Data Scientist – Lead (Research Technician III) REVISED (529742)
Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
California State University (CSU), Chico is a comprehensive and residential public university, holding Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. Chico State operates as part of the 23-campus CSU system, which educates the most ethnically, economically, and academically diverse student body in the nation. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, with over half identifying as first-generation college students.
Chico State is committed to recruiting outstanding candidates who reflect the intersectional identities of our student body. The ideal candidate will embrace our values predicated on the primacy of student success and the elimination of equity gaps, have demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, and will contribute to policies, programs, and practices that support an inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning and working environment. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, veterans, and those with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics, this position requires significant lead experience since they will be leading a team of Research Technicians in delivering actionable data making it easier for analytics and policy makers to quickly access and utilize data as knowledge in managing academic and operational functions. They will participate in ensuring data integrity and providing accurate, timely, and relevant data for internal use, mandatory state and federal reports, and external agencies, data exchange groups, and others as necessary. The incumbent will develop relationships and work closely with cross functional teams to create structured and reliable data sets which will allow the extraction of data. The Data Scientist develops, supports, and maintains simple to complex business intelligence queries and reports while partnering with stakeholders to define deliverables. This role will support the Senior Director of IRSA and campus constituents by bringing data sources together and using the necessary machine learning and AI tools, statistical and/or predictive modeling techniques.
Preference may be given to applicants with the following as they may be considered specialized skills:
- Graduate degree in data science or related discipline, and at least five years of research or related technical experience; or a Bachelor's degree and seven years of experience designing and conducting research.
- Experience in a higher education environment; experience with student learning outcomes assessment is strongly preferred.
- Training and/or experience with the use of data mining (or machine learning, AI) techniques and algorithms such as decision trees and cluster analysis.
- Working knowledge of predictive modeling and model verification.
- Demonstrated experience using business intelligence and analytics platforms such as MS Power BI, Tableau, IBM Cognos, or data science toolkits such as R and SPSS.
Required Education and Experience:
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university (Additional qualifying professional experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
Three years of progressively responsible technical research or statistical experience including or supplemented by one year in the interpretation and graphic presentation of data.
*Graduate study in the social sciences, economics, mathematics, statistics, public or business administration or engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year for year basis.
Time Base: Full-time
Pay Plan: 12/12
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm, Summer: Mon-Thurs 7:00am-5:30pm.
CSU Classification Salary Range: $57,468 - $103,968 per year.
Benefits: This position qualifies for benefits including tuition fee waiver (if eligible).
CSU, Chico offers a number of benefits to its employees (e.g., sick leave, vacation, health insurance). For more information please visit https://www.calstate.edu/csu-system/careers/benefits/Documents/employee-benefits-summary.pdf
California State University, Chico, in accordance with CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a background check (including a criminal records check, sexual offender registry check, and/or fingerprinting) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive. This position is considered a sensitive position based on CSU guidelines. Incumbent is responsible for the safety and security of Level 1 data, sometimes also referred to as Level 1 protected data. This is confidential information that is in most cases protected by statutes, regulations, or other legal mandates.
This position requires travel, evening, and weekend time commitments.
About Chico State:
Graduate and undergraduate programs boast high-quality research experiences, exceptional faculty mentoring, and civic and global engagement opportunities. The campus motto, "Today Decides Tomorrow," is brought to life by inclusive pedagogy, experiential learning, and co-curricular programming. The Chico Experience prepares students to be critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and inspired stewards of environmental, social, and economic resources. Together, they will become leaders solving the challenges of the 21st century.
The campus is located in Northern California, 90 minutes from the state capital, Sacramento, and a three-hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Chico offers year-round natural beauty, outdoor leisure activities, and a thriving arts, music, and events scene. We acknowledge and are mindful that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land, the flora, the fauna, and the waters that run through campus. We are humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that since time immemorial have sustained the Mechoopda people and continue to do so today.
The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status.
Chico State is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (i.e. H-1B Visas).
Open Until Filled (Review of Applications will begin 11/28/23. Applications received after that date may be considered.)
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled