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Data Scientist

Application Procedure:

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Matt Grandstaff at (904) 620-2015, or Initial review of applications will begin on 9/15/2019.

Job Duties

  • Leverages large volumes of data from multiple university sources into advanced custom predictive and prescriptive models that assess, inform, guide, measure, and monitor the University's strategic and operational initiatives.
  • Employs appropriate descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive methods such as statistical modeling, data mining, machine learning, and data visualization to analyze, predict, understand, and improve a variety of institutional outcomes, including but not necessarily limited to academic enrollment, engagement, retention, graduation, and key institutional performance metrics.
  • Works with leadership in Strategic Analytics to derive specific insights and recommendations from analytics modeling that can improve institutional decision-making, and to identify opportunities for leveraging University data and data analytics to drive improvement.
  • Prepares analytics findings for university constituents outside of Strategic Analytics in a manner that is understandable by personnel who do not have analytics expertise.
  • Develops processes and tools to evaluate analytics model performance.
  • Identifies needs for additional data and for additional data capturing and analytics infrastructure that can improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in data analytics, data science, business analytics, operations research, statistics, or a related quantitative research field from a regionally accredited college or university, and at least two years of full-time work experience directly relevant to advanced data analytics, or a Bachelor’s degree in data analytics, data science, business analytics, operations research, statistics, or a related quantitative research field from a regionally accredited college or university, and at least five years of full-time work experience directly relevant to advanced data analytics.
  • Demonstrated mastery of SAS, R, SPSS, and/or other relevant predictive and prescriptive modeling software.
  • Knowledge of advanced statistical and data mining techniques (e.g., multiple regression, discriminant analysis, logistic regression, Tobit) and their proper usage, and experience with applications.
  • Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (e.g., clustering, decision trees, random forests, neural networks) and their real-world advantages/drawbacks.
  • Experience with data visualization tools (e.g., Power BI).
  • An advanced understanding of quantitative research and mixed methods approaches as well as an ability to manage multiple projects.

Preferred Qualifications


  • Work experience in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues in higher education, specifically factors associated with student success.
  • Demonstrated understanding of fundamental business principles, including those associated with business process improvement.
  • Experience in management of personnel in an organizational environment.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative research projects and/or in working with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience working with higher education data is strongly preferred.
  • Experience in data querying and data extraction is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of optimization modeling (e.g., linear / integer programming) techniques.

Institution Description

The University of North Florida is one of 12 public universities in the State University System of Florida. A comprehensive, urban university located in Jacksonville, UNF is home to 17,000 students and six colleges: the Brooks College of Health, the Coggin College of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, the College of Education and Human Services and the Hicks Honors College.

The University’s annual economic impact on the region is more than $1 billion. The scenic 1,381-acre campus includes a nature preserve, lakes for kayaking and canoeing and miles of hiking trails. Ranked high for quality and value, UNF routinely lands on top national lists by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s, Forbes and others. Small class sizes, individualized attention and transformational learning have become hallmarks of a UNF education.


The University of North Florida offers its employees comprehensive and affordable insurance plans, a generous leave package as well as many other benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Application Due Date: 2019-10-15
Job Start Date: 2019-12-02
Salary: $85000 - $0
City: Jacksonville
State/Province/Region: FL
Institution: University of North Florida
Reports To: Vice President of Data Analytics
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Strategic Analytics

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