Senior Research Analyst @ Duquesne University

December 22, 2019

Salary: Commensurate w/experience
Location: Institutional Research and Planning
Position Status: Full-time
Position Number: 10-519
Hours: Varied
FLSA Status: Exempt


The Senior Research Analyst provides statistical and analytical support for the efforts of the University’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning.


Leads the effort in preparing and delivering the University’s enrollment reporting. Assists in planning and coordinating information reporting and information processing activities.

Assists in the development and utilization of enrollment forecasting, budget planning, revenue calculations and other operational models of higher education activity.

Provides programmatic and/or statistical modeling solutions to complex institutional challenges. Delivers the solutions as requested and defined.

Designs, maintains and utilizes MS Access databases specifically for the department’s current and historical reporting requirements.

Designs, maintains and utilizes MS Excel tools developed with and without Macros and Visual Basic programming.

Monitors, identifies and reports trends related to institutional indices and benchmarks.

Collects and analyzes data used in support of institutional planning and budgeting activities.

Performs extensive querying of data and authoring of reports using the University’s Cognos business intelligence software.

Queries and manipulates data from the University’s Ellucian Banner student information system and from other databases maintained in Microsoft Access.

Evaluates existing institutional processes and makes recommendations and/or provides system-based solutions to either streamline, replace, or repair this processes.

Prepares written reports and studies pertaining to enrollment and other higher education operating parameters for delivery to upper management of the University.

Collaborates with other offices within the University on cross-divisional research projects, where appropriate.

Assists in the collection of institutional data for use in survey responses supplied for media, publishers, government agencies and other external entities.

Completes special projects and other duties as assigned.




Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in business, mathematics, computer science, educational research, social science, information science, public management, or related field from an accredited institution.

Preferred qualifications:

Minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in a business or higher education setting is preferred.

Prior experience working in a budget and planning area is preferred.

Preferred computer skills: Advanced VBA programming in Excel to maintain existing tools (interview may include a skills test to verify proficiency). Advanced Access database skills, Access VBA and Form creation a plus. Moderate SQL querying. Basic VB.Net utilizing Visual Studio to maintain web applications useful. Experience with Ellucian Banner and IBM Cognos is also highly preferred.

Alternately, the successful candidate will possess any equivalent combination or training and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

Qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills in accounting, finance, marketing, quantitative analysis, research, and information systems;

Capacity to identify, research, and analyze strategic issues and to propose realistic solutions;
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;

Required strong computer skills, including knowledge of the entire MS Office Suite.

High proficiency in the use of MS Excel and MS Access for the development of spreadsheets and databases;

Effective organizational and administrative skills;

Ability to initiate and follow through with work responsibilities and to meet deadlines:

Sensitivity to the need of each individual to be treated with dignity and respect as it relates to diversity in general and the mission of the university specifically; and

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University. The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.