Data Scientist**

Albany, NY
Mar 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203

Closing Date: April 27, 2017

Do you share our passion for using analytics for good? Do you want to help a diverse group of learners of all ages, backgrounds, and goals maximize their success in their educational endeavors? Excelsior College is seeking an experienced data scientist to work with dedicated professionals in a positive, supportive, and mission-driven atmosphere!

Excelsior College, a regionally accredited, virtual, private, nonprofit institution of higher learning is seeking dynamic applicants for the position of Data Scientist in the Analytic and Decision Support unit.


As a member of the Analytics and Decision Support team, reporting to the Assistant Vice President, the Data Scientist designs and implements statistical models to inform college processes, enhance business processes, and solve business problems. He or she works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide data and information that supports decision-making, continuous institutional improvement, and regulatory compliance. The Data Scientist also consults on data collection and processes and engages in research associated with model development and implementation.

This ia a full time position based at 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY. Travel is rarely required.


•Translate structured and unstructured business questions into data analytic problems; create appropriate analyses, collaborate with business users to create a working solution using the most appropriate technology platform.
•Extract, clean, transform, and manage data from college systems and public sources
•Develop, implement, and revise predictive and other statistical/analytical models to facilitate productivity, efficiency, and student success
•Solve statistical, machine learning, analytical and data mining problems
•Work closely with the Applications Development and Applications Support teams to integrate analytics products into existing system platforms and identify gaps and alternative solutions as needed
•Prepare, analyze, interpret, and present data to various audiences using tables, charts, and narrative reports
•Develop processes, visualizations, dashboards, and other tools and automated solutions that enable business users at various levels to utilize analytic products on a regular basis
•Liaise with third party analytics providers and consultants on contract with the college
•Serve as a resource to Senior Research Analysts in order to develop team knowledge.


•Masters degree in statistics, mathematics, computer science, or quantitative social science from a regionally accredited or a nationally recognized university required.
•Extensive experience working with large data sets, including data cleansing processes and analysis/imputation of missing data
•Proficiency in advanced statistical techniques (e.g. logistic/linear/multiple regression, decision trees (including random forest), data mining methods, forecasting)
•Experience with SQL and with statistical and analytic programming design and technologies (Python, R, SAS, JMP, etc.)
•Experience in the development of data visualizations and model output within a business intelligence software (such as Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, or QlikView)
•Demonstrated success in analytical problem-solving, applying probabilistic and machine learning technologies to business systems, and project planning and implementation
•Creative and innovative mindset and the inclination to discover novel opportunities for applying analytical techniques
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to communicate analytical results with business leaders and other stakeholders, highlighting actionable insights
•Five or more years professional experience, preferably in a higher education setting

Application Information

If you have problems with online submission, please call 518-464-8532. Thank you.

Note: Screening for this position will start immediately and will remain open thirty days from date of posting.

Excelsior College offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package that includes paid time off, retirement, and excellent health insurance. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, salary history, and the names of three professional references. Please submit requested information at


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