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South Dakota State University
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
South Dakota
Posted: 05/4/2021
Research and Data Specialist

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Research and Data Specialist. 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.

This position works collaboratively to understand, develop, and support the institution’s reporting, data and analytical needs. This position will conduct high quality data analysis and use reporting tools to produce meaningful and dynamic reports for data-informed decisions used by campus leaders. The Research and Data Analyst will assist with federal compliance reporting, such as IPEDS. In addition, this position will conduct in-depth research studies related to strategic initiatives using appropriate research methods. This includes creating useful reports and research papers, as well as providing engaging workshops and presentations to communicate and share results. Finally, the Research and Data Specialist will create engaging and interactive data visualizations and infographics.

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 Statistics, Computer Science, Educational Research, Social Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, or related field by start date;

· At least one year of demonstrated experience in Institutional Research;

· Effective written communication skills;

· Knowledge of programming, data management, and tools such as SPSS, R, Stata, SAS, Tableau, PL/SQL, Cognos, Oracle, Power BI, Banner, infographics and/or others;

· Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.


· Demonstrated experience using data tools such as SAS, R, SPSS, SQL, Banner, Oracle, Cognos, Power BI, and/or Tableau;

            · Demonstrated organizational and time management skills;

· Quantitative and analytic skills to ensure accuracy and integrity of data;

· Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment with college departments across the University and cross-functional teams;

· Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences;

· Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize a wide variety of projects while under firm deadlines;

· Experience in working with large data sets and merging data from multiple sources;

· Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve;

· Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills;

· Utilize feedback to continuously improve processes;

· Demonstrated evidence and understanding of the concepts of diversity and multiculturalism and their application in the workplace;

· Knowledge of and commitment to the mission of South Dakota State University;

· Expertise in Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, Access, etc.).


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.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

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 4, 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, successful completion of 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 Kacie Richard at 605-688-4920 or

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.