Posting Summary: Are you a keen analyst with higher than average attention to detail? Do you love to tell stories with data? Can you analyze disparate points of information and identify the essential questions and answers? Do you want to be a part of a high-performing, collaborative team?
The Advancement Operations division of University Advancement is hiring a Data Consultant. We seek a highly-qualified professional who is a self-directed worker and learner, an innovative thinker, a creative and diligent problem-solver, and a collegial team player.
Data Consultants on the Advancement Business Intelligence team in Advancement Operations synthesize complex data; they develop strategic, actionable reports, dashboards and other tools to support the efforts of advancement managers & front line gift officers across Grounds, as well as other business units in University Advancement.
Data Consultants analyze data collected through various channels for the general use of the entire advancement community, and particularly by senior leadership in order to help track progress on campaign priorities.
The Data Consultant is innovative and proactive in reporting, analysis, and visualizations, and is responsible for the development of custom reports and dashboards; researching new and developing business intelligence (BI) technologies, tools and techniques; developing 'proof of concept' solutions to demonstrate benefits of new technologies and/or forecasting models.
Data Consultants drive the fundraising process by initiating strategy meetings with clients; providing consultation regarding fundraising and engagement data and analysis; facilitating communication between units and development officers. Data Consultants are effective communicators, not just with data, but also through verbal and written communication; they work with a broad range of people (technical & non-technical professionals of all levels). Data Consultants are adept and comfortable consulting with clients to gather project specifications, as well as sharing results or other findings to clients.
Successful Data Consultants are curious, and willing to learn not only new technical skills, but also our over-arching business: namely, the business of engaging and connecting alumni and friends to the institution in order to secure financial support that will help the University of Virginia to meet the goals of the goals set forth by the President and the Board of Visitors for the University's Third Century Campaign.
Required Minimum Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
Required Specific Degree/Training: Bachelors degree in related field or equivalent experience in data analysis or relevantly similar field.
Preferred Minimum Level of Education: Bachelor's Degree
Required Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Required Specific Experience: Minimum four years of experience in research, data analysis or relevantly similar field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience to meet the minimum requirement.
Experience in data mining, data visualization, report writing / programming, statistics and predictive modeling.
Experience employing appropriate statistical methodologies for predicting behaviors and analyzing giving (or financial) data and trends.
Experience creating visualizations to illustrate descriptive statistics, populations and trends.
Preferred Minimum Level of Experience: Considerable - 4 to 7 years
Proven experience using statistical software (e.g., R, SAS or SPSS)
Experience with Cognos (Report Studio and Query Studio) a plus
Experience working with APIs
Experience working in a data warehouse environment
Prefer experience in advancement operations, business operations or fundraising analytics in a higher education setting
Social science, economics, marketing or other related research experience a plus
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills; ability to analyze and interpret information, interpret patterns, identify trends and make appropriate conclusions.
Strong project management and time management skills; ability to handle multiple projects with critical deadlines and changing priorities.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with development professionals at many levels within the organization.
Ability to manage client and peer relationships in the UVA advancement community and to consult with clients about how to interpret and act upon the business intelligence provided.
Understanding of privacy and data security best practices; ability to handle sensitive information appropriately and maintain confidentiality.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrable skill with Cognos (Report Studio and Query Studio)
Knowledge and ability to work with data in a warehouse environment
Demonstrated knowledge of visual design principles
Demonstrably strong problem solving, debugging, and quality assurance skills
Knowledge and understanding of the development cycle and best practices in major gift fundraising or annual giving
Knowledge of best practices in fundraising, development research and / or prospect management
Required Computer Applications: Microsoft Office (including Access, Excel, Word, Outlook)
Advanced knowledge, skill and ability working with complex databases.
Strong SQL skills
Internal Number: 353_84314
About University of Virginia
Founded by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia opened in 1825 as the nation's first public university. A longstanding dedication to preeminence in both scholarship and teaching; top ranking in global satisfaction, collegiality and work/family issues on the COACHE survey of early career faculty; a commitment to excellence that is integrally connected with diversity and a broad array of benefits make the University of Virginia a prime choice for both faculty and staff. The University of Virginia is located in the small cosmopolitan city of Charlottesville near the Blue Ridge Mountains, 70 miles from Richmond and 110 miles from Washington, D.C. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.