Data Analyst

Posting Details

Position Title

Data Analyst

Additional Information

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Responsible for directed and self-guided research to find key insights that may shape policy, providing stakeholders with actionable information, and helping to develop the analytics needed for decision-making. This position will help manage and utilize complex datasets stored in the Ball State’s data warehouse. Address issues of interest and create visualizations that will be used in institutional research presentations, briefs, and reports for the consumption of various Ball State constituencies (Board of Trustees, senior leadership, the provost/president, and state agencies).

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in data analytics, data science, business analytics, operations research, statistics, psychology, economics, computer science or a related quantitative research field from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

Two years of experience in higher education, nonprofit, or public sector conducting data analysis. Experience working with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, R and/or other relevant predictive and prescriptive modeling software. Ability to interpret or code SQL and extra data from relational databases (e.g. Oracle, SQL server).

Minimum Other

Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint. Must be adept at learning new technologies and functionality of new systems.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a focus in measurement, psychology, economics, computer science, data analytics, data science, business analytics, operations research, statistics, or related field.

Preferred Experience

Knowledge of Higher Education business environments, specifically Institutional Research and ERP systems (e.g. Banner). Strong technical expertise in data management, knowledge of statistical analysis and understanding of business intelligence and relational database concepts. Knowledge and experience with data mining and developing predictive analytical models. Ability to conduct empirical research and answer complex questions using data mining or data modeling techniques. Ability to independently identify and solve problems, primarily through statistical programming and analysis. Ability to analyze complex topics, problem solve, synthesize, and communicate the results clearly both orally and in writing to our various audiences. A curious, creative, and flexible approach to analysis that allows for results at varying levels of precision. Experience working in a fast paced work environment with an emphasis on attention to detail and the ability to multi-task on many projects.

Preferred Other

Familiarity with statistical packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS, R). Ability to create visual and tabular reports using software applications (e.g. Tableau). Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (e.g., clustering, decision trees, random forests, kNN, etc.)

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support:105030

Department Information

The salary for this position is $50,000.00.

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Develop and/or compile data sets from institutional and extant data sources for analysis to produce research reports and/or visualizations to address questions of institutional importance.



Job Duty

Analyze data within accepted research parameters to derive findings. Create visual and narrative descriptions of the research process, definitions, and findings for tailored audiences.



Job Duty

Compile, analyze, and report on a wide variety of institutional data; assist with the creation and maintenance of annual reports and dashboards. Prepare and analyze data for new and existing compliance reports (i.e. IPEDS, NPSAS, HEOA ).



Job Duty

Work with business intelligence reporting platform to produce intuitive data views for decision support and planning. Consults with IT in efforts to model existing Banner data for reporting purposes. Provide guidance on institutional reporting requirements and necessary data development to serve reporting needs.



Job Duty

Collaborate with various campus offices to understand/assess research needs and develop solutions. Serve as a research consultant to campus institutional research offices/groups related to data stewardship and systems development.



Job Duty

Considerable decision-making responsibility with determining the appropriate source and data definitions to address research issues, reporting and compliance mandates.



Job Duty

This position works within an office responsible for providing “official” data for the entire campus. Additionally, this position serves university administration (i.e. President, VPs, Trustees) by providing reports and analytics for decision support making accuracy and timeliness imperative.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts