Principal Analyst, Vendor Technology

    • Job Tracking ID: 512223-571986
    • Job Location: Boston, MA
    • Job Level: Sr. Executive
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: April 21, 2017
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: April 26, 2017
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Job Description:

The Opportunity

Eduventures, a division of NRCCUA is seeking a client-focused, analytical thinker who has a strong background in a wide-range of information technology (IT) products and services used by higher education institutions. The ideal candidate will have expertise designing and creating industry-leading IT thought leadership and research, be proficient at leading focused advising engagements for senior IT leaders at public and private institutions, and accustomed to viewing IT in a larger higher education context. This is an exciting opportunity for candidates seeking to apply their experience at a fast-paced, professional research and advisory services organization.

About NRCCUA

The National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) is a leading provider of data and analytics solutions to public and private colleges and universities. NRCCUA’s offerings in the areas of research, data and analytics, allows postsecondary institutions to identify, recruit, admit and serve students across the education industry and throughout the student life cycle. At the same time, NRCCUA helps high school students discover all they can about colleges, universities, and other educational opportunities that meet their needs.

For over 40 years, NRCCUA's mission has been to deliver the research and strategic recommendations necessary for education leaders to drive innovation and compete effectively to meet the needs of today's students and help ensure their future success. NRCCUA is part of Sterling Partners' Education Opportunity Fund.

Responsibilities and Deliverables

  • Advise clients within higher education institutions on key strategic and operational IT decisions, which may include, but is not limited to:
  • Determining the technical requirements to meet required business specifications for a new IT product.
  • Understanding the potential challenges associated with implementation of a technology system.
  • Defining the success factors for the selection, acquisition, and implementation of a technology system.
  • Develop and deliver actionable, leading-edge recommendations about IT products and services for clients.
  • Collaborate with researchers and consultants to:
    • Manage research and data collection to analyze key IT trends and challenges facing leaders of higher education institutions.
    • Support client research advisors and client sales teams in establishing and maintaining client relationships.
    • Represent Eduventures at higher education and technology-related industry events and to the media.
    • Design and execute a thought leadership agenda through research, conference presentations, and webinars.
    • Manage and deliver client-sponsored research and consulting projects.

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Seven to ten years related work experience working for a technology provider serving the education market, working at a research/consulting firm, or working for a higher education institution.
  • Successful candidates will specifically have experience within one or more of the following areas: assessing the IT market, buying IT products and services, managing IT strategy for a higher education institution, or developing a an education-focused technology product.
  • Strong analytical abilities and aptitude for using data to inform decision-making.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills.
  • Exceptional writing and presentation skills: ability to clearly scope and frame issues.
  • A business-oriented mindset.
  • Well-developed client management skills: ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Comfort with technology, including:
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Salesforce.com
    • SPSS, Qualtrics, Marketsight (not required but preferred)
  • Strong project management skills and ability to execute and deliver high quality and on-time research.
  • Proven capabilities in coaching and/or training: ability to influence without authority