Utah State University

Data Scientist

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(7/10/2020 3:26 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Extension Home & Community
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Data Scientist for the Rural Online Initiative (ROI) program is responsible for merging and analyzing participant data from different systems to provide data-informed decision-making support and evaluation to program leadership. In this position, the Data Scientist leverages complex data sets using advanced analysis techniques such as predictive modeling and multi-level models to support the program's goals. The incumbent applies this technical knowledge to communicate in both written and oral forms to program leadership, university administration, and stakeholders as a collaborating consultant. The incumbent also provides accessible, action-oriented insights that optimize and encourage strategic, data-driven decisions by program administrators/leadership. The incumbent will use program datasets to publish research in academic journals and participate in research presentations at national and international conferences.


  • Creates, adapts, and implements analytical models to analyze quantitative and qualitative data to inform program processes towards optimization, intentionality, and strategic decision making for program improvement.
  • Collaborates with program administrator and stakeholders to develop the context around the participant collaboration data.
  • Provides technical assistance and support to program leadership regarding grant opportunities, data collection procedures, and program goals, objectives, and   targets.
  • Builds strong relationships and communicates with program administrator and program team.
  • Identifies and pursues opportunities to educate and train in how advanced analytical techniques can strengthen strategic decision making, specifically, in program leadership.
  • Consults with program leadership to provide accessible and action-oriented deliverables.
  • Attends program planning and coordination meetings.
  • Serves as a point of contact and liaison for strategic decision-making within the ROI program.
  • Continuously monitors and assesses program fidelity to assess program quality and efficacy of program implementation.
  • Creates, maintains, and executes a cascading action plan to merge, clean, and analyze large data sets from disparate sources.
  • Designs and develops survey instruments and program evaluation plans.
  • Attends national and international conferences for research presentations.
  • Publishes ROI program impacts and other ROI related research in academic journals.
  • Interprets, analyzes, and synthesizes analytical data to present as executive summaries, annual reports, and scholarly works.
  • Designs and distributes leadership-empowering consultations/trainings in data utilization to program leaders and program team.
  • Supports and collaborates with institutional partners across campus as assigned.
  • Evaluates current program operations and outcomes, and applies research, data, and policy analysis to recommend program improvement strategies.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree with two years relevant experience, doctoral degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to utilize technical knowledge in data analysis such as: latent analyses, multiple regressions, multilevel analyses, parametric and non-parametric analyses, and other prediction-based models.
  • Ability to utilize multiple software packages such as R, SPSS, Mplus, Stata.
  • Ability to visualize data using programs such as R ggplot & plotly, InDesign, Tableau, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to collect data using programs, such as Qualtrics, Zoho, or RedCAP.
  • Ability to consult with program leadership in data optimization and utilization.
  • Verify verbal and written communication skills in both academic and interpersonal settings.
  • Capability to use soft-skills to further program data optimization.
  • Ability to collaborate with and train colleagues and program leadership to better utilize data.
  • Capacity to build and deliver trainings effectively.
  • Ability to interpret and synthesize large data sets.
  • Drive to stay educated in the field of data science, predictive analytics, and higher education program evaluations.
  • Ability to serve as a diplomatic liaison/consultant in technical data analysis to all of USU Extension.
  • Ability to recognize current trends in data sets and build strategic responses.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Writing Sample(s) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination


In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.


The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.


For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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