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Statistical Data Analyst II - Student Affairs

Washington University in St. Louis
Saint Louis, MO
Closing date
May 24, 2024

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Position Summary

This position curates data relevant to the student experience at Washington University to inform policies and drive outcomes within the Division of Student Affairs, and to advise University leadership more broadly in ways that advance institutional priorities and strategic goals. The implications of this work position the University to recruit talented students and staff, to elevate its position in national rankings, and to craft a student experience that is the most equitable and transformative in higher education.

This individual is skilled in data analytics, strategic planning, as well as translating results from analyses to diverse audiences-ranging from those first learning about the University's programs to senior leaders charged with high-level decision-making. Curiosity, innovation, interpersonal skills, and thoughtful problem-solving will be key to success in this position.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
  • Guides and supports Student Affairs departments in data collection, analysis, and reporting of findings; assist in writing learning outcomes related to their strategic goals; serves as a liaison between divisional departments, the Research & Analytics Team, and relevant stakeholders through regular communication, advice, and consultation on assessment activities.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Research & Analytics and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, determines research questions, methodologies, and/or strategic prioritization of inquiries throughout the Division; creates instruments and conduct focus groups that will collect relevant data.
  • Builds actionable and accurate reports or dashboards summarizing findings and prescribing further action. Prepares and disseminates periodic reports and dashboards summarizing key findings from assessments; assists in presenting data and information to stakeholders both internal and external to Student Affairs.
  • Maintains cooperative partnerships with other campus entities such as the Office of the Registrar, Office of the Provost, and Information Technology, working collaboratively to curate data from these departments as appropriate.
  • Develops and delivers assessment training, tutorials, and other educational opportunities to Student Affairs staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in education, social sciences, or related field.
  • At least three years of relevant research and/or assessment experience involving qualitative and quantitative data analysis, interpretation, and report-writing.
  • Experience communicating assessment findings (as through written reports, data visualizations, social media, and oral presentations).
  • Experience with project management.
  • Experience in a higher education setting developing and implementing departmental assessment programs.
  • Experience providing training or consultation in assessment, research design and/or data analytics in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret data and use it to drive business decisions.
  • Ability to translate high-level assessment results in ways that are understood by general audiences.
  • Understanding of analytical problem-solving methodologies.
  • High ethical standards for upholding the integrity of sensitive data.
  • Ability to collaborate with others, working independently and with team members.
  • Ability to handle a variety of projects and tasks simultaneously and balance competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a diligent fashion to ensure timelines are followed closely and met consistently.
  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills.

Applicant Special Instructions
  • With your application, please include a cover letter of no more than one page detailing the following: your motivation for pursuing this opportunity; prior experience working with others to learn about their work and develop research questions that have positioned them to strengthen their work; your background with statistical analysis, research methods, data visualization, writing reports, making public presentations, and/or project management (Do not be concerned if you do not have an extensive background in all of these areas.).
  • Also include a sample report along with your application detailing a data set you have analyzed and extracted insight from. This report may be from your previous work experience or from a class you have taken as part of your degree program. The strongest reports will be those that demonstrate one's abilities to ask good questions, conduct statistical analyses, and present the data (including with relevant data visualizations) in ways that can be understood by a general audience. Feel free to redact portions of the report that are sensitive or confidential.

This role is not eligible for sponsorship.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree related field with two years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.



Salary Range

$52,000.00 - $88,800.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


For frequently asked questions about the application process, please refer to our External Applicant FAQ.


If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.

  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!

  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We've got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University's policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement

Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment - fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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