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Institutional Research Analyst

Centralia College

Job Description

About Us

Centralia College is located on a 30-acre campus in the heart of Centralia, Washington and has been serving students in the Lewis County region since 1925. As a comprehensive community college, Centralia College offers academic transfer and workforce programs, as well as adult basic education, ELL, and personal enrichment classes. The college also offers five Bachelor of Applied Science degrees: Information Technology - Application Development, Diesel Technology, Applied Management (Business), Behavioral Healthcare and Teacher Education.

In addition to the main campus in Centralia, Centralia College East in Morton is a smaller site that serves the needs of students in east Lewis County. Since the college is committed to the success of all students, Centralia College also provides educational programs at two corrections centers in southwest Washington - Garrett Heyns Education Center located in Shelton, Washington and the Cedar Creek Corrections Center located in Littlerock, Washington. In addition to Green Hill School in Chehalis, Washington.  In total, the college serves more than 7,000 students annually. For more than 90 years, several generations of Lewis County residents have looked to Centralia College for their education and training needs.

For more information on Centralia College and what it can do for you, please call 360-736-9391 or visit www.centralia.edu.

Job Description

This position manages data analysis and compliance reporting needs for the college.

This includes both internal and external reporting needs, state and federal data reporting on an annual or quarterly basis as required. This position also develops, implements, and maintains data systems for collecting, analyzing, interpreting data.  

Exempt position reporting to the Executive Director of Institutional Research & Planning. Position may require flexible work schedule, including on occasion evening or weekend hours in order to meet reporting deadlines.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, analyze and communicate results of quantitative and qualitative research related to institutional research, institutional effectiveness, planning, accreditation, program assessment, grant proposals, and state/federal compliance.
  • Respond to ad-hoc data requests from administrators, faculty, staff, and the public.
  • Develop and implement analytics and data visualizations in form of tables, charts, or dynamic graphs and dashboards.
  • Collaborate with the IT department to develop and maintain relational databases and data warehouse to facilitate research and planning activities. Retrieves and analyzes data from a variety of data sources using SQL based query tools.
  • Assist with the administration and coordination of surveys, focus groups, and /or interviews.
  • Participate in college-wide committee and work group meetings as assigned. This may include Institutional Effectiveness Committee, Executive Management Team, Guided Pathways Steering Committee, Accreditation Steering Committee or others.
  • Maintain data security and data integrity. Follow established procedures for Personally Identifiable data, FERPA compliance, etc. Ensure high levels of data accuracy and consistency.
  • Other duties as assigned, and consistent with experience and expertise.


  • Bachelor's degree in statistics, mathematics, computer applications, business, quantitative social sciences or related field requiring coursework in quantitative analysis; a minimum of 3-5 years' experience in institutional research, data management, educational research, measurements, applied statistics is required. Must have experience in data analysis OR equivalent education/experience.
  • Experience in developing, publishing, and maintaining data visualization software (Tableau, Power BI)
  • Experience conducting analysis with statistical packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS, R, Excel).
  • Technical experience with relational databases, syntax/programming and reporting technologies. 
  • Familiarity with Structured Query Language (SQL) programming and the use of stored procedures for customizing user defined reports.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a specialization involving social science, higher education, social or educational research, psychology or a related field.
  • Experience working with ERP systems such as PeopleSoft and Banner in the higher education context.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to work in a collaborative setting.
  • Experience maintaining a data warehouse environment.
  • Five or more years of progressive responsibility in the tracking and reporting of data, statistics, and research analysis.
  • Experience working in community colleges and/or other educational settings.
  • Bilingual, especially English/Spanish

Conditions of Employment

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14, all employees who work for Centralia College must be fully vaccinated. Please contact the Human Resources Office at hro@centralia.edu if you need information on medical accommodation or religious exemption.

This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time administrative professional exempt position. The salary is $63,000 (DOQ/DOE) annually depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The state of Washington provides a comprehensive benefits package for state employees. The position may participate in the TIAA/CREF retirement system.

DEADLINE: The screening committee will begin their first review on September 20, 2022. Position is open until filled.


Annual Salary: $63,000 (DOQ/DOE)

Application Process

Interested candidates may apply by submitting the following items:

  • Online Application
  • Cover Letter that addresses your interest in the position and ability to perform the responsibilities described in this announcement.
  • Detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience that demonstrates how you meet the qualifications.
  • List of at least three professional references with contact information. References are typically contacted after interviews.

Eligibility to Work

If you are hired, you will need proof of Covid-19 vaccination, proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.

Background Check

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

EEO Statement

Centralia College has a strong institutional commitment to the principles of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we strongly urge all qualified applicants, especially people of color, persons of disability, women, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans, to apply. Centralia College is an Equal Opportunity employer.

It is the policy of Centralia College to assure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age (over 40), religion, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.

Centralia College does not discriminate in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Designated Title II, VI, VII, IX, Section 504, ADA compliance officer: Vice President for Human Resources and Equity, Hanson Hall Room 101, Centralia College, 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531-4099, (360)623-8943.

The Human Resources Office is accessible for persons with disabilities. Those who need disability accommodation in the application/employment process, please call (360)623-8943.

Jeanne Clery Statement

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report—Centralia College's Annual Crime/Security Report is available here, containing mandated information about current campus policies concerning safety and security issues, required statistics, and other related information. To obtain a paper copy of the report, please call 360-623-8947.

Title IX Statement

Centralia College is compliant with Title IX best practices. For more information visit, Title IX.

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Job Location
Centralia, WA
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time

Salary range:
$50,000 – $75,000