Overview

Research and Data Analyst
Education Research Analyst, CS-13

General Information
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the State Education Agency for the District of Columbia charged with raising the quality of education for all DC students. Within OSSE, the Division of Data, Assessment, and Research is responsible for using data to measure and communicate student success. We strive to develop data and measurement systems and resources, produce actionable data, and to conduct research that helps schools, community members, and families improve outcomes for all students in the District.

The Office of Research, Analysis, and Reporting (ORAR) team partners with divisions within OSSE as well as agencies across the District to promote the quality and transparency of education data in order to inform policy and practice. The education research analyst will serve as a policy and research expert concerning state early learning and will be responsible for improving the accuracy and sustainability of the frameworks used to evaluate education providers. The education research analyst will employ rigorous research techniques, including quantitative and qualitative  methodologies, to evaluate and implement early learning policies and practices across the district and provide specific recommendations concerning these policies and practices as well as drive continued research.

Duties and Responsibilities
The education research analyst will analyze relevant national and local trends in education and remain current with current research methodologies and best practices. The education research analyst will collaborate with relevant internal and external stakeholders to promote data-driven decision making and the strategic use of data to promote equitable evaluation of education programs. Additional functions/responsibilities are as follows:
● Performs quantitative and qualitative analysis that informs practice and policy.
● Project manages data requests and analytical projects.
● Develops the technical skills, leadership, and education policy knowledge of other analysts on the team.
● Ensures the accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of the data they provide by following established quality assurance (QA) procedures.
● Documents, adheres to, and improves the efficiency of standard operating procedures, business requirements and rules, and technical specifications.
● Writes and edits policy briefs and analyses for various audiences (e.g., DC Council, agency leadership, parents and families)
● Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders and research partners, as appropriate, to plan and execute research projects and promote data-driven decision making.
● Advances OSSE’s research agenda by proposing, leading, and conducting research studies.
● Remains current with education policy issues and relevant research methodologies
● Supports data transparency and use; generates reports and data visualizations and collaborates to build data tools to provide useful and relevant data and information to stakeholders and the public on policy and research initiatives.
● Promotes the office’s role within the education research community by representing the team in meetings with education professionals, policymakers, and representatives in support of the office’s mission.
● Handles confidential data securely.
● Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Education
Education research analysts in ORAR possess and demonstrate the following qualifications and experience:
Concision and clarity in verbal and written communication (for both technical and non-technical audiences)
Knowledge of education research theory, policy, principles, and practices
Experience cleaning and processing large datasets
Advanced project management skills and experience
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the work
Knowledge of advanced statistical techniques and software packages (e.g., Stata, R, SQL) is preferred.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
None
Working Conditions/Environment
Work is normally performed in an office environment. Occasionally, the incumbent may be required to visit various locations within the District of Columbia.

Other Significant Facts
This is an Education Service (ES), “At-Will” Appointment.
This position has no promotion potential.
This position is not covered under a collecting bargaining agreement.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a relevant Master’s degree; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Education research and policy experience is highly preferred.
Data analysis experience using STATA or R is highly preferred.
Familiarity with SQL is preferred.
In accordance with Chapter 4 of the D.C. personnel regulations, Suitability, this position has been designated as security-sensitive. Accordingly, you must successfully pass a criminal background check and/or driving record check.
Applicants claiming “Residency Preference” will be required to maintain residency in the District of
Columbia for a minimum of seven (7) years. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of employment.

EEO Statement
The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.

About The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is the State Education Agency for the District of Columbia charged with raising the quality of education for all DC students. Within OSSE, the Division of Data, Assessment, and Research is responsible for using data to measure and communicate student success. We strive to develop data and measurement systems and resources, produce actionable data, and to conduct research that helps schools, community members, and families improve outcomes for all students in the District.