Research and Data Analyst

The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for educational justice and high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. ETW exposes opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and identifies and advocates for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. ETW works alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-12 education system and higher education institutions can better serve all students. 

 

OPPORTUNITY 

The Education Trust—West is considering candidates for a full-time Research and Data Analyst. The ideal candidate brings expertise in the English learner space, is an excellent project manager, works well in a deadline-driven and mission-focused, collaborative work culture; has a passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them. 

Due to COVID-19, all employees are currently working remotely. Once the organization returns to the office in early 2022, the position will be based in Oakland, CA. This position will require some travel.  

At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and new hires should be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources. 

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES 

The Research and Data Analyst’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: 

Conceptualize and manage research projects in service of organizational and workstream priorities and goals 

  • Develop research questions and design research studies to answer questions that further organizational goals 
  • Collect, clean, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data 
  • Identify “Bright Spots” and best practices for improving equity 
  • Craft analysis and research plans and, in partnership with policy analysts, policy recommendations based on evidence 
  • Collaboratively write briefs and reports and other collateral, such as online media or data tools, to further disseminate the research 
  • Present research externally, to a variety of lay and expert audiences

Collect, analyze, and present education data to support a variety of research, communications, and outreach purposes 

  • Brainstorm with colleagues on other teams to identify what data analysis is needed and can be completed in the timeframes to support the work 
  • Execute internal and external ad-hoc data requests related to education equity, sometimes on urgent timeframes 
  • Create engaging presentations and briefs summarizing data points and analyses 
  • Identify and create innovative visualizations to communicate data to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences 
  • Perform quality assurance checks on analyses and data statements

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE 

We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.   

The successful candidate will bring policy advocacy, research, or legislative experience and expertise working to reverse educational equities for students of color, English learners, and low-income students in one or more of the following P-16 education policy areas: 

  1. Higher Education Access & Transitions  
  2. Student-Centered Higher Education Affordability 
  3. Data Transparency & Accountability 
  4. Equitable Student Outcomes 
  5. Teacher Preparation, Recruitment, & Retention 
  6. Adequate & Equitable School Finance 

In addition, a successful candidate will possess: 

  • At least two years of quantitative and/or research/data analysis experience 
  • Experience serving as content expert in the English learner space 
  • Strong familiarity and experience working with publicly available data from California educational systems (e.g., CDE, IPEDS, UCOP, CSU, CCC, CRDC) 
  • Experience with Excel and STATA, including using and writing syntax. Experience with Tableau is a plus.
  • Strong project and time management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment 
  • Meticulous attention to detail 
  • Strong written communication skills with experience translating complex research topics for non-expert audiences 
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” operating with – and a willingness to develop – cultural competence: an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and of the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems    
  • Passion for eradicating systemic oppression and improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them 
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Compensation    

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Education Trust–West offers a comprehensive benefits package.    

Instructions to Apply  

Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document. Your cover letter should describe your background and relevant experience. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g., “Research and Data Analyst _Wu.” Incomplete applications will not be accepted.   

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment (adp.com). Applications will be accepted/reviewed until the position is filled.

The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.