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South Dakota State University
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
South Dakota
Posted: 06/2/2021
Data Visualization Developer and Analyst

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Data Visualization Developer and Analyst. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible position. This position is supervised by the Assistant Director of Institutional Research. The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) advances the University's mission by facilitating an integrated approach to institutional research, assessment, continuous improvement, and data-informed decisions in support of institutional effectiveness, teaching, and learning.

The Analyst works within Institutional Research to provide expertise in the creation of decision support tools and reports to support campus-wide data visualizations and data analysis. This position will compile multiple visualizations into intuitive dashboards for campus-wide use. The Analyst will work with members of the entire campus community to define data analytic needs and reporting requirements. This position will design, code, test, extract data and aggregate results from queries to generate complex analyses, reports, dashboards, and visualizations that support decision making and planning at all levels of the University. This position will also assure the accuracy and integrity of data and assists in support and training with end users to maximize their ability to use the decision support system and/or dashboards.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics; Computer Science; Data Science; Social Sciences; or a closely related technical field by start date.
  • At least one year of experience in an Institutional Research or Institutional Effectiveness office (or related work).
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Expertise in statistical programming, data management, data visualization software and research tools (e.g Cognos, Qualtrics, SPSS, R, Stat, SAS, SQL, Tableau, etc.).


  • Master’s degree.
  • Quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Experience in using databases with a content emphasis in higher education (enterprise or derivative) systems (e.g. Banner, Colleague, etc.).
  • Ability to effectively prioritize a wide variety of unrelated projects while under firm deadlines.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and with college departments across the University and cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to problem solve and assure the accuracy and integrity of data.
  • Experience working with postsecondary data and institutional research including interpretation and presentation of data, plus knowledge of SAS, R, SPSS, SQL, Cognos, and/or Tableau.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of South Dakota State University.


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

Office of Institutional Research & Assessment (OIRA)

Vision: To exemplify a commitment to excellence by supporting a culture of evidence-based decision-making and promoting institutional improvement through collaboration and engagement.

Brookings, SD

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals, and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by June 28, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.

For questions on the position, contact Kurt Cogswell at Kurt.Cogswell@SDSTATE.EDU or (605) 688-6196.

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.