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Senior Data Specialist- Remote

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for one or more Senior Data Management Specialists to join EdPolicyWorks. The Senior Data Management Specialist will support research projects by managing large-scale datasets and creating/implementing structures to ensure data integrity. This position is ideal for detail-oriented individuals with excellent data management skills and research experience with involving social science data. Strong Stata skills are critical. The Senior Data Management Specialist will establish effective, organized data systems, including the cleaning, merging, and maintenance of a variety of large administrative and survey datasets within EdPolicyWorks. The successful candidate may also be given responsibility for more advanced data analytic tasks. The successful candidate will be capable of working independently to conduct well-defined complex data tasks with direction from faculty and senior staff.

The Senior Data Management Specialist may have the opportunity to:
  • Develop and implement systems for effective data management.

  • Work with administrative datasets from the Virginia Department of Education, the Maryland Department of Education, and other educational agencies.

  • Process, organize, and manage data collected through primary data collection, including survey data, child assessment data, etc.

  • Conduct and document quality control checks on data.

  • Create high-quality Stata code to automate and document data processes.

  • Generate basic descriptive analyses and visualizations for diverse audiences including practitioners.

  • Collaborate with partner agencies on data intake.

  • Develop and document systems to meet data security and collaborative needs.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Requirements
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Experience: Six years of experience, or Master's degree with at least two years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in data science, economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, computer science, education or a related field.

  • A PhD or master’s degree in education methods or policy, data science, economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, computer science, or a related field.

  • Strong coding skills in Stata; experience in R, SAS, or other statistical software a plus.

  • An understanding of data confidentiality principles to ensure data security.

  • Flexibility to work both independently, with minimal supervision, and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary team.

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time while meeting regular deadlines.

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Experience supporting social science research.

  • Experience working with education data.

  • Demonstrated interest in education and or social/policy

Physical Demands
This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Anticipated Hiring Range: $60,000 to $85,000 Commensurate with qualifications and including UVA benefits.

Application Instructions: Apply Now. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile, search Find Jobs and then R0054256. Complete an application online and include the following documents:

  • A CV/resume

  • A cover letter

All documents can be loaded into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This role is a full-time, restricted position for one year. Continuation is contingent on available funding, satisfactory performance, and need for the role. This position can be remote, hybrid or in person.

For questions about the role, you can contact Allison Atteberry. For questions about the application process, contact Margaret Weeks, Academic Recruiter.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


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The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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