Position Number: 110834
Title: Data Scientist
Functional Title: Data Scientist
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Financial Management
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship
institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from
Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and
judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology
leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities,
embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is
simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students
abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding
areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and
diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our
three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community,
the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. A
prior criminal conviction or convictions will not automatically disqualify a
finalist from employment in the position.
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and
staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that
commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that
students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are
required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new
employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University's
vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the
start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location.
Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the
vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption
prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of
vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will
result in the offer of employment being rescinded.
Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Business Applications unit within University Relations seeks a Data
Scientist to join its team of data analysts and application developers. The
Data Scientist will work to support Advancement operations for the University
of Maryland, which includes development (fundraising), alumni and donor
relations, gift processing, and other functions. This individual will play a
key role in enabling Advancement business users to make data-informed
decisions that will help the university reach its capital campaign goals.
The Data Scientist will manipulate and analyze advancement datasets to reach
meaningful data driven conclusions or discoveries. Working closely with
business stakeholders to understand their goals and data dependencies, the
Data Scientist will identify, investigate, and analyze appropriate data. They
will apply appropriate models, algorithms and/or machine learning techniques
to reach desired results. Some examples include working to identify prospects
who should be contacted for a fundraising opportunity, or utilizing a decision
tree to identify the appropriate capacity/affinity rating for prospects. The
Data Scientist will support internal data wrangling and ETL pipelines to
improve the quality of Advancement data and data insights.
The Data Scientist will use descriptive analytics to identify bottlenecks or
areas of improvement, and in collaboration with awesome front-end developers,
narrate a visual story for relevant metrics and KPIs. They will also use
online advancement data stores to benchmark against comparable higher
Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):
Bachelor's degree required.
Candidates must have at least 5 years of experience using Python for data
analysis, machine learning, data wrangling and/or AI. Experience working in
relational databases (SQL) and data analysis tools is also required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The ideal candidate is someone who is curious, methodical and a critical
thinker. We are looking for someone who can grow on the job by continuously
learning new things, and brainstorming ideas for how to improve current
internal data processes and how to utilize innovative data technologies. The
successful candidate must be someone who likes to communicate via concise
writing and visual presentation of ideas, and who is excited about technology
in general and data intelligence specifically.
Candidates should have:
Working knowledge of one or more of python's data analysis libraries, such
as Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, Seaborn, SciKit, etc.
Excellent communication skills with the ability to prepare solid
presentations, facilitate meetings and summarize data findings for end
Solid understanding of statistics and machine learning models.
Critical and creative thinking to know what to ask, to examine
assumptions, and support your conclusions with communicable/written
Degree in computer science, mathematics or other information technology-
Higher education advancement domain knowledge
Data science certification
Experience with CRM in marketing/sales/Advancement systems
Experience in Agile work environments
Advancement/CRM domain knowledge
Working knowledge with Apache Spark and Apache Airflow
Working knowledge with AWS ETL/ELT services and cloud data warehousing
Working knowledge with data visualization tools
Familiarity with Atlassian productivity suite (Jira software, confluence
For best consideration, please apply by Tuesday, December 14, 2022.
Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package,
including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15
Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription
Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No
Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.
Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate
standard equipment and keyboards. Sedentary work with substantial movements
(motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Ability to travel across
campus for meetings.
Posting Date: 11/23/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 12/14/2021
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative
action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and
regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is
committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity
or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political
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