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Last Updated: 5/26/23

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Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support

Data Analyst

Ball State University

Ball State University’s Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support is welcoming applications for a Data Analyst.

The successful candidate will be responsible for directed and self-guided research to find key insights that may shape policy, providing stakeholders with actionable information, and helping to develop the analytics needed for decision-making. This position will help manage and utilize complex datasets stored in the Ball State’s data warehouse. Address issues of interest and create visualizations that will be used in institutional research presentations, briefs, and reports for the consumption of various Ball State constituencies (Board of Trustees, senior leadership, the provost/president, and state agencies).

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in data analytics, data science, business analytics, operations research, statistics, psychology, economics, computer science or a related quantitative research field from an accredited institution. Two years of experience in higher education, nonprofit, or public sector conducting data analysis. Experience working with statistical tools such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, R and/or other relevant predictive and prescriptive modeling software. Ability to interpret or code SQL and extra data from relational databases (e.g. Oracle, SQL server). Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Access, Word, and PowerPoint. Must be adept at learning new technologies and functionality of new systems.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications: Earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a focus in measurement, psychology, economics, computer science, data analytics, data science, business analytics, operations research, statistics, or related field. Knowledge of Higher Education business environments, specifically Institutional Research and ERP systems (e.g. Banner). Strong technical expertise in data management, knowledge of statistical analysis and understanding of business intelligence and relational database concepts. Knowledge and experience with data mining and developing predictive analytical models. Ability to conduct empirical research and answer complex questions using data mining or data modeling techniques. Ability to independently identify and solve problems, primarily through statistical programming and analysis. Ability to analyze complex topics, problem solve, synthesize, and communicate the results clearly both orally and in writing to our various audiences. A curious, creative, and flexible approach to analysis that allows for results at varying levels of precision. Experience working in a fast-paced work environment with an emphasis on attention to detail and the ability to multi-task on many projects. Familiarity with statistical packages (e.g. SPSS, SAS, R). Ability to create visual and tabular reports using software applications (e.g. Tableau). Knowledge of a variety of machine learning techniques (e.g., clustering, decision trees, random forests, kNN, etc.)

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Missy Adkison. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

The salary for this position is $50,000.00. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through June 25, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave. For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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Muncie, Indiana, United States
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball Sta...