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Program Supervisor, Senior Research Analyst

Date Posted: Sep 17, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Program Supervisor, Senior Research Analyst

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

Salary: $71,324 - $88,346

Reports to: Senior Director, Research & Evaluation

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Position Summary:

We are seeking a Senior Research 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 we have clear research questions and the right balance between rigorous understanding of our impact and responsive 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 outcomes and shape our methodology.

As a significant member of the Research & Evaluation team, the Senior Research Analyst partners with district leaders and external partners to plan, research, and execute analyses in alignment with our research agenda to assess needs, inform strategy, and evaluate results. The Senior Research Analyst develops and applies research methodologies to meet the District’s various analytic needs (e.g., tools and systems for predicting student outcomes, analytic models for evaluating programs, etc.) and creates compelling data stories using analysis to support District stakeholders in improving students’ experiences and outcomes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, statistics, public policy, education or a related field.  Master’s degree or higher preferred.
  • Proficient in all data science workflow competencies
  • Well-versed in research methods, and can translate them to an applied setting to strengthen the team’s work
  • Proficiency in advanced statistical methods commonly used in education research (e.g., linear and logistic regression, and impact evaluation techniques such as propensity score matching, regression discontinuity analysis, etc.)
  • Proficiency in statistical programming using R (preferred) or another programming language
  • Experience publishing and presenting research findings and compelling insights for practitioner and technical audiences
  • Strong written and oral communication skills that enable you to work with stakeholders to  define requirements and research questions, and to share back  findings with both technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience working on a research team to produce applied research or program evaluation results
  • Experience working in a large urban school district or comparable urban education setting
  • Working knowledge of Michigan state assessments, education data, and accountability systems strongly preferred

Essential Functions

  1. Coordinate with District leaders to define and articulate clear research questions in alignment with strategic priorities, programs, and initiatives
  2. Conduct research that drives meaningful learning and change, working regularly with staff and external partners to answer research questions and measure the impact of their work
  3. Own the full process of creating compelling deliverables outlining findings and solutions for action by District and external stakeholders
  4. Produce and deliver findings in the form of reports, articles, and presentations that communicate results and recommendations for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences, motivating them to implement both small and significant recommendations
  5. Use research to advise internal/external stakeholders on decision making and strategy; on project teams, influences what is done and how rather than simply executing
  6. Design, develop, and maintain ongoing metrics, reports, analyses, and publications that drive decision-making and meet District needs
  7. Translate general reporting requests from other departments into data requirements, identify and acquire data from multiple sources, and develop reports that meet immediate needs and anticipate future questions and requests
  8. Develop processes to strategically and systematically collect, archive, and report data in an accurate and timely manner, using automated and reproducible processes whenever possible
  9. Use strong organizational and project management skills to execute and move the team’s work toward ambitious goals
  10. Develop and implement tools and processes to further data science at the District (e.g., software and workflows that enable other staff to do better faster, orchestrating analytical professional development, etc.)
  11. Manage and develop data analysts using analyst support protocols, including reviewing analysis code, partnering on quality assessment steps, providing feedback, and advising on best practice
  12. 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 opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance.

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