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Research Analyst

Henry Ford College
Job Location:
Dearborn, Michigan
Institutional Research and Planning
Requisition ID: req561

Compensation Type: Salary

Compensation Range: $57,063- $64,193

Schedule: 8am-4:30pm M-F Fall and Winter Semesters 8am-6:30pm M-Th Spring and Summer Semesters

Henry Ford College (HFC) is a comprehensive public college located in Dearborn, Michigan that serves 11,390 students. Founded in 1938, it continues to be dedicated to preparing students for a rapidly changing world and workplace by offering more than 120 associate degrees, career and university transfer programs and a bachelor's degree in Culinary & Hospitality Studies.

The HFC Mission is to transform lives and build better futures by providing outstanding education. As a student-centered, evidence-based college, our success is measured by the success of our students. We empower learners through the development of independent, critical, and creative thinking, and we foster diversity, inclusion, understanding, and acceptance to prepare learners to succeed in a global society. We anticipate and respond to the needs of our stakeholders, exceed their expectations, and serve the public good.

HFC employees receive competitive compensation packages including generous benefits for full-time faculty, administrative, and staff positions. Please see collective bargaining agreements for details at

HFC presents an opportunity for a Research Analyst

Job Description Summary

The Research Analyst supports the college's mission, vision, and values as an evidence-based institution by conducting qualitative and quantitative research studies in accordance with research protocols and professional standards. Under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Research and Business Intelligence, the Research Analyst performs institutional research, predictive analysis, and reporting focused on the student experience and student outcomes, including placement, retention, completion, and success. He/she will assist with translating data into actionable recommendations to ensure that decision makers are empowered with timely, useful, and necessary information for determining why, how, and what now.

The Research Analyst also conducts environmental scans that identify and forecast internal and external factors (demographics, local and regional labor market, public policy, etc.) that may impact the institution's strategic direction.

This position typically requires a bachelor's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in institutional research. However, HFC recognizes that there are alternative career paths in which candidates may gain the expertise and ability to perform the essential duties.

Education, experience, and training that demonstrates proficiency and the ability to perform the essential duties will be evaluated for equivalency to the education, competencies, and experience qualifications listed below.

Competencies and Qualifications

The most successful candidate will have a career that reflects:

Applied Research and Analytics Skills
  • Experience in designing and conducting studies with a focus on educational, social, or organizational research, including data extraction and analysis or statistical work in the collection, compilation, and analysis of data.
  • Knowledge and proficiency with qualitative and quantitative research design, statistical analysis using SPSS, SAS, Excel or related data analytic tools, visual presentation of data, program evaluation and outcomes assessment, ability to use computers in data collection and analysis required.
  • Strong critical and strategic thinking skills essential for responding to complex institutional research questions.
Operational Excellence Skills
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning skills to develop innovative ways to acquire and manage data, improve analysis, and streamline recurring studies for optimal efficiency.
  • Ability to develop, evaluate, enhance, and/or implement quality improvement practices, processes, procedures, or policies that have an impact on operations.
Collaborative Skills
  • Ability to develop and promote a department culture that is conducive to effective relationships among diverse teams and audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; the ability to present research information to a broad constituency is essential.
Additionally, we seek:

Higher Education Knowledge (or related sector)
  • An understanding of higher education issues, trends, and structures.
  • Strong enthusiasm for the use of data to promote student, faculty, and staff success in higher education.
  • Understanding of how institutional research informs decisions pertaining to higher education policymaking.
Essential Duties
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to define research studies and analyses aimed at measuring and increasing student success.
  • Provide analytical support for assessing administrative and academic operations, including enrollment statistics/projections and student success outcomes.
  • Conduct environmental scanning to identify patterns and trends that may impact the College's strategic direction.
  • Collect, analyze, interpret, and report information for use in decision-making, planning, and compliance reporting.
  • Participate in various improvement initiatives adopted by the college, serving on functional teams and committees as needed to help define data needs.
  • Assist in the design of student surveys to gather feedback, measure satisfaction, and identify areas of improvement.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Institutional Research and Business Intelligence.
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