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Research and Data Analyst
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The Research and Data Analyst reports directly to the Director of Institutional Research and Planning. Drawing on interpersonal, analytical and technical competences, the Research and Data Analyst works with key stakeholders, oversees data integrity, and conducts research and data analyses to support institutional planning and reporting efforts. This position will work to understand the data needs and priorities across the University and will extract, analyze, describe, visualize and interpret a variety of institutional data used internally for strategic decision making, and externally for informational and official reporting to state and federal agencies and other organizations. The Research and Data Analyst will also be responsible for leading implementation, data analysis, data visualization, and reporting of all institutional surveys, including meeting with survey stakeholders in the development of surveys and interpretation of survey data.

Data Management:
• Creates reports that originate from either the root database systems or from the official data warehouse using SAS programming language and/or COGNOS.
• Collaborates with the Director to optimize process flows and data streams.
• Ensures that internal and external requests for surveys/questionnaires are completed in a timely manner.

Survey Design and Implementation:
• Works with stakeholders to create questions and design surveys appropriate to the audience and needs of the unit.
• Ensures survey data needs are being met at both institutional and unit levels.
• Implements institutional and unit surveys and creates reports of survey data as needed for institutional and unit-level strategic planning.

Data Reporting and Visualization:
• Performs and oversees a variety of external, internal and ad-hoc reports.
• Maintains current knowledge of federal and state regulatory reporting requirements as well as performs analysis on how those changes may impact the university.
• Supports academic and administrative units by compiling and publishing a range of institutional and survey data on the web and/or in shared folders.

Data Analysis and Interpretation:
• Develops and implements in-depth research projects, including collecting and analyzing data, and preparing narrative reports.
• Prepares reports for special community and institutional research initiatives.
• Conducts, reports, and interprets additional statistical analyses on institutional and survey data.

• Other duties as assigned.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in statistics or related field, or bachelor’s degree with 12 semester hours in mathematics/statistics and 2 years related experience. A successful background check is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Ability to use SQLSAS or SPSS as a research tool. Understanding of higher education information system (e.g., Banner) and enterprise reporting solution (e.g., COGNOS). Experience with survey development and data visualization (e.g., Tableau) and survey implementation (e.g., Qualtrics) tools.

Institution Description

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a comprehensive public university, a senior institution of the University of South Carolina and is among the fastest growing universities in the State. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked USC Upstate No. 1 among Top Public Regional Colleges in the South. USC Upstate has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars. In addition, students and faculty from over 25 nations reflect the university’s international character. Located between Charlotte and Atlanta along the I-85 corridor, one of the fastest growing business and high-tech regions in the country, the campus is within easy driving distance of the Appalachian mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. The University has an enrollment of approximately 6000 students and employs approximately 650 full and part-time faculty and staff, reflecting the diversity of Upstate South Carolina. USC Upstate is proud of the diversity of its student body and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for faculty, staff, and administrators. We are an EOE/AA employer and are strongly committed to increasing faculty diversity.


The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs.
Application Due Date: 2021-08-31
Job Start Date: 2021-08-31
Salary: $33494 - $33494
City: Spartanburg, SC
State/Province/Region: SC
Institution: University of South Carolina Upstate
Reports To: Sammara Evans, Director of Planning and Research
Staff # Reporting to Position: 1
Reports In Office: Institutional Effectiveness and Research

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