Working in Higher Education in New England

As part of its mission to tie higher education to the economic well being of New England, NEBHE has partnered with the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE HERC) to provide access to recruitment and employment resources to address faculty and staff hiring needs. The mission of the NE HERC, which was founded in 2006, is to advance the efforts of member institutions to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and to assist dual-career couples. Moreover, together with NEBHE, NE HERC seeks to raise the profile of the higher education industry in New England as an employer of choice for diverse and highly qualified professionals across all disciplines and functions.

With nearly 18,000 registered job-seekers, 3,000 faculty and staff jobs, and 2.5 million unique website visits per year, NE HERC provides the largest higher education job board in New England, as well as a community of 62 member institutions sharing best practices and participating in strategic networking events and an assortment of targeted professional development opportunities every year.

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Working at NEBHE

Policy & Research Analyst

General Summary

The Policy and Research Analyst is a full-time position at the New England Board of Higher Education and will be an integral member of the NEBHE’s Policy and Research team. The successful candidate will be an individual who can think critically, communicate complex ideas and technical information in easy to understand ways, work independently as well as in a team, and find a little fun in his or her work. The analyst will be responsible for generating relevant primary and secondary research, including: identifying, synthesizing and presenting information related to college readiness and alignment with PreK-12 education; college affordability; college access and completion; employability and workforce development and other key policy issues in higher education. The analyst will also provide coordination support on key initiatives of the Policy & Research team, such as the High Value Credentials for New England project and others.

Essential Job Duties

  • Assist in the research, development and dissemination of timely and high-impact policy reports and presentations, such as trend analyses, promising or innovative practices or programs, policy solutions to pressing problems, and key indicators of PreK-12 education, higher education and equity in the region
  • Assist Policy team in collaborating with the New England state legislators, governors’ offices, PreK-12 and state higher education leaders through NEBHE’s Policy and Legislative Advisory Committees and other avenues
  • Respond to requests for data and research from state policymakers, higher education leaders, media, other external parties, and NEBHE colleagues
  • Support NEBHE President and CEO on special research projects
  • Assist in planning and running NEBHE meetings, conferences, and events
  • Maintain current knowledge of issues and developments in higher education policy and practice and New England state contexts and challenges


  • Knowledge of and experience in social science research, including design methodology, data collection, querying databases, using descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze data, and drawing conclusions
  • Understanding of PreK-12 and higher education governance structures and policies
  • Understanding of the postsecondary education credentialing landscape
  • Knowledge of major issues and challenges facing higher education, especially state policy and institutional sustainability
  • Knowledge of information and data sources related to Pre-K to 12 education, higher education, demography, workforce, economy and other public policy issues affecting the New England states and nation
  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • Well organized, with great attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to communicate technical, complex or unfamiliar information to a variety of audiences through writing, visual and oral presentation
  • High-level proficiency with MS Office, especially Excel
  • Proficiency with WordPress, Tableau and social media best practices
  • Proficiency with statistical software (e.g. STATA, R, SPSS) preferred
  • Sense of humor!
  • Ability and interest in working collaboratively

Supervisory Responsibility

This position may assist in supervising Policy and Research Interns.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

  • Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
  • May spend extended periods at a computer or on a telephone.
  • Valid drivers license required.
  • May require travel to meetings across New England and conferences across the country.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that summarizes qualifications and work experience, along with a detailed resume to:

Marla Phippen
New England Board of Higher Education
45 Temple Place Boston, MA 02111

via an email message addressed to presidentsoffice [at] nebhe [dot] org.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.