Employment Opportunities

The University of Michigan seeks candidates to become active members of the Education Policy Initiative. Our research group brings together a diverse set of scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of high-quality education policy research. The initiative disseminates best practices in education reform to local, state, and national policymakers and trains graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to conduct cutting-edge research in education. We work with agencies and nonprofits to answer questions about the clients they serve, the problems they seek to address and the effectiveness of their programs.

Database Analyst/Programmer Associate

Job Summary:

  • The University of Michigan seeks a Data Analyst to become an active member of the Education Policy Initiative and the Michigan Education Data Center. This position will be located at the Ford School of Public Policy. The Data Analyst will have responsibility for managing, processing and analyzing the large-scale administrative data sets central to our work.
  • The Education Policy Initiative at the Ford School of Public Policy brings together nationally-recognized scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of policy-relevant education research. We work in partnership with schools, districts, and state agencies to conduct cutting-edge research that inform both policy and practice. Large-scale administrative data from multiple government agencies, nonprofits and other sources is the basis of all of our analysis and research.
  • The Michigan Education Data Center accepts, manages and distributes education data owned by the State of Michigan to researchers nationwide. Managing the acquisition, organization, warehousing, documentation, security, and dissemination of this data is the central task of the Data Analyst. We seek applicants who are excited to work in an innovative and fast-paced environment.
Please note: we have posted this position at the junior level, however we will consider more senior candidates as well, so we encourage all interested applicants to apply.   

Notes:

  • This is a two-year term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding.
  • A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position.
  • The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform a wide range of data extraction, intake, and cleaning procedures, which prepare data to be used by researchers for various kinds of statistical analyses.
  • Conduct internal reviews of the data for quality, integrity and reasonableness, making suggestions for ways to improve processes (e.g. look for anomalies in the data and address, etc.)
  • Develop standard procedures for merging files, restructuring and recoding variables, labeling values, and error checking
  • Produce and update standard codebooks, as well as a range of other technical data documentation
  • Demonstrate strong customer service, by responding in a timely, accurate, and professional manner to requests for data, as well as additional support, from internal and external stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of core EPI and MEDC data sets and connections between the various data elements to allow for accurate querying, data dissemination, and customer support
  • Maintain content on the Michigan Education Data Center repository website
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in data/information science, statistics, information, computer science or relevant social science field
  • Experience gathering, processing, merging, managing and archiving data
  • Expertise in one or more of the following programming languages; Stata, R, SAS, Python, SQL, or another comparable programming language
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of basic programming concepts, including experiences combining data from disparate sources, programming and producing reports, cleaning and preparing data for analysis, and/or debugging data in complex applications
  • Comfort working in both Windows and Unix operating environments
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
  • Interest and/or experience in youth-focused policy areas, such as education, health, criminal justice, social welfare
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Desired Qualifications:

    A master's degree in data/information science, statistics, information, computer science or relevant social science field and/or two to four years of experience in a data management or comparable role, including:   
    • Experience working with relational database systems, specifically querying, managing and testing data stored in relational databases
    • General knowledge of relational database development and data modelling concepts
    • Demonstrated use of functions, classes, logging, debugging, version control and additional development essentials
    • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and work independently as well as part of a collaborative team
    • Interest and/or experience in youth-focused policy areas, such as education, health, criminal justice, social welfare
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Exceptional attention to detail

    Job posting on UM Careers:

    http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/173424/database_analyst