Associate Director of Data Science and Analytics

Associate Director of Data Science and Analytics

locations: Remote in the US or Hybrid in University Park, PA

time type: Full time

posted on: Posted 5 Days Ago

job requisition id: REQ_0000055945


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The Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research (OPAIR) seeks an Associate Director of Data Science and Analytics to help lead the Data Science team in the exploration of research questions that are fundamental to informing decisions regarding higher education policy, including, but not limited to, analyses involving student enrollment, persistence to graduation, student and faculty retention, and other critical initiatives. The Associate Director will work with other members of the Data Science team to make meaning of university data and contextualize the models for a variety of audiences to use in institutional decision-making. Additionally, this position will support institutional research studies, Power BI dashboards, and ad hoc requests in support of the broader institutional research function of the office.

The Associate Director will be responsible for the following:

  • Serve as the primary backup to the Director, assuming leadership responsibilities in their absence to ensure continuity of leadership and oversee the team and projects
  • Present insightful analysis findings and actionable recommendations to executive leadership, facilitating informed decision-making
  • Collaborate with various internal clients (e.g., department heads, deans, directors, analysts) to understand their data and information needs
  • Apply predictive and prescriptive analytics to institutional research questions
  • Write SQL queries to clean and transform data into datasets ready for analysis
  • Develop summaries, reports, dashboards, and recommendations to inform university-wide decision-making
  • Develop and maintain detailed and accurate documentation of all projects

Application instructions: Please submit both a cover letter and a resume.

The location of this position is flexible and can operate remotely within the United States, in-person at our University Park Campus, or in a hybrid model of both in-person and remote. Standard working hours are in the Eastern time zone.

Education and Experience:

Minimally requires a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and six years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate should have the following:

  • 4+ years of experience in data analysis and data visualization
  • Experience mentoring and leading a team
  • Experience in summarizing and presenting analytic findings in ways that are accessible to non-technical audiences
  • Analytical thinking with the ability to translate data into insights for an executive-level audience
  • Experience working in Microsoft SQL server
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of Power BI or other data visualization tool
  • Prior experience with Higher Education data a plus, but not required

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The salary range for this position, including all possible grades is:

$97,100.00 – $145,700.00

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