The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to academic excellence, student success, diversity and inclusiveness, and community engagement. UW-Parkside grants bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 30 academic programs and currently enrolls 5,200 students, many of whom are first-generation and nontraditional. UW-Parkside is the most ethnically diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System with more than 20% students of color and 19% faculty and instructional staff of color. UW-Parkside benefits from the cultural diversity of the communities it serves in southeast Wisconsin. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university’s 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.
The mission of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is to serve and consult with the UW-Parkside community and its educational partners by: Creating, analyzing, and disseminating accurate, useful data; providing information, resources and tools, for improving workplace processes and procedures; integrating campus-wide and academic planning and budgeting.
This is a full-time, 12-month, Academic Staff position that reports to the Associate Policy and Planning Analyst and will support the Institutional Effectiveness office's activities of capturing, analyzing and interpreting and reporting data on faculty, students, staff and other critical academic and financial information for university decision-making to both internal and external audiences. The Institutional Planner will support a variety of research that draws on many sources of institutional and peer information, comparing University of Wisconsin-Parkside to similar regional comprehensive universities, the State, and national, comparative samples. The candidate will be able to present the salient results of research in a clear, concise and compelling fashion.
Support Research and Data Initiatives
- The Institutional Planner will collect and refine data producing descriptive and inferential analyses requested by the both internal and external constituencies.
- The Institutional Planner will be able to synthesize findings and report them effectively in written and graphical reports.
- Present descriptive and inferential results in a clear, concise manner to both internal and external audiences.
- Use a variety of institutional and peer information to respond to internal and external reporting requirements for UW-Parkside.
- Develop clear research objectives and questions, work with faculty and staff across the university to collect and refine data, producing descriptive and inferential analyses, synthesize findings in written and graphical reports, and present results to both internal and external audiences.
- Identify, obtain, and once approved, disseminate key performance indicators (KPIs) in support of the UW-Parkside Strategic Plan, campus-wide planning, program-level planning, and in support of the UW-Parkside administration, governance bodies and the Data Team.
- Develop data for Web-based reports and as part of UW-Parkside’s required reporting for the UW System, the State, and the Higher Learning Commission.
- Respond to ad-hoc requests for institutional data on a timely basis.
Support Academic Data Requirements
- The Institutional Planner will also develop planning reports and materials for program review and Position Action Forms (PARs) and that describe the scope, quality, and impact of academic programs and support reporting requirements for the University of Wisconsin, the State of Wisconsin, and external reporting to non-profit and commercial entities.
- The Institutional Planner will also support the data reporting requirements for the Higher Learning Commission and in support of assessment initiatives on campus.
Data Quality and Accuracy
- Ensure Data Quality and Accuracy of data created, disseminated, and reported on behalf of UW-Parkside.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Considerable understanding of and experience with statistical software such as SPSS or SAS.
- Considerable knowledge of collecting, analyzing and presenting qualitative and quantitative data for data-informed decision-making.
- Considerable knowledge and experience with scientific research methods appropriate to institutional research
- Considerable knowledge of general computer/database skills including strong SQL skills and experience working with database query tools.
- Considerable knowledge of research techniques and methodologies, including both quantitative and qualitative research methods to include: project and research planning and design, data collection, analysis, report preparation and presentation of results; principles of survey design and techniques; principles of statistical analysis; research design, including literature review and synthesis, and comprehensive report preparation with respect to purpose, method, analysis, results, and recommendation.
- Considerable knowledge of Excel, MS Access or other relational database systems, web applications and other related software.
- Working knowledge and understanding of issues and sources of information in higher education and ability to synthesize and transform data into useful information
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks and to meet schedules and deadlines.
- Ability to perform work with accuracy and attention to detail and have high standards of work.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.
- Excellent written and verbal skills including strong report writing and presentation skills.
- Must be able to use computers for extended periods of time.
- Master’s degree and significant work in research methods and statistical methods
- At least one years of applied research experience or as part of a master’s degree program
- Demonstrated experience using quantitative and qualitative research methods
- Experience in public higher education.
- Experience with PeopleSoft Campus Solutions.
- Experience with Hyperion.
- Experience with a student population similar to UW-Parkside’s students.
- Prior experience with Strategic Planning and developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Application Deadline: Applications submitted by June 13th, 2012 will have full consideration; position is open until filled.
Interested candidates should submit the following, preferably in electronic format:
- a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position
- list of 3 or more professional references with contact information
Email submissions to: email@example.com
Mail submissions attention: Franca Carls, Search and Screen Support, 340 Wyllie Hall, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Rd., Kenosha, WI 53141.
UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer