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Data Scientist and Analytics Specialist, Office of Advancement

University of Calgary

This is a Full-time position in Toronto, ON posted March 18, 2023.

Data Scientist and Analytics Specialist, Office of Advancement Job ID: 28155 Updated: March 1, 2023 Location: Main Campus We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.

The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Position Overview The Department of Development Data in the Office of Advancement is currently seeking a Full-time Temporary Relief Data Scientist and Analytics Specialist for approximately 12 months.

The Advancement Office exists for the mutual benefit of the University of Calgary and its stakeholders and coordinates donations of gifts to the University, as well as communication and engagement with UCalgary Alumni and the broader community.

The Specialist, Fundraising Analytics is a Data Science professional reporting to the Manager, Data Systems, and provides expertise and strategic support to measurably improve and expand Advancement’s approach to fundraising and outreach.

Specifically, the position studies internal and external data, and employs data mining, machine learning, predictive modelling, forecasting, and statistical analysis techniques to help identify, classify, understand, and cultivate connection, engagement, and philanthropic contributions.

The senior responsibilities of the position involve strategic planning for the communication, engagement, and fundraising analytics functions within Advancement, including predictive modeling with multiple data sources, developing high quality analytical products and visualizations, mentoring and training colleagues, workflow management, and overall responsibility for the quality and timeliness of analytics work produced.

Position Description Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to): Work with the Manager, Data Systems to set a vision for advanced analytics within Advancement, and develop and implement a comprehensive program that provides data-driven intelligence to aid University-wide and faculty/unit fundraising, communications, and engagement Work with Advancement teams across campus to identify specific issues for review and analysis, and develop/create solutions.

Generate new knowledge and previously unknown insights from Advancement and external data Grow analytics capacity and standards within the organization through training, workshops, and supporting skill development Mentor and coach Reporting Analysts in analytics and data science best practices, and contribute to enhancing the team’s knowledge and abilities Modeling, Statistical Analysis, and Fundraising Strategies Provide strategic leadership and employ project management best practices on all fundraising, communications, and engagement analytics projects.

Establish and communicate vision for projects, including alignment to organizational vision and strategy Employ machine learning techniques and build predictive and behavioral models that are used to increase revenue, deliver time savings, and improve ROI throughout the department.

Develop strategies to ensure that what is built actually makes a difference Act as the senior expert on data science.

Identify, prioritize, and execute applied analytics that deliver insights across goals including, but not limited to: contact acquisition, donation conversions, increasing value of average donations, engagement with the University, and segmenting Constituents Develop product offerings including visual intelligence tools and applications for enhancing business performance.

Determine the best way to deliver data science initiatives into the hands of end users Gather, filter and segment large and unstructured data sets for the purposes of identifying, classifying and refining constituent pools.

Identify overall trends and patterns in giving, interests, volunteerism, event participation, etc.

and search for explanations and underlying causes Leverage available data sources and identify new sources of data.

Mine, retrieve, query, and append data from internal databases, and external data sources such as electronic screening services, census records, social media as appropriate, surveys, focus groups, demographic studies, marketing data, etc.

Work closely with the rest of Advancement Data team to coordinate and participate in the preparation and presentation of reports, visualizations, interfaces, and analysis, capturing progress and trends, and including appropriate recommendations or conclusions Knowledge Building and Management Stay abreast of current and emerging trends in data science, business intelligence, philanthropy, and higher education, and communicate to department and senior leadership as appropriate Qualifications / Requirements: A Graduate degree required, with demonstrated competencies in data science, predictive modeling, fundraising analysis, social media analysis, social networks, word embedding, research, and/or similar fields Demonstrated analytical, project design/management, and creative problem-solving skills required Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex and large datasets from various sources, extract actionable insights, and communicate these to business users, both orally and through data visualization tools such as Tableau/Power BI, and/or Reporting Services.

Must be able to impart understanding of complicated ideas and statistics in a clear and simple manner to a wide variety of stakeholders, from frontline staff to Executive Leadership Proven ability to build, implement, and optimize predictive data models required Data Scientist with direct experience using advanced statistical tools, big data technologies, machine learning/AI, and data mining.

Highly proficient programming skills with scripting languages (e.g., Python) Expertise in analytical applications, program development, and evaluation methodologies.

Experience with scientific visualization applications Intermediate to advanced knowledge of data management, database design and querying using Transact-SQL language required Professional experience with SQL Server and its components (SSIS, SSRS), IIS (Microsoft Internet Information Services), and Visual Studio required Highly developed interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills Experience mentoring and training others to increase their own knowledge and abilities in data science, and a willingness to share skills and techniques with peers and colleagues High degree of professionalism, ethical sensitivity, and discretion; ability to maintain a commitment to confidentiality Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet challenging and changing deadlines Previous analytical experience in a complex Development / Fundraising environment (preferably post-secondary) is a preferred asset Application Deadline: March 15, 2023 We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes.

Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

Additional Information This position is classified in the Professional Career Band, Level 3 of the Management and Professional Staff Career Framework.

Maximum available salary for this position is $78,000 annually.

Management and Professional Staff (MaPS) Positions are currently under review as part of the Alberta Labour Relations Board exclusion review process.

Visit the HR website for more information.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

About the University of Calgary The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude.

Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads.

The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines.

For more information, visit .

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High , committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community.

We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society.

We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here.

In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply.

To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities.

Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( ) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ( ).

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

View our Application FAQs for answers to common questions regarding the application and selection process.

University of Calgary 2500 University Dr.

NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4