Strategy Analyst II

Location
Philadelphia, PA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 05, 2019
Ref
4600187583
Strategy Analyst II
CHARTER, PARTNER & NEW SCHOOLS
440 N. BROAD ST.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19130

Central Office

Job Number: 4600187583

Start Date:

Open Date: 09/05/2019

Closing Date: 10/05/2019

Job Description Revised 9/12/19
Introduction
On behalf of the Board of Education, the Charter Schools Office (CSO) of The School District of Philadelphia oversees 87 brick and mortar charter schools serving approximately 65,000 students in the City of Philadelphia. As charter school authorizers, our team's work is guided by three core principles: improving accountability to promote high standards, respecting charter schools' autonomy, and promoting equity in Philadelphia's charter schools.
In addition to monitoring, evaluating, and assessing charter schools authorized by the Board of Education, the CSO also reviews new charter applications and evaluates charter amendments. Apart from charter authorizing activities, the CSO supports operational functions of charter schools and serves as the liaison with District departments in the areas of enrollment, facilities, transportation, charter payments, grants, food services, and information technology.
Job Summary
The Senior Strategy Analyst will be a member of the Policy and Analytics Team, supporting all data-related work across the CSO's work streams. This work includes data management, metric calculation, performance monitoring, report production, internal policy reviews, and ad hoc requests.
The Senior Strategy Analyst will support our work by:
  • Presenting complex information to nontechnical audiences through memos, reports, presentations, dashboards, and data visualizations.
  • Conducting advanced analyses that answer critical research questions, evaluate the impact of CSO policies, and inform high-stakes decisions.
  • Assisting with all steps for annual report generation, including data collection, business rule documentation, and report production.
This work will involve collaboration with CSO team members District staff, and communication with charter school leaders and staff members about data collection, metric calculations, and report results.
A creative person who is passionate about data and committed to promoting equitable opportunities and outcomes for students will thrive in this role.
Essential Functions
  • Reporting to the Director of Policy and Analytics, the Senior Strategy Analyst:
  • Designs and conducts ad-hoc, short-term, and multi-year studies using advanced statistical methods to determine the effectiveness of CSO policies and the impact of proposed policies.
  • Develops documentation for datasets and reports (e.g., technical guides for reports, business rules).
  • Develops clear, simple, visual displays of data that inform high-stakes decisions such as school openings, renewals, expansions, and closures.
  • Develops dashboards, automated presentations, etc. for recurring ad hoc requests.
  • Assists with the resolution of complex research, data, and procedural issues.
  • Supports the development of team members' abilities to interpret data and use it to make informed decisions.
  • Stays abreast of best practices in data analysis, emerging trends in quantitative methods, and research related to our work.
  • Identifies opportunities to maximize efficiency.
  • Assists with the implementation of CSO initiatives.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years of full-time, paid, professional experience in project management, consulting, policy operations, operations, administration or research which has included working in education or a related field.
OR
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • One year of full-time, paid, professional experience in project management, consulting, policy operations, administration or research which has included working in education or a related field.
  • All work experience related to the position must be included on the resume.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • descriptive and inferential statistics, including complex analytic techniques using statistical software packages, such as R or Stata.
  • data visualization, preferably including software packages like InDesign, Illustrator, Tableau, or ArcGIS.
  • national, state, and/or local K-12 education data and calculation methodology.
  • project management principles and practices.
  • best practices in data management.
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google Drive (Docs, Slides, Sheets).
Demonstrated ability to:
  • efficiently manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities with concurrent timelines.
  • operate effectively and work well with other within a fast-paced and team-oriented environment.
  • think critically and creatively.
  • exercise sound judgement and discretion in applying and interpreting policies and procedures.
  • analyze complex problems and create viable solutions.
  • communicate effectively, translating complex, technical findings into understandable narratives .
  • write clearly, concisely, and appropriately for different purposes (e.g. professional emails, technical guidance, reports for publication).
  • create, manage, and analyze large and/or longitudinal datasets.
  • create data visualizations and dashboards that facilitate understanding by nontechnical audiences and end users.
  • use R or Stata to clean, merge, analyze, and report on large complex data sets.
  • give and receive feedback effectively.
Disclaimer
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Additional Job Information: This is a 12-month, non-represented position. The salary grade for this role is 4026. Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Please note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview.

DISCLAIMER: Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Please note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview. Additional factors, including, but not limited to, disciplinary action, ability to follow directions, punctuality, and professional conduct will be considered in the evaluation process.

The selected candidate must have no pending disciplinary action or anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months. In addition, the candidate must have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality during the last three (3) years (defined as no more than eighteen (18) occasions of lateness or absence for personal illness within this period of time with the exception of one extended long-term absence)

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