Policy Research Analyst
PHEAA is a nonprofit student aid organization that holds a mission of providing affordable access to higher education
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REMOTE WORK AVAILABLE
IMMEDIATE MEDICAL BENEFITS
GENEROUS PAID TIME OFF
CAFETERIA AND FITNESS CENTER ON SITE
This position is responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, summarizing, and presenting data from internal and external third-party data sources to create reports. Must have strong quantitative aptitude and strong attention to detail. Statistical Analysis Software (SAS) experience and bachelor's degree required. Other tools used include Output Delivery System (ODS), Advanced Query Tools (AQT), Job Control Language (JCL) or other Structured Query Language (SQL) software. The position requires experience with relational databases and reading data models.
Salary: Commensurate with experience starting at $64,132
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Statistical Analysis, Modeling and Forecasting (50%)
Initiate and conduct complex original and collaborative research.
Provide reliable, relevant, and quality data and information to facilitate planning, accountability, program evaluation, and development of Agency policy positions.
Apply advanced mathematics, scientific methods and computer programming to define data requirements and analyze, test and evaluate information, including the projection of State Grant and Special Program applicants, recipients and dollar volume for the annual Commonwealth budget process and actual award determinations.
Use analytical techniques, such as linear and logistic regression, to answer research/policy questions. Generate descriptive statistics, crosstabs and correlations for data.
Perform validation and testing of models to ensure adequacy, or determine need for reformulation.
Conduct complex data management and analysis with large complicated datasets.
Forecast State Grant Program and Special Program applicants, recipients, and dollar volume via an annual estimation process.
Redesign, maintain, and operate the annual State Grant Program forecasting system, which is currently SAS-based and involves senior-level skills in a high risk-based environment.
Create predictive financial aid models accounting for multiple, interactive scenarios and economic factors that can have budgetary and enrollment repercussions.
Analyze State Grant and other Agency program data utilizing SAS, SAS GRAPH, AQT, JCL, ODS, and SQL.
Track multi-year trends and identify key factors in determining the usage of Agency programs.
Participate in and contribute to relevant meetings in order to assist areas outside of State Grant and Special Programs with their research and policy needs.
Forecast staffing needs for the State Grant and Special Programs call center.
SAS Programming and Statistical Report Writing (25%)
Develop high-profile, client-centric reports for PHEAA, its Board of Directors, the General Assembly, other government agencies, and external stakeholders and ensure that these reports are complete and accurate by verifying results.
Fulfill highly complex internal and external statistical data requests in a timely and clear manner, including bill analyses.
Deliver clear and succinct graphical presentations of data.
Verify reports of other analysts to ensure accuracy and quality control.
Automate routine activities and improve data collection through more efficient SAS coding and alternative technology.
Business Process Analysis/Support (15%)
Liaison between Research and Policy Analysis and other Agency divisions for issues related to data management, transfer and integrity.
Assess potential problems and recommend corrective action to resolve or mitigate associated risks.
Apply senior-level relational database knowledge to the management, analysis, and performance of agency databases.
Provide production support by identifying, analyzing, and updating production-driven records and/or processes.
Write scripts in Visual Basic (VBA) for production issues.
Develop databases for quality assurance efforts.
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (10%)
State Grant and Special Programs representative for agency-wide IT initiatives.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, or related field and minimum of five years of demonstrated advanced knowledge of statistical and business software, including SAS or the equivalent combination of certifications, experiences, and/or training.