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OIRA Research Analyst

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 033936
Department Code 23609-5135
Department Office of Institutional Research & Assessment
Job Title OIRA Research Analyst
Location Syracuse NY
Pay Range Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade S5
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) at Syracuse University is seeking to hire a Research Analyst

The Research Analyst provides support for institutional decision and policy making, and external reporting requirements via collection/extraction, management, analysis, and summarization of data from a variety of sources. Specifically, based on project needs, help obtain data from internal systems such as PeopleSoft and the data warehouse, from program personnel and data custodians, and from surveys. Develop and Implement efficient ways to turn the data into appropriate reports.


• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred in related field
• At least three years’ experience with relational databases and data warehousing, and data retrieval and reporting.
• Two or more years’ experience with PeopleSoft or similar enterprise administration system within a higher education context preferred.
• Familiarity working in a complex data environment is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Working knowledge of definitions and interpretations of higher education institutional data elements, especially for institutional research purposes, is preferred
• Skill in data analysis and applied research
• Experience with spreadsheets and word processing applications
• Experience working in large data sets
• Demonstrated analysis, problem solving, and oral and written communication skills
• Organizational skills, with attention to detail
• Ability to manage confidential data discretely and professionally
• Ability to multi-task, organize workflow, work well in a high pressure environment, and meet deadlines


Assist with compilation and submission of internal/external reports and ad hoc information requests. Where applicable, compare current year report to prior year report to identify anomalies and/or trends.

Support the utilization of BI tools and code writing to extract data from multiple sources such as data warehouses and source systems in order to manipulate, analyze, verify, and interpret information for use in a variety of reports. Track and contribute to development of dimensionally modeled data warehouse of institutional research data, and develop proficiency in any new BI tools.

Assist creating tools that enhance the convenience, accuracy, and analysis of institutional data.

Take on special projects that require assembling data from one or more sources and configure it into complex reports for upper-administrative decision making.

Support the Assistant Director and collaborate with University offices to obtain and analyze sensitive data (e.g., registrar, admissions, financial aid, judicial, honors, development (alumni giving), and housing) for institutional research purposes as appropriate.

Other duties as assigned. Prioritize and frequently re-prioritize activities to meet new and established deadlines.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a cover letter and resume.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 09/11/2017
Application Deadline
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Job Category Staff
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