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The Office of Planning, Decision Support, and Assessment (PDSA) at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD invites applications for a 12 month, full-time Research and Data Specialist position. The Office of Planning, Decision Support, and Assessment fosters continuous improvement by providing leadership in planning, assessment, research, and reporting that contribute to the achievement of university goals.  SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectural diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The Specialist works collaboratively to understand, develop, and support the institution’s reporting, data, and analytical needs. This person will have experience working with institutional data and institutional research including interpretation and presentation of data plus knowledge of SAS or SPSS, Access/Excel, SQL, Oracle, Cognos, and/or Tableau is preferred.

The incumbent will write queries, develop reports, and conduct analyses providing accurate, useful, and readily accessible data; develop and implement policies and best practices for strategic data planning, data analysis and modeling, and data element use.

The Specialist will use statistical procedures and principles; have knowledge of accepted methods of gathering and analyzing research data; perform basic statistical analysis using appropriate software (e.g. SPSS, R, etc.);  and present data in various media (e.g. paper, electronic, web-based).

In addition, the incumbent will coordinate projects and/or work with a project manager to ensure successful delivery of multiple projects including assistance in the development of project timelines, schedules, and resource allocations; follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines, including but not limited to:  safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures; contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student; and assist in achieving the university’s commitment to a “vision of excellence”.

The ideal candidate for this position should be highly motivated, with excellent verbal and written communication skills; be an independent thinker; and possess excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

•    Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Computer Science, Educational Research, Social Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, or a closely related field with academic preparation in intermediate/advance statistics.
•    Minimum of one (1) year of experience with institutional research.
•    Knowledge of SAS or SPSS, Access/Excel, SQL, Oracle, Cognos, and/or Tableau.
•    Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
•    Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
•    Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
•    Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate effective programs.
•    Ability to work as a contributing team member.
•    Excellent oral and written communication skills.
•    Strong interpersonal skills.

•    Three (3) or more years of experience with institutional research.
•    Masters or PhD in Statistics, Computer Science, Educational Research, Social Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, or a closely related field.
•    Demonstrated experience with SAS or SPSS, Access/Excel, SQL, Oracle, Cognos, and/or Tableau.
•    Demonstrated experience producing data analytics and/or dashboards.
•    Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading data governance initiatives.

Commensurate with qualifications.

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by
May 10, 2016.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references.  Email applications will not be accepted.  Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with this process.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact Donna Flint, Search Chair at (605) 688-6203 or

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