Under direction of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (West Virginia State University), the IR Data Analyst will work with and under the direction of the Director for Institutional Research and Assessment will plan, develop, coordinate, and implement the college's institutional research and assessment program, and perform related administrative duties, as required.
This is a non-classified position reporting directly to the Director for Institutional Research and Assessment.
. General Duties, Responsibilities and Objectives
Establish project scope, goals, metrics/KPIs
Research and identify internal and external data sets, current research/knowledge sources and best practices relevant to current and future projects.
Regularly perform data discovery. Identifying and recommending additional sources of internal and external data supporting current and future projects.
Collection and Preparation
Manage the acquisition, storage and utilization of internal and external data sets.
Develop and maintain databases, data collection systems, data analytics and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality.
Validate, transform and otherwise prepare data for analysis.
Analysis and Reporting
Use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data and create useful and sometimes complex reports and dashboards.
Where appropriate, use data mining, machine learning and advanced statistical methods to gain insights, actionable information and measurable outcomes.
Incorporates the four types of data analytics: descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive, into all projects where appropriate.
Create dashboards and other data visualizations to track progress towards goals, inform student success and institutional improvement with appropriate KPIs and metrics.
Support and recommend long-term RSP projects such as creating models that depict trends in student success, enrollment trends, academic programs, financial, student financial aid, program demand, retention and graduation, establishing metrics, KPIs and others.
Recommend “out of the box” analysis and projects based on collected data, institutional goals, current and future opportunities and threats.
Work with Deans, Department Chairs, Directors and other stakeholders in asking questions, prioritizing needs, identifying and analyzing data, interpreting results and adapting appropriate performance metrics/KPI.
Support initiatives identifying data integrity issues, negotiating solutions and training end users to increase data accuracy.
Provide support, guidance and collaboration with team members to identify new data sources, data collection, and facilitate data usage.
Evaluate current software components and make recommendations.
Data science is a broad field. Often individuals have an interest or expertise in related fields not directly applicable to their primary position. In addition to the primary responsibilities outlined above, this position will have the opportunity to utilize skills/interest in any of the following fields: Data Visualization, Big, Data, Economic and Geospatial Intelligence, Business and Financial Intelligence or Qualitative Intelligence.
Knowledge and Skills
A Master's degree in Analytics, Statistics, MIS, Business Intelligence, Actuary Science or other analytical discipline from an accredited institution.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in an analytic field. Experience in Higher Education preferred.
Strong analytical skills. Able to make logical sense of complex issues.
Excellent communication and documentation skills.
Works closely with and communicates effectively with users and stakeholders.
Highly organized. Able to prioritize projects and requests.
Works well in a team environment, yet able to work effectively on their own for extended periods.
Follows Agile development methodology for timely and precise delivery of products for end users.
Software and Analytic tools
Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Access and Excel
Intermediate knowledge of SQL programing Language
Intermediate knowledge of SPSS, Python, R or other statistical software
Working knowledge of SQL Server Management Studio
Working knowledge of another language and its libraries. Python preferred
Knowledge of or experience with Salesforce and Einstein
Knowledge of ERP systems. Jenzabar preferred.
Broad understanding of Information Systems.
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About West Virginia State University Research and Development, Cor
The WVSU Research and Development Corporation was established as the fiscal agent of the University to allow greater flexibility in managing federal, state and private foundation grant funds and to facilitate utilization of grant funds in contracting for research support and public service activities.
The Corporation is a legal entity, sanctioned by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) foundation and authorized under Senate Bill 520. The Board of the Corporation is composed of faculty, staff and administrators of the University, as appointed by the President.
The Corporation manages more than 200 active projects and grants.