Analysis and Planning Consultant 4

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of the President
Office of Planning and Assessment
Full/Part Time:


The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned uniquely with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just University. As the Commonwealth`s only land-grant institution, Penn State takes pride in its mission of teaching, research, service, and focus on the future. Penn State is a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, one of 62 universities recognized for their especially strong research and academic programs. This position is physically located in the University Park campus location, but connection to the 24 campuses around the Commonwealth is essential for this role. The uniqueness of Penn State as an organization allows a person in this role to use and apply planning work in a variety of institutional contexts and sizes, all under the Penn State name. Penn State is also unique in its approach to its planning process, investing money in pilot projects that are intended to support the work of the strategic plan. The Planning Analyst in the Office of Planning and Assessment (OPA) at Penn State supports the work of the Penn State community through the systematic collection, analysis, and reporting of data related to unit and University planning to help Penn State make an impact through reinforcing its various strategic efforts, which are meant to impact the community, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the world. The Planning Analyst will support the University through the assessment of strategic plan progress (at the unit and University levels) through data collection procedures meant to highlight the work the University is doing in support of its strategic plan foundations, thematic priorities and supporting elements. Through data analysis and visualizations, the Planning Analyst will help tell the story about the impact of the work that Penn State conducts related to strategic planning. This position requires an understanding of advocacy and an understanding of what teaching, research, and service mean in the context of a land-grant University seeking institutional change. This position will support University leadership in the assessment of multi-year strategic plans at all levels of the University, which includes establishing processes and procedures for collecting, compiling, analyzing, and presenting internal and external information and data relevant to organizational performance, planning, and decision-making. The Planning Analyst will also conduct in-depth, high-level research studies linked to the strategic plan to include qualitative and quantitative analyses and prepare written reports and oral presentations on major organizational initiatives. The Planning Analyst reports to the Director of Planning. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience in applying statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS, STATA, SAS) for quantitative analysis of both structured and unstructured data related to educational research is required. Experience using reporting analytics solutions (e.g., Power BI, Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics) to depict complex information related to higher education in a meaningful, comprehensible, and accessible manner is required. Demonstrated success in presenting data and analyses clearly and accurately in both written and oral formats is required. The successful applicant should be able to apply methodological expertise to convey meaning around planning initiatives related to the strategic plan of Penn State, which is available here: Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, problem solving, attention to detail, and time management skills required. This job will be filled as a level 4. A completed Ph.D. in a field that studies higher education, engages the social sciences, or a related area is preferred. For more information about the Office of Planning and Assessment, please visit the following site:

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