Data Scientist (Associate, Academic, and Institutional Studies II) (504223)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Sep 28, 2021
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services

Job Description


Position Summary

The mission of San Diego State University's Analytic Studies & Institutional Research (ASIR) is to broadly support Academic Affairs including academic colleges, Enrollment Services, Faculty Advancement & Student Success Resource Management, and Student Affairs with information to inform decision-making. To do so, ASIR leverages available technical resources and staff expertise to ensure data integrity, develop data tools, build partnerships, promote data literacy, conduct in-depth analyses and activate predictive modeling for operational and strategic needs that support campus decision-making. ASIR is also responsible for collecting, reviewing, and validating student data and faculty workload for the Enrollment Reporting System (ERS) and Academic Planning Data Base (APDB) required by the Chancellor's Office.

The ASIR Data Scientist will develop and maintain a learning/data analytics infrastructure for the campus, including novel machine learning innovations for the underlying data mining engine. The position will conduct research which is application driven around high priority initiatives identified by campus strategic leaders. The Data Scientist will apply expertise in statistical learning, predictive modeling, and computational prowess to develop and automate a learning analytics framework for ASIR predictive modeling tasks and applications. This position is also responsible for the dissemination of findings, including presenting results to the campus at applicable venues including Academic Deans Council, Admissions Advisory Group, SDSU Center for Teaching and Learning, and to analytics partners at the CSU Chancellor's Office. It also includes building front-end visualizations and data tools for the wider campus audience. The ability to translate data into actionable information is essential. This position requires strong attention to detail, deep understanding of institutional data and processes, ability to work independently, awareness and application of higher education issues and SDSU academic policies specifically.

Under the general supervision of the ASIR Student Success Director and faculty advisor, this position requires the ability to utilize statistical expertise to formulate research projects, work independently and as part of a team to translate and analyze complex institutional data into usable information for university decision-makers and to present findings as a technical and statistical expert. Other related duties as assigned. Very strong analytical, statistical, communication, and technical skills are essential.

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This is a full-time (1.0 time-base) benefits-eligible, permanent (probationary) position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Education and Experience

Four years of progressively responsible administrative, technical, or professional analytical experience which demonstrates ability to conduct substantive surveys and studies of problems and issues in assigned areas and equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university or rank of Associate Professor or higher in a four-year college or university and demonstrated experience in research or special study work may be substituted for the four years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's in Statistics or related field
  • Data mining, predictive modeling, and analytics expertise
  • SQL, Python or other query language
  • Knowledge of Tableau visualization software and/or reporting-dashboard technology
  • Experience with educational data, student information data specifically
  • Experience in institutional research

Specialized Skills
  • Advanced proficiency with statistical software such as R and SPSS
  • Advanced experience with Excel and reporting/visualization software such as Tableau.
  • Database query building and programming in SQL Server
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (OLAP cubes)
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills are also essential

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $5,500 per month. CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,325 - $9,635 per month. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on September 3, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by September 2, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at or 619/273-3343.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

San Diego, California 92182 United States View Map