Analysis and Planning Consultant - Library Assessment

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
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Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – I – Exempt
  • 03 – J – Exempt
Work Unit:
University Libraries
Library Assessment
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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invites applications for the position of Analysis and Planning Consultant within the Library Assessment Department. The incumbent will contribute to use an evidence-based approach to achieving strategic initiatives related to library operations, collection development, and user needs. This position provides data analysis and management services to optimize organizational performance, business modeling, strategic planning and quality initiatives. The Analysis and Planning Consultant provides continual support and direction for University Libraries-wide data collection, transparency and improvement processes. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit Responsibilities of the position include: The Analysis and Planning Consultant compiles data from various external, University, and University Libraries data sources, participates in assessment studies and performs statistical analyses in supporting University Libraries’ needs; generates a variety of periodic and ad hoc analyses and reports for internal stakeholders such as the Libraries’ Administration, Collections and Acquisitions units, and serves as liaison and primary point of contact to external partners and stakeholders for Libraries’ related data and statistics inquiries including the University’s Budget Office, the Office of Risk Management, the Office of Planning and Assessment, the Association of Research Libraries, the National Center for Education Statistics and the Association of College and Research Libraries; assesses and recommends improvements to initiatives related to data collection, analysis, and reporting presentation; develops data visualizations and promotes data transparency across the University Libraries; consults with internal clients in determining appropriate method to collect and process data; develops and maintains library assessment related web content; serves on library and University-wide committees. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Preference will be given to candidates who have a Master’s Degree in a data focused field of study, working knowledge of at least one programming language, such as R or python and to those with experience analyzing and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data in an academic setting. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills and ability to interact with and obtain complex information from key personnel across the organization in a timely manner in order to meet multiple external reporting deadlines; ability to clean, debug, and analyze complex datasets that link data from a variety of sources; a thorough knowledge of advanced Excel and Access; the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work both independently, and in small results-oriented teams; possess excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in order to effectively convey results and recommendations of completed analyses; knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of diversity and inclusion throughout an organization are all required.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088