Teacher Quality Data Analyst
The Education Trust - Washington, DC

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The Education Trust has long been a leading voice in advocating for teacher quality and equity, and helped to frame the current national conversation on teacher quality. Reporting to the Director of Teacher Quality, the Teacher Quality Data Analyst will research and analyze K-12 and teacher data from varied sources to better understand patterns in educational opportunity within and across schools, districts, and states. The Data Analyst will also provide key analytic support for other teacher quality policy projects.

Major Responsibilities
  • Use a variety of data sources, including national, state and district databases, to synthesize and interpret trends in teacher assignment, and communicate the results of this work to staff members and external audiences;
  • Obtain, evaluate, clean, merge, and format large datasets from external sources (e.g., federal and state agencies, other non-profit and research organizations);
  • Conduct analyses of education datasets to inform the organization’s policy positions;
  • Read, evaluate and summarize academic and policy research relating to key teacher quality issues for internal and external audiences;
  • Present data for lay audiences, including for Education Trust presentations and reports; and
  • Respond to teacher quality data inquiries from staff and the public at-large.
Qualifications and Experience

The Data Analyst will work in a highly collaborative environment with other policy and practice team members and Education Trust senior staff. The ideal candidate should be strongly self-directed, with an interest in working independently to develop new areas of research and data analysis related to understanding teacher quality and teacher assignment patterns for low-income and minority students at all levels of education. We are looking for someone who enjoys working in a fast-paced, dynamic professional environment, in which expectations are high both for the quality and speed of work.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, and communications skills, with an emphasis on quantitative analysis and basic descriptive statistics;
  • The ability to perform detailed quantitative analyses of large data sets using SAS and/or SPSS statistical analysis software;
  • Extensive experience using Excel and PowerPoint, as well as working with large-scale datasets;
  • A strong ability to think critically and creatively about analysis opportunities and challenges;
  • A strong ability to read, evaluate, and integrate the varied academic and policy research relating to key issues in education (such as the impact of different teacher quality initiatives on teacher distribution and effectiveness, the use of student achievement data in measuring teacher performance, and the policies and practices of highly successful schools and districts) to inform the Education Trust’s positions;
  • A master’s degree in public policy, education policy, statistics, or related fields, and/or several years of experience in a similar position; and
  • Familiarity and experience working directly with state or district level teacher data is strongly preferred.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.

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