Research and Data Analyst

Research & Data Analyst

Oakland, CA



Education Trust–West (Ed Trust–West) seeks a Research & Data Analyst to join a passionate staff who are committed to fulfilling our mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

The Analyst will help produce research that highlights trends and inequities in education. The analyst will develop research briefs, data tools, presentations, and other communications that will advance, promote, and elevate the organization’s key education priorities. The work will focus on using large data sets to create compelling narratives about the current state of access, accountability, affordability, and success for students of color and students from low-income families, and it will emphasize Quality Assurance checks to ensure the accuracy of the data.

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

This role, available immediately, is based in our Oakland office and is eligible for telework for up to 3 days per week. The Analyst, Research reports to the Director of P-16 Research.


The responsibilities and objectives for the role include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Conduct sophisticated analyses – using publicly available data – that examine socioeconomic and race-based patterns in opportunity and success
  • Support the development and analysis of equity metrics that assess how committed institutions and states are to access, accountability, affordability, and success
  • Engage in extensive Quality Assurance measures to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the data we analyze and report
  • Assist with the redesign, improvement, and annual update of tools and resources for students, policymakers, and institutional leaders that provides information related to student success, accessibility, and affordability
  • Support the organization’s efforts to leverage data and research to inform policy design and practice, including assisting with the development of tools and processes to aid postsecondary improvement efforts
  • Package research and data for lay audiences and funders in Ed Trust–West presentations, briefs/reports, webtools, blogs, grant applications, and the website
  • Build and cultivate external partnerships with policymakers, researchers, and advocates to advance and refine Ed Trust–West policy priorities
  • Respond to rapid response inquiries about data and research from staff, as well as work with the higher education team to respond to policymakers, advocates, the media, and the public


  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment
  • Commitment to “Walking the Talk,” which means operating with an understanding that systemic and institutionalized racism significantly affect communities of color and the historical impact of privilege and power on American systems
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, both oral and written, and in a variety of formats
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in Excel and software for statistical analysis with fluency in one or more of the following statistical programming languages: R, Python, Stata, or SAS
  • Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively both individually and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and manipulate data and conduct descriptive analyses
  • A passion for pursuing equity and issues that affect low-income students and students of color
  • Basic knowledge of public and/or education policy, and the ability to learn, understand and apply relevant qualitative and quantitative education data
  • Interest in understanding federal and state policy contexts that affect higher education, and thoughts about how to improve these policies through appropriate policy levers


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in education or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quantitative and qualitative research analyses that address key issues in higher education with a keen emphasis on equity and closing gaps in opportunity and outcomes


The annual salary for this position starts at $70,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The Education Trust prioritizes the health and well-being of its employees and, to that end, offers a highly competitive benefits package. Medical, dental and vision insurance are covered at 100% for the employee, with significant coverage also offered for dependents. We provide sick leave, vacation leave, and personal leave, and we follow the federal government for most holiday closures. To ensure staff have synchronous opportunities for rest and renewal, the office is closed for a week-long summer break and a week-long winter break. Among other offerings, we provide an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to the employee, and a generous 7% matching opportunity on a 403(b)-retirement plan.


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


Please provide a cover letter and resume, combined into one document. In the file name, please write the name of the position you are applying for and your last name: e.g., “Research & Data Analyst _Robinson.”

We invite you to consider your cover letter as an opportunity to:

  • Tell a story that illuminates your interest in education equity and Ed Trust–West’s mission
  • Share how your background and experience make you the right fit for this position

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( by the priority deadline of October 26, 2022. Applications will be accepted/reviewed until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The Education Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.