Data Hub Research Specialist


The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College – CENTRO, is a university-based research institute whose mission is to produce, facilitate, and disseminate interdisciplinary research about the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. and to collect. preserve, and provide access to archival and library resources documenting the history and culture of Puerto Ricans. To complement these core activities, Centro sponsors a year-round program of educational and cultural activities.

About the Position

The Data Hub Research Specialist reports to the Director of Research Programs and is responsible for administering CENTRO’s internal and external research projects. The Data Hub research specialist also provides data analysis and prepares and presents reports and other products. In addition, the Data Hub Research Specialist supervises or provides leadership to CENTRO’s data hub staff including GIS Specialists, Data Analysts and Research Assistants.

Core Responsibilities

  • Assist in the management and support of the Data Hub Team.
  • Communicate regularly and proactively with Director of Research to set general CENTRO research agenda.
  • Recommend new methods of data collection using statistical techniques, visualization, and researchmethods.
  • Serve as assistant project manager for internal and external research projects.
  • Supervise day-to-day operations within Data Hub unit.

Staff Management

  • Supervise members of the Data Hub Team.
  • Support and manage team through project execution.
  • Facilitate weekly meetings to ensure work is moving forward and deadlines are met.
  • Serve as a facilitator during project and retrospective meetings.
  • Oversee data hub submitted work, and advises graphic designer and editor on related data hub assignmements.

Planning  &  Oversight

  • Create project documentation under direction.
  • Plan and monitor project execution.
  • Coordinate projects and manage project interdependencies.
  • Managecross-project resources.
  • Identify and address project issues.
  • Implement and manage change when necessary to meet project outputs.
  • Evaluate and assess project performance.
  • Oversee data entry tasks, that includes the creation, update, and maintenance of spreadsheets and databases.
  • Oversee data requests from internal and external stakeholders to completion.

Research and Analysis

  • Conduct background research and compile materials, including literature reviews.
  • Collect and prepare data for reports and other products.
  • Identify, analyze, interpret, and present trends or patterns in complex data sets.
  • Create and maintain rich interactive visualizations through data interpretation and analysis, with reporting components from multiple data sources.
  • Prepare, format, and present reports and other products.

Administrative Tasks

  • Create and manage datahub budget under directon.
  • Input reports and products into WordPress.
  • Manage and respond to emails from external partners and stakeholders who work with Centro.
  • Schedule and facilitate meetings.


Bachelor’s Degree and four years’ relevant experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in the social sciences, statistics, computer science, or administration is highly preferred.
  • Proficiency in statistical programming languages such as Python, R, or Stata
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to develop collaborative relationships.

Other Qualifications

  • Documented experience in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis.
  • Experience in Puerto Rican Studies research is desirable.
  • Effective leadership skills, especially a positive attitude towards change with the willingness to learn new skills and proactively seek opportunities to better the position, department, and institution.


Oversees collection and assessment of data for Institutional Research purposes.

  • Compiles, maintains, and analyzes institutional data in various formats
  • Produces reports and metrics based on department’s needs; responds to time-critical ad-hoc requests
  • Loads, extracts, edits, and evaluates data for reporting and analytics
  • Maintains selected databases and document libraries, updating and ensuring data quality and accuracy
  • May participate in internal and external surveys as needed
  • May consult with others in designing methodology for research projects
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience ($52,267 – $70,238)

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Applications must be submitted online by accessing the CUNY Portal on City University of New York job website To search for this vacancy, click on SEARCH ALL POSTINGS and in SEARCH JOBS field, enter the Job Opening ID number 27996

Click on the “APPLY NOW” button and follow the application instructions. Current users of the site should access their established accounts;. New users should follow the instructions to set up an account.

Please have your documents available to attach into the application before you begin. Note, the required material must be uploaded as ONE document under CV/ Resume (do not upload individual files for a cover letter, references, etc.). The document must be in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, or text format- and name of file should not exceed ten (10) characters – also DO NOT USE SYMBOLS (such as accents (é, è, (â, î or ô), ñ, ü, ï , –, _ or ç)).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please include:

  • Cover Letter and/ or Statement of scholarly interests
  • Curriculum Vitae/ Resume
  • Names and contact information of 3 references

Upload all documents as ONE single file– PDF format preferred


The committee will begin reviewing complete applications on April 11, 2024. The search will remain open, and screening and review of applications will be ongoing– until the position is filled. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if the position(s).


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