Functional Data Analyst

Chapel Hill, Orange County
Apr 03, 2014

Department: Graduate School

Application Deadline:

Position Summary: The primary purpose of the Functional Data Analyst position is to support the University's efforts to understand and better assess graduate education. Responsibilities include research involving data collection, analysis of data from multiple sources both internal and external to the University, appropriate presentation of findings in written, oral and online formats, and analyses of best practices. The position will work with The Graduate School and the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) to support reporting requirements and information needs. The selected candidate will also interact with technical and research staff from other campus units in achieving the objectives for specific projects as well as in planning for systemic improvements to enhance data accessibility and reporting efficiency. This position will be responsible for supporting a variety of data collection, management, analysis, and reporting duties that support academic planning and decision-making at The Graduate School.

Education Requirements: Minimum of a master's degree in a field that requires data analysis and the use of research methods, such as public administration, information systems, or other related field. The Functional Data Analyst will understand and appreciate the nature and purpose of higher education, particularly graduate education.

Qualification and Experience: Two to three years of experience working in a data analysis or project management role; preference given toward work with graduate education data, institutional research and assessment, and or higher education settings. Basic technical skills, including: data analysis experience and ability to synthesize large amounts of data in varying formats that include Excel and HTML. Creativity and ability to foster expansion of current and planned research initiatives. Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a productive member of a team consisting of technical, administrative, and research support staff. The nature of the work requires close attention to detail, ability to multi-task to complete assignments with competing deadlines, and project planning and management skills.

Department Contact Name and Title: Beverly Wyrick, Director of Finance and Administration

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: 919-962-6318