Senior Higher Education Research Analyst


The Education Trust seeks a Senior Research Analyst. Reporting to the Senior Director of Research and Data Analytics, the Senior Research Analyst will play a lead role in the data analysis and reporting work of the Higher Education team. The Senior Research Analyst will help produce research that highlights trends and current inequities in higher education that affect students of color and low-income students. The analyst will develop research briefs, data tools, blogs, presentations, and social media communications that will advance, promote, and elevate the organization’s key higher education priorities. The work will primarily focus on using institution-level and state-level data to create compelling narratives about the current state of access, affordability, and success for low-income students and students of color in postsecondary education.

About the Organization

The Education Trust is a national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust supports efforts that expand excellence and equity in education from preschool through college; increase college access and completion, particularly for historically underserved students; engage diverse communities dedicated to education equity; and increase political and public will to act on equity issues.

Major Responsibilities

The Senior Research Analyst’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct quantitative analyses — using publicly available data — that examine socioeconomic and race-based patterns in opportunity and success
    • Mine data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and other sources to identify institutions and states that are successfully enrolling and graduating underserved populations, or making fast or significant progress in those areas
    • Help with the development and analysis of equity metrics that assess how committed institutions and states are to access, affordability, and success for students of color and low-income students
    • Analyze national datasets to identify barriers to access and success for low-income and underrepresented minority students in higher education, and generate written reports or briefs to communicate the findings
      • Assist with the redesign, improvement, and annual update of College Results, an interactive webtool for students, policymakers, and institutional leaders that provides information on more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities across the nation
    • Be a spokesperson for the organization, speaking with reporters, practitioners, and advocates, and contributing to Ed Trust’s social media presence and our blogs
    • Support the organization’s efforts to leverage data and research to inform policy design and practice, including assisting with the development of tools and processes to aid postsecondary improvement efforts
    • Support the Education Trust’s efforts in developing and analyzing Federal and State policy proposals on key higher education issues, particularly in relation to the use of data and metrics related to institutional improvement and accountability
    • Draft literature reviews, memoranda, and other documents on key access, affordability, and success issues related to the division’s mission
    • Package research and data for lay audiences and funders in Ed Trust presentations, briefs/reports, webtools, blogs, grant applications, and the website
    • Respond to rapid response inquiries about data and research from staff, policymakers, advocates, the media, and the public

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • A minimum of 4-5 years of experience in a research role addressing higher education issues
    • At least a master’s degree in higher education, education policy, public policy, statistics, or a related field
    • Excellent analytic and communication skills (both oral and written, and in a variety of formats and contexts)
    • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to deliver under deadline pressures
      • Advanced knowledge and experience in Excel and SPSS
      • Demonstrated ability to produce quantitative and qualitative research analyses that address key issues in higher education with a keen emphasis on equity and closing gaps in opportunity and outcomes
    • Deep knowledge of higher education data sources, such as longitudinal state data systems, federal databases (e.g., IPEDS, National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey, Beginning Postsecondary Student Survey), and other national sources (e.g., the National Student Clearinghouse, Student Achievement Measure)
      • Demonstrated ability to manage and manipulate data and large datasets and conduct both descriptive and inferential data analyses
      • A nuanced understanding of equity and the key issues that affect low-income students and students of color

Personal Characteristics

Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color

  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work independently
  • A demonstrated commitment to excellence
  • Healthy respect for colleagues and ability to work collaboratively with others within the higher education team and across the organization
  • A deep appreciation for diversity and differences in the workplace
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and results-oriented
  • Desire to be part of an intellectually rich and action-oriented work environment
  • Strong sense of honor and integrity
  • A warm, personal style with a good sense of humor
  • Mature interpersonal and communication skills


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Apply Here

Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.