Data and Analytics Associate and Dashboard Developer

St. Paul, MN
Jun 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Data and Analytics Associate and Dashboard Developer position within Information Technology Services (ITS).

The primary focus of this position is to provide data analytics focused on meeting the needs of members of the President's Cabinet, Provost's Council and Strategic Planning Task Forces. The position requires the ability to synthesize currently available data and research, develop and analyze institutional data sets, and prepare data visualizations which blend research and data analysis findings in an interactive, consumable, and informative manner. The position requires an understanding of data sources and the ability to pull small data sets independently. This position requires a curiosity for current trends in higher education and the ability to creatively adapt research methods to a St. Thomas culture. The incumbent must be a self-starter, have the ability to identify areas of potential opportunity for research and analysis whose findings would inform the university community. This position is responsible for creating dashboards either via Cognos active reports or some other interactive reporting/data visualization tool. The position requires the ability to use a multitude of software products which includes: SPSS, NVivo, Excel, PowerPoint, Tableau, and many others.

This position will need to become an expert on all data modules which include: HR, Finance, Student and Financial Aid. They will also be responsible for understanding and using external data sources.

  1. Research – systematic investigation into and study of higher education materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions. This will include identifying current trends and developing insights into the higher education environment using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research techniques, research topics may include student persistence and graduation, student finances, course offerings and modality, student registration behaviors, and much more.
  2. Analytics – the discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data which relies heavily on the simultaneous application of statistics, computer programming and research. This will include utilizing data mining techniques, running statistical analysis, and extracting data sets when needed. This will require understanding of data structures, data definitions, proper usage, and data validation. This will require the use of SPSS, Excel, NVivo or other similar programs
  3. Data Visualization – an effort to help people understand the significance of data by placing it in a visual context. Special attention should be paid to the venue each project would best be visualized. This position will focus on data visualization in the form of interactive dashboard development. This will require the use of dashboard development tools such as Cognos, Tableau, Power BI, Excel, PowerPoint, and other visual software programs.
  4. Dissemination and maintenance - the art of spreading the data visualization widely to those the information would inform and assist in decision making.
This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.

Minimum qualifications: Bachelor's degree and three years of professional experience with database analysis, quantitative research, and survey development. Research/data analytics experience to include working knowledge of statistical analysis software. Must be proficient in complex data modeling, extraction, and manipulation as well as resolving data integrity issues. Technical experience to include proficiency with statistical analysis software packages, survey development software, and experience writing SQL to develop statistical reports.

An equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may be substituted.

Preferred qualifications: a Master's degree in computer science or a quantitative analysis field; working knowledge of the most recent versions of Tableau, SPSS, Cognos, ODS, and data marts as they apply to the higher education environment; and experience in higher education.

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

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The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer