Role Mission: The Human Assets Data Analyst role serves as the Human Assets subject matter expert for data reporting and analysis, visualization, and dashboarding. Data Analysts ensure that data analysis used to inform IDEA Public Schools decision-makers is rigorous, timely, clear, and reproducible. Data Analysts work cross-functionally on both the Research and Analytics (R&A) team and the Human Assets Team supporting both recurring and ad-hoc analyses, and longer research projects. The ultimate goal for the Data Analyst role is to support the organization in achieving its mission and goals.
This is a full-time, remote role based in Texas with preference given to candidates who live in Austin, El Paso, Houston, Permian Basin, Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Tarrant County (Fort Worth), or who are willing to relocate.
What You’ll Do – Accountabilities:
- Create clear analysis (e.g., descriptive, predictive, and causal) that highlights trends, relationships, and opportunities for improvement throughout the organization.
- Partner with Information Systems and Software Development to verify that data sources available for analyses and reporting are populated with accurate and timely data.
- Ensure that repeated analyses and reports (e.g., assessment reports) are designed in a reproducible, replicable manner which reduces subsequent re-analysis burdens.
- Provide rapid turnaround for ad-hoc data analysis requests from stakeholders.
- Gather requirements and use cases from key stakeholders for each report/analysis/data request.
- Utilize project management best practices to set expectations with business partners and deliver against them.
- Use both data visualization and reporting best practices to share findings with partners and stakeholders.
- Utilize checkpoints during product and design to solicit adjusting feedback.
- Ensure that R&A products are easy to find and access.
- Create reports that provide clear, actionable, and time sensitive recommendations.
- 100% of data sources used by R&A are documented, including how to access initial data sources, ETL process, and key transformations and metric calculations.
- 100% of statistical methods used and modeling choices are documented, including why the method was selected.
- For ongoing products and reports (e.g., assessment summaries), the analysis lifecycle for ETL to final report is documented, in version control, and reproducible.
What You Bring - Competencies
This role is a good fit for you if you’re keenly interested in the how and the why behind data. How was this data set generated? Who is using it? Additionally, you like to get your hands dirty working with data directly. You are quick to use Google or Stack Overflow or ChatGPT to discover and learn new analytical techniques. You might not have much experience with writing analytical code (in R or Python), but you'd really like to add that arrow to your quiver. While we don’t expect to have all these skills on your first day, we do expect and celebrate a growth mindset that wants to pick up these skills and techniques quickly.
Education: Bachelor's Degree required
Experience: 2+ years of professional work experience in a data analysis and management role
High level of proficiency – advanced or expert – with Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
Ability to backwards plan a project given a goal
Data analysis and statistics:
- Analytical and problem-solving skills
- Experience with basic statistical analysis.
- Identify or collect data that is relevant to the problem/task/project
- Construct rapid, ad-hoc analyses to support district, regional, and school leadership
- Introductory knowledge of predictive analytics and modeling/times series forecasting, causal inference, experimental research design and analysis, independent research, frequentist and Bayesian methods, natural language processing/large language models, demography/GIS
- Experience with BI and dashboarding tools like PowerBI, Tableau
- Experience with programming or scripting languages
- Experience handling large data sets and querying relational databases
- Support district compliance efforts by exporting and analyzing data from our data warehouse as well as other data systems
- Work reproducibly (using literate programming practices like Rmarkdown/Quarto/Jupyter Notebooks as well as version control (via Git/GitHub) so colleagues can support and extend your work
- Basic familiarity with computational languages such as R, Python, Julia, STATA, SQL, Matlab.
- Basic familiarity with data visualization tools like ggplot2, Shiny, matplotlib, D3.js/Observable.js, PowerBI, Tableau
- Version control systems like git (preferred) or Subversion
- Familiarity with survey platforms like Microsoft Forms
- Perform analyses of education related data (e.g., data on student performance, school operations, alumni outcomes, family sentiments, staff opinions, and staffing outcomes).
- Create clear reports for non-technical audiences, including insightful statistical visualizations that help non-statisticians make valid inferences
- Share learnings with internal and external stakeholders
- Strong verbal and written communication skills including creating, developing, and delivering presentations
- Ability to work collaboratively in a group environment as well as independently
- Reporting and data visualization skills
- Clear and concise interpretation of analytical reports
- Draw and contextualize conclusions derived from analysis
Professional skills and ethics:
- Excellent customer service skills, both written and oral, and maintain confidentiality in all matters
- Ability to work in high-pressure situations
- Ability to work with stakeholders to assess potential risks
- Ability to set and meet deadlines
- Ability to backwards plan a project given a goal
- Ability to make sense of solve complex problems.
- Excellent attention to detail
What We Offer
Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $60,500 and $72,600, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on organizational performance and goal attainment.
We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Some of the special benefits we offer at IDEA include:
- Paid Family Leave: Eligible staff may receive up to 8 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, based on their tenure with the organization and caregiver designation.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Staff members may apply for up to 50% of tuition paid toward a qualifying degree program, up to $5,250 maximum per year subject to manager discretion and budget availability.
- Employer-Paid Mental/Behavioral Health: 5 face-to-face counseling sessions within a year, unlimited 24/7 telephonic counseling, and other work-life services available at no cost.
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Professional Development: We offer staff opportunities to engage in identity-based affinity space and leadership training covering a variety of topics such as culturally competent leadership, models of equity, mitigating bias, and more.
Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, generous vacation time, referral bonuses and professional development.
What we provide
Developing your knowledge of how statistics, computational methods, and schools (but not exclusively schools) data can be combined to create meaningful, actionable insights that support an organizational imperative towards continuous improvement to best support students and families. From us you’ll learn basic data analysis in R, machine learning and statistical inference modeling, and best practices in data communication and visualization. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of open-source development. You’ll pick up skills in data project management and decision support. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge in one of our key functional areas, but also gain a general understanding of all operations at IDEA Public Schools.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
At IDEA we recognize that racism, bias, and privilege exist in society. We are committed to an organizational culture that promotes awareness and inclusivity for our students and staff and supports their path to positively impact our broader society. We are committed to recognizing the impact of racism and privilege, and commit as an organization to have equitable practices, policies, and structures. Visit https://ideapublicschools.org/dei/ to learn about IDEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias commitment.
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