Data Visualization Analyst (527031)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Aug 24, 2023
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research

Job Description


Job Summary

The Data Visualization Analyst serves as the research and technical expert to create views of institutional data related to key functional areas for a diverse population of users. This role will provide data visualization solutions to support institutional analytics and reporting needs. The position focuses on building and managing dashboards and analytical reports that drive cross functional initiatives related to university business operations and evaluation/research studies. This role is responsible for the full cycle development, implementation, enhancement, and troubleshooting of dashboards hosted by IRSA and the Campus Data Warehouse. This position works closely with university executives, stakeholders, and various business partners including IRSA and the Information Technology departments to provide solutions that are relevant and consequential in meeting their analytical needs. This position reports to the Senior Director of Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics in the Office of Institutional Research.

Key Responsibilities
  • Lead the development of dashboards hosted by IRSA to automate data reporting using census and real-time data (e.g., PeopleSoft)
  • Support the Campus Data Warehouse dashboards or the like to create visual consistency between IRSA and CDW dashboards as well as ensuring any data across the university’s dashboards are accurate, reconciled, and secure
  • Develop and update templates, content, definitions, references, resources, and process documentation related to the publishing of university dashboards
  • Design, update, and implement web features, enhancements and contents through CMS and HTML scripting or similar
  • Maintain and enhance the university’s Required Data Elements dashboard to support Program Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation
  • Enhance self-service capabilities by providing data reports, infographics, fact sheets or the like based on client’s needs
  • Lead the development of Campus Profile Report using innovative visualization techniques
  • Create visualized work products to grow IRSA’s reporting and business intelligence capabilities
  • Contribute relevant information to support data governance and ensure appropriate use of work products by users
  • Takes responsibility for developing protocols to ensure and monitor the accuracy, integrity, security, and functionality of IRSA’s hosted data services and products and participates in troubleshooting, as needed
  • Act as the subject matter for dashboard-related questions and inquiries
  • Educate and train customers to use IR dashboards as an informational and analytical tool

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Proficient with Tableau and other BI tools. Experience with writing Structured Query Language (SQL) to create reports with a detail-oriented approach to data visualization
  • Comprehensive knowledge of database management systems and skilled programming abilities in SQL or other query languages
  • Ability to manage and account for multiple programs’ operational needs and provide recommendations for areas requiring improvement
  • Ability to apply analytic mindset and use appropriate techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, programs, and practices
  • Proficient writing and presentation skills in English including the ability to communicate technical details to nontechnical audiences
  • Ability to support academic leaders related to enrollment, program planning, assessment, scheduling and resource management practices
  • General knowledge of SPSS, SAS, Stata, and/or R to perform basic statistical analyses
  • Ability to accurately compile custom data sets. Ability to produce well-formatted, easy-to-read data reports and extracts
  • Ability to perform data management and stewardship to obtain desired results
  • Ability to develop techniques for handling a large variety of detailed data and ability to analyze these data
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and coordinate the workflow of assigned projects to deliver high-quality professional work products
  • Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner

Required Qualifications
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. Additional qualifying professional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis
  • Three years of progressively responsible technical research or statistical experience including or supplemented by one year in the interpretation and graphic presentation of data. Graduate study in the social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business administration or engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in data visualization, information design, media design, education, social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public administration, business, data analytics, engineering, computer or data science or other related fields
  • More than three years of professional and proficient experience in designing and developing high-impact visualization solutions. Expert user in Tableau including in SQL writing scripts to analyze data and perform data queries, creating reports with quantitative modeling, detail-oriented approach to data visualization and validation
  • Experience in front end web development and technologies such as HTML5, ES6, TypeScript, JavaScript, and CSS
  • Experience transforming qualitative outcomes into digestible and consumable formats
  • Extensive experience in written and visualization communication skills
  • Experience in higher education research, project management, enrollment management and/or scheduling concepts and procedures
  • Experience running statistical models and predictions (such as linear and binary regressions) on higher education data sets
  • Experience working directly in Institutional Research/Institutional Effectiveness, Assessment, and/or Data Analytics/Business Intelligence offices


Classification: Research Technician III
Anticipated Hiring Range: $6,223/month - $6,589/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,789/month - $8,664/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary .

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: May 1, 2023 through May 16, 2023. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

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Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

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Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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