Utah State University

Data Analyst III (Data Wrangler)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/6/2020 7:05 PM)
Requisition ID
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Category (Portal Searching)
Information Technology
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Academic & Instructional Services
Vice President-Academic & Instr Svs
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.


This Data Analyst III position for the Utah State University system, will be responsible for federating and analyzing student data from disparate systems, to provide data-informed decision-support to University leadership. Assigned within the Center for Student Analytics (CSA), this position will leverage complex data using advanced analysis techniques, such as predictive modeling, to support the University's goals.

Under the supervision of the CSA Manager, the position will create strong partnerships with various stakeholders across the University system, to apply sophisticated technical knowledge as a consultant to prepare statistical, narrative reports, and recommendations. The position will provide accessible, action-oriented insights that lead to great optimization and intentionality through collaborative partnerships.


40% Applying sophisticated technical knowledge as a consultant to other units

  • Provides accessible, action-oriented insights that lead to great optimization and intentionality through collaborative partnerships. 
  • Enact expertise surrounding prediction-based models, random forests, and multilevel models. 
  • Build and maintain a close working relationship with analytics software product managers to innovate the field of data science.
  • Diplomatically collaborate with program administrators and other stakeholders to develop context around student participation data.
  • Effectively interpret, process, and synthesize analytics summary data in preparation for executive summaries.
  • Design, author, and distribute executive summaries through leadership-empowering consultations.

30% Communication & Advocacy

  • Identify and pursue opportunities to serve as an emissary for advanced analytics techniques in action.
  • Support, empower, and collaborate with institutional partners across campus.
  • In close collaboration with colleagues, oversee preparation and distribution of public scholarship and peer-reviewed data science.
  • Serve as a primary resource for applied statistical methods using advanced and sophisticated technical knowledge.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to advance institutional optimization and intentionality, especially amongst the University's leadership.
  • Supervision of wage hourly employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

25% Federating Data, Cleaning Data, and Analyzing Data using Advanced Techniques

  • Create new models of analysis that leverage the University's data toward new activities and actions.
  • Serve as a point of contact for data-informed decision-support for USU leadership.
  • Build strong partnerships with program administrators across campus to provide service and empower data literacy. 
  • Create, maintain, and execute a cascading plan of action to federate, clean, and analyze large data sets from disparate sources across campus using advanced techniques, such as predictive modeling, and random forests.
  • Be a champion and liaison for strategic decision-making.
  • Manage daily communication with stakeholders and administrators.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

5% Professional Development

  • Stay informed about the state of the field in data science, predictive analytics, and program evaluation in higher education


The successful candidate for this position should have:

  • A strong interest and aptitude in student success and related data.
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Ability to oversee large training initiatives. 
  • Strong institutional knowledge and relationships.
  • Project management skills, including oversight of timelines and goals.
  • A technical aptitude and understanding of predictive models and ethics of care .
  • An ability to collaborate and follow guidance regarding stakeholder engagement and public communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master's degree plus two years of experience; or a Bachelor's degree plus four years of experience; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience.
  • Experience using analytics software, especially intervention-related software. 
  • Demonstrated track record to work independently and function as a team member.
  • Exposure to and experience using analytics databases, reporting tools, and visualization tools.
  • Experience using analytics in educational settings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three+ years experience working with data in a consultative manner. 
  • Experience sitting on cross-collaborative committees and working diplomatically toward group wins.
  • Experience using Civitas Learning's Illume Impact software.
  • Experience using RStudio.
  • Experience working closely with stakeholders toward optimized academic environments. 
  • Experience with design software, such as Adobe InDesign or similar.
  • Experience with web-based publication (HTML/JavaScript).
  • Success in serving as a consultant empowering others' leadership.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2. Contact information for three professional references to be entered in the Candidate Profile under "References"

3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted in a text box 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.

College/Department Highlights

Academic & Instructional Services (AIS) is committed to student success by working across the USU System—serving and supporting faculty, staff, and students wherever they are located—to advance USU's capacity and reputation to build, deliver, and support academic excellence (teaching and learning), with a focus on quality, accessibility, and innovation. AIS supports a student's journey, from their first point of contact with USU and forward, helping them achieve their higher education goals.

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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