The Educational Opportunity Project (EOP) at Stanford University is working toward a future where all children have access to equitable educational opportunities. We are measuring educational opportunity in every community in America and have built the first 10-year national database of academic performance based on nearly 450 million test scores. We hope that researchers will use the data to generate evidence about what policies and contexts are most effective at increasing educational opportunity, and that such evidence will inform educational policy and practices.
We seek an equity-minded, quantitative specialist to join our team as an Educational Opportunity Project Data Analyst. This person will be a core member of our research team and contribute to many of our data initiatives, including: preparing datasets for future public releases of the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA) on our website; cleaning, organizing, and analyzing large longitudinal education datasets; and supporting the development of reports and papers for publication and partners in the field (i.e., school districts and state departments of education). The ideal candidate can commit to the position for at least 2 years and brings strong analytic and communication skills along with a passion for using data to inform policies and practices that increase educational opportunity.
This is a very exciting and dynamic time for the Educational Opportunity Project as we create an innovative path to impacting the educational opportunity gap. It is also an exciting time for the Stanford Graduate School of Education where many new research programs are beginning, and faculty searches are underway for the very best in their fields. The Data Analyst will play a key role in expanding our project's capacity to achieve our mission. This position will be supervised by Sean Reardon, Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education and Professor (by courtesy) of Sociology at Stanford University, and Dr. Erin Fahle, Co-Director of the Educational Opportunity Project. The analyst will also collaborate closely with other faculty, students, and research staff.
Who We Are:
The Educational Opportunity Project is part of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE), which is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 14,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic. Please visit edopportunity.org for more information about our work and team.
What You'll Do:
As a Data Analyst, you will develop, implement, and maintain strong data management systems critical to the success of the Educational Opportunity Project. This includes cleaning and constructing complex datasets, drafting technical documentation, and performing statistical analyses aligned with the Educational Opportunity Project team's research plan. You will work closely with the senior data analyst and the broader EOP research team.
What You'll Bring:
We are looking for someone who has demonstrated experience in quantitative data management and analysis and who is dedicated to ensuring all students have equal educational opportunities. This role requires strong communication, time management and prioritization, and an ability to work independently. A good sense of humor is appreciated (where appropriate) and a strong, dedicated work ethic is a must.
Your responsibilities will include:
Cleaning, organizing, and maintaining large datasets for analyses, including producing written documentation of your process and decisions.
Performing statistical analyses on datasets to uncover patterns and trends related to educational equity, under the guidance of senior staff.
Developing reports, memos, charts, graphs, and tables for use by researchers and for publication and presentation.
Communicating with various stakeholders to answer and document specific questions about datasets, primarily the SEDA dataset.
Supporting the senior data analyst and the EOP's operations manager on fulfilling external data requests from start to finish.
Collaborating with EOP senior researchers, data analysts, and graduate and undergraduate student research assistants on various projects.
The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics or statistics.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Significant experience and proficiency using Stata statistical software is required. Proficiency with other statistical or GIS software is beneficial, but most work will be completed in Stata.
Substantial experience with MS Office and analytical programs.
Excellent writing and analytical skills.
Ability to prioritize various workstreams.
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience in quantitative data management and analysis.
Demonstrated familiarity with the organization of data, including data structures, record layouts, and file structures.
Experience planning and executing quality assurance/data validation systems for large data sets.
Demonstrated knowledge or interest in education research.
Ability to work collaboratively on a research team as well as manage time effectively on multiple projects.
Ability to coordinate with external partners, including school, district, and state education department leaders.
Extreme attention to detail.
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Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or more.
You will be offered a hybrid or full-time schedule, in which you will required to be onsite at least 3 days per week. (All Hybrid and Remote work arrangements will be reviewed annually by HR).
This position is fixed-term through December 15, 2023, and may be renewable based on performance and funding.
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