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Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
The Library Data Analyst is a faculty position that develops, gathers, and analyzes data within the University Libraries at Virginia Tech. The position serves to promote the value of library data and to provide various forms of expertise. This person oversees and participates in data efforts throughout the Libraries; collects, analyzes, reports, and documents a wide range of library services; and contributes to a data–driven approach to achieving strategic objectives. The Analyst will also develop a thorough familiarity with the many data sources available to the university and library and understand their appropriate uses. The Library Data Analyst also supports internal training, consults on library data, and utilizes library systems to extract data.
The Analyst works closely with all library units on projects and broader initiatives. This position will address the continual development of library services infrastructure for sound data management and collection practices. By combining efforts across units, the Libraries will unify and streamline data activities that improve library-wide data and decision support. This position also facilitates the efficient, safe, and secure use of the data so that the Libraries can connect its work to the ongoing evaluation and evolution of the University. Development of new metrics and data collection tools will be ongoing as the Libraries’ changing landscape continues to unfold.
The Analyst will have a liaison role with Virginia Tech's new Office of Academic Decision Support (ADS). The Office of Academic Decision Support promotes systematic reflection and facilitates a culture of continuous improvement in the university by developing systems and providing solutions and analyses to support strategic and operational decisions across all levels of the institution. The office provides data-driven insights to support and strengthen shared understandings of institutional data to achieve student and faculty success. This position is responsible for representing the library and its data within this context as well as collaborate with, and contribute to, the work created within ADS.
- Master’s degree in information science, statistics, or related field OR Bachelor’s degree with applicable experience.
- Knowledge of statistical methods and the ability to perform data analysis.
- Demonstrated experience using quantitative and qualitative data analysis applications, such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, R, MATLAB, NVivo, ATLAS.ti, Minitab, and/or other data analytics software solutions.
- Demonstrated ability to advance multiple complex projects in a team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations while working with diverse audiences and colleagues throughout the Libraries and University.
- Planning and leadership skills, with the ability to function independently, take initiative, and set goals and priorities in a dynamic environment.
- Experience with Business Intelligence Systems such as Microstrategies and/or interactive data visualization tools such as Tableau
- Demonstrated competence developing SQL queries.
- Knowledge of various data collecting entities such as IPEDS, ARL, ASERL, and/or other typical data collection agencies.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Review Date: 04/17/2017