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Research Associate/Data Analyst II, DataSpark

University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI

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Job Title:

Research Associate/Data Analyst II, DataSpark

Position Number:






Position Type:

Professional Staff


PSA/NEA - Professional Staff Assoc

Pay Grade Level:


Pay Grade Range:

$55,723 - $84,035

Status :

Calendar Year, Full-time, Limited




Please note: Job applications must be submitted directly online only at: (

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Extension Contingency Notes:

Position is full-time calendar year, limited to 06/30/2022 with anticipated renewal.

Job Description Summary:

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by August 31, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by September 15, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (September 15, 2021) may not be given full consideration.


Compile, analyze, aggregate, and disseminate a variety of data pertaining to education, workforce, health, child welfare, demographics, housing, public safety, community assets, and other public policy issues. Collaborate with coworkers on data product development and administrative duties. Support relationships with various external stakeholders. Work to complete timely, accurate, high quality project deliverables.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Acquire data and information from various sources. Clean, format, organize, and document data files and use these data to perform a variety of quantitative analyses. Prepare data for import into the RI DataHUB by the DevOps team. Apply GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to create maps that enable data interpretation at many levels of geography. Use longitudinal data to produce a variety of compelling products (reports, charts, maps, visualizations) in formats appropriate for a variety of audiences. Compile and use relevant literature. Produce both technical and informal writings about data. Prepare indicators to populate web tools. Support the process of Data Story development through data analysis, stakeholder meetings, and narrative development. Contribute to planning and design of projects. Communicate with consultants (when applicable.) Participate in software and product related “sprint” planning as required. Evaluate projects and generate lessons learned. Coordinate with supervisor(s) on project priorities. Perform data management activities including dataset documentation. Assist with minor office and administrative tasks.Contribute to social media and other outreach and dissemination activities. Attend and contribute to meetings with community groups and other organizations. Provide “good deeds” data products. OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Perform other duties as assigned.
LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT: Personal computers and printers; word processing, database management, and project management software. Statistical software and GIS.

Required Qualifications:


1. Bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning, mathematics, or related field.

2. Demonstrated experience with data analysis.

3. Demonstrated experience with visualization (including, statistical software and GIS).

4. Demonstrated strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills.

5. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication skills.

6. Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate technical information to a wide variety of audiences.

7. Demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities.

8. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively.

9. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.

Preferred Qualifications:


Master’s degree.



Environmental Conditions:

The physical environment is a climate-controlled office with occasional in-state and out-of-state travel. Requires significant desk-time and computer use.

Posting Date:


Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

(#1) Cover letter.

(#2) Resume.

(#3) “Other Document – References” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

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The University of Rhode IslandURI Picture 1

Founded in 1892, this land and sea grant university is the flagship public research institution in Rhode Island, enrolling more than 14,500 undergraduate students and 2,000 graduate students.

Thinking big
URI is home to some of today’s leading innovators, discoverers, and creative problem solvers and is known regionally and worldwide for its big ideas and pioneering research in such areas as environmental studies, neuroscience, biotechnology and life sciences, engineering, marine sciences, forensic sciences, pharmaceuticals, behavioral sciences, and public health promotion. A strong core of traditional academic disciplines provides the foundation for all specialized, professional, and applied areas of study. The University receives about $60 million annually in federal funding for research across 87 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs.

Motivated students, engaged faculty

Nearly 23,000 students applied for fewer than 3,300 openings in the 2017 freshman class, which boasts an average grade point average of 3.54. The 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio allows for personal attention and rewarding teaching experiences. Approximately 87 percent of faculty hold terminal degrees. In 2018 URI produced two Fulbright Scholars, five Boren Scholars, a Truman Scholar, and was named a one of the country’s top Gilman scholar-producing schools. URI’s commitment to diversity is demonstrated through its student body, with 43 states and 65 nations represented and 20 percent of students identifying as persons of color, a 65 percent increase since 2008.

Four campuses, one community

URI’s main campus is located on 1,248 acres in rural Kingston, where the campus core — including a quadrangle surrounded by handsome granite buildings — is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Six miles from Rhode Island’s beaches, this campus is conveniently situated along the Boston to New York corridor. The University’s renowned Graduate School of Oceanography is located at the 165-acre Narragansett Bay Campus. The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies brings higher education to downtown Providence. Nearby, the 133,000-square-foot Rhode Island Nursing Education Center URI Picture 2includes unparalleled simulation labs. The W. Alton Jones Campus — 2,300 acres of forests, lakes, and farmland in West Greenwich — provides a secluded setting for academic research, environmental education, business meetings and special events.


Investing in the future
Since 2007, the University has invested $607 million in campus capital projects, including: a $150 million engineering complex, due to open in 2019; Brookside, another new apartment-style residence hall, 2019; a Welcome Center, 2018; the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center, 2017; Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 2016; and Avedisian Hall, home to the College of Pharmacy, 2012.


Expertise on demand

The University is home to several centers of expertise that tackle some of society’s most vexing challenges. The George & Anne Ryan Institute for Neuroscience brings multi-disciplinary research to bear on devastating brain diseases, such as ALS and Alzheimer’s. The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Center supports state, national, and international public welfare through education, research, training, and service. The Business Engagement Center is the “front door” through which industry taps into research and training opportunities and assistance with intellectual property or technology issues. The R.I. Food Center brings URI’s agricultural roots to the 21st century as a resource for farmers, consumers, retailers, and others across the food industry

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80 Lower College Road
North Kingston
Rhode Island
United States
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