Learning Analyst

Posted on8/17/2017
Job typeFull-time
Reports toeCampus Research & Innovation Team Manager
Reports in officeeCampus Center
Application due dateAug 22, 2017
Job start date10/2/2017
Other Location83725-1420
InstitutionBoise State University
Institution descriptionBoise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction.
Job dutiesReporting to the eCampus Center Research and Innovation Team Manager, the focus of this position will be to provide data, reporting, and statistical analysis support for eCampus Research and Innovation Team projects. In support of the new learning analytics initiative for online courses and programs, this employee will work with students, faculty, and staff to develop reports, models, and visualizations to help ensure online student success and retention. To be successful, this position will need to have a firm grasp of data collection, statistical analysis, and visualization techniques as well as an understanding of learning theory.

As part of this position you will:
-Work with online program coordinators, faculty, and Student Success Coaches to identify and develop reports, metrics, and visualizations that help trigger timely interventions for student success, and to refine those reports in an iterative process.
-Develop and evaluate predictive models to identify key factors that may hinder online student success in a program.
-Create queries to gather, clean, validate, merge, and maintain data sets from multiple sources (e.g. data warehouse, student records, PeopleSoft) for analysis by the Research & Innovation Team. This includes ensuring that data is secure and appropriate precautions are taken to maintain student privacy.
-Assist in creating and delivering presentations to university officials, administrators, faculty, and at research conferences.
Work with eCampus Instructional Design and Production Teams to develop dashboards and reports that will help drive improvement in the design of courses and programs.
QualificationsQualified candidates will:
Have a demonstrated understanding of learning theory.
Write queries and/or scripts to collect, clean, merge and analyze data from diverse data sources including relational databases and data warehouses.

Appropriately apply statistical analysis techniques (e.g. Analysis of Variance, Linear Regression, Factor Analysis, etc.) to solve research problems.

Have an innovative nature and a desire to find better and more efficient ways of streamlining, standardizing, and error-proofing data, data files, tables, data sharing, and reports.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience in the management and analysis of data; OR, any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills, and abilities have been achieved.
High level of technical competence, including SQL, SAS, R, or SPSS
Experience using survey-based data collection tools (e.g. Qualtrics)
Ability to navigate and retrieve data from relational databases using SQL queries.
Requires use/operation of the following computer software:
Operating systems: PC or Mac.
Microsoft Office software: Excel, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint.
LMS: such as Blackboard Learn.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree in learning analytics, data science, statistics, educational measurement, or other relevant field that uses quantitative data analysis
Two (2) years’ experience working with data in a higher education setting
Understanding of the current state of methods and research in the fields of learning analytics and educational data mining (including natural language processing, text mining, and social network analysis)
Experience with collecting data from external tools via APIs
Familiarity with IRB review procedures, FERPA, and ethics related to handling confidential student, faculty, and staff information.
Experience with BI Reporting Tools (Pyramid, Power BI, Qlik, Tableau) for developing dashboards and reports
Salary range$60,000 - $80,000
Salary benefitsBenefits can be viewed here at this website.
Application procedureApplication must include:
Cover letter explaining how background/philosophy aligns with position requirements & responsibilities
Resume with education & professional experience, include employment dates/responsibilities
Educational transcript copies
3 professional reference names, contact & work relationships
Work Samples:
Provide a minimum of 2 samples of your research and/or data analysis work (e.g. journal articles, conference presentations, internal reports), that demonstrate your experience in using data collection and analysis techniques. Please describe your contribution of the projects (if co-authored) and be specific about any data collection and statistical analysis procedures used for the project.
Provide a minimum of 2 screenshots of data visualizations that you created (e.g. infographics, dashboards, interactive animations) to demonstrate how you use language and representation to effectively communicate complex data to be understood by a person unfamiliar with your area of research.