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Data Scientist II

Company: Western Governors University
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

If you're passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you're committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
* Identify new data sources that will improve the diversification of university data.
* Deep knowledge of various data sources (government, open source APIs, web scraping, etc.).
* Ability to write and process complex SQL queries.
* Experience extracting meaning data from social networking platforms.
* Basic understanding of regular expressions to extract data from semi-structured and unstructured data sources.
* Understanding of online web scraping to get data from sources that don't offer API data access.
* Create predictive models leveraging machine learning algorithms.
* Traditional statistical models (logistic regression, classification algorithms, tree models, etc.).
* Machine learning algorithms (neural networks, decision trees, association rules).
* Text mining and natural language processing.
* Experience with very large data sets.
* Background in setting up and maintaining big data processes.
* Experience with Hadoop, Hive, and HBase in the Amazon AWS environment.
* Efficient processing of large amounts of unstructured data.Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Advanced SQL programming, ETL development, Spark, and big data
  • Proficiency in Python, R, or Scala programming
  • Experience with machine learning predictive modeling, time-series forecasting, statistical analysis
  • Data reporting and visualization (e.g. Tableau, Cognos, Power BI)
  • Business writing and communicationCompetencies: Organizational or Student Impact:
    • Works on assignments of medium to complex level.
    • Structure project plans and manages cost-effective execution of tasks.
    • Limit errors to prevent impact to client operations, costs, or schedules.
    • This individual will follow established processes and protocols.Problem Solving & Decision Making:
      • Individual meets department and personal goals with some direction/ supervision.
      • An important player on large technical projects and programs.
      • Uses discretion to help design and implement solutions to somewhat complex problems.Communication & Influence:
        • Communicates with contacts both within and outside of function on matters that require explanation, interpretation, and advising; typically has responsibility communicating to parties outside of the organization.
        • Works to influence parties within the function at an operational level regarding policies, practices, and procedures.Leadership & Talent Management:
          • May be responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees within the technical area.
          • May manage technical projects at this level, requiring responsibility for the delegation of work and reviewing others' work products.Job Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications:
            • Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Economics, Computer Science, applied mathematics discipline, business, or other related degrees.
            • 4 years' relevant experience in data analytics, business intelligence, or information technologyDepartment Specific Minimum Qualifications:
              • Advanced degrees (Master's or PhD) in quantitative discipline with two years relevant work experience or bachelor's degree in quantitative discipline with four years relevant work experience
              • Experience working with Agile methodology
              • Demonstrated experience in project managementPreferred Qualifications:
                • Experience in Higher Education
                • Experience working in Databricks
                • 2 years' experience with PythonPhysical Requirements:
                  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
                  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.#LI-ML3#AA#D&I
                    As an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

Keywords: Western Governors University, Salt Lake City , Data Scientist II, Other , Salt Lake City, Utah

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