Working Title: Data Consultant
Position Type: University Managerial and Professional Staff
Department: University Advancement
Posting Date: 04-10-2018
Are you a keen analyst with higher than average attention to detail? Do you love to tell stories with data? Can you analyze disparate points of information and identify the essential questions and answers? Do you want to be a part of a high-performing, collaborative team?
The Advancement Operations division of University Advancement is hiring a Data Consultant. We seek a highly-qualified professional who is a self-directed worker and learner, an innovative thinker, a creative and diligent problem-solver, and a collegial team player.
Data Consultants on the Advancement Business Intelligence team in Advancement Operations synthesize complex data; they develop strategic, actionable reports, dashboards and other tools to support the efforts of advancement managers & front line gift officers across Grounds, as well as other business units in University Advancement.
Data Consultants analyze data collected through various channels for the general use of the entire advancement community, and particularly by senior leadership in order to help track progress on campaign priorities.
The Data Consultant is innovative and proactive in reporting, analysis, and visualizations, and is responsible for the development of custom reports and dashboards; researching new and developing business intelligence (BI) technologies, tools and techniques; developing 'proof of concept' solutions to demonstrate benefits of new technologies and/or forecasting models.
Data Consultants drive the fundraising process by initiating strategy meetings with clients; providing consultation regarding fundraising and engagement data and analysis; facilitating communication between units and development officers. Data Consultants are effective communicators, not just with data, but also through verbal and written communication; they work with a broad range of people (technical & non-technical professionals of all levels). Data Consultants are adept and comfortable consulting with clients to gather project specifications, as well as sharing results or other findings to clients.
Successful Data Consultants are curious, and willing to learn not only new technical skills, but also our over-arching business: namely, the business of engaging and connecting alumni and friends to the institution in order to secure financial support that will help the University of Virginia to meet the goals of the goals set forth by the President and the Board of Visitors for the University's Third Century Campaign.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills; ability to analyze and interpret information, interpret patterns, identify trends and make appropriate conclusions.
Strong project management and time management skills; ability to handle multiple projects with critical deadlines and changing priorities.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with development professionals at many levels within the organization.
Ability to manage client and peer relationships in the UVA advancement community and to consult with clients about how to interpret and act upon the business intelligence provided.
Understanding of privacy and data security best practices; ability to handle sensitive information appropriately and maintain confidentiality.
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