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The Assistant Director of Data Analytics serves as the Data Expert for the Administrative Research Data Domain in the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) at Virginia Tech. Reporting to the IT Director and Data Steward, this position will recommend and implement project, process, and data solutions to meet the needs of the team, unit, university, and external stakeholders. The Assistant Director is responsible for the operational aspects of managing the data domain, including reporting, analytics, and management of domain data maintained within in-house systems, university data repositories, and various workflow tools. The Assistant Director provides management and guidance to a Data Reporting Analyst who provides support for routine reporting, incoming request management, documentation, quality control tasks, and other operational needs. The successful candidate must be able to manage multiple simultaneous projects, prioritize and delegate tasks, establish relationships with key stakeholders across the university, and will possess strong communication skills with the ability to explain technical topics to non-technical audiences. Candidate must be able to work highly independently when necessary, and equally well in close collaboration with the Data Steward, unit leadership, or project teams.

This position is eligible for hybrid or fully remote, and the work arrangement will be confirmed upon hire. As necessary, may need to be onsite for collaboration purposes.

Required Qualifications

● Advanced degree in Statistics, Computer Science, Finance, or related quantitative discipline, or bachelor’s degree with relevant significant experience.
● Prior experience leading small teams, or managing projects and initiatives.
● Experience in business process analysis, data analytics, or deployment of analytic techniques.
● Practical experience with SQL queries, analytics, data manipulation, and related relational database tools.
● Experience with the creation of data visualizations, dashboards, analytics products, metrics, or workflows.
● Ability to work with confidential information.
● Ability to think creatively, solve problems, and work in a highly collaborative and dynamic work environment.
● Strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

● Previous supervisor experience.
● Experience in a similar operational and data quality control role with a focus on accuracy, reproducibility, end-user enablement, and a customer service-oriented culture.
● Knowledge of SAS, Python, R, Java, VBA, or other programming languages with a focus on data processing.
● Demonstrated expertise in complex queries, analytics tools, visualizations, complex spreadsheets, or other related topics.
● Experience in statistical methods and trend analysis.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Starting at $105,000; commensurate with experience

Review Date

June 12, 2024

Additional Information

This position is eligible for hybrid or fully remote, and the work arrangement will be confirmed upon hire. As necessary, may need to be onsite for collaboration purposes.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kaitlin Winfree at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: May 24, 2024
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