Community Center for Education Results staff members

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER), which supports the Road Map Project initiative, is seeking a Data Scientist to provide education data expertise and analytic skills that center community and boldly lead with race. The Data Scientist will work closely with internal CCER team members and external Road Map Project partners to center students’ experiences in conducting analysis and research, developing dashboards and data tools, and presenting and communicating results that serve to create a more equitable education system for Road Map Project region students.

The Data Scientist is an integral member of CCER’s high-energy Data Team, alongside a Data Strategy Director, Senior Data Analyst, and Data Engineer. The Data Team is part of a larger, integrated team comprised of Research, Communication, and Community and Family Engagement Teams, and also works closely with CCER Impact Teams, students, families, community groups, and other Road Map Project partners.

The team performs mixed-methods research, data science, and develops reporting tools to help answer community questions, examine racial equity, and support advocacy and local continuous improvement efforts to advance racial equity in education systems. CCER maintains a longitudinal education data warehouse that includes de-identified pre-kindergarten through college student academic data for students who have attended K-12 in any of the seven Road Map Project districts since 2010 (N ~ 400,000), and also collects and maintains data from other external and novel sources (e.g. staff and student survey data, educator data and other school system information).

ABOUT CCER AND THE ROAD MAP PROJECT

CCER is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2010 to staff and support the Road Map Project—a collective impact initiative to improve student achievement from cradle through college and career in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila. Through multisector collaboration with hundreds of organizations and individuals, the Road Map Project aims to increase equitable policies and practices in education systems to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps, and for 70 percent of the region’s youth to earn a college degree or career credential by 2030.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Data Scientist will work closely with CCER staff, students, parents, community members, school and district staff, and other external partners to understand their advocacy and education system improvement priorities, then develop approaches to data collection, analysis, and reporting that support these goals.

DUTIES:

  • Work closely with internal and external partners to provide data, analytics, and reporting to complement youth storytelling and support advocacy and continuous improvement initiatives intended to improve education equity.
  • Develop and produce analyses to examine and track racial equity in the education system.
  • Develop data visualizations and complimentary narrative that centers students.
  • Develop open-source measurement tools that support education system improvement (e.g. data collection tools, evaluation measures, application of statistical models)
  • Collect, clean, analyze and interpret new data sets to answer emerging analytic questions.
  • Provide thought partnership and data support to project teams, including data preparation, data tool development, data collection, and the summarization and presentation of results.
  • Lead/co-lead and author/co-author data and research reports, briefs, and blog posts.
  • Present to audiences ranging from students and families to district and state leaders and national conferences.
  • Produce technical specifications and research manuals, documenting variables, data sources, and methodologies.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrated personal commitment to anti-racism work with an understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by communities concerning race, ethnicity, age, class, ability, immigration status, gender, etc.—and their intersections.
  • Strong demonstrated quantitative analytical skills, with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, summarize, visualize, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to frame and present data with written narrative that centers students’ experience in a useful and easy-to-understand way.
  • Experience conducting and interpreting statistical analyses using applied quantitative research or data science methods.
  • Self-directed with ability to launch and lead a portfolio of projects and manage personal workload.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, including reviewing code written by other team members, clearly communicating methods and knowledge, and demonstrating flexibility in picking up and sharing workload on a changing portfolio of projects.
  • Experience in the field of education, with a preference for expertise in learning measurement, school finance, staffing and administration, special education, or discipline
  • Strong communications, writing, and presentation skills, including the ability to present complex information in an understandable and compelling manner for school- and community-based audiences.
  • Flexibility and desire to work with a dynamic team of individuals with a passion for the success of youth in the Road Map Project.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated proficiency with SQL querying and manipulating data in relational database systems.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data science methodologies using Python, or R.
  • Experience using Tableau to produce data visualizations.
  • Strong experience using GitHub.
  • Knowledge in another relevant programming language (JavaScript, PowerShell, etc.).
  • Familiarity with Google Suite/particularly Google Sheets.
  • Aptitude for solving data and measurement challenges.
  • Eagerness towards adopting an analytics engineering mindset.
  • Experience conducting literature reviews to inform analytic approaches.
  • Knowledge of education data and/or background in the field of education or childhood development.
  • Bilingual or multilingual.
  • Connections to the Road Map Project region, with a preference for people who attended school and/or live(d) in the region

LOCATION

This position is currently remote. CCER offices are located in Pacific Towers: 1200 12th Avenue South, Suite 701 Seattle, WA 98144

COMPENSATION

The salary range for this position is $75,000 – $85,000 annually, depending on experience. Excellent benefits package, including health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as a 401k plan with employer match. CCER is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY

Email: jobs@ccedresults.org
Subject Line: “Data Scientist [Your Last Name]”
Body of email: Include where you learned about this position
Attachments:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume or CV

Preferred application deadline is Jan. 31, 2022. Position is open until filled.

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