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Principal Analyst (INSTITUTIONAL RSCH ANL 4)

University of California - Davis
vision insurance, parental leave, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, long term disability, tuition reimbursement, remote work
United States, California, Davis
Jun 22, 2024

The Institutional Research Analyst 4 is responsible for providing expert analysis, information and recommendations to campus leadership regarding the university's performance related to student outcomes, campus climate, the student experience, faculty positions, facilities and other resources, and instructional workload.

Develop, interpret and implement highly complex analytical studies that rely on large, complex data sets resulting in reports suitable for presentation at the highest administrative /executive levels. Synthesize and summarize complex information in formats appropriate for various audiences.

Coordinate with all levels of management, stakeholders and subject experts within and outside of the institution, to gather, analyze, summarize, and prepare recommendations regarding student, employee and other institutional outcomes.

Apply By Date

6/28/2024 at 11:59pm


Minimum Qualifications

For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to upload license, certification and/or educational degree if required of the position.

  • Bachelor's degree in Economics, Sociology, Education, Statistics or other related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using large and complex datasets to manipulate and analyze data to make comparisons, answer specific questions, design and create graphical displays of data analysis and develop estimates or models in an efficient manner, that can effectively communicate a significant amount of information.
  • Experience with research and evaluation methodology including multivariate statistical methods, predictive modeling and proper interpretations of those models. Firm understanding of the benefits and limits of a variety of statistical techniques.
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel, other common Microsoft Office programs, Tableau or other data visualization software, Strata or other statistical software to distill relevant information from large data sets and present that information to campus decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Proactive analytical, problem diagnosis, problem-solving and management skills to independently research, develop and recommend solutions to complex problems and issues.
  • Data management and communication skills to functionally manage complex multi-partner data systems.
  • Oral and written communication skills appropriate for individual, group and formal presentations, to interact effectively with diverse communities and senior leaders to present complex data, prepare analytical reports, proposals, and correspondence to facilitate decision- making.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a social science research discipline, public policy, statistics, or related disciplines, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five to seven years of experience in a related field.
  • Experience working in an institution of higher education or with higher education policy.
  • Knowledge and understanding of higher education policy issues at the university, state, and national levels.

Key Responsibilities


Department Overview

Budget & Institutional Analysis (BIA) is a division of Finance and Resource Management that provides decision support on the efficient and effective management of campus budget resources to the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations & Administration, the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and various campus leaders, groups and committees. In addition, the division provides policy analyses on a wide range of issues, including enrollment, instructional workload, faculty positions, student success and other institutional policies. Within BIA, the Institutional Analysis (IA) unit serves the campus at large and BIA by providing accurate and meaningful information about financial resources, enrollment, student academic outcomes, university rankings, students, academic and staff employees, faculty positions and instructional workload in support of decisions about various matters of institutional policy; partners with other decision support units as a collaborative catalyst to place actionable knowledge about UC Davis and its programs into the hands of executive decision makers; designing tools that provide easy and transparent access to mission-critical data; developing and maintaining information systems that enable units to efficiently and effectively manage enrollment, the operating budget, instruction, faculty resources.

Position Information

  • Salary or Pay Range: $88,600/yr. - $166,600/yr. (Budgeted salary up to $125,000/yr.)
  • Salary Frequency: Monthly
  • Salary Grade: 24
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Appointment Type: Career
  • Percentage of Time: 100% Fixed
  • Shift Hours: Monday - Friday 8-5
  • Location: Davis/Hybrid - In-person and remote
  • Union Representation: No
  • Benefits Eligible: Yes
  • Hybrid/Remote/On-Site: Hybrid


Outstanding benefits and perks are among the many rewards of working for the University of California. UC Davis offers a full range of benefits, resources and programs to help you bring your best self to work, as well as to help you and your family achieve your health, wellness, financial and career goals. Learn more about the benefits and eligibility rules by visiting Benefits Summary for UC Davis Health Employees or Benefits Summary for UC Davis Employees and our Benefits Page.

If you are represented by a union, benefits are negotiated between the University of California (UC) and your union and finalized in a contract. Read your bargaining unit's employment contract, stay abreast of current negotiations and learn about collective bargaining at UC: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/labor/bargaining-units/index.html

  • High quality and low-cost medical plans to choose from to fit your family's needs
  • For eligible roles, UC pays for Dental and Vision insurance premiums for you and your family
  • Extensive leave benefits including Pregnancy and Parental Leave, Family & Medical Leave
  • Paid Holidays annually as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Paid Time Off/Vacation/Sick Time as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Continuing Education (CE) allowance and Education Reimbursement Program as stipulated in the UC Davis Policies or Collective Bargaining Agreement
  • Access to free professional development courses and learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • WorkLife and Wellness programs and resources
  • On-site Employee Assistance Program including access to free mental health services
  • Supplemental insurance offered including additional life, short/long term disability, pet insurance and legal coverage
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSFL) Qualified Employer & Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program for qualified roles
  • Retirement benefit options for eligible roles including Pension and other Retirement Saving Plans. More information on our retirement benefits can be found here
  • UC Davis cares about building a community, which is why we provide resources to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion as well as Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to support our staff

Physical Demands

  • Sit at a computer for extended period of time.

Work Environment

  • Standard office environment. May occasionally need to work from home at night or on weekends.
  • UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

Special Requirements

  • This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

At UC Davis, we're solving life's most urgent challenges to bring a fuller, healthier, and more resilient world within reach. We grow from every challenge we take on and we don't just maintain - we improve. We recognize that creating an inclusive and intellectually vibrant organization means understanding and valuing both our individual differences and our common ground. The most comprehensive solutions come from the most diverse minds, and you belong here. As you consider joining UC Davis, please explore our Principles of Community, our Clinical Strategic Plan and strategic vision for research and education, and our latest efforts to outgrow the expected. The University of California, Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the University of California's Affirmative Action Policy please visit: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4010393/PPSM-20.

For the University of California's Anti-Discrimination Policy, please visit: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/1001004/Anti-Discrimination.

Because we want you to be seen, our recruiting process at UC Davis fosters authenticity, diversity, and inclusion. Studies have shown that some people may not apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. Each unique role at UC Davis has a set of requirements and you could be perfect for this role, or you could be perfect for the next role! Don't meet all the requirements? We still encourage you to apply! #YouBelongHere