Senior Analyst / Data Scientist

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO

ID: 7106336
Posted: July 25, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

UNC Background
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,400 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.

One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students – this is how we define a Students First university.

Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next ten years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.

Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado’s future.
Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.

As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
Physical Demands
Prolonged continuous use of a computer display/terminal.
Job Summary
This position is a senior analyst/data scientist position which will serve all areas of the University by providing advanced statistical and evaluative analyses specific to increasing University effectiveness. This person will function as part of a team of analysts who work collaboratively to provide comprehensive analytics for decision-making utilized to support the mission of the University. This position is part of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Analyze institutional data to increase institutional effectiveness in all areas of the University, prioritizing the needs of Academic Affairs. This requires in depth knowledge of data structure, data definitions and complicated database design. The incumbent will work with a team of OIRE and BIDE analysts to provide excellent customer service to OIRE’s internal customers.
Applies advanced statistics including decision trees, random forests, naïve bayes, multi-level modeling techniques, clustering, and other advanced techniques and quantitative research methods to develop metrics and build exploratory, explanatory, and predictive models that inform decisions .
Integrate R or Python models into visualization tools such as Power BI/Tableau
With the Director, assist in the design of data literacy training for UNC stakeholders. Development of recorded sessions for on-demand availability, ad-hoc training, and development of workshop materials will be part of this task.
Create detailed documentation of processes and reports.
Professional development to maintain skill sets necessary to keep current in the field.
This position requires a person who has advanced statistical modeling and programming skills, advanced database programming skills (WebFocus/SQL), is self-motivated and can work independently as well as in a team environment. A person in this position should understand the complexities of higher education and the interworking of an academic institution and the data associated with an ERP system.

This position may be eligible for remote work.
Minimum Qualifications
A degree with an emphasis on statistics, data science or similar areas of study or equivalent work experience.
5-years of relevant professional experience working as a statistician, analyst, or report-writer.
Additional Abilities:
Programming experience with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, R, Python or Stata is required.
Experience with computer systems, database structure, and report writing tools such as Web Focus, SQL Developer, MS Query, Cognos or Oracle Discover is required.
Experience building advanced statistical models is required.
Salary offered based on education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications
Experience with Ellucian ERP (Banner) or other higher education ERP systems is desired.
Knowledge of higher education is a plus