Research Analyst (Grant-Funded)

National Studen Loan Clearing Herndon , VA 20171

Posted 7 months ago

Note: This position is part of a grant-funded project with funding expected through June 30, 2020.

About the Role:

The Research Analyst works with other members of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center team to expand the usage of Clearinghouse data for educational research purposes. As a member of the Research Center, the Research Analyst contributes to research on student enrollment, movement, and other important student outcomes using student-level data provided exclusively to the Clearinghouse by our nationwide network of postsecondary institutions. These reports are to benefit and better inform the educational community, policymakers, community leaders, and others.

How You Contribute:

  • Assist in the creation of research reports by extracting data, conducting analysis, and developing output tables and data visualizations as needed.

  • Utilize SAS programming techniques and SQL queries to extract educational records from enterprise resources and reshape these data into analytical datasets that facilitate calculation of educational outcomes metrics.

  • Play an important role in triangulating and incorporating report results with relevant external sources.

  • Assist with writing literature reviews, maintaining data warehouse documentation, and responding to information requests from internal and external stakeholders.

Position may be required to perform other duties as required. These essential functions are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

What You Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelor's degree in Information/Data Science, Social Science, Statistics, or related field.

  • 2-3 years of directly related research experience.

  • 1 year of experience with data cleaning and validation.

  • Experience with SAS programming, or experience with a similar package that is command line driven (STATA, SPLUS, R).

  • Large database and data warehouse experience. Experience working with large SAS databases preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on research projects.

  • Proven ability to complete work effectively without close supervision.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Live within a commutable distance of Herndon, VA.


  • Experience using Tableau or other data visualization software.

  • Familiarity with national and state education data sources.

  • Master's degree in Information/Data Science, Social Science, Statistics, or related field.

Physical Demands:

  • Use of a computer terminal and/or laptop computer for 8 or more hours a day.

  • Use of a copy machine and telephone.

  • Frequently required to sit for 7 or more hours per day in close proximity to others in an open office environment.

  • Vision abilities include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Must be flexible to work after business hours and on weekends when necessary.

  • Must be flexible to do out-of-town assignments and travel via car, train, or airplane, when needed for training or professional development.

  • NSC strives to hire, promote, and retain the best qualified individuals for our employment opportunities. Our policies are intended to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. NSC strives to have a culture that is diverse and equally welcoming to all. As a Federal contractor, NSC is subject to requirements to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities. NSC is committed to its outreach efforts and practices to promote employment and advancement of members of these groups. To read our entire policy, go to:

  • PAY TRANSPARENCY POLICY NSC will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by NSC, or (c) consistent with the NSC's legal duty to furnish information. 41 C.F.R. 60-1.35(c)

  • Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided by OFCCP here.

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Research Analyst (Grant-Funded)

National Studen Loan Clearing