Senior Data & Visualization Analyst

Job description

Senior Data & Visualization Analyst

Job no: 502882
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Univ Analytics&Inst'l Research
Union: PSU
Categories: Administrative/Office Support, Computer & Information Technology

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Operational Analytics, the Senior Data and Visualization Analyst will gather, analyze, interpret and visualize data to support campus decision makers and school/college analysts, program planning, rankings, and external reporting activities. The Analyst supports the work of the Director and department which is to provision data, information, and analysis campus-wide in accordance with the aims of the strategic plan, to create a culture of evidence at all levels that applies the best possible information and analysis to decisions.

Essential Functions

Data Analysis, Rankings, and Report Generation:

  • Collect, analyze and report institutional data in the form of standardized reports, special analyses, rankings, and research reports.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information including reports mandated by state, federal, and accrediting agencies and offices.
  • Develop and maintain documentation on analysis and reporting methodologies.
  • Data Administration and Statistical Programming:

  • Design, implement and maintain statistical programs using SAS (strongly preferred) or other statistical software.
  • Design, implement, and maintain institutional databases to facilitate responses to data/information requests.
  • Develop and maintain documentation on programming methodologies.
  • Data Visualization:

  • Design, validate, create, and maintain dashboards and data visualizations for campus decision makers using Tableau software and data extracts.
  • Develop and maintain documentation on visualization methodologies.
  • Outreach and Decision Support:

  • Collaborate with other campus offices (e.g., Admission, Financial Aid) to ensure data consistency and integrity.
  • Collaborate with school/college- and unit-level analysts to support local data and analytics consistency, clarity, and quality.
  • Support campus offices using Flagship Analytics dashboards answering queries and providing individual and small group training as needed.
  • Represent University Analytics & Institutional Research in on- and off-campus settings.
  • Contribute to campus-wide data governance and data literacy efforts.
  • Special Projects:

  • Use knowledge of higher education issues, research methodologies, and statistics to assist with special projects (e.g., peer studies).
  • Other Functions

    Perform other related duties as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a quantitatively-oriented field of study.
  • At least 3 years of experience in related higher education position.
  • Knowledge of research, statistical, and evaluation methods.
  • Proficiency with statistical software (preferably SAS), spreadsheet, word processing, database, and other software packages appropriate for analytical and presentation purposes in cloud and PC environments.
  • Knowledge of client-server database querying tools and other analytic processing tools.
  • Proficiency with data visualization software (preferably Tableau).
  • Familiarity with issues related to higher education.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (oral and written) complex issues.
  • Ability to work effectively with varied constituents.
  • Ability to work independently and accurately within specified time frame.
  • Requires work with confidential, sensitive data such as SSNs, Human Resources data, etc.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Physical Demands/Working Conditions

    Typical office environment activity.

    Work Schedule

    • Monday - Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM with occasional nights/weekends needed for deadline-driven work.
    • May require occasional travel to meetings within the state.

    Salary Information

    Associated with Level 29

    PSU Salary Ranges

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume and the name and contact information of three professional references. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of October 20, 2019 in order to ensure consideration. The job posting will remain open until the position has been filled.

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Sep 19 2019 Eastern Daylight Time
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    Posted: 9/21/2019
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