briefs and, data visualizations. --Work on higher education issues using complex data sets such as student admissions, enrollment, course, and degree records. --Work as a member of a team that includes expert managers within IRAP as well as managers and analysts from other UCOP units. --Analyze planning data and alternative policies with a solid understanding of political, budget and policy constraints. This includes analyzing federal and state legislative policy proposals as well as proposals from independent policy think tanks. --Stay abreast of current and emerging issues and incorporate historical perspective into analyses. --Forge and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders --Conduct environmental scanning of academic policy and planning issues both internal to UC and externally and keep track of national, state and institutional trends in higher education policy and planning. --Uses judgment regarding political and internal sensitivities when crafting and presenting analyses; consider impact on and input from UC and UCOP units including campuses, Academic Senate, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and State and Federal government relations.
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Lead analytical efforts and support on issues related primarily (but not exclusively) to undergraduate education, including analytical support for Academic Senate committees that focus on undergraduate education and analytic support for the Vice Provosts and Deans for Undergraduate Education. Work with IRAP staff to provide analytical support pulling from existing data, including but not limited to the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey and Graduation Rate dashboards, to advance the goals related to undergraduate education (e.g., improved time to degree, improved graduation rates, elimination of achievement gaps). Synthesize content in a written form and present information to increase awareness and usage of existing content and collect information from campuses to help UCOP describe ongoing efforts and share best practices that exist to improve undergraduate outcomes.
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree and at least five (5) years of experience in planning or policy, preferably in a higher education setting; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of current and historical national and statewide higher education policy trends and issues and academic planning processes. Understanding of UC's academic mission.
Strong analytical/problem-solving skills; ability to assess and synthesize statistical and other types of information and develop policy evaluations and recommendations.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact collaboratively and productively with diverse staff at a variety of levels both within and outside the university.
Small to mid-level project management skills using advanced project management tools such as Microsoft Project.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes including quick turnaround analyses for the provost and president.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to present complex information and issues with clarity and accuracy both verbally and in various written forms from one-page topic briefs to in-depth analyses. Required
Master's degree or higher in related area preferred.
Intermediate to advanced knowledge of common computer applications such as Excel, and SAS or other data processing tools and Tableau or other data visualization tools is preferred. Preferred
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