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Senior Institutional Research Analyst

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 18, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $67,344 - $84,181 - Honorarium
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Research / Development
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Senior Institutional Research Analyst

Posting ID : 11259
Apply By : 9/24/2019
Position Title : Senior Institutional Research Analyst
Department : Institutional Research and Planning
Job Type : Full-time, Limited Term
Campus : Waterloo
Reports To : Manager, Integrated Analysis Planning
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Senior Institutional Research Analyst.
Under supervision of the Manager, Integrated Analysis and Planning, the Senior Analyst will support the coordination, design, extraction, compilation, analysis, reporting and presentation of institutional data on students, faculty, instructional activities, program outcomes, institutional effectiveness, and other aspects of the internal or external environment as requested.

The Senior Institutional Research Analyst will regularly interact and collaborate with other members of the Institutional Research and Planning Office, departments throughout the university and external partners. The results of the work completed by the Senior Institutional Research Analyst will provide valuable information and strategic insight to the University’s most senior leaders, contributing directly to decision-making and strategic planning. This position has a university-wide mandate and is based at the Waterloo campus.

Accountabilities :
    • Transform, interpret and present findings of internal and external analytical models, data and reports for internal evidence-based decision-making and planning purposes and external reporting
    • Develop and conduct complex, customized analysis to support University or division-level strategic planning.
    • Analyze trends and patterns in institutional data and performance
    • Analyze survey instruments and results that reach internal and external constituents.
    • Provide support to the development of qualitative and quantitative reports for various external constituents such as the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and Statistics Canada
    • Improve, and assist with the automation of current data gathering, analysis and reporting in conjunction with functional area experts, data team members, administrators, and others
    • Provide expertise, analysis and support related to other departmental and institutional priorities
    • Develop accurate analysis, graphs and presentations on university wide data to convey complex information in an understandable and compelling manner
    • Communicate with technical and non-technical users to gather data, reporting and analytical requirements.
Qualifications :

Experience: 3-5 years of prior experience in designing, conducting and/or presenting research, including data design, extraction, compilation, analysis and reporting of data. Higher educational research experience is preferred but open to considering relevant business experience as well.

Education: Masters degree or PhD that utilizes analytics/quantitative research methods and statistics.

Technical Skills:

    • Experience with sophisticated research efforts including appropriate methodologies such as multivariate analytic techniques, statistical analysis, predictive modeling, survey design, sampling strategies, and data visualization.
    • Proficiency with research design, statistical procedures and analysis including the ability to conduct complex, customized analysis and consider a variety of creative, unique problem solving approaches
    • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research, including data collection, analysis and reporting.
    • Experience working with large databases, including extracting, evaluating and manipulating data for reporting and analytical purposes using query tools and/or programming language (e.g., SQL).
    • Experience with financial models is an asset.

Management Skills and Other Requirements:

    • Ability to prepare reports and presentations that communicate analyses and research findings in an effective manner
    • Ability to take a systems approach or view for each analysis and understand how the analysis fits into or will impact the university system or business processes involved
    • Highly motivated, optimistic, focused and results oriented
    • Knowledge of, exposure to, and deep interest in higher education
    • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate well to a wide variety of end users including senior leaders in both one-on-one situations and in larger group meetings
    • Excellent organizational skills, accuracy and detail orientation with an ability to manage multiple assignments using various data sources and the ability to prioritize across a wide variety of projects with competing deadlines
    • Effective interpersonal and liaison skills including the proven ability to interact effectively with and establish collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies.
    • Ability to exercise discretion and tact in all interpersonal contacts, and to maintain confidentiality of sensitive data and information pertaining to the duties and responsibilities of the position
    • Desire to continuously improve the University’s data collection, reporting, and analytic efforts

Technology Skills:

    • Expertise with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
    • Proficiency with statistical packages (such as SPSS or Stata) and SQL.
    • Experience working with relational databases, extracting and manipulating data, and reporting tools (e.g., Cognos 10 or 11).
Grade : EX-I
Salary : $67,344 – $84,181
Salary Notes : This is a full-time, limited term position until October 15, 2020. The anticipated start date for this position is October 15, 2019.
Please Note :

This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.

Please submit a cover letter and resume

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or

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