Assistant Director of Data Analytics

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Hyde Park Campus

35390 Harris Sch Pub Policy

About the Unit
Why policy? For a better world. Why Harris Public Policy? Because when it comes to better policymaking, evidence matters. We work at the frontiers of data collection and analysis, using the latest technology and social science methods to design policies that work for society. We conduct rigorous inquiry in an environment of innovation and risk taking. We collaborate across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, adopting new methodologies to drive better solutions. We engage with our city, our world, and our leaders every day to evaluate and test our ideas. And we lead with our passion for driving social change, knowing that passion alone does not equal impact. This is Harris Public Policy: Social impact, down to a science.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director is responsible for collecting and analyzing data for Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) departments. The position will report to the Associate Director of Data Analytics, Academic and Student Affairs, and work closely with ASA staff. The position will perform data analysis to help make recommendations to improve operations and present findings as needed; automate reports to generate insights for ASA staff; maintain the current students' databases; and administer surveys to assess student satisfaction.


  • Develop working knowledge of the database system within each Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) department in order to extract and manipulate relevant data.
  • Maintain the current students' database and upload new data regularly to the database.
  • Serve as departmental expert on fields and records in the students' database and the tools used to generate reports, lists, data extracts, etc.
  • Develop suite of queries and reports providing timely, accurate data for various purposes, including data reporting and data analysis.
  • Collaborate with ASA colleagues to design and administer surveys in Qualtrics to capture students' data.
  • Assist with the implementation of other data collection efforts.
  • Assist with the integration of data across ASA departments.
  • Intermediate-level analysis and data reporting that drive insights for the ASA team.
  • Ability to leverage data visualization for data analysis, and present findings to key staff members as needed.
  • Create real-time dashboards that provide actionable insights for the ASA team.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with colleagues in ASA as needed.
  • Manage project portfolios for research assistants.
  • Develop and maintain training materials and/or quick reference guides for team members, including documentation of policies and workflow protocols.
  • Develop and maintain system audits to ensure data integrity and accuracy.


  • Strong analytical skills required with a proven record of problem solving.
  • A strong commitment to collaboration and customer service, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organization skills required.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills required.
  • Data visualization skills required.
  • Ability to respond to and prioritize multiple projects required.
  • Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required.
  • An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required in public policy, statistics, computer science, data analytics or related fields required.
  • Master's degree strongly preferred.

  • At least two years of related experience in data analysis required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint required.
  • Proficiency in programming languages (R, Python, etc.) required.
  • Proficiency in relational database (SQL) required.
  • Experience in data modeling, statistical and regression analysis tools required.
  • Familiarity with machine learning techniques preferred.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, Tableau, Qualtrics preferred.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

NOTE: When applying all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 11/28/2018
Application Due: 1/10/2019
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