Data Analyst

The University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Feb 02, 2023
Mar 09, 2023
Full Time

Data Analyst

Exempt 12 months, full-time

The Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment at the University of Maryland, College Park seeks a Data Analyst to respond to institutional needs for policy analysis, mandated reporting, assessment, and evaluation. As part of the office’s Assessment & Strategic Analytics team, the Data Analyst performs analysis, interpretation, and visualization of complex data sources to inform decision-making at all levels of the university.

The Data Analyst is responsible for the design and execution of data and policy analyses. The Data Analyst prepares, analyzes, interprets, and visualizes data from multiple, complex institutional and survey data sets to develop reports for internal and external audiences. They collaborate with institutional stakeholders to create compelling, data-driven stories to facilitate institutional improvement and student success. They also serve as a liaison to colleges and provide subject area expertise on specific topics.

As a highly collaborative team, members of this office work in-person from an on-campus location.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • DATA VISUALIZATION: Develop charts, graphs, dashboards, and visualizations, and tools that help identify, explain, and communicate important findings for institutional improvement and student success. Develop reports in area(s) of expertise, such finance, peer analysis, or similar niche topics. Serve as a resource for best practices of data visualization.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY RESEARCH: Collect and analyze data as needed to support the various accountability functions of the office, including: mandated reporting to the University System of Maryland, the state (Maryland Higher Education Commission), and the accreditation commission (Middle States). Provide support for national projects or other initiatives undertaken by the AAU Data Exchange, such as the exchange and analysis of peer data.
  • DATA PREPARATION: Leverage data in isolated data files and systems (e.g., data warehouses, transactional systems) into shared data assets that can easily be accessed and used by colleagues. Query databases and large data sets and manipulate data (e.g., import data, assess missingness, filtering, transforming variables, deriving variables).
  • ASSESSMENT RESEARCH: Collaborate with the IRPA staff and institutional stakeholders to develop projects and analyses for the purpose of program improvement and assessment and student success. Develop expertise in select data sets, providing in-depth analytic studies. Serve as a member of the Campus Assessment Working Group as appropriate.
  • AD HOC: Conduct data retrieval and analysis for ad hoc and routine inquiries and in support of the data freeze process. This includes serving as the IRPA liaison to a college dean’s office, providing subject area analyses on specific topics using query and presentation tools, and applying knowledge of specific data sets for analysis and data integrity checks.

Job Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in higher education, social sciences, mathematics, statistics, or related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience full time (or equivalent part-time) in a data management or data analytics related role, with a track record of analyzing complex data sets with descriptive data analysis techniques.
  • Experience querying databases and large data sets to combine and manipulate data (e.g., import data, assess missingness, filter, transform variables, derive variables) using data extraction tools.
  • Demonstrated expertise in reporting, querying or analysis tools; and presentation of data across a variety of mediums.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work in team and group environments.
  • Active and ongoing eligibility to work in the United States. Visa sponsorship is not offered for this position.

The following are preferred:

  •  Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in higher education, social sciences, mathematics, statistics, or related field.
  • Experience applying research findings in an applied setting, especially one related to higher education in the U.S.
  • Experience reporting and analyzing data within a context of diversity and intersectionality.
  • Knowledge and experience working with the following data extraction tools: SAS, SPSS, R or SQL.
  • Familiarity with business intelligence tools, such as Tableau, SAS Visual Analytics, or PowerBI.
  • Experience in development and presentation of data analysis and statistical reports.
  • Use of large data sets or data warehouse.
  • Expertise in statistical methods.
  • Applied or professional training in analysis, visualization, or evaluation.
  • Experience in higher education (e.g., institutional research, educational research), particularly finance, student, or faculty information.

Pay band starts at $64K, and salary will be determined by relevant experience and qualifications. Excellent leave, medical coverage, retirement, and tuition remission benefits. The position is available immediately.

Applicants must include the following in a PDF format:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume with current mailing address

Submit application materials to:

Danielle Glazer, Manager of Assessment

Via upload at

Staff position #102362

For best consideration, please submit application materials by February 12, 2023. Position will remain open until filled.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

The University of Maryland is an EOE/AA Employer.

Minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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