University of Alberta

Senior Research Analyst

Strategic Analysis

Competition No.  -    S106933793
Posting Date  -    Sep 06, 2017
Closing Date  -    Sep 25, 2017
Position Type  -    Full Time - Operating Funded
Salary Range  -    $80,090 to $114,246 per year
Grade  -    14
Hours  -    35

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at:

Reporting to the Director, Strategic Analysis and Data Warehousing, the Senior Research Analyst will provide team leadership in research and analysis, take the lead on identified issues and offer consultative leadership and statistical direction on others.

The Senior Research Analyst will proactively identify and carry out research on key areas of policy and respond with evidence-based analyses to provide answers to University’s senior executive officers, other University planning and presentation units, and external partners.  The incumbent in this position will keep currently relevant analyses up-to-date for immediate reference by the University’s senior executive officers, and negotiate access to relevant data from University systems and from external sources to ensure the appropriate evidential foundation for issues analyses. 

The Senior Research Analyst must be knowledgeable in both the theory and application of complex statistical techniques.  This knowledge is used to support university decision making and mentor junior staff members.


  • Provides team leadership and supervises statistical analysts, as required
  • In cooperation with the Director, participates as the U of A’s key contact in the U15 data exchange
  • Defines and implements analytical work required to support labour negotiations; liaises with national colleagues to determine alternative approaches to salary analyses
  • Leads the data evaluation function for the Institutional Data Warehouse
  • Carries out the necessary analyses to develop accurate, comprehensive, and timely answers proactively to broad policy issues and as questions arise, and prepares effective presentations to relate the information
  • Takes lead responsibility on a broad variety of fields including, but not limited to, student progression and completion; student satisfaction and financial support; faculty and staff workloads, and salaries; university revenues, expenditures, and economic impact; and, demographic analyses of student, faculty and staff populations
  • Conducts research on relevant data from existing sources or through new surveys, often in consultation with other internal offices and with external agencies such as government offices and other universities
  • Reviews and assesses other internal and external studies
  • Contributes to and assesses data analyses conducted by other units of the University about University operations, activities, and characteristics, and external collaborative data analysis enterprises such as: Advanced Education and Technology’s Graduate Outcomes Survey; the  Maclean’s Universities Survey; the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings; the QS World University rankings; the Group of 15 Canadian Universities Data Exchange (U15);the Canadian University Survey Consortium; the NSSE Survey; the iGraduate Survey;  and, the Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey (CGPSS)
  • Contributes to easy identification and recall by clientele of high-demand and recurring-demand issues-oriented information analyses across a wide spectrum of University and related activities
  • Regularly updates high-demand and recurring-demand issues-oriented information in “lead responsibility” fields for general access by university and external users
  • Fields and responds to ad-hoc requests
  • Consult with internal units and external agencies to identify and extract critically important information with respect to key strategic needs of the University


  • Minimum Master’s degree in an analytical discipline, with particular expertise in statistical research and analysis preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered
  • 3-5 years of experience in the analysis of educational or university issues, or in a related social science field
  • Excellent knowledge of statistical research and analytic methods
  • Excellent ability to use relevant computer application programs for data access, reporting and statistical development, graphical and other presentations (e.g. SPSS, Excel; PowerPoint, Tableau; SQL) and to learn to use new ones as they evolve
  • Experience with data mining tools is an asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, in particular, the ability to present complex results to senior audiences in an easy to understand manner
  • Superior ability to communicate with colleagues, senior administrators and external partners in a technical or non-technical style
  • Supervisory experience would be considered an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to new software, statistical techniques and social research methods as they evolve
  • A passion for data analysis and a curiosity about the meaning of results

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.