Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning (OAL) Education Data Analyst

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Educational Data Analyst will assist VPP’s Evaluation and Learning team in the analysis and presentation of various data sets related to educational and behavioral outcomes of 0-19-year-old students and youth. Using data sets from early learning assessments, state departments of education, school districts, charter school networks, and other sources, the Educational Data Analyst will help VPP determine if existing investments have been successful and provide guidance on how to improve ongoing and future investments. A successful applicant will be required to work independently with personally identifiable information (PII), complete quantitative analyses, and present findings in a variety of formats.

The Educational Data Analyst reports to the Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning and will work closely with VPP’s Investment Practice Group and senior staff.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as the primary analyst for all data collected as part of VPP’s work in the early learning (pre-Kindergarten) and Kindergarten – 12th-grade areas, which includes analysis of individual/student-level data, as well as research and interpretation of publicly available data sets.
  • Produce internal and external facing reports summarizing the current state of regional outcomes for youth and students, as well as information that explains how outcomes have changed over time.
  • Produce content for VPP’s fundraising and communications work, including (but not limited to) quick turnaround charts, tables, graphs, and maps that demonstrate the current state of youth and student outcomes regionwide (or in select geographic areas).
  • Serve as content expert relating to data challenges and limitations associated with measuring academic and behavioral outcomes for 0-19-year-olds.
  • Provide technical assistance to external groups regarding defining, collecting, reporting, and analyzing common metrics and data.
  • Ensure data governance practices are compliant with relevant data security laws and regulations, such as FERPA, and as specified in data-sharing agreements with external parties.
  • Expand and manage data infrastructure by researching, procuring, and maintaining technologies to store, analyze, visualize, and share data securely.
  • Generate content to satisfy external reporting requirements or data requests on time.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in research, outcome measurement, or evaluation. Strong preference for experience in youth development, educational, early learning, or community change environments.
  • Experience with data analysis and quantitative research, including statistical analysis (using SPSS, SAS, R, STATA, or other statistical packages), spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and data visualization software (such as Tableau or another software package).
  • Experience working with data sets and sources relating to youth (school/academic data, youth health, etc.). This would include experience working with data related to early learning / pre-K environments.
  • Experience and training working with personally identifiable information (PII) as well as experience with data security protocols and approaches.
  • Understanding of statistical techniques, data analysis methods, and data sources, which includes the theoretical and practical strengths and limitations of various statistical methodologies.
  • Ability to translate complex data and analyses for mainstream audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience using Excel and PowerPoint to generate visual representations of data. (Or similar software such as Tableau.)
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and experience producing research reports, messaging, framing, and talking points.
  • Experience working with a variety of organizations (government agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations, etc.) to access and transfer data.
  • A positive, solution-oriented attitude, and an ability to be flexible and work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Well-organized, hard worker, with good time management skills and an ability to work well under pressure and meet shifting deadlines.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, and good interpersonal skills.

SALARY
Competitive and commensurate with experience, generous benefits package available to all staff.

ABOUT VPP
To learn more about VPP visit our website www.vppartners.org.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@vppartners.org with the subject “Educational Data Analyst.” No calls, please.