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Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
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Posting Number:


Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist

Anticipated Hiring Range:

$70,000 - $82,000

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday; 9 am - 5 pm (flexible, as needed)

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Friday Institute

About the Department:

The work of the Friday Institute focuses on helping schools become future-oriented organizations that build upon their traditional strengths to best serve the students of today and tomorrow. We don’t just Think and Do, we challenge others to innovate with us. Through cutting-edge research and cross-sector collaboration between education, government and private industries, we empower educators and their students to be forward-thinking learners and leaders, contribute to our social and economic well being, and meet the challenges of a global knowledgeable workforce.

The Friday Institute’s Technology Infrastructure Lab (TIL) is constantly analyzing new technologies to see where benefits can be realized in the State. By working across multiple organizations including K-12 schools, community colleges, universities, nonprofits, and the State’s Department of Information Technology, the team has a bird’s eye view of many initiatives and can often identify opportunities for collaboration and economies of scale. The TIL is a data-driven organization that mixes staff members with backgrounds in computer engineering, business, education, public policy and analytics. Combined, these skill sets produce solutions that attack problems from various angles with a wide aperture.

Essential Job Duties:

The Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist will build tools to be used by community colleges and K-12 schools to better apply their funding to the most cost-effective options available. In addition to database development and analysis, an understanding of educational public policy and public school funding mechanisms is desired. Familiarity with individual North Carolina educational institutions and other governmental agencies is greatly desired.

The Data Analyst and Visualization Specialist will provide data to education policymakers, stakeholders and researchers that will influence key decisions the state faces with regards to educational technology.

The specialist will assist teams across the Friday Institute to (1) develop web-browser based survey tools to gather data from students, teachers, instructors and staff; (2) utilize data analysis tools with modern APIs to connect to query tools such as SQL databases and visualization tools including Tableau; (3) and write Python, R or STATA scripts that demonstrate how to access the data in a Google or AWS cloud environment; and (4) integrate numerous disparate data sources into a unified database so that various “what if” scenarios can be modeled out for multiple variables.

The ideal candidate possesses knowledge of the foundations of statistics, GIS, database structure, and best practices for data integrity.

Conveying highly technical data in a method which policymakers can act upon is a key skill. This department frequently develops reports and datasets which are presented to bodies such as the State Board of Education, the General Assembly and the Federal Communications Commission.

Other Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced certification in computer science, data science, or similar technical field; or 4 years of experience using software for data analysis; or an equivalent combination of education, training and relevant experience.

Other Required Qualifications:

Strong skills in Tableau, Tableau Prep, and Tableau Server to design and maintain visualizations and interactive dashboards.

Excellent analytical, problem solving and organizational skills. Ability to comprehend complex systems and related specifications and requirements; understand and follow directions; communicate with education stakeholders.

Strong skills in advanced Excel/Google Sheets topics including multi-variable lookups (DGET, VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, GETPIVOTDATA, and SQL-like queries). Experience with large data systems, machine learning principles is desired.

Experience working with large datasets..

Willingness to learn tangential technology topics, such as federal and state broadband policy and wireless technology so that cost/benefit analysis can be developed based on relevant data and understanding of the technology tradeoffs and options.

Preferred Qualifications:

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree and experience in research and/or evaluation in K-16 educational settings.

Skills in applying programming languages such as R and Python, commercial off the shelf tools such as ArcGIS, STATA, and database tools such as SQLite and MySQL.

Familiarity with HTML/CSS and Markdown.

Knowledge of statistical analysis languages (e.g. R, Python, STATA) and industry standard software libraries, such as dplyr, ggplot, pandas, numpy and scipy.

Experience working with large datasets in an educational research setting.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Position Number:


Position Type:

EHRA Non-Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

139001 - Friday Institute


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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