Job Posting: Director of Analysis and Policy, Office of Graduate Studies, UC Davis

Kate Stuart
August 6, 2014

Salary: $66,214-$119,185/yr  
Appointment Type: Career  
Appointment Description: 100%, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm  
Department: GRADUATE DIVISION - 061300   

Department Description:
Graduate Studies (GS) advocates on behalf of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, supports the faculty and staff engaged in delivering graduate education, and administers academic and administrative policies affecting graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in ways that foster a culturally and intellectually diverse environment characterized by high academic standards. Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes more than 95 dynamic degree programs, and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world.   

Position Details
Job Summary:
Routinely research and provide expert analysis and information to the Vice Provost/Dean and other senior campus leadership on graduate education research, graduate education policy, and implementation of recommendations to improve graduate education for the entire campus.

Conduct original, academic research using complex statistical models and advanced techniques to expertly query campus and external data systems, validate and analyze results, produce technical reports, publish papers, and propose changes to campus policy and graduate program administration. 

Develop special studies on graduate education issues which require skilled analysis and synthesis of large, complex data sets, including analyses of UC Davis data, UC systemwide data, data from comparison institutions, and national data. 

Develop and implement complex, metrics-based methodologies used for the campus Graduate Tuition Budget Model managed by the Associate Vice Chancellor, Budget and Institutional Analysis, and the Graduate Program Fellowship Allocations managed by the Vice Provost/Dean.

Coordinate with all levels of campus management to review and articulate changes to current graduate education policies, and to research and present recommendations for new graduate education policy and implementation. Oversee and manage analytical and administrative operations in support of the Graduate Council of the UC Davis Academic Senate. 

Identify, recruit and engage faculty in support of the preparation and submission of training grant proposals. Oversee and manage analytical support for agency-required reporting of grant and campus data on graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, including campus-wide underrepresented minority recruitment and retention programs. 

Develop and submit grant proposals to external agencies for funding which will support campus and Graduate Studies efforts to strengthen graduate education. Engage with campus leadership to institutionalize grant-funded activities that support graduate students and graduate education. 

Provide functional, technical, and supervisory direction to other policy and research analysts in Graduate Studies. This position supervises 4 FTE.  

Physical Demands: Use computer for extended periods of time.  

Work Environment: Work an occasional flexible schedule. 

Work occasional overtime including evenings, nights and weekends. 

May be required to work in an open and/or shared office environment with multiple interruptions. 

UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.  

Background Check Required: 
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks. 

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in higher education policy, education administration, administration, public policy, statistics, or related fields and 5+ years of related experience performing institutional research in a higher education setting or related policy analysis office, especially in area of workload analysis, assessment, performance measurements and program evaluation theory and practice. 

Knowledge of and experience with student information systems. 

Knowledge and understanding of graduate education, including important current issues. 

Knowledge of methodology used in data collection including survey methods, database design, statistical analyses and data reporting. 

Knowledge of and skill in using multivariate statistics including multiple regression, logistic regression and survival analysis. 

Skills in using statistical and other analytic software and database management software, including SAS, SPSS, and SQL databases and queries. 

Skills to present complex data to facilitate decision-making. 

Skills to interpret, understand and implement complex policy and requirements. 

Skills in communicating research findings and recommendations to a variety of campus executives, managers, analysts, students, and other interested parties, both orally and in written form, including communicating complex ideas and data through use of text, graphs and tables. 

Skills to communicate, interact and work effectively in a diverse environment and with diverse populations.  


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in collecting and analyzing student demographic data. 

Knowledge of principles and procedures involved in handling sensitive data (e.g. FERPA). 

Knowledge of grant proposal preparation and submission processes. Experience developing and evaluating grant proposals. Experience with relevant funding agencies. 

Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy required to function effectively among faculty, staff, high-level campus administrators and other constituencies to complete large-scale projects. 

Skills to proof, edit and analyze technical reports and to discern trends. 

Demonstrated decision making and problem solving skills. 

Skills and ability to implement policy decisions and changes. 

Supervisory experience. Experience and skills in recruiting, selecting, training and motivating professional staff. Knowledge to assess performance, provide accurate and timely feedback, resolve problems/conflicts, and build effective team environment.  


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