Senior Data Systems Specialist
Job ID: R0036172 | Data Analysis | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness (EdPolicyWorks) in the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Virginia seeks a Senior Data Systems Specialist to provide sophisticated data management and analysis to support faculty, staff and students engaged in research-practice-policy partnerships with state agencies and educational organizations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Faculty at SEHD have developed a set of partnership initiatives related to statewide early childhood, K-12 and higher education. This Senior Data Systems Specialist will lead the development of cross-initiative analytic databases and implement internal procedures for data sharing and utilization for research purposes. This position is available either for remote work or in person and has an immediate start date. This position is an initial 12-month appointment with the option to renew for a second year, contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

Role and Responsibilities:
  • Develop systems to create and house cross-initiative data sets in preparation for analysis.
  • Develop data dictionaries and other documentation for cross-initiative data sets.
  • Design and implement internal procedures for data requests, sharing and utilization to facilitate research.
  • Track data use for research purposes to reduce redundancy.
  • Understand RUDA agreements and consult to ensure consistency across existing and new initiatives.
  • Develop protocol for obtaining, maintaining and tracking IRB protocols to conduct research.
  • Coordinate with faculty and data specialists who are involved with the core function of data integration and data analysis.

Required Skills:
  • Bachelor's degree and six years of relevant experience; or
  • Master's degree and two years of relevant experience.

Preferred Skills:
  • Significant preference will be given to those candidates who meet some or all preferred qualifications. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a cover letter detailing how their experience and qualifications align with the following:
  • Degree in data science, education, psychology, public policy or related field.
  • For candidates with a bachelor's degree, at least 8 years of relevant experience or master's degree with at least 4 years of relevant post-degree experience (e.g., database management, data analysis, data documentation).
  • Experience drafting data agreements.
  • Experience working with education data.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong collaboration skills.
  • Ability to work with multiple PIs and members of their teams.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with accelerated deadlines.
  • Proficiency in one or more analytic programming languages (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS).
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex data across a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Commitment to diversity and equity and inclusion in the workplace.

The position will remain open until filled. This is an exempt-level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. This restricted position is an initial 12-month appointment. Renewal for a second year is contingent upon project need, continued availability of funding, and satisfactory performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

For additional information about the position, please contact Jason Downer, Professor of Education.

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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.

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