Data Science Specialist

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Feb 2024


Campus: Tempe

Data Science Specialist

Job Description

The Data Science Specialist will collaborate with colleagues within Educational Outreach and Student Services and the broader university to design and implement data services and programming.  The successful candidate will coordinate data collection, analyze quality, document processes and procedures, and contribute to research design and reporting efforts that support the university’s mission, both independently and within a team. They will also provide decision support analysis to inform project prioritization of student success and outreach strategies while contributing to the advancement of data literacy and research across the division.
This position is ideal for a data scientist with an interest in promoting awareness of data science, data resources, and data services among EOSS professional and student staff through comprehensive, customized instructional activities and presentations delivered in various formats and modalities.

What’s in it for you:

Arizona State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes valuable employee benefits to enhance the total compensation of its staff. This package includes: (Click here to explore options )

  • Tuition Reduction Program for staff members, their spouses, and dependents, available on day one.
  • Low-cost health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits.
  • Retirement program designed to promote long-term savings and provide income upon retirement.
  • Paid time for volunteer and professional development.
  • 10 Paid Holidays and competitive Vacation and Sick accruals each Pay Period.
  • Wellness program for preventative health education and screenings.
  • Disability and leave program for income protection.
  • Employee assistance for free and confidential behavioral health services.
  • ASU Discounts to sports/events along with discounts with ASU partnerships.
  • Flexible work arrangements are available in an alternative or hybrid schedule but will be based on the work and the needs of the university and department operations and pending leadership approval.

Days and Schedule: Monday – Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Job Family

Research Operations

Department Name

Educ Outreach & Stdt Svcs



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Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$58,000 - $70,000 per year; DOE

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Essential Duties

  • Creates data visualizations, analytics, and geospatial analyses using various software tools and languages (i.e. Excel, Tableau, Power BI, etc.)
  • Fulfills annual data reports and ad hoc data requests through requirements gathering, identifying appropriate data sources, extracting and preparing data and creating tables, visuals and reports for use by administrators, staff and external stakeholders.
  • Regularly communicates with internal and external data experts, creating custom SQL scrips within ASU’s enterprise data system and and/or manipulating and analyzing research datasets, and identifying and communicating data gaps and key findings to stakeholders.
  • Prepares or oversees the preparation of reports, dashboards and presentations.
  • Uses effective project planning techniques to break down projects into tasks and ensure deadlines are met.
  • Works collaboratively with researchers and other data analysts on all aspects of projects, including improving the effectiveness of computational models by using data and feedback from stakeholders.
  • Performs data management functions and maintains databases and related programs to ensure data quality.
  • Plans, develops, and delivers engaging workshops and webinars on various data science topics, tailored to meet the training and capacity-building needs of units across EOSS; Designs and implements onboarding and training programs for Management Interns.
  • Creates and uses various instructional techniques approaches and examples to enhance stakeholders’ understanding of data science concepts, topics, and applications. 
  • Designs, develops, implements, tests, and documents research projects about statistics, machine learning, data analysis, automated classification, and various modeling techniques for shared use and reference by the team.
  • Provides individual and or group consultations with stakeholders on data science-related questions, projects, and research efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Computer Information Systems, Business Information, Economics or a related field and three (3) years of related data analysis experience, OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications

  • Evidence of a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Math, Statistics, Industrial Engineering, or related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistics and data science concepts, methodologies, tools, and current trends (i.e. Python, R, SQL SPSS, machine learning, and data visualization).
  • Experience with data visualization software (i.e. Tableau, Power BI) is a plus.
  • Experience in using effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to convey complex technical concepts to diverse audiences through a customer service lens, and able to ask appropriate questions to understand context, and explain analyses, analytical reports, or dashboards to stakeholders.
  • Ability to make presentations to faculty, staff, and leadership.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects, and documenting work with project management software (i.e. AirTable, MS Project, JIRA) or code repository platforms (i.e. GitHub) is a plus.
  • Experience hosting and or facilitating workshops, webinars and/or trainings.
  • Experience in a GitHub repository and or publications.
  • Experience with Open Source software a plus.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of information organization and retrieval technologies used to organize, store, and access digital content.
  • Ability to work independently, manage and prioritize tasks and projects simultaneously; inform of emerging trends and technologies in data science; and collaborate effectively in a team environment.

Working Environment

  • Sit or stand for prolonged periods of time
  • Work collaboratively across various departments within the University as well as with diverse populations and groups
  • Use computers effectively – including inputting, reviewing and retrieving information, extended periods of viewing screen and using mouse and keyboard
  • Use critical thinking to make decisions and/or analyze data
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Walk throughout campus for meetings or events, regardless of the weather
  • Climb stairs in locations with no elevator, such as with the mezzanine level of the MU, or Irish Hall
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs. 

Department Statement

Educational Outreach and Student Services (EOSS) is committed to enrolling all qualified students at Arizona State University and assisting them in their academic success. EOSS provides a broad range of services and support to students and prospective students ranging from outreach efforts with K-12 schools, orientation programs for new freshman, bridge programs to assist the transition to a university environment, and a wide variety of services, programs and activities for enrolled students. EOSS has direct responsibility for multiple departments across four campuses, some of which include the Dean of Students, University Housing, Health Services, Counseling Services, Disability Resources, the Memorial Union, TRIO programs, Sun Devil Fitness, Student Government, Student Media, Career Services, Access ASU and others.

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Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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