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Institutional Research Specialist- Data Strategy

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, 30144
Institutional Research and Planning

Job ID: 270327

About Us

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion.


Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144.

Job Summary

Responsible for validating information used for data informed decision making using all tools available to troubleshoot and resolve issues. Utilizes data management tools, application admin tools and backend databases to ensure the consistency, accuracy and completeness of data provided. Collaborates with various university departments, as necessary. Develops exception monitoring and reporting processes and makes recommendations for process improvement. Reports data from both institutional and external databases for completion of ad hoc and survey requests. Coordinates and completes the KSU Fact Book each year. Assists with designing dashboards using KSU data for publication on the department website. Handles assignment of data/report requests within the department.


1. Researches and resolves data quality problems.
2. Provides quality assurance oversight of data flows and stores.
3. Works with multiple campus stakeholders to coordinate timely revisions to student data systems once data issues are present.
4. Manages and writes vital pre-census data reports for the enrollment department so that accurate data is supplied to the University System of Georgia.
5. Manages and maintains data quality documentation.
6. Monitors production data to identify data anomalies and executes corrective actions to ensure data integrity.
7. Maintains scheduled data delivery standards.
8. Works with data stewards to discover and determine data inaccuracies and other data issues.
9. Develops monitoring solutions for data integrity.
10. Responsible for completing ad hoc data requests, report writing, and surveys as assigned.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a related field

Required Experience
Some related work experience

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Advanced Degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science or related technical field

Preferred Experience
Data management experience with a relational database.
1-3 years of experience working in Institutional Research or other applicable areas in higher education setting

Proposed Salary

The budgeted salary range is $51,600 to $60,000. Offers are based on relevant experience. 

Comprehensive benefits to include Medical, Dental, Vision, 13 paid holidays, vacation, generous retirement plans, tuition waiver, wellness options, and much more! Visit

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines 

Experience with higher education administrative/student information systems 
Experience using data manipulation software applications such as SAS, SQL, etc

Strong commitment to data integrity and attention to detail 
Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite) 
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills 
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

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