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Research and Policy Analyst

Recruitment #17-000300-0001


The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual to fill the position of Staff Specialist I in its Office of Policy and Research Analysis.




6 N. Liberty Street 

Baltimore, Maryland  21201

Main Purpose of Job

The primary purpose of this position is to provide professional services, including senior policy and research analysis, analyzing statistical data, preparing information reports, and handling research-related assignments. These efforts provide information that form the basis for Commission decisions regarding statewide higher education policy. Involves analytic work advising and creating educational policy based on available data.


Prepare information reports and studies about current higher education topics as requested by the Commission and the Secretary.  Examples:  trends in student graduation, retention, and transfer rates, online education patterns, and faculty and staff characteristics.  

Coordinate the distribution and analysis of surveys as assigned by the Director.  These may include statewide distance education surveys, follow-up surveys of graduates, and employer surveys.

Maintain and update the Commission’s annual data and trend books, including tables on the agency’s home page. 

Complete special projects and assignments requested by the Director, including work related to the Commission’s performance accountability report and performance-based funding analysis.

Respond to requests for statistical data, both from members of the Commission staff and from external audiences, including the campuses, other state agencies, Maryland businesses, the general public, and out-of-state educational organizations. 


Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree.

Experience: One year of administrative or teaching experience in post-secondary education programs.


1. Possession of a master's degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

2. Possession of a doctoral degree may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


Competitive applicants will possess a master's degree in Higher Education, Public Policy, or another relevant field from an accredited college/university.

Experience writing policy reports, conducting qualitative research, and analyzing and interpreting quantitative data.

Experience using Stata or SPSS or other integrated statistics, graphics, and data-management software.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the employment (eligible) list for at least one year.



If you have any questions about this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850.

RESUME REQUIRED with online application and can be uploaded as an attachment under the Resume Tab of the online application.  Please combine all documents together as ONE attachment (resume, degree, license, etc.). Online application is STRONGLY PREFERRED.  Please use Internet Explorer as your internet browser.  Google Chrome may not function properly.   If you do not have internet access you may mail your application to:  

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division  #17-000300-0001

301 W. Preston St.,

Room 608

Baltimore, MD 21201  

We will not consider information submitted after this date.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.