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Senior Data Systems Specialist


Senior Data Systems Specialist

  • R0036172
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Administrative Group
  • The University of Virginia
The Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) and the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness (EdPolicyWorks) in the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Virginia seeks a Senior Data Systems Specialist to provide sophisticated data management and analysis to support faculty, staff and students engaged in research-practice-policy partnerships with State agencies and educational organizations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Faculty at SEHD have developed a set of partnership initiatives related to statewide early childhood, K-12, and higher education. This Senior Data Systems Specialist will lead the development of cross-initiative analytic databases and implement internal procedures for data sharing and utilization for research purposes. This position is available either for remote work or in person and has an immediate start date. This position is an initial 12-month appointment with the option to renew for a second year, contingent on satisfactory performance and continued availability of funding.

Role and Responsibilities:
  • Develop systems to create and house cross-initiative datasets in preparation for analysis
  • Develop data dictionaries and other documentation for cross-initiative datasets
  • Design and implement internal procedures for data requests, sharing and utilization to facilitate research
  • Track data use for research purposes to reduce redundancy
  • Understand RUDA agreements and consult to ensure consistency across existing and new initiatives
  • Develop protocol for obtaining, maintaining, and tracking IRB protocols to conduct research
  • Coordinate with faculty and data specialists who are involved with the core function of data integration and data analysis

Required Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree and six years of relevant experience; or
  • Master’s degree and two years of relevant experience

Preferred Skills
  • Significant preference will be given to those candidates who meet some or all preferred qualifications. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a cover letter detailing how their experience and qualifications align with the following:
  • Degree in data science, education, psychology, public policy, or related field
  • For candidates with a bachelor’s degree, at least 8 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree with at least 4 years of relevant post-degree experience (e.g., database management, data analysis, data documentation).
  • Experience drafting data agreements
  • Experience working with education data
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Ability to work with multiple PI’s and members of their teams
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with accelerated deadlines
  • Proficiency in one or more analytic programming language (e.g., R, Stata, SPSS)
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex data across a wide range of stakeholders
  • Commitment to diversity and, equity and inclusion in the workplace

Application Instructions
Please apply through Workday , and search for Senior Data Systems Specialist. Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • CV or Resume
  • Cover letter optional, but strongly preferred
  • As part of the application process, candidates should be prepared to describe how they address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work.

Upload all materials into the resume submission field. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs.'

The position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. This restricted position is an initial 12-month appointment. Renewal for a second year is contingent upon project need, continued availability of funding, and satisfactory performance. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

For additional information about the position, please contact Jason Downer , Professor of Education. For questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks.

Click here for more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community.

In alignment with President Ryan’s UVA strategic plan, CASTL is committed to:
  • Recruiting talented and diverse doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and staff;
  • Recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and providing an inclusive and supportive environment in which staff and faculty are recognized as integral to the success of our work; and
  • Promoting a culture of integrity, mutual respect, excellence, collaboration, and innovation.

Physical Demands
This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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