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Working at NEBHE

About the New England Board of Higher Education

Established in 1955 by six visionary New England governors, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is a regional compact organization that helps leaders assess, develop and implement education practices and policies of regional significance; promotes regional cooperation that encourages efficient sharing of education resources; and strengthens the relationship between higher education and the regional economy.

Located in downtown Boston, NEBHE values a diverse team of individuals and a collaborative workplace that support its goals to address the varying needs of the region’s learners and to provide leadership, programs and services that increase equity in postsecondary education outcomes.

Systems & Data Engineer

Position Description

NEBHE’s Department of Policy & Research is embarking on an exciting phase of strategic growth. The Systems & Data Engineer will be an active contributor to the team’s collaborative visioning process and will play a central role in building and maintaining a modern data infrastructure to increase NEBHE’s national brand and impact on the region’s higher education landscape.

The Systems & Data Engineer will work to support NEBHE’s grants and strategic initiatives. Specifically, this person will work to implement cloud-based data storage and collection, as well provide recommendations on analytics and technology to the Director of Policy & Research. The Systems & Data Engineer will work closely with the lead Researcher to design a database management system that integrates multiple data sources into models for reporting, analysis, and dashboarding in support of the Department of Policy & Research.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Database Management
    • Implement a long-term data strategy that defines rules and processes to manage NEHBE’s data assets using uniform, repeatable methodologies
    • Identifies, evaluates, supports, and solves complex software application and software integration issues
    • Manages and configures high availability cloud-based database engines that process large amounts of data
    • Ensures protected information is secured and all data regulations are compliant
  • Data Collection, ETL, Modeling
    • Creates, maintains, and documents infrastructure components to extract, load, and transform data from internal and public, open-source data repositories
    • Creates, maintains, and documents complex data models from institutional and regulatory requirements
    • Debugs, tests, and resolves conflicts in data pipelines, codebases, and data models
    • Ensures data is consumable by technical and non-technical team members and stakeholders
  • Collaboration
    • Collaborates with Policy and Research team members to establish both internal and external dashboarding capabilities at NEBHE
    • Coordinates with external partners to acquire data supporting NEHBE’s programs and initiatives
    • Implements and adheres to best practices for data driven decision-making
    • Works with both internal and external stakeholders on data acquisition and integrity
    • Champions data enablement within NEBHE by acting as the main point of contact for ad hoc data requests and self-service users

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities

  • Required
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics, or related technical bachelor’s degree
    • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication, time management, interpersonal skills, and must be self-motivated
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people with diverse backgrounds (technical and non-technical), in other departments, and with all levels of organization
    • Accuracy and attention to detail
    • Experience working with large datasets and unstructured data
    • Experience with data warehousing, pipeline, and reporting tools and/or developing database queries (e.g., SQL, Python, R, Java, Scala)
    • Knowledge of data warehouse methodologies, modeling, and analytics
    • Desire to learn and maintain a knowledge of current and emerging technology
  • Preferred
    • Experience working with open-source, public data sources such as IPEDS, U.S. Census
    • Familiarity with address data and geographic information systems
    • Knowledge of cloud platforms (e.g., Google Cloud, AWS, Azure)
    • Experience working with dashboarding platforms (e.g., PowerBI, Tableau)

Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Life, long/short-term disability
  • Retirement plan
  • Vacation and holiday pay
  • Flexible work environment

Working consitions:

  • Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
    May spend extended periods at a computer
  • Ability to travel and stay overnight in and outside of New England and for multiple nights
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the job is filled
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job. The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required
  • Employees enjoy a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, paid holidays and vacation, life and disability insurance, retirement plan and more. A hybrid work schedule is also available

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter that summarizes qualifications and work experience along with a resume or CV to careers@nebhe.org.


Working in Higher Education in New England (HERC Joblink)

As part of its mission to tie higher education to the economic well being of New England, NEBHE has partnered with the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE HERC) to provide access to recruitment and employment resources to address faculty and staff hiring needs. The mission of the NE HERC, which was founded in 2006, is to advance the efforts of member institutions to recruit and retain outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and to assist dual-career couples. Moreover, together with NEBHE, NE HERC seeks to raise the profile of the higher education industry in New England as an employer of choice for diverse and highly qualified professionals across all disciplines and functions.

With nearly 18,000 registered job-seekers, 3,000 faculty and staff jobs, and 2.5 million unique website visits per year, NE HERC provides the largest higher education job board in New England, as well as a community of 62 member institutions sharing best practices and participating in strategic networking events and an assortment of targeted professional development opportunities every year.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

NEBHE actively seeks to achieve a diverse workforce. It provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, genetics, protected military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.