Associate Institutional Planner

Institutional Research and Planning

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is responsible for the development and maintenance of data resources to support the strategic planning and policy-making processes at the university, fulfilling compliance reporting requirements at both the federal and state levels, facilitating the dissemination of data in a timely and accurate manner, and promoting institutional effectiveness through the development and use of self-assessment and benchmarking tools.

Position Summary:  Support and manage the activities of the Institutional Research and Planning office including query writing, data analytics, data mining, and technical documentation. This position involves responding to ad-hoc data requests, development of data models to support routine and special-project data needs including regulatory and compliance requirements, involvement with campus data governance, relationships with departments across campus to ensure data reliability and integrity, and involvement with software used for data management such as faculty activity software, online survey software, and online course evaluations software.

Bachelor’s degree required with emphasis or understanding of data and information management from one or more of the following areas: computer science, social science, research methodology, mathematics or statistics, or closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Two to three years working with research, analytics or data systems, preferably in a higher education setting. Experience routinely accessing and querying enterprise data using effective tools or applications. Knowledge of higher education data elements and their utilization is desired. Knowledge of higher education ERP system preferred (i.e., PeopleSoft). Ability and willingness to quickly learn new tools and technologies.

•Query writing and data extraction to support inquiries from faculty, staff, and administration for data analysis
•Facilitate data modeling and data warehouse design
•Initiate and manage a project to create a Data Dictionary for a campus data warehouse
•Revise and maintain content and design on the department web site
•Perform data mining for data inquiries, projects, and historical trend reporting
•Participate in data governance committee meetings and activities
•Online survey software administration
•Provide data and reporting services to support compliance, accreditation, strategic planning, and academic/nonacademic needs
•Analyze data in relation to policy questions, research purposes, and strategic planning efforts. This includes, but is not limited to, assessments in areas related to student success such as NSSE/FSSE data, Senior Outcomes Assessment Survey, and program-specific evaluations.
•Coordinate data collection, reporting, and analytics efforts with other offices
•Satisfy requirements for regulatory and compliance reporting (federal, state, and accrediting bodies)
•Support institutional data governance and integrity
•Provide relevant and actionable data and analytics
•Work independently and in teams involving detailed analysis, complexity, and accuracy with strict deadlines
•Provide support for the development of data dashboards, reports, retention analytics, and data exploration
•Develop technical documentation as needed
•Other duties as assigned

Salary: Commensurate with experience

UW-Whitewater is a premier public regional university with an enrollment of over 12,000 students in 50 undergraduate majors and 11 master’s degree programs. It offers high-quality, career oriented programs with a model general education curriculum.

Whitewater, a city with a population of over 14,000 is located in southeastern Wisconsin near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest. The immediate area offers a wide variety of summer and winter recreational activities, including facilities of the nearby Whitewater Lake recreational area. Whitewater is 50 miles from Milwaukee, 45 miles from Madison, and 110 miles from Chicago.

To Apply: A complete application package must include:
•A cover letter describing how you meet the minimum qualifications and explain why you feel you are qualified to fulfill key responsibilities of the position;
•Resume including all relevant professional experience
•A list of three professional references including telephone number and email address.

Only complete applications will be considered. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, lists of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Transcripts and a background check of the successful candidate will be required prior to appointment.

Applications received by November 8, 2013 are ensured consideration; position will remain open until filled.

All applications should be sent electronically to:
Dr. Lynsey Schwabrow
Director of Institutional Research and Planning
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

UW-Whitewater conducts criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

UW-Whitewater is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.