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Research and Policy Analyst

Recruitment #23-002588-0014


The Maryland Higher Education Commission is seeking an experienced and detail-oriented individual to fill the position of Administrator III (Research and Policy Analyst).




6 N. Liberty Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) is the State of Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis. The Research Analyst is responsible for 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, and inform several of the Governor’s and Lt. Governor’s high-priority initiatives.


The Research Analyst is a senior level analyst position responsible for analyzing statistical data, preparing information reports, and handling research-related assignments within the Office of Research and Policy Analysis. The position employs statistical methods and analysis using large statewide data sets and is responsible for statewide data projects and reports that support the Governor’s education agenda and the agency’s research and reporting priorities. The Analyst will provide technical, organizational and analytical support for a broad range of time-sensitive research and reporting projects, originating from both internal and external stakeholders. This includes extraction and analysis of data to present research findings to various audiences, preparing and publishing mandated reports as well as other analyses on a range of higher education topics, and performing analysis and research in support of the agency and its departments.  This position reports to the Director of Research and Policy Analysis. These efforts provide important information that serve as the basis for decisions regarding statewide higher education policy, and advise and inform key stakeholders such as the Secretary of Higher Education, Governor's Office, General Assembly, Department of Budget and Management, Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, and others


● Conducts data extraction, merges, and analyses for routine data analyses, ad hoc analyses, and the design of reports.
● Performs data analysis using appropriate methods and software, selecting or designing appropriate instruments, designing datasets, ensuring reliable and valid coding and ensuring accurate results. The analyst will identify and implement methods and processes, including identifying both internal and external sources, to review and confirm the validity and integrity of data.
● Develops methods for checking and validation of data, including preparing information for review by other staff members. 
● Selects the type of statistical results or other information to be included in a report or policy study and the correct methodology to be applied to the research design.
● Plans and organizes procedures for coding, tabulating and analyzing data, drawing appropriate conclusions and recommendations as indicated. 
● Extracts data from SQL tables for use in reporting and analysis 
● Creates and maintains syntax in Stata and dashboards in PowerBI and manages dashboards and other materials on the website. 
● Responds to requests for statistical data, both from members of the Commission staff and from external audiences

Reports and Projects 

● Prepares information reports and studies about current higher education topics. These include mandated reports, annual reports, and ad hoc research reports and may be requested by the Commission and the Secretary. 
● Interprets the results of statistical studies to internal and external stakeholders; formally and informally presents findings, results, and recommendations from research studies to appropriate internal and external stakeholders. 
● Manages time-sensitive projects that require accuracy, precision and little administrative or supervisory oversight. 
● Oversees processes of documentation, data checking and reporting 
● Collaborates with stakeholders (e.g., institutional researchers, agency colleagues, legislative researchers) in workgroups and other initiatives. 
● Applicants should have strong writing, communication, and analytical skills. Applicants should also be abreast of current issues in higher education, and have experience managing multi-step projects with fixed deadlines, working collaboratively as part of a team, and assisting with interagency work groups.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience: Six years of administrative staff or professional work.

Notes: 1. Candidates may substitute 30 college credit hours from an accredited college or university for each year up to four years of the required experience. 2. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and two years of experience in administrative staff or professional work for the required experience. 3. Candidates may substitute the possession of a Master's degree from an accredited college or university for five years of the required experience. 4. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.


Knowledge and experience working with one or more the following data analysis and extraction tools:
or R.

Experience in statistical methods, including preparing data tables for publication and writing relevant reports; applied or professional training in quantitative analysis or evaluation.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service must be provided prior to hire.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application 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 eligible (employment) list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training, and experience related to the requirements of the position. It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred. If you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and supplemental questionnaire to:

Department of Budget and Management 
Recruitment and Examination Division 
301 W. Preston Street, Room 608 
Baltimore, Maryland  21201   

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

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

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.A without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

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