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Data Strategist

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Reports to: Director of Development Services, Integrated Data Services

Manages directly: N/A

During this pandemic, all interviews are being conducted virtually and all positions within OUD are working remotely at least until May 1, 2021

The University of Michigan Development Community is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse and thriving workforce, and demonstrating respect and inclusivity for all.

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. In your cover letter, please indicate how you discovered this opportunity.

To be considered for this position, apply directly here: To learn more about our development community, including other opportunities, visit:

Job Summary

As the Data Strategist, you will provide leadership and vision in the creation and implementation of a data quality, integrity and strategy program within the Office of University Development (OUD). You will lead collaborations with unit partners and other partners to make decisions, create processes, craft stories using data that lead to strategic insights, and implement workflows to ensure the usability, quality, and consistency of alumni and donor data. 

Mission Statement

The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate investing

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses


Data Quality 

  • Develop a data integrity program focused on maintaining accurate constituency data records. 

  • Work with internal partners to establish data standards and create data quality thresholds with supporting dashboards and scorecards for transparency and planning purposes.

  • Work to identify ways to automate audits and develop reports and statistics to monitor data integrity, database changes, address accuracy, and use of data.

  • Work with collaborators to gather and understand requirements for use of alumni and donor data.

  • Provide leadership and participate with projects that involve any of the upstream or downstream data flows and processes.

Data Acquisition

  • Develop and share a data acquisition plan with responsibility for the strategic planning and direct work with both internal departments and outside vendors to acquire alumni and donor data to enhance the University’s DART CRM system. 

  • Produce data improvements and foster positive outcomes of data use.

Data Stewardship & Communication

  • Be a source of guidance and training around data integrity, strategy and quality best practices including the presentation of data-related topics to multiple audiences. 

  • Stay informed and communicate regarding policies and procedures that align with University of Michigan and federal requirements (e.g. FERPA, HIPAA, GDPR).

  • Organize a data users group, Data Partners Group, whose purpose will be to address data integrity issues, policies and procedures. 

  • Organize Code Review, group tasked with discussing the request for adding, editing or deleting codes from the DART CRM system.

Data Access

  • Oversee DART CRM system access approval and coordination.

  • Help develop procedures to educate and grant access to newly available data for use by the development community.

Data Strategy & Leadership

  • Work collaboratively within the Office of University Development and with campus unit partners as an essential resource to the community regarding the DART CRM system and the lead data strategist for development alumni and donor information. 

  • Prepare recommendations to the data steward and organizational leadership.

  • Stay current on data management practices, data integrity processes and data quality procedures and methods, especially as they relate to development services. 

  • Work with internal partners to develop materials and documentation to help educate departmental and campus partners on the standards and procedures surrounding the fundraising system which include charitable contributions, biographical data and prospect information.

Perform other responsibilities as assigned.

Required Qualifications*

  • A bachelor’s degree in business information systems or computer science (or equivalent professional experience).

  • 4+ years of experience as a data analyst, business systems analyst or similar experience. 

  • Strong critical thinking, process thinking and organizational skills.

  • Strong analytical thinking and data analysis skills.

  • Strong time management, problem-solving, and project management skills.

  • Excellent intuitive and empathic listening skills coupled with an ability to thoughtfully consider the perspective of both clients and colleagues.

  • Must be committed to maintaining a professional and positive workplace demeanor.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding donor records.

  • Commitment to University mission around diversity, equity and inclusion. 

  • Supportive of the mission of both the University of Michigan, and those of the Office of University Development and work in ways that help us achieve these. Desire to enhance the University of Michigan’s position as a leader in Development.

Additional Information

For additional information about this position and to review other current openings in Development, please visit our website at:

Application Deadline

Although the Posting End Date may indicate otherwise, this job may be filled and closed anytime after a posting duration of seven calendar days.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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