Lake Superior State University
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FLSA Designation
EXEMPT
Date Issued: 2011-05-04
Department:
Provost's Office
Title: Data Analyst
 
Function and Responsibility
Develop, document, implement, publish and maintain reports and ad hoc queries for campus departments. Maintain a thorough understanding of the university’s data infrastructure, the campus reporting tools, applicable University policies, and state and/or federal laws governing the dissemination of data. Provide training and support to all campus users.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for supporting the reporting needs of the university by developing, documenting, testing, verifying, troubleshooting and publishing reports.

1. Develop data querying, processing and reporting against the SunGard Banner database using tools such as Argos, SQL and Jdeveloper and multiple data formats such as CSV, XML, fixed-width, delimited, etc. Reports will be used for the state and federal government, the HLC of the NCA, specialized program accreditation organizations, NCAA, IPEDS, etc.
2. Present data in the form of data extracts, web pages, PowerPoint slides, graphs, documents and other methods as appropriate.
3. Recommend or develop collaborative, data-driven web site content for the collection and distribution of information pertinent to the mission of the University.
4. Recommend or develop reporting and analysis system for monitoring the accuracy and consistency of university statistics and assessment data.
5. Build standardized summary feedback reports (e.g., dashboards).
6. Manage, maintain and develop documentation for reporting.
7. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive data. Working knowledge of data security including FERPA, HIPPA, PCI, etc. is necessary.

Manager and maintain existing reports for all campus departments.

Work with programmer/analysts and Institutional Research to become familiar with databse tables for the application and creation of reports from system data.

Convert university reports to new format through the utilization of the established campus reporting tools or future tools to be defined.

Adhere to University policies and guidelines as well as state and/or federal laws and regulations regarding the dissemination of data.



Manage and maintain existing reports for all campus departments.

Work with programmer/analysts and Institutional Research to become familiar with database tables for the application and creation of reports from system data.

Convert university reports to new report format through the utilization of the established campus reporting tools or future tools to be defined.

Adhere to University policies and guidelines as well as state and/or federal laws and regulations regarding the dissemination of data.
 
Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business, or other related field, with a specialization in report authoring. Specialized training should include security administration, report authoring, and advanced reporting.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience with database reporting tools involving advanced database reporting functions and work experience with a university’s administrative databases (i.e., student, financial, alumni, human resource, etc.) which would have included the tying of data from multiple areas, the coding structure of data and decoding of data, and the location of data (i.e., detail table, history table or summary table).

Special knowledge, abilities, or skills are needed in SQL; analytical, problem solving and communications; ability to perform required computerized tasks to include any combination of word processing, spreadsheet, database, email and web-based applications; ability to work on detailed issues with all employee groups; and ability to work under time constraints and complexity pressures.
 
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to sit and concentrate for long periods of time while working on computers to enter data, analyze data, and critically review data reports is necessary. More specifically, the position requires the use of gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties; use of fine motor skills to operate a computer; social intelligence; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to perform normal office tasks. The successful candidate will be able to clearly articulate complex thoughts, concepts, and ideas, in English, in both written and oral formats, to individuals, departments, and large groups of people. An ability to move about campus and to occasionally lift 10 pounds is also required.
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