Director, Research Analytics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


  • Directs and/or performs a variety of complex advanced statistical analyses including data mining, predictive modeling and/or actuarial research techniques, while ensuring the accuracy and integrity of data.
  • Serves as the subject matter expert to identify, analyze, explain, draw business inferences, solve complex problems, and clearly articulate findings for target audience.
  • Provides analytic strategy, support, analyses, and recommendations to contribute to direct strategic and tactical decisions across the research enterprise, converting data into informed insight.
  • Applies advanced data, algorithms, and statistical methods for perspective into business performance to gain knowledge about predicted performance, current state, future capacity and forecasting outcomes, potential opportunities, and identification of potential risks.
  • Contributes to framing research questions and conducts related analysis.
  • Provides informational and statistical data to support planning, resource allocation and program/initiative evaluation.
  • May lead multiple complex research projects simultaneously as well as aspects of large and complex enterprise wide initiatives.
  • Ensures the positive utilization of research information through data processing/collection and analysis to create value for the University and to support key business initiatives that foster growth and efficiency; analyzes data and recommends strategies for ongoing research operations and initiatives.
  • Constructs and presents analyses and recommendations to target audiences.
  • Continuously searches for innovative ways to integrate and analyze data, and presents it in a user-friendly format.
  • May lead in-depth efforts in applying, validating and implementing predictive models. Develops new approaches to business problems and makes recommendations for problem solving through effective decision-making and creative thinking.
  • Directs industry analysis and benchmarking studies.
  • Adjusts strategy, as appropriate, to anticipate, respond to, and manage trends.
  • May design and lead innovative methods for data visualization and reporting.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with stakeholders.
  • Develops new approaches to business problems.
  • Partners with peers across the research enterprise to ensure consistency and alignment where appropriate.
  • May track and project research metrics.
  • Tracks and projects ranking data for the university's research portfolio.
  • Prepares ad hoc metrics, as requested.
  • May supervise staff.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Management, Analytics, Economics, Qualitative Methodologies or a related field and seven years related business experience OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exceptional quantitative and qualitative problem solving, analytical, and project management skills.
  • Deep experience in advanced analytical tools and methodologies is essential.
  • Proven ability to identify and cultivate strong talent preferred.


  • Masters in Data Science, Biostatistics, Computer Science, or a related field.
  • PhD is preferred.
  • Track record of leading data analytics projects and teams.
  • Experience with data governance and regulatory compliance (e.g., HIPAA, GDPR).
  • Expertise in statistical software (R, Python, SAS) and database management systems.
  • Strong understanding of data warehousing, big data technologies, and advanced analytics techniques.


  • Working closely with the research informatics leadership, will develop and implement a comprehensive data analytics strategy that aligns with the organization’s research goals and objectives.
  • Advocate for the use of data analytics in research and clinical decision-making, promoting a data-driven culture.
  • Engage in the establishment and maintenance of data governance policies to ensure data integrity, privacy, and compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Oversee the collection, storage, and accessibility of research data across the institution.
  • Lead the design and execution of complex data analyses to uncover insights that inform research and clinical practices.
  • Deploy advanced analytics tools and technologies, including AI and machine learning, to enhance research capabilities.
  • Collaborate with researchers, clinicians, and IT professionals to integrate data analytics into research projects and clinical workflows.
  • Provide expertise and support for data analytics projects, including methodological advice, data interpretation, and training.
  • Build and manage a team of data analysts and data scientists, fostering an environment of continuous learning and innovation.
  • Mentor team members, providing guidance and opportunities for professional development.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to Emory University on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs.  Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines of department. This role requires residency in the state of GA. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.



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