Position Summary: As part of the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), the Office of School Performance (OSP) conducts analyses and creates interactive, web-based tools and visualizations that help educators, administrators, and community members analyze student, school, and district-level data to target interventions and improvements for organization and operational priorities. These tools are part of an integrated support system that enables educators and administrators to best serve the DOE’s 1.1 million students and 80,000+ teachers, across 1,800+ schools.
Our culture is friendly but demanding. We follow agile management principles, and we want curious people who can work together to generate and test ideas and learn from failures in order to arrive at a successful solution. The Research & Data Analyst conducts scientific and applied research within a collaborative, mission-driven team of policy analysts, UX designers, project coordinators, and web developers. The Research & Data Analyst assists with literature reviews, field studies, and data analysis that is geared toward investigating social and environmental problems, which enables the DOE to develop equitable policies and programs that advance student achievement and socioemotional learning. This role will help shape DOE Citywide accountability policies and contribute to administrative studies that will benefit the DOE as a whole as many offices and divisions use our data as part of their internal benchmarking and evaluation. The Research & Data Analyst contributes to a body of scientific and applied research utilized across the DOE (in planning, instruction, evaluation) through effective analysis and visualization of results from investigative studies and experiments. The Research & Data Analyst interprets results from field studies, surveys, performance data, and other experiments using advanced analytics methods such as statistical modeling and predictive analysis. Performs related work.
Reports to: Director, Performance Policy
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: Works closely with directors and other OSP staff, as well as with other CAO staff members, including SAS, SQL, R, and Python programmers, web developers, project managers, analysts, policy makers, and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT).
- Utilize scientific and applied research methods in collaborative environment to execute administrative studies designed to analyze the impact of DOE policies and programs.
- Execute administrative studies that develop and test predictions and interventions that can directly improve practices Citywide (e.g., test alternate academic programming procedures and study, analyze, and report its impact on achievement and matriculation for marginalized groups).
- Conduct literature reviews and field studies to surface specific problems related to social and environmental factors that impact student performance.
- Create comprehensive reports, charts, graphs, and other visualizations to illustrate results from scientific and applied research such as analysis decks and recommendation memos.
- Conduct analyses to evaluate principal performance (and ratings) according to the DOE Annual Professional Performance Review plan per Education Law 3012-d.
- Perform research and quantitative analysis to prepare reports about principal assessment categories to include Measures of Leadership Practice (MOLP) Rating and Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) Rating.
- Participate in the use of key analytics, using both descriptive statistics as well as more advanced statistical modeling, under the training and guidance of the Director, Performance Policy.
- Summarize internal research on scientific and applied research projects and conducts presentations.
- Utilize scientific and applied research methods to develop recommendations for local, state, and Federal accountability measures (e.g., DOE Framework for Great Schools)
- Utilize and continuously improve automated systems and tools to support research, analysis, and data quality control.
- Collaborate with team members to improve efficiency of scientific and applied research, ensure accuracy, and correct implementation of research and business rules.
- Serve as business owner for various projects, as needed.
- A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or
- A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or
- Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.
- Proficiency with R, Python, SAS, Stata, or other statistical/data management programming languages.
- Proficiency and experience working with SQL.
- Ability to manipulate, organize and analyze large datasets; experience gathering, analyzing and interpreting data.
- Ability to clearly communicate and document technical work, including coding methodology.
- Experience communicating research and analyses to non-researchers/analysts.
- Experience developing thoughtful and creative approaches for addressing a wide range of analytic questions.
- Ability to translate broad policy guidelines into actionable data requirements and business rules.
- Ability to collaborate with other programmers and analysts while also completing work independently.
- Ability to work on a number of projects simultaneously.
- Ability to troubleshoot, problem-solve, and anticipate issues needing resolution by employing a clear and logical thought process for analysis and programming.
- Ability to use independent judgment to design, adapt and modify analyses and programming to the needs of specific projects.
- Ability to provide constructive feedback to others on their research and analytic work.
- Strong attention to detail and extremely well organized, with the ability to meet frequent and changing deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with education and non-education personnel, internal and external to the DOE.
- Ability to thrive in and enjoy working in a team-oriented, high-pressure environment.
- Experience or working knowledge of the public sector and/or demonstrated interest in public education.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not earn less than their current salary.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. More information can be found in Executive Order 75.
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