University of Alaska Research Professional 1 in Fairbanks, Alaska

Research Professional 1

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Classification:Research Professional 1

Grade:Grade 78

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:UAF Provost Office Operations



Position Summary:The Planning, Analysis, and Institutional Research Department (PAIR) is looking for a Research Professional to join its team! This position is part of a career ladder, so there is opportunity for growth and advancement within the department. This recruitment is open internal to current UA employees as a promotional opportunity or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.


10Assist in reporting on issues related to developmental education, distance education, rural services, and teacher education. Assist with peer institution data collection and analysis. Assist with data collection and analysis of specific student cohorts.Essential

2Working with office management, determine and maintain a level of professional development that fits with personal career interests and motivations.Essential

20Develop an expanded understanding of higher education, its role in society, issues related to higher education access, minority populations, student success, university research and development, and institutional research and its role in higher education. Gain competency in SAS, SQL, Toad for Data Analysts, SCT Banner, and the UA Data Warehouse. Explore research opportunities in higher education. Become familiar and experienced with data extractions and analysis methods and practices. Develop skills in statistical analysis and its applications to include the use of multivariate analyses. Develop techniques in operations research to include the application of linear programming, queuing theory, and model simulations. Learn to troubleshoot data problems and ensure data integrity.Essential

20Report on enrollment management issues such as retention and persistence, enrollment reporting, applications and admissions, financial aid, tuition and fees, enrollment funneling, degree attainment, and other issues related to student success.Essential

40Respond to institutional surveys and other external requests for data, internal requests from executive administration, staff, faculty, and other members of the university community, data requests from the Fairbanks community, and other ad hoc requests for data. Assist in the completion and management of the common data set. Assist in the development and maintenance of the office''s web presence to include the development and maintenance of the UAF Factbook.Essential

8Support office performance reporting efforts to include assistance with performance review, operational review, program review, annual unit plans, and accreditation.Essential

Position Scope and Complexity

Analyzes and resolves significant problems. Problem resolution requires considerable analysis of multiple components or conflicting issues. Identifies new services and opportunities for process improvement. Independently evaluates and meets complex organizational, program or system needs in assigned area.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures. Basic knowledge of higher education issues. Skilled in accurate data collection methods, analysis, and reporting. Ability to assess the nature of an inquiry and formulate a response in line with inquiry. Ability to use software to organize and analyze information and communicate findings. Ability to work collaboratively with other research professionals.

Required Education

A bachelor's degree in mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, science, business or a related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Typical Experience

Six months of research experience in a field relevant to the research (mathematics, statistics, computer science, economics, science, business), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Other Special Skills and Knowledge

Intermediate skills in mathematics and logic. Experience developing and validating data reports and data models for use by others. Basic skill base in computer programming and programming concepts. Basic skills in research methods and theory. Experience working in a team environment. Experience communicating report findings verbally and in writing to internal and external audiences. Experience working under pressure with frequent changes to reporting output in response to changes in reporting needs. Willingness to travel for conferences and training opportunities. Ability to self-motivate. Have a genuine interest in professional development.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

Familiarity with relational database concepts and statistical methods. Familiarity with the university academic and research environment, and university organizational structure, policies, and programs. Basic knowledge of the university data set, its limitations, components, and general hierarchy. Familiarity with SQL, SAS, and MS Excel techniques. Familiarity with operations research to include the application of linear programming, queuing theory, and model simulations. Familiarity with web development and posting of reports online. Capacity for independent thought and critical analysis. Ability to be considerate of and to be sensitive to human factors present in discussing data and performance measures with end-users. An inherent understanding for flexibility in an ever changing world, a sunny disposition, and an uncanny sense of humor.


This job requires the incumbent to anticipate problems and develop alternatives prior to referring to the supervisor or other staff. The job also requires extensive communication and team skills, and the ability to network with other resources of information, both human or otherwise.

Other Information

This position requires the ability to work effectively under pressure with frequent deadlines and changing priorities while maintaining a positive attitude. Problem-solving skills are essential in order to respond to daily technical and interpretive issues related to database applications and data reports. The initiative to become progressively proficient in job skills and knowledge is also required.

This position is part of a career ladder, thus a candidate with the necessary skills and qualifications could be hired in at a higher level than advertised.

To Apply:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

Internal Posting:

This recruitment is open internal to current UA employees as a promotional opportunity or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

Review Date:

Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on April 29, 2018 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

Tobacco-Free Campus:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of nondiscrimination available

Advertised:19 Apr 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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