Arizona State University - Tempe, Arizona - Full time

Director of Data Science

Arizona State University

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Campus: Tempe


Job Description

The Decision Center for Educational Excellence (DCEdEx) brings together individual level PK-20 student data and convenes key stakeholders in an unprecedented way that results in real change for Arizona’s students and families. The DCEdEx team uses clear data visualization to present information to practitioners, community members and policy makers to help guide their decision making.

This role leads the design, examination, visualization, and modeling of potential new policies and innovative solutions for improved education outcomes as part of DCEdEx’s work to empower all Arizona students to maximize their potential, experience an excellent quality of life and contribute to healthy and vibrant communities.

Working with a growing team, uses research expertise and advanced data analytics, including predictive and explanatory/causal models, to have a direct social impact. Advances and communicates the Center’s mission of bringing data, university resources, and stakeholders together to understand the current state of the educational system and implement positive change.

Salary Range

$150,000 - $165,000 per year; DOE

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Essential Duties

Use predictive modeling, trend analysis and other data analysis techniques to answer research questions related to education systems, pre-K through employment, seeking to improve student outcomes and have significant social impact

Conduct and manage sophisticated data analysis for modeling the educational system and evaluating the impact of innovations and interventions intended to expand student success

Work closely with stakeholders and data partners across school districts, the University and the region to translate shared goals and vision into a clear research strategy, with a focus on continuous improvement

Supervise implementation of the research plan to ensure cohesive, efficient, and deadline-driven project execution

Take on individual project responsibilities while guiding and collaborating with other team members’ work and ensuring high quality, timely outcomes. Provides training as necessary.

Prepare and manage reports, dashboards and presentations that clearly articulate findings to diverse audiences

Perform other projects or duties as needed or directed

Minimum Qualifications

Masters degree or equivalent experience in Statistics, Computer or Data Science, Social Sciences, Education or a related field and Ten (10) years of related data analysis experience and three (3) years of supervisory experience, OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of all levels of the US education system and the challenges facing administrators, educators and students

Experience in complex data visualization and knowledge of predictive modeling tools and techniques

Knowledge of statistics, research design and methods

Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively to a wide variety of stakeholders across the educational landscape both in writing and verbally

Ability to utilize database software and statistical programs such as SQL, R, and Python

Ability to learn new data science techniques and skills to meet organizational needs

Experience using data analytics to and ability to accurately and reliably interpret data for determining appropriate action

Experience managing others in a supervisory and/or project management capacity

Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with a cross-functional team to drive the implementation and execution of projects

Working Environment

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.

Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.

Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.

Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.

May be required to perform tasks at partner offices, in the field within and/or across University campuses.

Clearly communicate to perform essential functions.

Department Statement

Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) is committed to enrolling all qualified students at Arizona State University and assisting them in their academic success. EOSS provides a broad range of services and support to students and prospective students ranging from outreach efforts with K-12 schools, orientation programs for new freshman, bridge programs to assist the transition to a university environment, and a wide variety of services, programs and activities for enrolled students. EOSS has direct responsibility for multiple departments across four campuses, some of which include the Dean of Students, University Housing, Health Services, Counseling Services, Disability Resources, the Memorial Union, TRIO programs, Sun Devil Fitness, Student Government, Student Media, Career Services, Access ASU and others.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Fingerprint Check Statement

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the fingerprint check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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