Data Analyst

New York, NY, US
Jan 15, 2021
Who We Are

The School Systems and Data Analytics department builds data tools that help simplify complex managerial challenges so that school leaders and educators can focus on supporting their students to graduate high school prepared to succeed in college and careers. As part of a cross-functional department of product managers, designers, engineers, and data architects and analysts, the Data Analytics unit supports New Visions staff and schools in translating data into action by delivering timely, accurate, and accessible information through our data products and analyses.
The Role

We are looking for an experienced and detail-oriented data practitioner to join our growing Data Analytics team as Data Analyst. As a core member of the team, you will manage reporting and progress monitoring tools that provide network and school staff with critical information to monitor student and school progress and to understand student performance outcomes over time. As we continue to expand our reach, this position offers a growth opportunity for a candidate with a strong analytic skill set eager to advance analytic work in supporting the nation's largest public school system.
Who You Are

You are passionate about mission-driven technical work that has a tangible impact on opportunities and outcomes for young people

You are detail-oriented with a commitment to data quality and accuracy. You value the nuts and bolts of data work, including organizing and cleaning data as well as generating descriptives.

You are thoughtful and analytical with a natural curiosity for investigating issues and communicating insights

You are a creative problem-solver, considering and weighing multiple options to address any given challenge and working with key stakeholders to identify the best choice

You are collaborative and team-oriented with a strong sense of collective responsibility

You are committed to continuous learning and skill-building, taking time to reflect on past projects and seeking out opportunities to both deepen your current skill set and acquire new skills

You have the dedication to provide ongoing support over weeks and months, and the flexibility to adapt to the needs of the team and the organization
What You'll Do

The Data Analyst is primarily responsible for cleaning, manipulating, describing, and analyzing data on student performance in order to understand and improve student outcomes in our partner schools. You will process data from various sources to provide a holistic picture of student and school progress against a set of internally and externally-defined goals and work with internal and external staff to act on this information.

Develop and maintain expertise in local and state education policy and internal accountability frameworks
  • Understand education policy at the state and local levels and stay informed about updates to state and local policy
  • Develop and maintain a deep understanding of both state and local reporting requirements
  • Understand and update New Visions' accountability framework for evaluating our charter schools
  • Share expertise with team members and internal stakeholders

Clean, manipulate, organize, and analyze student and school performance data
  • Write scripts in R to clean, manipulate, organize, and analyze data on student performance and school outcomes
  • Integrate additional data sources into New Visions' data warehouse and data tools
  • Create cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets from raw data files
  • Create systems for assuring data quality and accuracy

Collaborate with data users to understand their needs, build tools, and conduct analyses to support them
  • Collaborate with stakeholders in the School Support department to create data products, including spreadsheets, interactive dashboards, and evaluation tools for our schools
  • With support from our Lead Data Analyst, maintain current structures and processes for monitoring school progress towards organizational goals and make ongoing improvements to these current systems in response to policy changes
  • Support key stakeholders in understanding data products and using them to provide strategic support to school staff.
  • Author data briefs describing the frameworks and methodologies of your data products and analyses
Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Master's Degree or equivalent combination of experience, education, and/or training in a related field
  • A minimum of 2 years of recent work experience in applied educational research and/or data analytics
  • Proficiency in a data science programming language such as R or Python
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multi-task, work under pressure, and meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills with close attention to detail
  • Demonstrated persistence and independence in learning technical subject matter and in solving technical problems
Desired Knowledge and Skills
  • Experience working in public education
  • Knowledge of NYS and NYC public school structure and policies
  • Experience working in AWS or other distributed computing environments
  • Git
  • Tableau

Who We Are

At New Visions for Public Schools, we work to make great public schools common in New York City. We believe that all of New York City's students deserve public schools that make successful futures possible, especially Black, Latinx, and low-income students who have historically had inequitable access to a great public education. Since 1989, New Visions has been a driving force behind some of the most significant reforms to public education in New York City. Today, our diverse team of professionals develop and scale innovative tools and approaches that help educators address common challenges. Learn more about New Visions HERE.

We operate ten public charter schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens and, as a trusted partner of the NYC DOE, we help 1,050 public district schools plan for the success of over 600,000 students citywide. In 2019-20, graduation rates in our Charter and Affinity networks were 94.9% and 86.9% and our college readiness rates were 56.9% and 61.6%.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

New Visions for Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of New Visions that all employees and applicants for employment will be treated in all respects on the basis of their merit and qualifications and without regards to their race, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, gender, military status, marital status, ancestry, or any other reason prohibited by law.

New Visions believes that our teams should reflect the diverse communities we serve and that our culture and internal structures should be inclusive and equitable for all employees. We also recognize that perspectives from communities that have been historically marginalized are critical to the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from individuals living in the communities that we serve or who are members of historically marginalized communities.

New Visions provides a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package in addition to the opportunity to make a significant impact on education reform and in the lives of urban youth.

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