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Associate Director, Data Analysis

  • Date Posted
    • 1.27.23
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Role
    • Director
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time



ABOUT EL Education

EL Education is a national nonprofit focused on making lasting change in our K-12 public schools. We partner with schools and districts in urban and rural communities across America to provide a transformative educational experience—steeped in challenge, leadership, and contribution—that prepares students from every background for success in college, careers, and life. Our unique approach of joining character to scholarship, inspiring students to work together to make positive change, has yielded groundbreaking results. Our approach centers on an expanded view of student success—one that integrates growth in the mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work, and is informed by the latest science of how students learn and develop. It is the foundation of our highly rated K-8 Language Arts Curriculum and school design model, both of which have proven through rigorous external research to significantly improve teacher practice and student outcomes.EL Education has developed a four-year strategic plan, Advancing Equity in K-12 Education, to guide our work over the next four years. We are setting our sights on disrupting education inequities by realizing the full potential of our approach across school systems. We aim to reach 2.5M students by 2025.EL Education was born out of a collaboration between The Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound nearly thirty years ago: founded as a break-the-mold model of school design with character and academics at the pinnacle. Our mission is to create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world.


Throughout its 25-year history, EL Education has been committed to learning from research and on-the-ground experience. EL Education has a rich dataset that includes data that measures high quality implementation, mastery of knowledge and skills, character and climate, and high-quality work. In our district partnerships, we are also brought in to analyze data that they collect (interim literacy assessment data, state literacy assessment data, etc.). The Associate Director, Data Analysis will lead and support data analysis and reporting for our district partnerships. The Associate Director, Data Analysis will work closely with other members of the research team to connect the work of district partnerships to the larger goals of advancing equity through EL 2025 and future strategic plans. In addition, the Associate Director, Data Analysis will generate periodic formative reports to monitor the progress of coaching and district partnerships and inform adjustments to the program. The Associate Director, Data Analysis will think creatively about visualizing data for non-technical audiences and helping them interpret results.

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate who wants to bridge research with practice, is deeply committed to centering equity in research, possesses an ability to thrive in an environment of creative, innovative adaptation, and has a desire to make a significant contribution to one of the leading K-12 organizations in the U.S.The Associate Director, Data Analysis will report to the Director, Strategic Data and Impact.


As Associate Director, Data Analysis, you will:

  • Lead data analysis and reporting:
  • Lead quantitative analyses, including designing the statistical model, analysis plans, and executing the analyses
  • Lead qualitative analyses, including design (interviews, focus groups, etc.), facilitation, using an analytical framework for coding and reporting on the analyses
  • Serve as a thought partner and expert on the analysis and interpretation of data that our school and district partners bring to us (e.g., interim assessment data)
  • Merge and clean data sets from multiple sources (e.g., CRM, district data sets, state websites, surveys, walkthrough data)
  • Create data visualizations and reports to communicate findings to non-technical audiences
  • Work with the team to support use of research results to improve the work of the organization and our partner schools, districts, and third-party providers
  • Contribute to the design of data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, walkthrough protocols) and measures of character and high-quality work
  • Respond to ad hoc requests for data analysis or visualizations
  • Supervise consultants as needed to perform research-related tasks and projects, including development of scope, hiring, and oversight
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, working with project managers and acting as project manager, with clear goals, responsibilities, timelines, touchpoints, and benchmarks.

Support with the data management:

  • Support development of new data processes, management, validation, analysis approaches, and reporting to support EL Education’s strategic goals
  • Participate on team that is responsible for further developing EL Education’s proprietary data platform


This position requires a Master’s Degree in Policy, Measurement, Evaluation or a related field, with at least 3 years of relevant work experience in data analytics and research. Familiarity with literacy assessments and Google applications is a plus. The candidate should possess effective interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, and have a deep interest in educational issues, social justice, and equity. Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work successfully with diverse teams necessary.

As a successful candidate, you will have:

  • Ph.D. in Policy, Measurement, Evaluation or related fields OR Master’s degree and 3+ years related experience
  • Knowledge of school and district systems and improvement processes
  • Expertise with a statistical programming language (e.g., STATA, R)
  • Expertise with Google Data Studio, Tableau, or other data visualization program
  • Knowledge of statistical modeling techniques like linear regression and logistic regressions
  • Ability to translate and communicate qualitative and quantitative findings to diverse audiences, across internal teams and external partners
  • Excellent collaboration and organizational skills with sharp attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and track work to completion
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, including an appreciation for our organization’s aim to empower all students with access to educational opportunity


The Associate Director, Data Analysis will travel between 10% -20% for internal team meetings and organization wide events.


The salary for this position is $95,000 - 115,000, and we offer a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time-off, 403b match, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, and more.


The anticipated start date for this position is March 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Please submit your resume and one-page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website. In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.No phone calls please. EL Education will respond only to finalist candidates.


Candidates of color are encouraged to apply. EL Education is committed to equity across the organization: in services to our partners, in our workforce composition and practices, and in our organizational culture. EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. EOE

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