Research Analyst (499233)

California Polytechnic State University
May 4, 2021
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director for Institutional Research (IR) and working collaboratively within the IR Team and with Teams from other units, the Research Analyst is responsible for running different processes using code to capture, analyze and report data on a timely manner; examining, validating and adjusting the code as needed; troubleshooting and manipulating data; responding to data requests and research requests; undertaking analytical studies on a wide range of topics; applying statistical analysis and data mining techniques to build high quality prediction systems that may be integrated with current campus processes to improve efficiency; and providing support for survey requests, data entry, and other projects as needed.

Department Summary

The scope of the Office for Institutional Research (IR) includes establishing baseline data, fulfilling mandated reporting, preparing analytical reports, and supplying data and analysis to support decision making and University planning. IR's role is to extract, aggregate, analyze, and report with respect to enrollment, degrees granted, demographics, human resources, financial, and course data, among other. IR, as an interpretive and analytical user of data, works collaboratively with other campus units for data accuracy. The analytical component involves designing, developing and completing interpretative studies as well as the timely provision of accurate, current and relevant institutional data to the Cal Poly campus community, the California State University system, and other interested parties.

Key Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to use database query languages and tools to retrieve, examine, evaluate, combine and manipulate data from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to write code.
  • Working knowledge of data management and quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to analyze data using statistical techniques.
  • Knowledge of quantitative research methods and techniques.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to a bachelor's degree and two years of progressively responsible experience involving technical research or statistical work in the collection, compilation, and analysis of data. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Graduate study in the social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business administration or engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


Anticipated Hiring Range: $51,300 - $69,996 annually

Classification Range: $44,652 - $80,796 annually

Cal Poly

Known for its Learn by Doing pedagogy, Cal Poly is the flagship of the world-renowned California State University system. Annually recognized as one of the top public universities in the nation, Cal Poly continues to offer an academic curriculum based on learned experience gained through real-world practice. Located in San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly is nestled comfortably among the coastal foothills, minutes from the Pacific Ocean and equidistant to the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information.

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Poly is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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