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Montana State University Senior Data Scientist in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21293

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Christina Fastnow at 406-994-2870 or

Classification Title Data/Research Analyst

Working Title Senior Data Scientist

Brief Position Overview

Planning and Analysis staff work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators across the University to support the strategic and operational goals of the institution. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining complex databases, conducting independent data analysis, statistical modeling, and social research, leading analytical project teams, and disseminating research results related to student success and more generally as directed.

Position Number 4M1246

Department Office of Planning & Analysis

Division Planning & Analysis

Appointment Type Classified

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 0.75 - 1.0 FTE

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Starting pay up to $25.86/per hour, Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

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Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Office of Planning and Analysis is a learning organization, focused on uncovering, understanding, and sharing actionable information within the university’s data. OPA supports the University’s leaders and strategic planning processes by providing objective, accurate, and timely information, analysis, and advice to inform strategic planning, decision-making, and resource allocation processes. In addition, the Office conducts studies that describe, analyze, and evaluate the operations and outcomes of the University and maintains an electronically accessible database of institutional trends.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Extract data from Banner, University, and Montana University System data systems, sources, and warehouses as well as databases housed outside of the MUS (e.g. federal and state databases)

  • Provide ad hoc and ongoing statistical and analytical support in collaboration with requester, OPA staff, and other university offices with minimal supervision

  • Perform sophisticated data management and analyses, e.g. enrollment forecasts, student persistence risk models, or intervention efficacy assessment, with minimal guidance

  • Develop original analytical projects and products for technical and non-technical end users

  • Identify and propose solutions to potential data, analytical, statistical, or other problems

  • Lead projects involving other staff in and outside of OPA

  • Prepare federal and state reports

  • Present research and findings to University leadership and other institutional constituents

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Advanced degree in data science, statistics, social, behavioral or decision sciences, or related field from an accredited university or college, plus 5 years of progressively responsible work experience with data analysis and reporting, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience

  • Evidence of independent critical thinking, project management, and decision making

  • Advanced knowledge of research design and statistics

  • Demonstrated successful experience with data analysis, predictive modelling, and/or program assessment using statistics, machine learning, or other approaches

  • Demonstrated successful experience with data analysis tools and software (e.g. R, SPSS , SAS )

  • Demonstrated successful experience with data visualization tools and software (e.g. Tableau, Argos)

  • Demonstrated successful experience with database management and querying (e.g. SQL , database management tools)

  • Demonstrated experience effectively communicating data analysis in a professional setting

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Terminal degree in relevant field from an accredited university or college

  • Demonstrated successful experience with survey research design, implementation, and analysis

  • Experience working in higher education

  • Experience with enterprise software and other relational data sources

  • Ability to teach in a relevant field offered at MSU

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Demonstrated commitment to self-directed learning

  • Service and inclusive design orientation – ability to collaborate with and view the process and product from the lens of constituents/end users

  • Detail and accuracy orientation – ability to anticipate and discover errors and correct them

  • Process and outcome orientation – ability to see how outcomes of projects will impact the organization

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated ability to communicate data and analysis to lay audiences

  • Ability to think and act independently, critically, and carefully

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon successful completion of search

Position End Date (if temporary)

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on June 4th, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .