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The University of Washington Office of Planning & Budgeting (OPB) supports the UW community in accomplishing its goals through the planning and allocation of financial and physical resources, and by providing analysis and information services to enhance university decision-making, planning and policy formation.
Institutional Data & Analysis (IDA), a sub-unit team in the Office of Planning & Budgeting, is responsible for providing statistical and analytical reports to support the decision-making and planning activities of University administration. In addition, the office is responsible for responding to a wide variety of internal and external information requests about students, faculty and staff, and other key areas of University activities. As a part of that responsibility, IDA collaborates with campus partners on institutional reporting, analysis and data management needs. And, as partners with UW-IT, IDA works to build a foundation in the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) that supports analytical (rather than operational) work.
We have an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director, Institutional Data & Analysis.
Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost for University Analytics and Institutional Research, the Assistant Director bring years of experience in the traditional roles of the Data Analyst and Statistician, while incorporating Project Management and Business Intelligence disciplines. This particular role will be focused on the management and improvement of day-to-day requests for institutional data and analysis.
This role will assist the Assistant Vice Provost for University Analytics and Institutional Research by managing day-to-day ad hoc requests for data and regular reporting deadlines (e.g. IPEDS, CDS, rankings surveys); leading internal process improvement projects for office (e.g. website revamp, PCHEES automation, etc…); and partner with campus teams to streamline and improve analytical modeling and institutional reporting for campus use (e.g. Profiles 2.0, data academy for UW), responding to ad hoc requests for data, reports and analyses. In addition, this role will serve as the backup for the Assistant Vice Provost.
This position will require the individual to learn about data elements in a complex data environment, participate in the development of consistent definitions and methodology while quickly identifying problems with the current business environment, and following that up with the patience to develop long-term business process improvements and corresponding practical implementation strategies that leverage both technical and business acumen.
Must be able to conceptualize and communicate results of complex analysis to campus partners and leadership. This position will be responsible for conveying such results to a broad audience with varying analytical and technical skill sets.
Excellent listening and interpersonal skills are needed to comprehensively identify solutions to both articulated needs and sub textual assumptions. Project management and effective communication are necessary skills for the successful candidate, with a critical eye and keen sense to determine relevance and maintain scope while working in detailed data sets with a high degree of outliers.
Duties & Responsibilities
(30%) Manage and oversee day-to-day ad-hoc requests for data and regular reporting deadlines (e.g. IPEDS, CDS, rankings surveys).
(20%) Develop and revise queries and reports to meet federal, state, and other reporting requirements. Respond to ad hoc data requests. While doing so, contribute to the development, capture, and documentation of standardized approaches to responding to questions that are asked repeatedly.
(15%) Lead internal process improvement projects for office (e.g. website revamp, PCHEES automation, etc…) Design and implement data solutions that support OPB's short and long-term information and analysis goals.
(15%) Partner with campus teams to streamline and improve analytical modeling and institutional reporting for campus use (e.g. Profiles 2.0, data academy for UW).
(10%) Serve on campus and external institutional research committees (i.e. ATI, APLU, Grad/Retention Taskforce) as the lead IDA representative.
(10%) As a dedicated backup to the Assistant Vice Provost, attend meetings, present analytical findings to leadership, and provide management to IDA team staff.
• Bachelor's degree in social sciences, math, statistics, or other information technology related field. • Minimum five years combined experience as an analyst, report developer, data modeler or other data analysis related role is required and experience in an Institutional Research or analytical office, preferably within a higher education or other public sector setting. • Work experience which demonstrates data analysis and reporting that includes experience using SQL, SAS, r, or other data management, querying, and statistical tools. • Experience in the design, development, and implementation of streamlined or automated reporting solutions; • Proficiency in data querying and cleaning– on the job experience with tools for reporting, statistical analysis and ad hoc requests; strong knowledge of data structures and ability to efficiently manipulate/query data. • Ability to flex between conceptual, big picture planning and detail-oriented research; excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills, with keen attention to detail; • Excellent listening and interpersonal skills; ability to communicate ideas in both technical and user-friendly language; highly self-motivated and self-directed, with an ability to bring enthusiasm and energy to a collaborative team environment; strong negotiation, facilitation and consensus building skills. Strong oral and written communication skills as well as group presentation skills. • Ability to conduct research into higher education policy.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Two of the most important requirements for this position are a curious nature and high level of self-motivation to explore new areas and gain an understanding of how things work. In addition, the successful candidate will have strong communication skills, including an ability to probe with necessary questions and to listen to answers provided. In addition, the following are desired:
• A master’s degree or additional experience in a related field. • Extensive use of a variety of data, visualization, and statistical tools. • Master's degree in management information systems, data analytics, statistics, math or other information technology related field. • Project Management experience or abilities • Experience using data visualization tools (i.e., Tableau) • Knowledge or experience supporting or using Statistical Analysis/machine learning tools (R, Python, SAS, SPSS, STATA)
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