Data and Policy Analyst

The Data and Policy Analyst will draw lessons from the best available data, research, and practical experiences to inform and advance the organization’s policy agenda.

Major Responsibilities

The Data and Policy Analyst will be based in our office in Royal Oak, Michigan. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret educational data related to student achievement, attainment, and opportunities to learn;
  • Work collaboratively with fellow staff members in Michigan, as well as the Washington, D.C., New York and California offices, to monitor federal, state, and local PK-16 policy and quickly respond to legislative and regulatory proposals, inquiries from allies, and other rapid-response opportunities, to make the organization’s case in the media and beyond;
  • Develop instruments and protocols to evaluate programs and policies in schools;
  • Prepare data and policy analyses for internal and external use;
  • Read, evaluate, and summarize academic and policy research relating to The Education Trust-Midwest’s policy and advocacy agenda;
  • Proactively generate new ideas for how ETM can expand its use of data for research and advocacy;
  • Contribute to the writing of public reports, fact sheets, press statements, and website materials;
  • Support data analytics and reporting for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), ETM’s practice team;
  • Respond to requests for data and information from educators, media, parents, community members, and other education stakeholders; and
  • Support staff in finding data, creating presentations, identifying successful schools, and creating publications for public distribution.

Qualifications and Experience

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • A passion for educational equity for low-income students and students of color;
  • Experience in the early childhood education policy and research space a plus;
  • A Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in related field strongly preferred;
  • A background in education, either as an educator or through a focused education concentration in work or school;
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, and communications skills, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate the results of research to diverse audiences;
  • Excellent writing ability, experience writing for external audiences a plus;
  • Familiarity with major sources of education data;
  • Knowledge of state and federal education policies;
  • Proficiency in using Excel or similar statistical software (e.g. STATA, SAS, SPSS, etc.) to collect, organize, clean, and analyze quantitative data;
  • Proficiency in using PowerPoint to design thoughtful, engaging presentations;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative education data to support policy advocacy;
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment;
  • Strong follow-through skills and attention to detail, especially under tight deadline pressure; and
  • Willingness to travel inside Michigan.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The Education Trust-Midwest offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 403(b) plan with employer match, paid holidays and generous vacation time.

Application Process

Click here to apply online. Applicants will be asked to submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for three reference. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

About the Organization

 The Education Trust-Midwest, located in Royal Oak, Michigan, is a nonpartisan, data-driven education policy, research and advocacy organization focused on doing what is right for Michigan students. Working for the high academic achievement for all students, our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement for all students, particularly those who are Black, Latino or from low-income families.

The Education Trust-Midwest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.