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Data Analyst

University of Maryland

Job Description

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a finalist from employment in the position.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

In support of the Division of Administration and campus strategic goals and initiatives, the University of Maryland seeks to fill a data analyst position to help drive innovation and deliver quality data analysis services to the division.

Reporting to the senior project manager in the Office of the Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, the data analyst is an important contributor in the Division of Administration, providing support for business operations and strategic decision making and working on key initiatives and projects. 

The data analyst will quickly and accurately respond to requests from campus leaders, department heads and outside entities. The data analyst will work with internal clients to identify analytical requirements and perform advanced business analysis using various techniques (e.g., statistical analysis, explanatory and predictive modeling and data mining). The data analyst will be responsible for designing and maintaining data systems and databases, identifying relevant sources of data, obtaining and mining data, cleaning and filtering data, interpreting data (including using statistical tools and identifying trends and patterns), and presenting the data in the appropriate format needed for the request (including graphics, reports, dashboards). 

The data analyst determines best practices and develops actionable insights and recommendations for current business operations. The data analyst may assist in implementing or developing systems to capture business operations information.

The data analyst will effectively handle multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize responsibilities and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment. The data analyst will be responsible for planning and performing recurring and ad hoc assignments.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (Include licenses, certification, etc.):
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

At least 5 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience conducting data analysis

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated expertise in the following areas:
u25cf Data query languages and tools
u25cf Statistical methods; ability to design and carry out statistical data analysis in support of report accuracy
u25cf Use of large data sets
u25cf Core Microsoft Office suite programs;  advanced Excel user  including use of  pivot tables, macros, trend analysis and data modeling
u25cf Tableau or similar data visualization software to communicate data appropriately for a variety of decision makers and stakeholders
u25cf Google Suite applications

u25cf Demonstrated ability to lead with influence rather than position authority to facilitate performance of data analysis projects
u25cf Demonstrated ability to think strategically about what information is needed to support business decisions and work with requesters to plan data analysis projects
u25cf Strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with team members and colleagues

Work Behaviors:
u25cf Self-motivated, highly responsible, service-oriented, efficient, focused and requiring little direct supervision
u25cf High level of accuracy and attention to detail
u25cf Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to convey technical information to non-technical decision-makers and other stakeholders 
u25cf Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize responsibilities and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
u25cf Demonstrated ability to work individually or in a team environment
u25cf Excellent problem solving, judgment, and decision-making skills; able to balance multiple perspectives and work through multi-layered issues when analyzing problems
u25cf Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive data


 u25cf Advanced coursework, certifications, and/or degree in information systems, data sciences, and or data management
u25cf Experience working with human resources and financial data
u25cf Knowledge of the Kuali Financial System or similar financial management system
u25cf Knowledge of PHR or another HRIS system
u25cf Knowledge of Workday
u25cf Experience with Oracle/Hyperion, Jaspersoft, SAS Enterprise Guide, SQL Developer and/or SAS Visual Analytics
u25cf Experience in a higher education environment

Physical Demands

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment. This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of computers. 

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
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Job Location
College Park, MD
Additional Job Details
Employment Type:
Full Time