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Job Title: Strategy and Policy Fellow (7647)

Department: Planning & Analysis

Reports To: Director of Planning & Analysis

Salary Range: 3,000-5,000 per month, depending on education and experience.

Schedule: 6 months with opportunity to extend to 1 year; fellowship to start in mid January.

Application Due Date: Open Until Filled

Position Start Date: ASAP

The planning office supports the DPS vision- ‘Every Child Succeeds’- by providing strategic decision support to the people responsible for accelerating our students’ learning: DPS senior leadership, school leaders, and instructional staff. We support leaders by delivering descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analysis — we spot trends and forecast changes — and work collaboratively with leaders to organize solutions that deliver the right resources to students based on their evolving needs.

The Strategy and Policy Fellow will be responsible for engaging in strategic analysis to help the district and school leaders make better human capital decisions. The Fellow will develop data sets, run analyses, and present detailed policy and strategy recommendations clearly and concisely to stakeholders. Some examples of work could include analysis of teacher placement, movement and turnover within the district, employee survey analysis, teacher attendance and long-term leave analysis. The Fellow will work closely with a senior analyst to provide support to senior HR leaders in human capital decisions, including recruitment, retention, and remediation.

Denver Public Schools is a large, urban district that was long plagued by low quality schools and a wide achievement gap. However, in the last 5 years, the district has been aggressively pursuing innovative reforms, like teacher pay for performance and a portfolio approach to managing schools. Test scores have been improving each of these years, and the district has become one of the districts to watch for innovative reforms. The fellow’s human capital work is central to supporting and developing this reform agenda.

The six-month fellowship program is designed to provide recent graduates of business, administration, or quantitative science programs with experience applying analytical skills to difficult strategic problems in fast-paced, reform-minded K-12 education environment. At the end of the term, fellows will have gained exposure to key decision-makers in Denver Public Schools and in the city of Denver as well as key issues in K-12 education and human capital management. Fellows will have gained confidence in managing large, action-oriented research projects, developing relationships with stakeholders, and presenting recommendations and solutions to senior leadership.

Essential Functions:
  • Perform statistical analyses and mine large quantities of data for relevant trends and facts: fellow is responsible for performing analysis on relevant data sources, including data comparisons, basic scenario modeling and the like.
  • Clearly communicate relevant data to executives and customers. Fellow is responsible for developing clear, easy to understand graphical representations of data (charts, graphs, etc) and present those findings in a compelling, simple way to stakeholders.
  • Structure, manage, and execute research projects, including identifying research questions, refining and testing hypotheses, analyzing data, drawing conclusions from data.
  • Develop strong relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Maintains both the integrity and confidentiality of all data, research, and analyses.
Requirements – Education, Skills and Experience:
  • Recent graduate of Masters program in areas like business, public policy, engineering, or social science preferred.
  • Alternatively, candidate could be recent graduate of bachelors program, with strong academic record, demonstrated quantitative skill, and some relevant work experience.
Other Knowledge and Skills:
  • High motivation, strong work-ethic and proactive attitude are essential.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint required.
  • Strong understanding of data and basic statistics required. Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques like multivariate regression preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and present complex data.
  • Experience with programming languages like SQL preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of GIS and SPSS preferred, though not required.
Special Instructions:
Please email a resume and a cover letter to:

Due to the volume of applications received, you will only be contacted if an interview is requested.