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Data & Visualization Specialist (Senior)

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Job Duties

The Data & Visualization Specialist (Senior) collaborates with all areas of Institutional Research & Planning to develop engaging and effective information design. They proactively engage with IR&P clients and the larger University community to gather and synthesize requirements. They use graphic design and data visualizations to present information, and work jointly with ITS to promote data literacy and data governance throughout the University.

IR&P aggregates and presents data to stakeholders in multiple ways, including through the use of BC’s enterprise data warehouse. The role of the Data & Visualization Specialist is to complement the larger, routinely-generated data warehouse reports with bespoke charts and visualizations built using tools and techniques that are the best fit for individual projects.

The Data & Visualization Specialist (Senior) will be encouraged to prototype new methods for data visualization and communication, and will focus on answering specific one-time research questions rather than building reports meant to be run year-after-year.

Essential Functions:
  • Collaborate with IR&P and partners across the University to strategically design communications to share with the BC community on survey results, planning efforts, and institutional data.
  • Maintain and improve a portfolio of annually-produced reports and visualizations.
  • Create new infographics and striking visualizations to enhance IR&P projects.
  • Prototype new methods for creating and displaying data visualizations (e.g. JavaScript and Python libraries, new business intelligence and artificial intelligence tools, etc.)
  • Work with stakeholders to gather and synthesize requirements. Proactively create prototypes and suggest data presentations.
  • Facilitate discussions to help colleagues and leaders better understand data and how they can use it.
  • Collaborate with campus partners and Information Technology Services on the establishment, ongoing work, and analysis related to a University data governance program.

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • One year of experience in a quantitative discipline, as well as art or design.
  • An online portfolio or samples of work demonstrating strong visual design skills and innovative data visualization work for the web or print.
  • Ability to effectively translate complex information into clear, understandable, and user-friendly presentations.
  • Strong graphic design skills, including proficiency in the Adobe Design Suite (particularly Illustrator and InDesign).
  • Ability to experiment with and learn various business intelligence tools, such as Cognos and Tableau.
  • Basic web editing skills and the ability to learn more advanced development technologies, such as HTML5, CSS, or JavaScript.
  • Have an attention to detail. Ability to spot errors and inconsistencies in large data sets.
  • Basic understanding of descriptive statistics.
  • Ability to synthesize findings to share with colleagues and determine how to apply to department needs.
  • Ability to listen actively and ask questions to help the client clarify their goals and understanding around a problem, data, design, etc.
  • Experience with data literacy or data governance efforts in higher education or elsewhere is a plus.

Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:
1-5 years of professional experience (non-senior): $59,560 - $74,450
5+years of professional experience (senior): $65,800 - $82,250

Institution Description

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.


Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at

Application Due Date: 2022-09-30
Job Start Date: 2022-09-30
Salary: $59560 - $82250
City: Boston
State/Province/Region: MA
Institution: Boston College
Remote Work: This position works within the organization's facilities for the first six months, with consideration for partial remote work available after that.
Reports To: Associate Director, Information Systems
Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
Reports In Office: Institutional Research & Planning

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