EdPolicyWorks Data Management Specialist
Job ID: R0030620 | Data Analysis | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia seeks applicants for one or more Data Management Specialists to join EdPolicyWorks. The Data Management Specialist will support research projects by managing large-scale datasets and creating/implementing structures to ensure data integrity. This position is ideal for detail-oriented individuals with excellent data management skills involving social science data. Strong Stata skills are critical.


The Data Management Specialist will establish effective, organized data systems, including the cleaning, merging, and maintenance of a variety of large administrative and survey datasets within EdPolicyWorks. The successful candidate will be capable of working independently to conduct well-defined complex data tasks with direction from faculty and senior staff.

How You Will Contribute

The Data Management Specialist may have the opportunity to:

  • Develop and implement systems for effective data management.

  • Work with administrative datasets from the Virginia Department of Education, the Louisiana Department of Education, and other educational agencies.

  • Process, organize, and manage data collected through primary data collection, including survey data, child assessment data, etc.

  • Conduct and document quality control checks on data.

  • Create high-quality Stata code to automate and document data processes.

  • Generate basic descriptive analyses and visualizations for diverse audiences including practitioners.

  • Collaborate with partner agencies on data intake.

  • Develop and document systems to meet data security and collaborative needs.

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree in data science, economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, computer science, education or a related field.

  • At least 4 years of relevant experience. Student experience will be considered.

  • Strong coding skills in Stata; experience in R, SAS, or other statistical software a plus.

  • An understanding of data confidentiality principles to ensure data security.

  • Flexibility to work both independently, with minimal supervision, and cooperatively within an interdisciplinary team.

  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time while meeting regular deadlines.

  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

  • Physical Demands: This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master's degree in data science, economics, public policy, statistics, psychology, computer science, or a related field.

  • Experience supporting social science research.

  • Experience working with education data.

  • Demonstrated interest in education and or social/policy


Anticipated Hiring Range: $50,000 to $66,000 (commensurate with qualifications) with UVA benefits.


**Please note that this is a restricted position and continuation beyond a year is dependent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance.**

Physical Demands

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.


If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.


Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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