Manager of Data and Information

Schenectady, NY, US
Sep 09, 2019
About Schenectady City Schools

With a population of nearly 10,000 students, the Schenectady City School District is one of the largest in the Capital Region. With an incredibly diverse population we are committed to ensuring that all children feel valued, are safe and will learn. We place the highest priority on a culture of equity, ensuring that race, economics, and disability are never predictors of student achievement. Every child in our district counts and will be supported each step of the way, along the path to graduation. This position requires a high degree of expertise with using data to inform and address equity issues in schools.

Position Profile

This position will be in the Office of Planning and Accountability and will oversee a team of four in the Data Department. The Manager of Data and Information will report to the District Assistant Director of Planning and Accountability. Besides the attached detailed job description of typical work activities, performance knowledge and expectations we are seeking an individual that is child centered and focused on the team. We work daily to be more efficient and effective in all we do to serve the children, faculty, departments and families of the Schenectady City School District. We are eagerly searching for someone that enjoys their work and easily collaborates to arrive at the best possible outcome for all involved. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in the job description (Harvard Business Review, 2014). We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of the qualifications described in the attached job posting. Thank you for considering to apply and join the Schenectady City School District where we believe, “Everybody Counts, Everybody Learns” and “Together is Better!”

Distinguishing Features of the Class and Role of Manager of Data and Information:

This position exists in the Schenectady City School District and has responsibility for overseeing and administering the data needs of District administrators and teachers in compliance with NYS data and accountability requirements. The work is performed under the direction of the District Director of Planning and Accountability with leeway given for carrying out the details of the work. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities and Expectations of Manager of Data and Information:
  • Responsible for the conversion of accurate District data to NYS formats from several divergent District databases and retrieves and extrapolates data from the NYS warehouse into meaningful reports for District use;
  • Provides meaningful information for critical instructional and curricular issues;
  • Analyzes District data according to standard educational psychometrics, become familiar with the local school assessments, and generate meaningful local, and SED, reports that inform SCSD decisions on program improvement and program accountability;
  • Assist District staff in accessing, analyzing data and communicating ways to abstract and present data in meaningful ways for state and local assessments;
  • Successfully communicate with District teachers, administrators, and support staff in order to determine what current and longitudinal assessment results can be used to inform curricular, instructional, staff development, and student program decisions;
  • Recommends hardware and software solutions that will improve the District's ability to use data in a meaningful way;
  • Participation in school level inquiry team and District level and network team activities.

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics and Key Qualities of Manager of Data and Information:
  • Comprehensive knowledge of planning, designing and management of a variety of school based data technology system(s) and infrastructure;
  • Working knowledge of the district's management system(s) (student management, special education management, food services, Title I, ELL, Migrant, Homeless, etc) and consolidation of data from disparate database systems; and use of standard academic statistical techniques;
  • Working knowledge of the district's registration materials and processes;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of District data collection, reporting of local and state school assessments according to standard educational psychometrics according to New York State Education Department Accountability and Reporting requirements;
  • Ability to review management systems for alignment to standards;
  • Ability to determine if multiple systems electronically exchange key data elements;
  • Ability to review the validation tables for alignment with current data needs and check for consistency across systems when similar data elements are maintained;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills;
  • Thorough knowledge of submission of data extracts that conform to the data warehouse file formats;
  • Ability to conduct post-implementation review and problem resolution of data transmissions;
  • Ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing and be able to collaborate with various district stakeholders and communicate critical pieces of information to individuals with varying levels of understanding;
  • Ability to assess and identify training needs for faculty, support staff and administration;
  • Ability to present ideas for Board of Education, administrators, faculty and staff in clear and understandable terms;
  • Ability to effectively train teachers and staff;
  • Ability to think logically;
  • Ability to understand and act upon technical instructions;
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct;
  • Ability to prepare technical training material;
  • Ability to conduct technical training;
  • Ability to set and manage priorities judiciously;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to present complicated data analysis in user-friendly language;
  • Ability to think analytically, evaluate and problem solve;
  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment;
  • Ability to create and understand organization goals and objectives, and to implement those goals.


(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in an Education-related field or ;

(B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate's Degree that is specialized in a field related to education with two (2) years' work experience in computers and education AND hands-on computer experience working with school based data and information and or school database applications;

(C) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

(D) NYS SBL or SDL Certification preferred

This position is a provisional civil service appointment and applicant must meet civil service requirements including residency in Schenectady County. Successful candidates are required to take civil service exam when offered.

The Schenectady City School District is committed to hiring members of protected classes and residents of the City of Schenectady. For more information on the District's recruitment and hiring plan, please contact the Human Resources Office at 881-2000 ext. 40133.The Schenectady City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race or gender. This policy is in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Regulations and By-Laws of the Board of Education of the Schenectady City School District.