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Education Equity Data Scientist

University of Virginia
Newcomb Hall, VA
Closing date
May 29, 2023
The Equity Center at the University of Virginia within the Karsh Institute of Democracy seeks a motivated Equity Data Scientist with an emphasis in Educational Research.

Organization Overview

The Equity Center at the University of Virginia is a collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. Its mission is to tangibly redress racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities' fundamental research mission, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

Position Overview

The Equity Data Scientist position's primary role is to perform statistical analysis and evaluation, and support research for the Equity Center's youth Starr Hill Pathways program and other Democratization of Data initiatives. The position requires a detail-oriented analyst with the capacity for data collection, visualizations, cleaning, and analysis.

Job responsibilities:
  • Work collaboratively with the Starr Hill Pathways programming team and UVA faculty to drive the research mission.
  • The position will require the ability to contribute to research design, data collection and organization, statistical analysis and modeling, and program evaluation.
  • Prepare reports for internal evaluation, for external funders, and for dissemination in white papers, issue briefs, electronic platforms, academic journals, and conference presentations.
  • Contribute to community-engaged and data-oriented research projects centered on regional equity, including data visualization and platform development.
  • Communicate the research to a wide range of audiences, including community partners and relevant stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Equity Center team, Democratization of Data team, the UVA Karsh Institute team, the President's Council on Community Partnership as well as partners throughout the community focused on achieving equitable outcomes.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications:
  • Education: Master's or terminal degree
  • Experience: Five years of specialized experience.
  • Knowledge of the literature and research in adolescent development, educational access, and similar domains.
  • Strong foundation in statistical modeling and familiarity with approaches to causal inference and/or longitudinal data.
  • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.
  • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.
  • Experience using analysis and data to make recommendations to relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience with statistical software.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Relevant experience serving youth from historically marginalized communities.
  • Understanding of research with youth, vulnerable populations, and/or participatory research.
  • Preference will be given to candidates' knowledge and experience with Charlottesville and Albemarle County organizations working to redress racial and socio-economic inequalities in education and youth.

Physical Demands:

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

This position will remain open until filled. Review of applicants will begin May 26, 2023.

This position is Hybrid located in Charlottesville, VA. The anticipated start date is July 2023.

This is an Exempt level, benefited position. For more information on the benefits at UVA, visit . This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. Anticipated Hiring Range: $70,000-$80,000 commensurate with education and experience.

This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

To Apply:

Process for Internal UVA Applicants: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search "Find Jobs", and search for "R0048381 "

Process for External Applicants: Please visit UVA job board at and search for "R0048381".

Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • CV
  • Cover letter

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

References will be completed via UVA's standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via SkillSurvey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the position, please contact Michele Claibourn, at . For questions about the application process, please contact Jon Freeman, Academic Recruiter, at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

Learn More About the Equity Center here: . Learn more about Starr Hill Pathways here: (

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see and

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines ( webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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At UVA, we offer a rich collection of benefits, which have long been recognized and valued for their comprehensiveness and competitiveness in the market. In addition to a robust array of traditional benefits such as health care, time off, and retirement, UVA offers an array of other benefits and services to support faculty, staff, and UVA Health team members with their personal and family needs.

We are committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and welcome diversity in all forms. For more information on the University of Virginia and the surrounding area, visit our Why UVA ( and Why Charlottesville ( webpages

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