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Associate Data Scientist, Center for Research in Education and Social Policy

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College / VP Area: College of Educ & Human Dev
Work type: Staff
Location: Dover
Categories: Full Time, Trainers & Educators, Program/Project Management

PAY GRADE:  32E

CONTEXT OF THE JOB:

The Center for Research in Education and Social Policy ("CRESP") within the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Delaware conducts rigorous research in education, health care, and human services. CRESP has entered into a formal partnership with the Delaware Department of Education's ("DDOE") Data Management and Analytics Workgroup and Educator Support Team. CRESP will collaborate with DDOE on high-quality research projects focused on educator effectiveness and K-16 policy, and will provide consultation to the DDOE on connecting research and policy. This partnership is designed to produce policy research to inform and advance implementation of the DDOE's efforts to improve educator recruitment and retention, enhance equity across schools and districts, and ensure the success of all students across Delaware. This position requires technical database programming and statistical analysis on specific data-analytic tasks and research projects related to education leader and teacher recruiting, effectiveness, and retention, along with other current issues in K-16 policy in Delaware. Responsibilities include (a) ensuring reporting data on educators in the state is accurate, (b) leading the creation of an educator accountability data systems and collection process and support the ongoing creation of the state's educator preparation scorecards, (c) providing support for analyses of the educator evaluation system in Delaware, and (d) additional analyses of K-16 data as indicators of educational processes and outcomes. Skills required include advanced techniques in applied data analysis and program evaluation, proficiency in data management and analysis platforms (e.g., R, SAS, SQL, STATA), and knowledge of statistics and quantitative research methods.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Co-manage statewide administrative and assessment databases.
  • Lead analyses of state databases related to school staffing, student performance, and other education policy issues.
  • Develop specific research questions related to current education policy issues.
  • Conduct reviews of research literature related to education current policy issues and planned research projects.
  • Develop analytic strategies for answering policy-related research questions.
  • Conduct research and data analysis related to core policy initiatives.
  • Design and implement data collection protocols (e.g., surveys, observations, assessments).
  • Author or co-author research reports, analytic memos, policy briefs, fact sheets, legislative summaries, communication materials, and other research/policy documents.
  • Assist DDOE senior staff in developing or refining education policy informed by research.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master's degree required, Ph.D. preferred, in information systems; computer or data science, social science, or related discipline, such as economics, statistics, psychometrics, public policy, sociology, education, psychology, etc.
  • Minimum 3-5 years' experience with relational database queries and at least 1 year experience with SQL specifically.
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis platforms (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, STATA).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Project and process management skills.
  • Advanced proficiency of Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of communication technology platforms (GoToMeeting, Skype, Twitter, etc.) preferred.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong mathematics skills.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to research and evidence-based policy.
  • Demonstrates an understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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