Senior 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. To learn more, please visit


The Education Trust—West is considering candidates for a full-time Senior Research and Data Analyst. The ideal candidate brings demonstrable 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.


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


Conceptualize and manage complex research projects from end to end in service of organizational and workstream priorities and goals

  • Develop thoughtful, innovative research questions and research studies to help answer critical questions and help further organizational goals
  • Collect, clean, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data
  • Propose methods for identifying “Bright Spots” and best practices for improving equity
  • Identify and develop research projects and policy recommendations and create collateral (written reports, data tools etc.) that showcase those findings
  • Present research externally to build ETW’s reputation
  • Collaborate with colleagues across teams and using diplomatic skills to obtain trust, cooperation, and understanding to resolve more complex problems
  • Manage and execute project details largely independently, with strategic guidance from manager


Partnerships and Government Relations/ Legislative Engagement

  • Grow ETW’s respected brand in advocating for students across California;
  • Build and enhance a broad range of relationships with policymakers and their staff, policy analysts, thought leaders, and decision makers; this may include building and guiding coalitions;
  • Advocate for ETW’s position in writing and through testimony; uplift strategies for advocacy through social media;
  • Represent ETW in a variety of state and local policy discussions and meetings with stakeholders;
  • Support ETW’s external relations team in local and regional advocacy.


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 their timeframes to support their work
  • Execute internal and external ad-hoc data requests related to education equity, sometimes on urgent timeframes
  • Create 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 factual statements


Serve as a research and content expert re: understanding and improving English learners’ educational outcomes at the district, school, and classroom levels to support the work of other team members and ensure organizational goals are met

  • Take a leadership role in actively strengthening organizational structures and improving processes related to data and research
  • Train staff on specific research and data skills
  • Manage fellows/interns and external contractors, as needed
  • Exhibit a sense of urgency in ensuring grant deliverables are met
  • Build connections between research products and campaigns, and propose new ideas for tools, products, and resources to meet the needs of campaigns and the organization’s strategic plan
  • Serve as point of contact for external partners on lead issue areas, and identifying and developing new partnerships



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 five years of quantitative and/or research/data analysis experience and experience serving as content expert in the English learner space. Experience with qualitative research methods is a plus.
  • Demonstrable experience serving as a content expert re: issues pertaining to the educational outcomes of English learners
  • 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 in Public Policy, Education, or related field. A master’s degree is a plus.



The annual salary for this position starts at $80,000 annually and will be commensurate with experience. The Education Trust–West offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision benefits as well as a 403(b) retirement plan.   


This role will be based in ETW’s Oakland office. Some travel will be required.


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., “Senior Research and Data Analyst _Robinson.” Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( Applications will be accepted/reviewed until the position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

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.

Vaccination for COVID-19: 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 accommodation due to medical or religious reasons, or in accordance with state or local laws, will be reviewed by Human Resources.