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Cornell University
David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement
Ithaca (or remote)
New York
Posted: 01/3/2022
Co-Curricular Data Coordinator for Community Engagement
Based in Ithaca, N.Y., the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement builds service and community-engaged learning as a hallmark of the Cornell student experience by empowering students through campus and community collaborations to create a more just and equitable world. The center plays a key role supporting community-engaged learning and public service across the university. The result of the merging of the Public Service Center (PSC) and the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI), the center brings high-impact practices such as, community-engaged learning, and service-oriented programs to students, faculty, and staff while increasing opportunities for partnerships in the local, national, and global arenas.

Leveraging the existing strengths of Cornell’s public engagement agenda, the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement presents a new model and direction for higher education – one in which community-engaged learning and service is deeply ingrained, fully institutionalized and effectively taught and implemented. Through this center, students graduating from Cornell will enter the world as educated global citizens who practice respect and empathy; seek collaboration, cooperation and creativity; embrace differences and diversity in all aspects of their personal, professional and civic lives; and are dedicated to working with others to help solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

Under the general supervision of the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Co-curricular Learning within the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement, this position will be responsible for compiling, analyzing, and reporting on programmatic and institutional data in support of the center’s community-engaged learning initiative. The role will work collaboratively with programs, units and individuals within Student and Campus Life and Vice Provost Engagement and Land Grant Affairs to acquire existing data and relevant information, and to build institutional capacity for coherent, unified reporting of co-curricular data relating to various aspects of community and student participation in community-engaged learning and the assessment of its effectiveness. In relation to community-engaged learning strategy, they will prepare data and reporting to support evidence-based planning, programming, reporting, and the continuous use of data for decision-making. The position will help devise and systematize sound and sustainable data collection practices and communicate results to Center program managers and leadership. As Engaged Colleges begin their own co-curricular tracking process, this role will also implement systems to integrate these co-curricular data into a university-wide dashboard that helps understand both the undergraduate journey and community impact through Cornell’s multitude of co-curricular initiatives.

Remote work options will be considered for this position. This is a 2-year fixed-term position, with the potential for an additional 1-year term dependent on performance, continued funding, and business need. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Success Factors

  • Ability to work independently and with teams in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry
  • Excellent analytical thinking, attention to detail, and accuracy in work, with an ability to remain organized in a fast-paced environment with multiple competing priorities
  • Ability to visualize data, communicating it to relevant stakeholders, and facilitate its utility for decision-making, resource allocation and delivery, program development, and strategic planning

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework related to data analysis and/or information systems (e.g., sociology, economics, and statistics) with at least 2 years’ experience working with complex data sets or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of research methodology and the assessment cycle, educational research design, accountability issues and student learning outcomes
  • Ability to articulate data needs to technical programmers
  • Ability to process large data sets to identify usable information, and then synthesize and interpret complex data and reporting findings to a variety of constituents in both oral and written communication
  • Proficiency with spreadsheets and/or data analytic tools

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in college student affairs, higher education administration, social sciences, statistics, or other related field.
  • Experience utilizing data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau) as well as a variety of other data systems, such as CRM e.g., Salesforce, and relational data bases and data query tools
  • An understanding of the issues of higher education and the ability to develop recommendations within a contextual understanding of institutional needs, knowledge of student development and higher education literature
  • Demonstrated knowledge of manipulating data sets including querying, statistical techniques and methodologies (descriptive, correlational, and inferential)
  • Experience working with relational databases and online survey and assessment tools (e.g., Qualtrics, Form Assembly)
  • Experience with statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R)
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel knowledge