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Washington State University
Office of the Provost/Institutional Research
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Posted: 12/13/2016
Administrative Planning Specialist

Summary of Duties -

Conduct high-level research activities and projects involving the compilation of complex data, mathematical and statistical analysis, policy analysis, and reporting of results and recommendations.

More than half of the major projects include working directly on research and evaluation of university efforts surrounding student success initiative grant(s) at Washington State University.

Represent Institutional Research and Budget Office needs with regard to enrollment management in the context of policy development, strategic planning and benchmarking, budgeting and anticipated legislative requirements.

Plan and manage collection, analyses, and reporting of data on students and programs in a highly distributed environment.

Responsible for data completeness and integrity in support of institutional policies related to university benchmarking, data alignment, and reporting.

Develop, design, and implement processes and tools for dynamic web delivery of data.

Develop processes to automate selected current processes.

Required Qualifications -

Position requires a Bachelor’s degree in business administration or other relevant field AND five (5) years of progressively responsible experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis. Experience in developing, maintaining, and/or using computerized record systems and relational databases or information management.

Preferred Qualifications -

Research experience in Institutional Research or another analytical unit in higher education.

Experience in planning, organizing, and managing large complex research projects while handling multiple, complex issues and meeting deadlines.

Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships, and communications within the university and outside agencies.

Experience which demonstrates aptitude in presenting and communicating data analysis.

Experience in manipulating large and complex datasets and samples.

Computer skills that include knowledge of and ability to work with relational databases and statistical software packages (e.g., Access, Business Objects, SAS, SPSS, and SQL Server) and word processing skills.

Experience in statistical analysis as well as statistical modeling and forecasting techniques.

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Applicants must include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for at least three (3) professional references with the online application. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets the required qualifications and additional requirements. Review of applications begins January 12, 2017.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVEACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or