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Strategic Analytics Fellow

Harvard University
Job Location:
Cambridge, 02138
Institutional Research and Planning
University Administration


Job Summary

The Office of Institutional Research and Analytics (OIRA), part of the Office of the Provost, supports Harvard's leadership by providing institutional data analysis and reporting. OIRA serves as a trusted resource for implementing best practices in data synthesis and translation and supports a broad set of university functions, works closely with partners across Harvard.
Link to OIRA website:

Position Description

The Strategic Analytics Fellow will be a key contributor and collaborate with other OIRA team members to help realize the Office's goals of presenting important institutional data to diverse audiences and executing research projects that address strategic questions for the University. Under the direction of the Senior Research Analyst, the Fellow will work with internal Harvard clients on analytics consulting projects, ranging from student enrollment management and graduate outcomes to University-wide surveys and faculty trends.

The ideal candidate will have experience with, or an eagerness to learn more about, multiple steps in the data lifecycle, including acquisition, cleaning, processing, analysis, and visualization.  Knowledge of basic statistical methods is also desirable, as well as comfort working with quantitative and/or qualitative data. An interest in higher education and the organizational structure of universities is a must.

We will consider applicants from all academic backgrounds and schools, and we encourage recent Harvard College and graduate/professional school graduates to apply.

Position Description

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with team members to produce descriptive and inferential analyses using data from a variety of sources and statistical software.
  • Work with team members to collect and refine data from personnel across the University.
  • Assist with creating deliverables such as slide decks, interactive files, or dashboards.
  • Assist with ensuring thorough project documentation and metadata are maintained.
  • Assist with OIRA events, training and outreach as assigned.


Basic Qualifications

Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications to be considered for this role:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience working with quantitative or qualitative data either through coursework or on the job.
  • Knowledge of at least one programming language or statistical software package (preferably R) and a strong interest in learning R.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively on a team.
  • Experience working in a higher education setting, or strong interest in learning more about higher education.
  • Excellent analytical skills and some knowledge of statistics, either through coursework or job-based experiences.
  • Strong quantitative skills. Excellent writing abilities and able to communicate effectively with collaborates and clients within the University community.
  • Ability to use utmost discretion while working with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ability to manage diverse and changing priorities and work effectively in a team environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: This is a one-year term appointment. It is anticipated that this position will be hybrid with some on-campus presence.

Candidates should supply a cover letter in addition to their resume.

The health of our workforce is a priority for Harvard University. With that in mind, we strongly encourage all employees to be up to date on CDC-recommended vaccines. 

Work Format Details
This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.

We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
  • Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
  • Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
  • Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
  • Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
  • Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
  • Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
  • Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.
Job Function

Department Office Location
USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code
RS0056 Researcher II Humanities

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Office of the President and Provost

Salary Grade

Institutional Research & Analytics

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status

Pre-Employment Screening

Full time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week. 

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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