Research Analyst: Job Description

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ("Foundation") is a not-for-profit, grantmaking organization that seeks to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.  It makes grants in five core program areas (higher education and scholarship in the humanities; arts and cultural heritage; diversity; scholarly communications; and international higher education and strategic projects).  The Foundation seeks a Research Analyst to join the Office of Institutional Research.  This is a new position reporting to the Director of Institutional Research.


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to inform and support decision making, planning, and evaluation processes of the Foundation as a means to enhance its strategic objectives—effective grantmaking in the humanities, the arts, higher education, and diversity.

Position Details

As a member of the Institutional Research team, the Research Analyst will work in partnership with the Director and the Data Analyst to fulfill the office mission.  The Research Analyst will also work in close collaboration with program and administrative staff to support the broader program objectives of the Foundation.

Under the general direction of the Director, the Research Analyst will engage in research and evaluation, development of appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, data analysis and reporting, and data visualization.

The responsibilities of the Research Analyst include:

  • Participate in development of quantitative and qualitative research methods; conduct analyses and interpretation to address requests for information from senior leaders and program areas
  • Analyze and critique quantitative and qualitative studies; conduct initial project research for program areas
  • Participate in evaluation and assessment of programmatic and foundation-wide impact
  • Extract, analyze, and interpret large data files and secondary data sources to answer analytical questions
  • Understand the implications of data, including identifying trends, outliers and results that seem amiss; craft meaningful and actionable information from rigorous analysis of complex data
  • Keep abreast of current and significant research and policy issues in higher education and the arts
  • Prepare written reports, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, and other data visualization materials
  • Create on-line surveys and analyze data from survey research projects
  • Provide analytic and research support and expertise to Foundation staff
  • Respond to ad-hoc requests for information and analysis
  • Participate in relevant professional organizations for professional development
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Director

Required Skills and Experience

The successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree with a concentration in social science research or related field
  • 3+ years of professional experience in a complex research environment; professional experience in a higher education institution or a foundation is highly desirable
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods; ability to work effectively with quantitative and qualitative data
  • Expertise in the use of MS Office products; knowledge of statistical package and text analytics tools; familiarity with on-line survey design
  • Knowledge of data visualization tools; experience developing metrics; demonstrated familiarity with Big Data and predictive analytics
  • Experience as lead author of manuscripts and research reports; excellent writing skills for both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work collegially with a variety of Foundation's staff; excellent oral communication skills
  • Strong planning and time management skills; demonstrated ability to multi-task with careful attention to detail
  • Highly ethical and committed to the values of the Foundation and maintenance of confidentiality
  • Intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn new tools and knowledge in research and evaluation
  • Simultaneous ability to work as a member of a team and to work independently
  • Familiarity with external data sources including IPEDS, CDS, National Student Clearinghouse, Humanities Indicators, etc.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, and excellent working conditions.

Contact Information

Candidates should apply by submitting a thoughtful cover letter indicating their fit for the position, together with a resume at:  We will consider each response carefully, but contact only those individuals we feel are most qualified for the position.