Associate Director for Data Visualization & Analysis

Pennsylvania, United States
28 Oct 2018
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28 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL) is Penn’s foremost provider of student services and educational access. VPUL partners and collaborates with diverse organizations across many dimensions including: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, historical tradition, age, religion, disabilities, veteran status, interests, perspectives and socioeconomic backgrounds. We enhance the ability of nearly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, along with other community participants. University Life programs provide academic and career support, campus and community engagement, health and wellness programs, and much more. Our efforts help to fulfill Penn’s strategic vision of integrating knowledge across campus. VPUL is part of the Office of the Provost and includes 32 campus departments.

Penn Career Services is seeking an Associate Director of Data Visualization and Analysis to work with our Digital Resources Manager. This is an exciting new position to help us better convey the diverse and interesting trajectories of Penn students and alumni, both collectively and for specific populations.

The Associate Director will have the opportunity to create a new, more uniform and engaging style to our reports, presentations and marketing materials. This is a critical collaborative role that will play an essential part in marketing our services to students, potential students, parents, campus administrators, and faculty, and that will maximize the ability of Career Services staff to engage effectively with employers. Career Services is a data-savvy office, and we are looking forward to leveraging the large amounts of data collected even more creatively to create convincing narratives and infographics about why career and professional development are so important to students.

The Associate Director will also provide individual career advising to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, review resumes and cover letters, provide mock interviews, and plan and present career-related workshops.

A Masters degree plus 2-3 years of experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience is required. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with assisting in the collection and cleaning of survey data and preparing outcome reports both as static PDFs and as interactive graphics on our website. Strong graphic design and data visualization skills, including the ability to present results in a visually appealing and easy to understand format through infographics, handouts, online presentations and courses, publicity materials, blog entries, social media and our web pages required. Ability to create innovative approaches to showcase career trends, success, and advice through data analysis that reflects the changing needs of students and the world of work. A proven ability in taking the initiative on project work within a collaborative setting across multiple teams. Advanced level user of both Access and Excel and proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and/or InDesign are needed; experience with Tableau is a plus. Experience in statistical analysis and survey creation/management, including the ability to promote surveys to increase return rates is helpful. A high level of comfort with computers and web technology needed. Ability to manage deadlines and juggle multiple projects simultaneously. Selected candidates will be contacted to submit a portfolio of their work or a URL to an e-portfolio during the evaluation process.

While previous experience in a career advising role is helpful, it is not required. However, a desire to develop these skills and work with students in a career advising role is necessary. Experience with Handshake career services platform is a plus.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.