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NCHEMS is Hiring a Research Associate

Position Description

Title: Research Associate
Reports To:  President or Vice President
Employment category: Full time

Who We Are

The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is a postsecondary education consulting organization that unlocks data and evidence to help states, systems, and institutions design policies and practices to meet their goals. Since 1969, we’ve been engaging higher education leaders and state and system-level policy makers, providing the insights and intelligence they need to create and sustain successful higher education institutions and systems.

About the Position

Successful NCHEMS Research Associates are critical thinkers that bring data and evidence to bear on some of the most pressing challenges facing higher education systems and institutions today. They juggle multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, possess data management skills, have good familiarity with analytical tools that support effective data analysis and visualization, and use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. NCHEMS Research Associates are team players willing to roll up their sleeves and work shoulder-to-shoulder with their colleagues and are ready to learn in a fast-paced and changing work environment. They approach problems with creativity, an awareness of the realities of the public policy process, and an eagerness to deeply understand the unique contextual features that will affect the suitability of possible solutions. The Research Associate is responsible for conducting detailed, data-driven analyses and contributing to effective project management in support of NCHEMS’ mission. Drawing on a wide range of skills, the Research Associate collects, manages, analyzes, and presents quantitative and qualitative data to a diverse group of stakeholders and partners.  Depending on their strengths and interests, they may represent the organization to external audiences. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Work Location

While NCHEMS operates in a hybrid environment working a few days a week in the office (based in Boulder, CO) and the other days working from home, we will consider fully remote candidates on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Job Qualifications and Experience

Benefits and Anticipated Salary Range

The salary range for this full-time position is $75,000 – $85,000.

NCHEMS offers a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision insurance, flexible spending and health savings account, commuter benefits, retirement benefits, life and disability insurance, and paid time off.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume and apply here:


The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

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