The Office of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Lynchburg invites applications for a newly created role of a full-time data systems specialist. This position serves as a technical database expert for institutional effectiveness data needs through utilization of the University’s student information system (Anthology Student®) and other institutional data systems. The incumbent will serve as team member in development of institutional analytics to support strategic planning and operational decisions and will also utilize multiple data systems to produce dashboards for decision-support. This position reports to the director of institutional research and analytics.
The University of Lynchburg is a private, regional, Division III university in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. The overall University enrollment is around 2,500 in undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Works closely with several areas (particularly with the information technology and resources, registrar, enrollment services, and financial aid offices) to migrate, combine and model data from multiple sources to provide new insights using data visualization tools and analysis for decision-making.
- Assists in defining requirements and designing, configuring, developing, testing, and implementing technology solutions and business processes that improve service to students, faculty, staff, Board of Trustees, and alumni.
- Performs analyses to interpret and determine validity and quality of data.
- Assists in performing Anthology Student® system testing, including data quality assurance, operational processes, performance, and usability testing.
- Protects privacy and confidentiality of data as required by the institutional policy and state/federal regulations.
- Develops and maintains complex data extraction, transformation, and load processes to support efficient and effective reporting.
- Consults with end users to define and documents data analysis efforts (data sources, reporting specifications, tools, issue resolutions).
- Develop database querying capabilities from and within Anthology Student® to complete routine data requests and to further assist in system data management and reporting in the areas of research, assessment, and institutional effectiveness to ensure SACSCOC compliance.
- Manages official data repository for University’s historical static data.
- Designs and develops reports and dashboards using BI reporting tools such as Power BI.
- Develops and maintains user documentation and provides user training with technical support to staff.
- Collaborates with colleagues to facilitate progress toward institutional effectiveness goals.
- Remains current in field of institutional research as well as the area of data use and analytics for higher education and engage in ongoing professional development.
- Participates on committees, task forces, teams, work groups and other duties as assigned.
Education, experience, and skills:
- Three years work experience with enterprise data systems, preferably in higher education or a related field.
- Bachelor’s degree in information systems, data analytics, data science, computer science, statistics or related quantitative/analytical discipline.
- Demonstrated excellence in knowledge and understating of computer systems and software.
- Proven ability in utilizing query language such as SQL preferred.
- Experience preferred with Technolutions Slate, Anthology Student® or other higher education student information systems.
- Proven ability with Microsoft Excel pivot tables, filters, and formulas; Microsoft Access queries; Power BI, and Microsoft Dynamics.
- Proven ability in utilizing statistical procedures and principles; performing statistical analysis (in SPSS); working with software, large data sets, and relational databases.
- Strong documentations skills and ability to use project management tools to consistently handle multiple concurrent tasks and deadlines.
- Attention to detail and commitment to exceptional work quality standards.
- The ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals on cross-functional teams.
- Full-time, exempt, benefits eligible
Normal hours and work schedule:
- 7.5 hours/day from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to Apply
Submit an employment application and email or mail a résumé and cover letter to:
University of Lynchburg
Office of Human Resources
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
Application review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The selected candidate will be required to submit official college transcript(s) and must pass a background check that is satisfactory to the University.
The University of Lynchburg is committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from persons of color, women, Indigenous/aboriginal people of North America, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University of Lynchburg community.
The University of Lynchburg is an equal opportunity employer.