Research Professional 2

Research Professional 2

JOB NO: 518331
CLASSIFICATION: Research Professional 2
GRADE: Grade 79
WORK TYPE: Staff Full-time
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Anchorage
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT: Provost Operations
LOCATION: Anchorage
CATEGORIES: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Anchorage invites applications for the two newly created positions of Institutional Research Professional 2. With the opportunity to work in Anchorage AK, or remote, this position supports the Office of Institutional Research in the collection, analysis, reporting and use of high-utility data for data-driven decision making. As part of a dynamic team, UAA IR is charged with participating in the continuous improvement, and reporting through the collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination of timely and accurate information. Utilizing a host of technologies and approaches, UAA IR collects, analyzes and provides data to assess the effectiveness of programs, services, and processes as well as the University’s overall progress in reaching its strategic goals and in demonstrating mission fulfillment and institutional effectiveness, including for the strategic plan, accreditation, student success, and diversity and inclusion.


Data Collection and Management: Develop, maintain, and update queries, scripts, functions, code and reports to fulfill data reporting and analysis needs of UAA Institutional Research (IR). Design and implement strategies to collect necessary data from both transactional, archival, and ad-hoc systems. Respond to requests for information in accordance with institutional policy, office and professional standards and practices. Collect and prepare from various sources, information and data related to systematic and ad-hoc reports, requests, surveys and research projects. Perform Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) activities on various data elements related to institutional, system level, and external data sources as well as warehouses, dashboards and siloed data systems. Assist in the preparation and administration of various internal surveys, questionnaires, and data collection activities. Perform routine data checks and updates for accuracy and completeness.

Research Analysis: Conduct basic quantitative and qualitative analysis on structured and unstructured data and artifacts. Utilize technical and analytical skills to design and perform research projects as requested by the Director involving, but not limited to; institutionally identified metrics, effectiveness, student/alumni, human resource, financial, operational, and grant metrics, institutional impact studies, as well as other ad-hoc projects. Analyze and interpret data, communicate analysis, findings, impacts, implications and possible alternatives in a timely, accurate, contextually appropriate and professional manner. Design and present visual information using various formats in collaboration with IR staff.

Analytics and Reporting: Create and update specialized and systematic reports in a variety of formats as requested and or required by various agencies and audiences. Prepare and submit required internal, local, state, and federal reports in a timely, accurate manner. Collaborate and or lead with the design, implementation and maintenance of electronic dashboards and supporting systems including descriptive history, documenting, models, content, design and changes. Assist in the ongoing work of documenting processes, definitions, methodologies, project updates, and data inventories.

Other Duties as Assigned: Maintain and share accurate documentation on data definitions, query structures, data models, procedures, database code, results and other research and reporting activities. Provide consultative services regarding report design, proofreading and fact checking for accuracy. Assist with updating IR website content, reports, and informational pages Conduct trainings and information sessions on behalf of IR. Participate in professional development activities, campus and system meetings, and serve on committees as assigned by the Director. Adhere to all institutional policies and regulations relating to data security, governance, and integrity. Other duties as assigned by the director in support of IR mission

Institutional Research serves the UAA community in the collection, analysis, reporting and management of complex high-utility data and in support of data-driven decision making. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Research, the IR Research Professional will work as part of a dynamic IR team to help implement and design creative approaches to collecting and stewarding high-utility, contextually framed data from various sources while ensuring the accuracy of the data. A key component of this work is understanding and embracing the organizational, cultural and contextual aspects of data, questions and extracted output to help explore and support the fulfillment of the UAA mission and strategic plan. UAA IR staff are charged with a wide and diverse set of duties and responsibilities that include using analytical and organizational skills in the collection, analysis, reporting and stewarding of data. This includes frequent interaction with data consumers to; professionally and effectively understand and clarify data requests, identify necessary sources for data collection and extraction, and perform the appropriate analysis on those data. Using a variety of analysis techniques, the will work with all groups and the IR team to help address various research questions and perform complex problem solving across the spectrum of IR duties. Additionally, the IR Professional will support the development and submission of detailed and summary analytical reports for internal and external audiences. The IR staff member will utilize various modalities and approaches to contextualize, analyze and responsibly communicate accurate data and findings in various formats including print, digitally dynamic and static formats. They will also engage with diverse groups that IR works with to critically examine and report on matters pertaining to UAA operations and activities. The incumbent will support IR operations in a variety of ways that include; active participation in the shared data and data approach, supporting ongoing documentation efforts, participate in professional development, provide trainings to others in our communities and work towards providing high utility data and IR related services to our UAA community. 

Position details:

This is a full-time, Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA provides a competitive compensation package that is commensurate with experience and qualifications and our UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including retirement options, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

**This position can be based in Anchorage or remote.

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Review Date:

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on November 29, 2021. To ensure consideration please apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, November 28, 2021.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


Anchorage, AK

23 day(s) ago