Strategic Modeling and Data Analyst

Location
Fairfax, VA
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience.
Posted
Sep 15, 2021
Closes
Sep 16, 2021
Ref
FAC8397
Industry
Education
Hours
Full Time
Strategic Modeling and Data Analyst, College of Engineering and Computing

The George Mason University Office of the Dean, within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC), is looking for a highly motivated, organized and people-oriented Strategic Modeling and Data Analyst. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the Department:


The purpose of the CEC, Office of the Dean is to oversee all education, research, development, and administrative activities within the College by providing direction and structure and by working with the associate and assistant deans, individual department chairs, and center directors. The CEC leadership team consisting of the Dean, Interim Divisional Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs, and Program and Center Directors work closely in collaboration with the Offices of the President, Provost, and Senior Vice President of Administration to identify as many resources and opportunities for students within CEC.

About the Position:


The Strategic Modeling and Data Analyst position is essential for the College of Engineering and Computing to be able to provide key stakeholders with the analyses needed to make data-informed strategic, operational, and tactical decisions. The position is expected to perform complex analysis, forecasting, and modeling by utilizing data from multiple internal and external sources. The Strategic Modeling and Data Analyst will report to the Director of Finance for CEC.

Responsibilities:


  • Identify data needs and produce reports, dashboards and other data visualizations to be used in planning, analysis and dissemination of information;
  • Develop and evaluate forecasting models that consider historical trends in student enrollment and retention, strategic goals, future job market demands, and budget implications;
  • Support the data analysis and reporting requirements of the Break Through Tech Grant, a grant to propel more students who identify as women and non-binary into tech education-and ultimately tech careers-through curriculum innovation, career access, and community building;
  • Assist the Chief Diversity Officer with data analysis and reporting to support implementation and reporting on the CEC Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan;
  • Develop and maintain a calendar of regular data requests and reports to share with CEC stakeholders;
  • Assess college data reporting processes and ensure college metrics are consistent with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP);
  • Assist in strategic planning, including defining objectives, implementation of activities to reach targets, and reporting.


Required Qualifications:


  • Master's degree in related field (Finance, Statistics, Data Analytics) or Bachelor's degree with 5-8 years of experience;
  • Proven understanding of forecast methodologies;
  • Knowledge of statistical software and modeling techniques (e.g. R, SAS, Stata, SPSS, Excel);
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and complete projects independently;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, projects and details simultaneously;
  • Ability to work independently and accomplish assignments on deadline;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to perform in-depth data analysis and present insights in a clear manner;
  • High proficiency in utilizing Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint for data analysis and presentations.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Knowledge of higher education environment;
  • Familiarity with engineering accreditation organizations and requirements;
  • Demonstrated experience working with college level or senior level assessment projects for a complex academic organization;
  • Working knowledge of relevant data warehouses (e.g Banner, Microstrategy);
  • Comfort and skill with public speaking;
  • Experience with web-based data collection tools.


Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here


The College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University is comprised of the Volgenau School of Engineering and (effective June 1, 2021) a new School of Computing. The College is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. It boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School highly encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.

George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the city of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public school system.

In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion, a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas.

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For full consideration, applicants must complete the online application at https://jobs.gmu.edu/ for position number FA69Hz; and upload a cover letter, resume, a statement of what diversity and inclusion mean to you (as Other doc), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by August 27, 2021; however, review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
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Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
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