Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: A1020 / Institutional Researcher
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 13

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Collects, develops, analyzes and communicates institutional data and other information to constituents throughout the university, to support and enhance informed decision-making, problem solving, strategic planning, policy development, and institutional self-assessment. Performs applied research, and designs, executes, and evaluates analytical and statistical studies and/or institutional self-assessments. Designs and manages information systems and databases to support institutional research activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs data reduction, statistical analysis of data, and interpretation of results; prepares or participates in the preparation and presentation of formal research reports.
  2. Prepares institutional responses to internal an/or external queries such as faculty salary surveys, employment statistics, enrollment statistics and projections.
  3. Formulates and prepares institutional responses to internal and/or external queries and requests for institutional data and statistics on a wide range of issues.
  4. Acquires, manipulates, develops, and maintains longitudinal data sets, verifying accuracy and consistency over time, in the context of evolving requirements regarding reporting institutional facts.
  5. Conducts and/or assists on a wide variety of survey research efforts for the unit; participates in survey construction, development of survey instruments, and design of survey protocols and procedures.
  6. Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated institutional self-assessment programs, as appropriate to the objectives of the position; provides technical support, and facilitates the integration of processes and findings into institutional planning and decision-making.
  7. Designs, executes, analyzes, communicates, and consults on the results of ongoing and one-time analytical studies using appropriate inferential statistics.
  8. Works with other institutional committees and staff to coordinate work and provide technical assistance, as assigned.
  9. May provide functional direction to other staff on assigned work.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to gather and analyze statistical data and generate reports.
  • Ability to apply statistical principles and processes to meet a range of information requirements.
  • Knowledge of SAS programming and/or other software used to manipulate, summarize, and produce reports from multiple, large, complex data sets.
  • Ability to draw conclusions and make recommendations based on research data and findings.
  • Knowledge of statistical and analytical survey instruments, protocol, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of large-scale data systems, definitions, and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze statistical data and generate reports, and design and administer survey instruments.
  • Ability to investigate and analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to plan, create, program, and manage statistical computer databases across multiple hardware and operating system platforms/environments.
  • Broad knowledge of database applicatins such as Microsoft Access and Oracle.
  • Broad knowledge of spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, GIS/mapping,and graphics applications.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Assisting in a wide variety of university survey research efforts including survey construction, objectives, and design; b) knowledge of programming and/or other software used to manipulate, summarize, and produce reports from multiple, large complex data sets; c) designing and managing information systems and databases to support institutional research activities; and d) preparing institutional responses to internal and external queries; e) assisting in a wide variety of university survey research efforts including survey construction, objectives, and design.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017