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CUNY Research Specialist, CUNY OAREDA in New York, New York

Research Specialist, CUNY OAREDA

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Central Office

Full/Part Time





The Office of Applied Research, Evaluation and Data Analytics (OAREDA) at The City University of New York (CUNY), is organized into four main areas – Evaluation and Program Support (REPS), Institutional Research (IR), Policy Research, and Data Management. Each area has distinct yet intersecting responsibilities that contribute to the overall work of the office. We are seeking a Research Specialist to join our dynamic team of data analysts, program support specialists, application developers, and data managers that provide data for decision support to the Chancellery of CUNY, the University community and external constituents. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Institutional Research, or their designee, the Research Specialist prepares analyses and reports leveraging a range of data resources to provide information for strategic initiatives, academic planning, and operational activities related to student success, and academic policy and program decisions. In addition, the Research Specialist contributes to meeting the high demand for cyclical and ad-hoc reporting, including the development of data dashboards.

Other key responsibilities include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Conduct research on policies and best practices to support University mission, strategic goals, and key initiatives around student success.

  • Provide statistical and/or quantitative analysis by coding, and organizing program data sets, and developing effective formats for presenting and illustrating findings, including tabular and graphical presentations.

  • Identify appropriate data resources and metrics to support the analytic and reporting requirements of a broad and diverse audience of internal and external data consumers.

  • Prepare data for compliance reporting to federal, state and city governmental agencies and in response to internal and external constituent requests.

  • Coordinate the administration, collection, analysis of data, management, and organization of data resources.

  • Liaise with program partners to support the information needs of academic programs at the University level.


Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work on-site in the office. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to the tri-state area.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.



Bachelor’s degree and four years’ related experience required.


  • Master’s degree with formal training in quantitative research methods and/or data analytics and reporting. An advanced degree in a directly related discipline may substitute for up to two years of the required experience.

  • Four years’ higher education research experience, including quantitative data analysis, interpretation, and presentation experience using various technique.

  • Formal training in research and evaluation methods with a strong understanding of statistical concepts.

  • Experience with investigating data and translating research findings into deliverables for diverse types of audiences.

  • Experience with joining/integrating data sets and manipulating large amounts of data from multiple sources.

  • Extensive experience with statistical software, e.g. R and Stata, experience with SQL and Oracle database query and reporting tools, plus experience with Tableau or programming skills in other data visualization tools.

  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs, virtual meeting/conferencing and collaboration tools, plus ability to learn and use new software as needed.

  • Detail oriented and accurate with strong analytical, research, evaluation, and writing skills.

  • Proactive and flexible with strong interpersonal communication, presentation and group facilitation skills.

  • Strong organizational and follow-through skills to develop and execute work plans, prioritize work, manage multiple evaluation and/or research projects and meet program demands and deadlines.


Oversees collection and assessment of data for Institutional Research purposes.

  • Compiles, maintains, and analyzes institutional data in various formats

  • Produces reports and metrics based on department's needs; responds to time-critical ad-hoc requests

  • Loads, extracts, edits, and evaluates data for reporting and analytics

  • Maintains selected databases and document libraries, updating and ensuring data quality and accuracy

  • May participate in internal and external surveys as needed

  • May consult with others in designing methodology for research projects

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


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Salary is up to $84,946; commensurate with qualifications, education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:

Current CUNY employees must apply through CUNYfirst Employee Self Service using your login credentials. After you login to CUNYfirst, navigate to job openings by following the path from the Main Menu: Human Capital Management –>Self Service –>Recruiting Activities –>Careers –>Managerial and Professional


May 30, 2022 REVISED


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.