The Data Visualization & Research Analyst (DVRA) is involved in the collection, extraction, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and recommendation of data and results relating to institutional effectiveness, planning, and accreditation that drive decision-making. Developing queries for data extraction and manipulation using T-SQL or other programming languages, using data visualization software such as Tableau or Power BI to develop presentation quality reports and visuals, while utilizing SAS, R, and/or SPSS for descriptive and inferential statistical analysis used in standard institutional research applications is required for this position. The DVRA must analyze and summarize complex and sensitive issues with campus wide impact in creative and innovative ways (e.g., information dashboards, interactive data visualizations, and metric reports). The DVRA continually evolves and maintains fresh, functional, and compelling visualizations that clearly convey the key insights of report findings in a timely manner. This individual will perform all aspects of the data visualization process from concept to prototype through to launch and upkeep. Furthermore, the DVRA must operate with great independence, often identifying self-training and testing tools to measure the applicability to support the campus and our work.
- Extracts and manipulates complex data sets using data management software (e.g., T-SQL, other programming languages, etc.) to extract and manipulate mid-to-large data sets from the database and merge or concatenate with other data sets, as needed for further analysis.
- Performs statistical procedures related to sampling, correlation analysis, projections and other quantitative/qualitative measures applied in institutional research and creates meaningful reports using data visualization tools that can be acted upon for internal and external constituencies.
- Performs a variety of duties related to ensuring data integrity including data cleaning, documentation, audits, and quality control processes.
- Provides in-depth analysis and evaluation of variable factors to support report development and create analyses that generate results to new questions.
- Develops reports and other methods to present information that highlight primary metrics and findings.
- On a regular basis, produces and/or presents analyses to persuade, influence, or negotiate methods and objectives for complex projects utilizing creative presentation techniques to gain interest in analyses that advance campus decision making.
- Creates and maintains novel data visualizations that thoughtfully convey key research insights and provide an interactive opportunity for public engagement.
- Works closely with researchers and other developers respond to and evaluate ad hoc requests for data, research projects and studies.
- Convert mockups into functional data visualizations.
- Helps to maintain and develop documentation for all data visualization project deliverables and ensure ease of use for end-users.
- Attends classes, seminars, and conferences that enhance expertise. Serves on departmental, campus-wide or university-wide committees as appropriate, and participates in activities that enhance the campus community and support the university mission.
- Reasonable and consistent attendance to fulfill requirements of the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to communicate complex statistical information to any educated individual
- Ability to provide evidence of psychometric soundness of instruments
- Advanced database utilization skills (e.g., querying, extraction, manipulation)
- Ability to query databases in a data warehouse environment
- Experience with higher education academic assessment institutional research theory and practice
- Awareness of current trends and directions within the scope of assigned duties
- Strong strategic planning, decision-making, negotiation, and persuasion skills.
- Excellent verbal and written communication, and interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to present data clearly to a wide range of audiences
- Ability to manage multiple detailed tasks/projects simultaneously and meet strict deadlines with frequent interruptions
- Proficient with Microsoft Word and other applicants in the Microsoft Office Suite
- Strong self-initiative and service oriented; must work well independently and as part of a team
Education and Experience
- Master's degree in related area and/or 5-7 years of experience/training relevant to the above stated knowledge and skill sets in higher education is required.
- Specialized training in statistical, visualization, and/or data management software applications (e.g., Tableau, Access, advanced Excel techniques, R).
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in research methodology, statistical analysis, trending, interpretation of data and findings.
- Minimum of 3 years of survey design and administration experience in a higher education environment
- Expertise with large databases and quantitative analytical tools, such as SPSS or SAS
- Experience in survey design, development, implementation, and reporting