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Oregon State University
Posted: 06/8/2022
Research Analyst 2
Salary: $24.22/hour - $37.07/hour

If you would like to be a part of a community that enjoys a beautiful 400-acre campus with park-like settings, supports world-renowned research, teaching, and outreach, or assists students to become successful citizens, consider a career with Oregon State University.

Oregon State University Ecampus is seeking a research analyst 3 to join our team. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) classified position.

Oregon State Ecampus is a growing, innovative, and collaborative organization with a commitment to providing high-quality online degrees and programs. Ecampus makes OSU’s exceptional learning experiences available to students throughout Oregon and around the world. OSU Ecampus is a leader in national online education, our online bachelor’s program is currently ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and has ranked in the top 10 for seven consecutive years. OSU Ecampus includes Oregon State Ecampus (online degrees), Ecampus OER (open educational resources), and the Ecampus Research Unit (which conducts original research).

About the position:

The research analyst serves on the Ecampus analyst team who report to the executive director of market development and the student experience. This position works most closely with the senior research analyst to respond to organizational needs for research and data analytics functions within Ecampus.

Under the guidance of the senior research analyst, this research analyst contributes to the development of qualitative and quantitative research designs, including data collection instruments and procedures, and applies computer tools and statistical measures in their work. This position analyzes data and patterns in enrollment and student academic performance, and communicates the results of analyses and interpretations in oral, narrative, and graphical form. The data is used to manage, track, and evaluate enrollment and student success metrics for all Ecampus programs, which the research analyst incorporates into budget and financial projections in collaboration with the Ecampus fiscal strategist.

In close collaboration with the senior analyst, this position will contribute to the development and maintenance of information systems that provide accurate and reliable reporting to fulfill internal information needs, effectively manage growth, and develop success strategies to recruit and serve Ecampus students.

Oregon State University and OSU Ecampus maintain and enhance a collaborative and inclusive community that is dedicated to equity and equal opportunity. All employees of the division are responsible for ensuring that these commitments are achieved. The research analyst will contribute to our understanding of Ecampus’ achievement of these commitments through analysis of pertinent data and reporting out of findings.

Position duties include:

  • Design, implement, analyze and prepare reports in response to Ecampus’ internal and external stakeholders, with a primary focus on internal requests for data analyses, employing advanced statistical methods and practices which may employ advanced statistical software and tools.
  • Consult with users to identify and document routine and custom data reporting needs and purposes, workflow issues, output needs and to clarify overall requirements. Organize and present results of research-based analyses for Ecampus internal and external audiences.
  • Analyze complex data and communicate the results to a wide audience with attention to detailed narrative and highly effective tables and data visualizations.
  • Maintain documentation of data requests, record project completion data, and organize reports and queries in system archives.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in OSU Institutional Analytics and Reporting, and Institutional Research, in particular, to ensure alignment in data definitions and statistical reporting methodology.
  • In collaboration with unit leadership: identifies major research and assessment projects; designs and leads efforts resulting in analysis and articulation of the findings through formal report writing (narrative and graphical); and presentation of those results to impacted parties, which may include Ecampus leadership and staff, as well as other OSU leadership.
  • Act as data education specialist for Ecampus; in coordination with the senior research analyst, train, guide and coordinate efforts of other Ecampus staff to help ensure quality and consistency of reporting
  • Engage in professional development activities to stay current regarding emerging technology and effective at assigned responsibilities.
  • For detailed job duties refer to the full posting -

Required qualifications:

  • Two years of research experience independently gathering, compiling, and analyzing data using statistical methods (inferential, multivariate analysis, etc.); using statistical software packages to manipulate the data; and preparing narrative or statistical reports and college-level course in statistics (at least six quarter hours); OR An equivalent combination of training and experience. Transcripts must be submitted for all required and/or related courses. Please highlight the statistical courses. NOTE: Some agencies may require experience in using trends (such as social, economical, industrial, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience developing reports analyzing complex data, with attention to detailed narrative and effective data visualizations to support exploration of the data as well as to effectively convey insights gleaned from the analysis.
  • Experience in the design and analysis of complex research/assessments. Advanced experience with analytics tools, such as R, Python, Tableau, Power BI, Excel.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Successful candidate must be committed to working with diverse faculty, staff, and students and have a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in data science, mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related area.
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • Experience working with Banner systems, data warehouses, OSU’s CORE reporting system, and/or other similar data and information systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with OSU’s SIS data warehouse.
  • Experience with large-scale analytics systems, such as IBM Watson, Google, AWS.
  • Demonstrated experience with SQL.
  • Demonstrated experience with R, Python, or similar
  • Demonstrated ongoing proactive learning in areas such as coding in SQL, analytics software, and the mission of higher education.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. 


  • Medical coverage - Employer contribution toward CORE benefits (medical, vision, dental, employee basic life)
  • Vacation leave (8 hours/month), sick leave (8 hours/month), and 11 paid holidays. Vacation leave increases during length of service.
  • Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) plus additional optional plans
  • Parental or family medical leaves
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Cell phone provider discounts available at AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint
  • Reduced tuition rates for you or your dependents/spouse/domestic partner
  • And more!

Pay range: $24.22/hour - $37.07/hour. Typically, the starting salary is at the lower end of the salary range.

Work environment: Typical office environment, Ecampus is currently piloting a hybrid work schedule. Tuesday and Thursday are designated in-office days. Employees can work remotely Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

How to apply: If you meet the qualifications and are excited about the opportunity to work with a mission-driven organization please submit an application using the link provided. Be sure to include your transcripts and answers to the supplemental questions.

Closing date: 6/27/2022