Analyst, Ithaka S+R

ITHAKA - New York, NY4.2

Full-timeEstimated: $57,000 - $77,000 a year
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Analyst, Ithaka S+R

New York, NY

Join the ITHAKA team and produce research and insights that fuel innovation and change in higher education.

Ithaka S+R is a non-profit research and consulting service. Our mission is to help the academic and cultural communities serve the public good and navigate economic, technological, and demographic change. In furtherance of this mission, team-members in the Educational Transformation Program study and support the adoption and scaling of policies, practices, and innovations that improve student postsecondary access and success.

The Role

As an Ithaka S+R Analyst in the Educational Transformation Program, you will be a core member of collaborative teams managing cutting edge projects such as the American Talent Initiative (; evaluations of data-informed academic advising interventions, online and adaptive learning, and college leadership training; and state and federal education policy analysis. Analysts contribute to multiple concurrent projects with ambitious deadlines, and are responsible for high-quality, on-time completion of tasks such as desk research, data collection and analysis, report drafting, and project management.

Based in our midtown New York office, you will work with a variety of prominent and experienced colleagues, leaders, and researchers, managing their inputs and helping produce high-quality deliverables that have an impact on the field. Our growing team offers unique opportunities for your research skills and project management talent to play a vital role in shaping the national postsecondary educational landscape and improving the lives of students.

Specific Objectives and Responsibilities

Research and analysis

Perform quantitative and qualitative research, which may take the form of:
Correlational and regression analysis
Large-scale data-gathering from distributed administrative systems
Interviewing, observation, and other ethnographic methods
Survey design and administration
State and federal education policy analysis
Carry out key parts of research projects, including developing research plans, conducting interviews, and synthesizing findings.
Provide logistical support for research efforts, such as collecting and maintaining data, arranging interviews, managing relationships, and utilizing survey management and data analysis tools.
Conduct desk research, utilizing secondary sources to address key research questions and inform our understanding of the community.
Strategic Advising

Help shape and execute on consulting projects that support the Educational Transformation Program’s mission, in close collaboration with colleagues at partner organizations, funders, and the leaders of colleges and universities.
Provide our partners with evidence-based guidance on high-level and practical strategies for improving student access and success.
Help produce high-quality reports, presentations, processes, and other deliverables on tight deadlines.
Reporting and communications

Write emails, memos, and briefs to clearly communicate concepts and processes to internal and external stakeholders.
Design effective mechanisms for tracking and presenting quantitative analysis.
Create compelling reports and presentations of research findings and recommendations.
Represent Ithaka S+R at conferences, networking events, and partner meetings.
Project Management

Coordinate and track activities of numerous stakeholders across multiple institutions and propose ideas for process improvement.
Design tools and resources to effectively distill and act on information gathered through regular communication with stakeholders.
Develop and maintain project plans and keep individuals, teams, and collaborators on track to meet deadlines.

Develop strong relationships with internal and external partners.
Organize and participate in brainstorming sessions to generate ideas and discuss project strategy.
Support the development of detailed project proposals and research plans.
Maintain awareness of major community issues that may impact our projects.
Some travel required for research, reporting, and representation purposes - approximately 10-15%.

Challenges You’ll Overcome

The major challenge you will face is navigating complex projects that often require input from and engagement with numerous stakeholders who work at varying levels across multiple organizations. To do this well, you will need strong project management and communication skills. In addition, you must be comfortable in a rapidly changing environment, balancing multiple active projects. You will be expected to learn quickly about complicated subjects with which you may not have previous experience and to clearly communicate your learnings with others.

Skills, Experience, and Characteristics

Bachelor's degree (required); Master’s degree in a field that requires strong writing and quantitative analysis skills (preferred).
Proficiency in a statistical analysis software (Stata preferred)
Strong research, proofreading, and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to translate complex concepts and research data into compelling, accessible, and well-written reports and engaging presentations.
Demonstrated experience working effectively in the context of complex projects, helping to move the work forward and communicating with both internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to prioritize and manage your own work, perform well under pressure, and meet deadlines, while ensuring acute attention to detail and accuracy.
Ability to work in our open, collaborative, and team-oriented culture.

Our Organization

As a not-for-profit organization, we care deeply about our mission. We work with leaders in the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge, to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies, and to help broaden access to higher education by reducing the cost while also improving student outcomes. We are passionate about the value of education and are driven to help our universities, colleges, and high schools become better, more affordable, and more effective, and to reach beyond these traditional walls to support learners everywhere.

In two decades, we have launched some of the most transformative and widely used services in higher education: JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R. In addition, ITHAKA recently entered into a strategic alliance with Artstor and furthers a number of Artstor’s initiatives. Our 300+ employees work closely with our user communities, day in and day out, to build and continuously improve upon these services, and to identify new opportunities to expand access to knowledge and learning. As a successful, growing organization in a demanding and dynamic environment, we challenge ourselves to retain an entrepreneurial spirit that pursues and embraces change.

ITHAKA is headquartered in New York, New York with additional offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Princeton, New Jersey and provides legal oversight and services for, Artstor, also located in New York, New York. We also manage a subsidiary, Ithaka International, LLC. to expand our impact globally.

Work for us

Come join our team of talented and dedicated people with great ideas who want to make the world a smarter place. Individuals will be rewarded with excellent career development and a fantastic benefits package that includes:

Choice of two medical plans, one at no cost to the employee
Employer paid dental, vision, life insurance, and employee assistance programs
Employer contributed retirement and much, much more

How to apply:
Interested candidates must submit their resume, a detailed cover letter, and salary requirements.

ITHAKA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor 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) response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


Bachelors or better.