Strategic Research Analyst (AA/S Exempt II)

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 9 - CSUEU - Technical Support Services, Probationary, Full Time, Research, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Working Title: Strategic Research Analyst

Classification Title: Administrative Analyst/Specialist Exempt II

Posting Details

Priority Application Deadline (Posting will remain open until filled): Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.

Hiring Preference

Eligible on-campus applicants in California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) Bargaining Units 2,5,7, and 9 will be given first consideration in the recruitment.

Position Summary

The Strategic Analyst assists the lead with data-informed, university-wide strategic decision-making to improve student success, institutional effectiveness, and strategic planning. The Strategic Analyst assists in identifying key program and policy areas where data-informed analysis guides the design, data collection, statistical methods, project management, staff training, report generation, and information dissemination related to all Sacramento State and CSU system-wide research projects. Daily work assignments include research, data analysis, evaluation, and reporting related to student success and institutional effectiveness initiatives and programs.
This position designs and implements analytic processes and methodologies that lead to insightful, reliable, and meaningful summations on assigned programs and projects. The Strategic Analyst works closely with a variety of campus managers, faculty, and staff, as well as with CSU Chancellor's Office staff, to ensure the successful and timely delivery of all phases of assigned projects. In many cases, these projects culminate in the delivery of reports, presentations, and/or publications to various audiences, including other experts in institutional research and campus communities at large.

FLSA: Exempt (not eligible for overtime compensation under FLSA. This position is benefits-eligible.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,022 to $9,083 per month

Hiring Range: $5,022.00 - $9,083 per month

Recruitment TypeRegular (probationary)

Time BaseFull-Time

Pay Plan 12 months 

Work Hours: M-F 8-5 with other hours as required. A partial telework schedule may be available, at management discretion, after a training period to be determined. 

Department Information 

Student Success and University Initiatives is responsible for working with campus partners in creating an environment where students can achieve success. The Department works with campus partners to implement initiatives centered on improving graduation rates, including Finish in Four and Through in Two campaign, predictive analytics, and enhanced advising and course scheduling.
For more information regarding the department, please visit:

Minimum Qualifications 

Entry to this classification requires general knowledge and skills in the applicable administrative and/or program field with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods. This foundation would normally be obtained through a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices, or programs.

Required Qualifications 

1. Experience developing and implementing the multiple phases of complex research and analytical projects that have a broad impact.
2. Experience generating and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, including high-level mathematical, statistical, and data science skills.
3. Experience in identifying key areas where data-informed decision-making can improve student success and institutional effectiveness.
4. Experience in using research and data analysis to improve university programs and services and student success.
5. Experience in providing data-informed strategic advice to stakeholders.
6. Experience in submitting data and data analysis for presentations and publications.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
7. Advanced knowledge of social science, statistical, and data science research and analysis methodologies
8. Demonstrated skill in coordinating ongoing programs, including predictive analytic software applications.
9. Demonstrated ability to write and edit in appropriate styles for both technical and non-technical audiences.
10. Demonstrated skill in presenting a visual representation of data for the internal and external constituents of the university.
11. Demonstrated proficiency in utilizing complex data sources for research, analysis, and ongoing interpretation.
12. Appropriate judgment and problem-solving skills.
13. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
14. A collaborative approach to working with groups and teams.
15. Ability to train others on relevant aspects of research projects.

Preferred Qualifications 

16. Master's degree in the social, psychological, mathematical, natural sciences or equivalent research experience.
17. Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in data analysis, predictive and inferential statistics, data visualization, data cleaning, research design, and dissemination of findings.
18. Advanced knowledge of data cleaning, analysis, and modeling with SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences), R (programming language) and/or other software or programming languages typically used in data science and statistical analysis.
19. Demonstrated experience in providing data-informed strategic advice in higher education.

Required Licenses/Certifications 


Documents Needed to Apply

Please include a resume and a cover letter. Failure to upload these documents to the online application may result in disqualification.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability-related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit 

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.



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