NACUBO is committed to diversity because it enriches and strengthens how we advance our mission, just as it does for institutions of higher education. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different. Our goal is to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work.
Creativity and cross-team collaboration drive NACUBO’s achievements and contribute to individual success. All staff members are encouraged to think creatively about how they and NACUBO can address mission, member needs, and challenges that will inevitably arise from time to time. They are also encouraged to develop and nurture strong partnerships throughout the association. These partnerships help individuals, teams, and the association accomplish the activities, goals and strategies of the organization and of individual positions.
Imagination, innovation, and curiosity are welcome, and all require some risk taking. NACUBO encourages staff to engage in bold thinking, to put forward new ideas and proposals, and to openly debate the risks – upside and downside – associated with new ideas.
Each member of the NACUBO staff is responsible for creating and sustaining esprit de corps across the organization.
To accomplish all of this, staff will need strong communication and strategic thinking skills. NACUBO is committed to nurturing these skills in all staff members.
The assistant director of research and policy analysis serves on the association’s Policy and Research Team and works collaboratively with staff throughout the organization to deliver innovative, high quality programs, products and services for the membership and other stakeholders. The assistant director– in collaboration with the senior director and another assistant director – evaluates, develops, and executes the association’s research agenda.
The incumbent supports the association’s knowledge management function by coordinating the distribution and collection of NACUBO surveys, examining the initial outcomes of data and information collected by the association, and facilitating the completion of the analysis and dissemination of research results. This includes identification and implementation of new and continuing research projects, surveys, data collection efforts, and the development of research briefs (NACUBO Perspectives), reports, and presentations.
• Collaborate with the research team members to set and implement the association’s research agenda, including the execution of research studies, data collection efforts, and data reporting efforts as needed; • Co-direct the association’s annual research studies, including the Student Financial Services study, the Tuition Discounting Study, and the NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments; • Develop and manage NACUBO surveys via Qualtrics and oversee survey data collection processes to optimize response rates (e.g., building the survey email lists, tracking responses, following up with incomplete respondents, and liaising with survey respondents to address inquiries); • Conduct statistical data analysis using Excel, Stata, and SPSS and generate findings from the NACUBO studies; • Develop presentations, webcasts, podcasts, infographics, and reports that communicate the results of NACUBO research to members and external groups; • Write research-related articles for Business Officer magazine and create content for the NACUBO website and other publications; • Serve as the technical contact for members participating in NACUBO research studies and respond to members requesting data from NACUBO research projects; • Maintain research project records including computer files, contact information, data and document files, collected and organized research materials, project notes, status reports, draft reports and final reports; • Use Tableau to develop data visualizations and benchmarking dashboards to share with members and internal staff • Represent NACUBO at various events and meetings including the NACUBO Annual Meeting, Endowment and Debt Management Forum, Student Financial Services Conference, and other forums when necessary; • Convene and solicit advice from staff and expert members in the field in the preliminary stages of survey design; • Search and review literature, websites, references, and other resources for information and data to: develop new research proposals, support existing research projects, and assist in responding to member requests for information; • Provide research support and collaborate with the Director of Analytics on various projects as needed; • Extract and analyze federal education survey data (e.g., IPEDS, NPSAS, etc.) to supplement data collected from various NACUBO surveys; • Collaborate with NACUBO staff in the planning, call for proposals, and implementation of the Annual Meeting and other select meetings and events; • Assist in the development and implementation of programming around diversity, equity, and inclusion in tandem with the DEI Task Force; • Collaborate with the Strategy and Solutions Team to devise and implement a plan to solicit significant funding from foundations, philanthropic organizations, and other external funding bodies; • Travel to and staff NACUBO’s various meetings and events as needed; • Work with the Business Development Team to secure outside financial support for research projects and special data analyses • Perform other tasks as assigned.
This position works in a professional office environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and copiers. This position works in a climate-controlled environment but internal office temperatures may fluctuate.
1. Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds occasionally. 2. To perform the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee may frequently be required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to type, handle or feel, and reach with arms and hands.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time regular position. Typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This position may be eligible for an alternate work arrangement (i.e., flextime), please refer to the Employee Handbook for details. There may be occasional evening and weekend work as job duties or projects require it.
Travel is primarily local during the business day, however, some out of the area travel and overnight may be expected.
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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Please note this position description does not cover, contain or list a full comprehensive listing of duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee in this role. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
• Graduate degree at an accredited four-year college or university, with coursework in business and finance, economics, statistics, and/or research methods. • 3-5 years of experience as an analyst in a higher education institution, association, or related organization. • 3-5 year of experience with federal survey datasets, such as IPEDS and NPSAS or similar datasets. • 3-5 years of experience managing national survey projects and/or data analysis reporting strongly preferred. • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in survey design and implementation. • Demonstrated experience with Excel, Stata, and SPSS. • Demonstrated ability to interpret statistical data, charts, and tables and effectively communicate research results. • Demonstrated experience in quantitative/analytic research skills (e.g., inferential statistics, T-tests, other tests of statistical significance) preferred. • Knowledge of Tableau or other data visualization tools/software preferred. • Ability to work well with fellow staff, association members, and other external groups in an appropriate and professional manner. • Demonstrated willingness to perform a wide range of tasks, from administrative to analytical, as needed and assigned.
Located in Washington, D.C., NACUBO serves a membership of more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers across the country. NACUBO represents chief administrative and financial officers through a collaboration of knowledge and professional development, advocacy, and community. Our vision: to define excellence in higher education business and financial management.
Established in 1962, NACUBO has been an association since it succeeded a federation of associations of business officers that had given the profession a framework since 1951. NACUBO now represents more than two-thirds of the higher education institutions in the United States.