Policy and Research Analyst for New England Board of Higher Education

Policy and Research Analyst

The Policy and Research Analyst is a full-time position at the New England Board of Higher Education and will be an integral member of the NEBHE’s Policy and Research team. The successful candidate will be an individual who can think critically, communicate complex ideas and technical information in easy to understand ways, work independently as well as in a team, and find a little fun in his or her work. The analyst will be responsible for generating relevant primary and secondary research, including: identifying, synthesizing and presenting information related to college readiness and alignment with K-12 education; college affordability; college access and completion; employability and workforce development and other key policy issues in higher education. The analyst will also coordinate data support data gathering and analysis related to the new grant-funded High Value Credentials for New England initiative.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Assists in the research, development and dissemination of timely and high-impact policy reports and presentations, such as:
    • Trend analyses
    • Promising or innovative practices or programs
    • Policy solutions to pressing problems
    • Key indicators of education, higher education and equity in the region
  • Assists the Policy and Research Team in the following:
    • The NEBHE Policy Committee
    • Collaboration with New England state legislators, governors’ offices, K-12 and state higher education leaders through NEBHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee, state house visits and other venues
    • Requests for data and research from state policymakers, higher education leaders, media, other external parties, and NEBHE colleagues including the President
    • Support for NEBHE meetings, conferences, and events as needed
    • Development of current knowledge of key issues and developments in higher education policy and practice and New England state contexts and challenges
  • Coordinates aspects of the High Value Credentials for New England initiative, including:
    • State meetings and other convenings and webinars
    • Technical assistance to states and higher education institutions to publish to the Registry
    • Working with states, higher education institutions and other parties to publish credential data
    • Data gathering and analysis
  • Supports NEBHE’s President on special research projects


  • Knowledge of and experience in social science research, including design methodology, data collection, querying databases, using descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze data, and drawing conclusions
  • Understanding of K-12 and higher education governance structures and policies
  • Understanding of the postsecondary education credentialing landscape
  • Knowledge of major issues and challenges facing higher education, especially higher education policy
    Knowledge of information and data sources related to Pre-K to 12 education, higher education, demography, workforce, economy and other public policy issues affecting the New England states and nation
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • Well organized, with great attention to detail
    Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate technical, complex or unfamiliar information to a variety of audiences through writing, visual and oral presentation
  • High-level proficiency with MS Office, especially Excel
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (e.g. InDesign) and data visualization tools (e.g. Tableau) preferred
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g. STATA, R, SPSS) preferred
  • Knowledge of database management and website development and design preferred
  • A sense of humor and ability to work collaboratively

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that summarizes qualifications and work experience, along with a detailed resume to Marla Phippen at mphippen [at] nebhe [dot] org.


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