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.   



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. 

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. 



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

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. 


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

Please submit your application materials at Recruitment ( 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.