Data/Research Analyst - Institutional Research - (21001407)
The Office of Institutional Research serves as a resource for the Tufts University community. We provide accurate and timely information to stakeholders across the university, support informed planning and decision-making at all levels, and fulfill key external reporting requirements. We employ an innovative and resourceful staff with expertise in data analysis and survey research, who can communicate the results of their research clearly and effectively.
Drawing on technical and analytical competencies, the Data/Research Analyst will extract, analyze, visualize, and describe a variety of institutional data for internal operational and strategic decision making as well as external reporting to federal agencies, rankings agencies, and other organizations. The Data/Research Analyst will work collaboratively with the Institutional Research staff to maintain and further develop the quality and accessibility of institutional data; they will collect, refine, and manage data from internal and external information systems, surveys, and data stewards. When no relevant data exists, the Data/Research Analyst will design and execute research protocols to collect it. The Data/Research Analyst will prepare reports, presentations, and interactive data visualizations for a variety of audiences. Throughout, the analyst will be expected to continually hone their technical, analytical, and problem solving skills and participate in committees and other work as assigned.
Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of bachelor's degree or equivalent plus 2-3 years of related experience.
Basic familiarity with social science research methods, quantitative methods in particular.
Experience with working with data and with statistical software (SPSS or R preferred).
Excellent capabilities with Microsoft Excel, including proficiency with Pivot Tables, lookup functions, text functions, and logical functions. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate with non-technical audiences. Ability to effectively visualize data.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines, prioritize and follow through on projects, work independently on several projects of varying scope at the same time, and adapt to changing situations, demands, priorities, and procedures. Ability to work independently within basic guidelines and parameters and with minimal supervision.
Collaborative interpersonal communication skills; ability to get along with widely diverse personalities.
Must be detail-oriented and able to solve problems creatively and independently. Must be able and willing to learn new skills.
Must be able to maintain a high degree of integrity while professionally handling confidential data
Master's degree or higher in education, public health, statistics, computer science, data science, or related field
Familiarity with institutional research and/or higher education more broadly
Experience working with large datasets, querying tools, and/or programming tools such as R, SQL, or Python
Experience with Microsoft Excel/Word macros
Experience in developing and maintaining data management systems
Understanding of relational and dimensional data models and structures
Experience with data warehouse and business intelligence issues
Working knowledge of Tableau or other data visualization software
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Medford/Somerville
Organization: Institutional Research
Employee Status: Regular Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Jun 4, 2021, 3:30:18 PM
Internal Number: 21001407
About Tufts University
Tufts is a leader in American higher education, distinctive for its success as a moderately sized university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Our unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in our environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement.