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Data Analyst - Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Ctr for Scholarly & Creative Excellence


The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy seeks to add a Data Analyst. This position will work with an interdisciplinary group of social science and information technology professionals to provide data acquisition, cleaning, analysis, interpretation, and presentation support to applied research and evaluation projects within the center’s Community Data and Research Lab.

The Data Analyst works closely and collaboratively with one or more of the lab’s research managers, clients, and other staff across the center. Key to the position is maintaining the highest standards of research quality and ethics, ability to follow existing data protocols and suggest and implement improvements, and serve as a “data ambassador” across the Johnson Center.

The position reports to the Director, Community Data and Research Lab. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position located at our offices on the Pew Campus at GVSU, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements according to the GVSU remote work policy.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or similar quantitative field
  • Ability to read, summarize, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of information
  • Demonstrated proficiency with R, SAS, STATA, SPSS, or similar statistical analysis software
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work effectively as part of multiple teams
  • Strong cultural competence, collaboration, and interpersonal skills

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Demonstrated interest in applied research
  • Interest in a field related to philanthropy, evaluation, community research, or public policy
  • Graduate coursework or professional certification in a related field
  • Prior experience in data processing and data analysis in relational and transactional databases
  • Prior experience with a querying/coding language (e.g., SQL, Python)
  • Prior experience with data collection and data visualization software (e.g., Qualtrics, Tableau, Power BI)
  • One to three years prior experience working in or with the nonprofit or philanthropic sector, applied research, and/or community organizations

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:

  • Complete data processing and analysis in R, SQL, and Excel
  • Complete data visualization in Tableau or similar applications
  • Ensure the integrity of project data, including data extraction, processing, manipulation, and analysis
  • Share knowledge of data coding and analysis techniques with other staff, clients and/or community stakeholders
  • Participate in team decisions regarding study design, data collection, data analysis, and methodology
  • Manage and respond to multiple project timelines
  • Assist with project scoping/budgeting
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Salary: $45,200 to $67,800 depending on experience

Department/Division: Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence)

Campus Location: The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is located on the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University. We are in BIK 200, which is close to Winter and Secchia Halls and the Seidman College of Business.

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline:  Consideration of applications will begin September 27, 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

The University has recently implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that will be tied to FDA approval. GVSU will require all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated by September 30, 2021. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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