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Program Associate I - Data Analyst (Research & Evaluation)

Date Posted: Oct 8, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Program Associate I, Data Analyst (Research & Evaluation)

Location: Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202            

Salary:  $57,006 - $73,865

Reports to: Senior Director, Research & Evaluation  

Benefits Eligible: Yes  

Position Summary: 

We are seeking a Program Associate I, Data Analyst (Data Analyst) to join the Research & Evaluation team.  The Research & Evaluation team executes on a rigorous research agenda driven by our District’s Strategic Plan, which includes: 

  • Working side-by-side with District leaders to refine the outcomes we target through each of our core operations, programs, and student services 

  • Designing our overall evaluation strategy to ensure that we have clearly defined research questions and strike the right balance between rigorous understanding of our impact and responsive, relevant analyses in support of our District and schools, 

  • Leveraging coherent, aligned, objective, and efficient frameworks and measurement systems to clearly understand our progress toward outcomes, and 

  • Ensuring we draw on the best research literature available to define the outcomes we target and to shape the methodology we use to collect data about our impact. 

As a significant member of the Research & Evaluation team, the Data Analyst uses data to identify trends, needs, and opportunities, and helps the District determine what’s working and what needs to change. The Data Analyst is responsible for the ongoing management, analysis, monitoring, and reporting of data associated with the District’s Strategic Plan metrics and critical school and District-level performance and operations metrics.  The Data Analyst will also be significantly involved in the creation and maintenance of aligned data management standards and systems within and across departments; supporting the design and implementation of improved data management, access, and reporting systems throughout the district; and helping to build strategic data capacity through the support of varying special projects tied to the District’s goals.     

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or technical or equivalent experience in mathematics, statistics, or computer science related field.   
  • Demonstrated success in analyzing and interpreting quantitative data and disparate data sources to make recommendations based on findings 

    Technical proficiency and versatility with the following skills: 
    • Writing code to pull and analyze large and complex data sets (we use R and SQL, but recognize that you may currently code in Stata, SAS, SPSS, or Python)  

    • Working reproducibly (so that colleagues can follow, continue and extend your work) 

    • Performing and interpreting fundamental statistical analyses (i.e., correlation, linear regression)

  • Familiarity with business intelligence applications (e.g., Power BI, Tableau, etc.), data modelling, and dashboard design 

  • Strong curiosity about topics in K-12 education; experience working in a large urban school district  

  • Working knowledge of Michigan state assessments, education data, and accountability systems 

Essential Functions:

  1. Work with teams to define clear research questions, create analysis plans, and manage progress for analytic projects 

  1. Plan and perform statistical analyses and communicate findings that allow the District to understand progress, gaps and opportunities 

  1. Package findings into clear reports and presentations that communicate results and recommendations for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences 

  1. Design, build, and maintain user-friendly reporting tools that integrate multiple data sources using data visualization best practices 

  1. Support operational management of processes for documenting, updating, reporting, and ensuring delivery of the District’s Strategic Plan metrics 

  1. Manage data collection processes and cleaning to optimize statistical quality, including scheduling and logistics of data collection activities and querying and prepping large/complex datasets for analysis 

  1. Support the design and execution of data systems for key district initiatives such that the District has the necessary data to evaluate the effectiveness of our investments  

  1. Develop a data and research request intake process to support ad hoc requests from across the District and external partners 

  1. Author internal and external resources that help District stakeholders access and understand insights and findings from analytic, research, and evaluation projects 

  1. Participate and leverage analyst support protocols, including reviewing colleagues’ analysis code, partnering on quality assessment steps, giving/receiving feedback, documenting code and processes, and sharing breakthroughs 

  1. Implement project management routines that support teams in breaking down projects into key tasks with owners, developing timelines and shared expectations for work, and communicating progress with appropriate stakeholders 

  1. Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Director 

Security Clearance: 

Internal Applicants 

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check. 

External Applicants 

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.  

Method of Application: 

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.  

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.  

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897. 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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