Analyst or Senior Analyst of Data & Policy

Detroit, MI Metro Area

***Priority Application Deadline: November 20th at 11:59pm EST***


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The Education Trust (Ed Trust) Midwest office seeks either an Analyst or a Senior Analyst of Data & Policy 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. This opportunity is being advertised at two levels of seniority. The best candidate will be selected and placed according to their level of experience.

The Data & Policy Analyst (or Senior Analyst) will help produce research that highlights trends and inequities in Michigan’s education system. The analyst will develop research briefs, data tools, presentations, and other communications that will advance, promote, and elevate the organization’s key education policy priorities. A focus of their work will be using large data sets to analyze and report on the current state of education opportunities and outcomes for historically underserved groups of students in Michigan, with an emphasis on Quality Assurance checks to ensure the accuracy and effective communication of data and research findings. The Senior Analyst role would lead the research and analysis as well as lead/manage larger projects, under the supervision of the Director of Policy and Research.

The Education Trust-Midwest works for the high academic achievement of all Michigan students in pre-kindergarten through college. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that disproportionately impact students of color, English Learners, students with disabilities and children from low-income backgrounds. As a nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization, we are focused first and foremost on doing what is right for Michigan children, working alongside partners to raise the quality of teaching and learning in our public schools.

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) is a national organization committed to advancing policies and practices to dismantle the racial and economic barriers embedded in the U.S. education system. Through our research and advocacy, Ed Trust improves equity in education from preschool through college, engages diverse communities dedicated to equity and justice, and increases political and public will to build an education system where all students will thrive.

This role, available immediately, is based in our Southeastern Michigan office. Our team is 100% virtual for now, until office space is secured. At that point, employees will be expected to report a minimum of two days per week in person to our office. The Analyst or Senior Analyst will report to the Director of Policy and Research.


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

  • Conduct (or lead) rigorous analyses – using publicly available data – that examine socioeconomic and race-based
    patterns in opportunity and success
  • Support (or lead) 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, completeness, and effective communication
    of the data we analyze and report
  • Assist with (or manage) 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
  • Support the organization’s efforts to leverage data and research to inform policy design and practice
  • Package research and data for lay audiences and funders in our presentations, briefs/reports, webtools, blogs,
    grant applications, and the website
  • Build and cultivate external partnerships with policymakers, researchers, and advocates to advance our research
    agenda and refine policy recommendations
  • 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 with a focus on racial
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment
  • 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
  • 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 pursing equity and issues that affect students of color and students from low-income backgrounds
  • Interest in understanding 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 pos sess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in education, public policy or economics, statistics or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quantitative and qualitative research analyses that address key issues in
    education with a keen emphasis on equity and closing gaps in opportunity and outcomes
  • The Analyst role does not require a minimum number of years of full-time work experience

  • The Senior Analyst role requires 4 years of relevant full-time work experience


The annual salary for the Analyst position starts at $60,000 and will be commensurate with experience.

The annual salary for the Senior Analyst 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 spouses, domestic partners, and 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% contribution 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.
The Education Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.


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