Data Analyst

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Data Analyst
Department Sociology
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18157
Open Date 10/20/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is a research-practice partnership between Rice University and several Houston-area school districts. HERC aims to improve the connection between education research and decision-making, with the ultimate goal of closing socioeconomic gaps in educational achievement and attainment in Houston.

The Data Analyst, with guidance from the Associate Director of Research Operations, will perform a variety of tasks related to the processing and maintenance of large restricted education datasets for use in analysis in conjunction with academic and community based research projects. Tasks include acquiring, cataloguing, structuring, and cleaning datasets; creating analysis-ready datasets with documentation; publishing and maintaining versions of finalized datasets; responding to other programming requests.

The Data Analyst will work closely with the HERC research team, the Urban Data Platform team at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, as well as the HERC Director and Associate Directors.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type
Substitution for Education Requirement

May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Master’s degree.

Experience Required 3 years
Type of Experience

- Programming and data management experience.
- Advanced STATA, SAS, and/or R skills.
- Experience working collaboratively with team members having different skills and expertise.
- Experience with projects involving iterative work processes.
- Experience analyzing large volumes of data.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

There is no substitution for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Five years of relevant experience.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Ability to accurately and efficiently assess technical problems and program solutions.
- Outstanding attention to detail, well organized, and ability to manage priorities and timelines across multiple projects.
- Ability to manage the work of others, set priorities, follow-through, ensure deadlines are met, and interact with team members and the research community they support, to anticipate needs, understand/interpret requests, and complete projects.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are required.
- Good interpersonal skills.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

- Will work closely and report to the Associate Director of Research Operations. 
- Frequent contact with the HERC research team, HERC director, HERC Business Systems Analyst, the Urban Data Platform Manager at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and other technical staff on campus.
- Will also have regular contact with various school district personnel and local and state entities from which we acquire data.

Physical Demands

Must be able to work at a computer terminal for extended periods of time.

Working Conditions

Monday-Friday, standard 40 hour work week.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Data Analysis
Description of Job Duty

- STATA/SAS/R programming: Process data based on analytical needs (read, verify, organize, and prepare datasets for GIS staff and statisticians).
- Document data history, process decisions and methods; maintain a list of analysis-ready datasets.
- Audit code prepared by other SAS, R and STATA programmers.
- Build relationships with data suppliers and acquiring datasets.
- Under general guidance, assess and produce relevant, standard, or custom reports.
- Develop and produce dashboards, key performance indicators, trends and other recognized metrics used to monitor and report performance.
- Assist the BSA and IT staff with data security issues as needed.

Percentage of Time 90
Job Duty Name Other
Description of Job Duty

- Work cooperatively with Business Systems Analyst.
- Attend regular research and staff meetings.
- Attend special meetings and workshops as needed.
- All other duties as assigned.

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References/Recommendation Request
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or higher or additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have three or more years of programming and data management experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have advanced STATA, SAS and/or R skills?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Does your experience include working collaboratively with team members having different skills and expertise?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Does your experience include working with projects involving iterative work processes?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Does your experience include experience analyzing large volumes of data?

    (Open Ended Question)