Senior Data and Policy Analyst or Assistant Director of Data and Policy

Senior Data and Policy Analyst or Assistant Director of Data and Policy

About the Position  

The Education Trust–Midwest (ETM), a nonprofit education advocacy and research organization located in southeastern Michigan, seeks a Senior Data and Policy Analyst or Assistant Director of Data and Policy to maximize the impact of our work across the state. The Senior Data and Policy Analyst/Assistant Director reports to the Director of Policy and Research and will draw lessons from the best available data, research, and practical experiences to inform and advance the organization’s policy agenda. As the quantitative leader on the team, they will build and grow systems to ensure analysis is conducted efficiently and effectively.

About the Organization

The Education Trust-Midwest promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels—pre-kindergarten through college. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders in transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, shape our Michigan-focused policy agenda. Our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those who are Black, Latino, American Indian, or from low-income families—to lives on the margin of the American mainstream.

Major Responsibilities

Research, Data Analysis and Publications
• Serve as the quantitative leader and manage team analyses;
• Collect, analyze, and interpret educational data related to student achievement, attainment, and opportunities to learn with particular focus on quantitative data;
• Develop instruments and protocols to evaluate programs and policies in schools;
• Prepare data and policy analyses for internal and external use while intentionally ensuring the quality of quantitative analyses and working to build skill and knowledge regarding how new quantitative analyses can be used to further ETM’s research and advocacy;
• Develop research-based methodologies using multiple data sets to answer complex data questions;
• Read, evaluate, and summarize academic and policy research relating to The Education Trust-Midwest’s policy and advocacy agenda;
• Serve as a lead writer of public reports, fact sheets, press statements, and website materials, in collaboration with others;
• Respond to requests for data and information from educators, media, parents, community members, and other education stakeholders;
• Support staff in finding data, creating presentations, identifying successful schools, and creating publications for public distribution.

Leadership and Collaboration
• Work collaboratively with external partners and 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;
• Proactively generate new ideas for how ETM can expand its use of data for research and advocacy, especially as it relates to safeguarding and innovating its quantitative analyses;
• Support developing and refining the organization’s on-going policy & advocacy agenda and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusiveness;

Additionally, the Assistant Director can expect to:
• Serve as a project manager responsible for coordinating emerging and long-standing projects and representing the organization externally;
• Delegate and coordinate work across the policy team;
• Support team development in collaboration with the Director of Policy and Research
• Manage and develop interns to support the team and develop a diverse pipeline of future education data and policy leaders.

Qualifications and Experience

Responsibilities of the role include, but are not limited to:

• A minimum of 4 years of combined work/graduate-level experience (Senior Analyst) or 7 years of combined work/graduate-level experience (Assistant Director);
• Demonstrated commitment to educational equity for low-income students and students of color;
• 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;
• Strong analytical, research and communications skills, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate the results of analyses and research to diverse audiences;
• Excellent writing ability, experience writing for external audiences a plus;
• Familiarity with major sources of education data and knowledge of state and federal education policies;
• Deep expertise in MS Office, particularly with Excel, to collect, organize, and clean data; and PowerPoint to design thoughtful, engaging presentations
• Proficiency in analyzing large data sets using statistical software (e.g. STATA, SAS, SPSS, etc.) to collect, organize, clean, and analyze quantitative data;
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively to collect and evaluate qualitative and quantitative education data to support policy advocacy;
• Ability to be flexible and 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 and Benefits

The salary range for this role starts at $70,000 for the Senior Analyst and $89,000 for the Assistant Director. The Education Trust-Midwest offers a comprehensive benefits package – including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a 403(b) plan with employer match, and generous vacation time. Paid holidays include the week between Christmas and New Years and most federal holidays.

Location: Southeastern Michigan

Application Process

Applications can be submitted here and should include the following:

• Resume
• Cover letter (Include summer availability timeframe)
• Writing sample (No more than five pages; sections from a longer paper are suitable)

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

The Education Trust Vaccination Policy
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.