The Education Trust seeks a K-12 Data Analyst to support the organization’s division of K-12 Policy and Practice. Reporting to the Senior Policy and Data Analyst, the K-12 Data Analyst will research and analyze K-12 data from varied sources to better understand patterns in educational opportunity and achievement within and across schools, districts, and states. The K-12 Data Analyst will also provide key analytic support for the development of online data tools and mobile applications that make equity-oriented data analyses easily accessible to advocates, parents, educators and the public.
Qualifications and Experience
- Use a variety of data sources, including national and state databases, to synthesize and interpret trends in student achievement and achievement gaps, 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);
- Play a key role in analyzing data and building databases that will serve as the foundation for online data tools and mobile applications that make equity-oriented data analyses easily accessible to advocates, parents, educators and the public;
- Conduct analyses of education datasets to inform the organization’s policy positions;
- Present data for lay audiences, including for Education Trust presentations and reports; and
- Respond to K-12 data inquiries from staff and the public at-large.
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 closing the achievement gap 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 (familiarity with national education data sets such as the Common Core of Data strongly preferred);
- A strong ability to read, evaluate, and integrate the varied academic and policy research relating to key issues in education (such as the distribution of resources, policies and practices of highly successful schools, and the impact of standards and accountability) to inform the Education Trust’s positions; and
- A master’s degree in public policy, education policy, statistics, or related fields, and/or several years of experience in a similar position.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust offers a comprehensive benefits package.