Position Summary: The New York City Department of Education is the largest school system in the nation, with nearly 1.1 million students, 135,000 employees (including nearly 80,000 teachers), and an annual budget of $14+ billion. The Department of Education (DOE) is committed to creating a system of 1,600+ great schools. Since its inception in 2003, the Children First Agenda for New York’s schools has driven the DOE’s work in adopting uniform, rigorous curricula for all schools, starting new small schools to increase educational options for students, and transforming the structure and culture of the DOE to encourage educational excellence and the work necessary to support that goal.
As part of the DOE’s Division of Talent, Labor, and Innovation (DTLI), the Office of Talent Research and Data is responsible for developing policies, programs, systems, and tools that support the development and evaluation of extraordinary teachers and leaders for NYC schools. The Office of Talent Research and Data team provides in-depth analysis linking policies to the impact they have on student outcomes. This analysis provides critical information used to inform strategy, as well as to enable DTLI to continually assess and improve policies and programs. The goal of the Office of Talent Research and Data’s work is to provide research and analytics that supports data-driven systems and decision making for how the DOE selects, develops, evaluates and retains the most effective teachers and school leaders to ensure that every student is college and career ready upon graduating from high school.
The Senior Research Associate plays an integral role as the lead on a team of analysts in developing sound and timely research and analytics to support human capital policy decision-making, including the development of systems and tools that enable school leaders to be successful managers of the human capital in their buildings. Performs related work.
Reports to: Executive Director of Talent Research and Data
Direct Reports: Temporary employees and external vendor conducting analytics.
Key Relationships: Regular and sustained work with leaders throughout DTLI, the Office of Teacher Effectiveness, the Division of Academics, Performance, and Support (DAPS), the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT) and external vendors.
Conduct quantitative data analyses, through the use of both descriptive statistics as well as more advanced statistical modeling; and conduct qualitative analyses, as appropriate.
Create confidential, highly sensitive human capital reports, e.g., tenure, performance ratings and hiring for principals, network leaders and superintendents to inform school-based decisions.
Supervise the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic research plan to ensure policies and technology systems that support human capital management at schools are of the highest quality.
Propose systems changes, e.g., leadership pipeline, tenure, evaluations to the Executive Director of Talent Research and Data policy and technology based on results of data analysis.
Design and conduct analyses to explain and drive how human capital decisions can positively impact student outcomes and advise the Executive Director of Talent Research and Data on outcomes and provide key strategy and policy recommendations.
Liaise with internal and external partners to maintain and improve the Division of Talent, Labor and Innovation’s data collection systems. Play a key role in redesigning existing systems and designing new systems in partnership with other data stakeholders and IT.
Design and run both ad hoc and regular reports to meet a variety of needs for the Chief Executive Officer of the Division of Human Resources Talent (DHRT), Deputy Chancellor of DTLI and other senior leaders in central DOE offices; and act as a subject matter expert in data analysis and interpretation.
Coordinate and manage enhancements, standardization and maintenance of data systems across the DHRT and other central offices, on behalf of the Executive Director. Help to resolve problems with data collection and infrastructure, as necessary.
Manage vendor relationships, creating and implementing work plans and providing critical input on analysis and systems development.
Partner with key central leaders in DTLI, DAPS, and other offices to manage the school-based data verification process by which schools review and validate class roster data used for student growth measures modeling.
Oversee the collection, organization and management of student and school-level data from sources across the DOE for use in data reporting and policy evaluation. Interpret data to support DOE policy initiatives and process design.
A master's degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, or a closely related field, and two (2) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: working with the budget of a large public or private concern in budget administration, accounting, economic or financial administration, or fiscal or economic research; in management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; in personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, social services program planning/evaluation, or fiscal management; or in a related area. 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four (4) years of professional experience in the areas described in '1' above, including the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience, as described in '1' above.
Minimum two (2) years data analysis experience, including management of a research group or project.
Ability to perform independent, original research.
Ability to develop thoughtful and creative approaches for addressing a wide range of analytic questions.
Ability to develop concise and powerful research summaries and presentations.
Ability to provide constructive feedback to others on their research and analytic work.
Excellent communicator, with ability to convey the passion and urgency of the Children First reform agenda both in speaking and writing.
Strong presentation skills, including presentation design.
Ability to work effectively with diverse groups in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Master’s degree in Statistics, Economics, Econometrics, Mathematics or related field.
Demonstrable work product synthesizing and presenting complex information and compelling ideas to a wide variety of audiences.
Proficiency with SAS, SQL, Stata, R or other statistical/data management programming languages.
Familiarity with a wide range of analytical and presentation tools.
Experience or working knowledge of the public sector and/or demonstrated interest in public education
Willingness to work beyond the boundaries of the job description to contribute to a powerful team committed to a new future for urban education.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)
Please submit a resume and cover letter with your application.
Applications will be accepted through May 9, 2012.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
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