Data Strategist

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

36430 School Soc Svce Admin

About the Unit
The Network for College Success (NCS), at the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) is a comprehensive professional learning network for high school improvement. NCS provides customized, integrated, and intensive supports for Chicago public high school principals, their instructional leadership teams, and other key school leaders. The mission of NCS is to transform public high schools through collaborative problem solving, shared learning, and effective use of data and research to ensure postsecondary success for all students.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The Data Strategist will collect, analyze and disseminate data related to research-based indicators of students' academic and social development in order to support improvements in practice for adults and outcomes for students. The Strategist will co-design and coordinate performance management sessions, presenting the necessary data in a way that facilitates productive problem solving around pre-identified topics. The Strategist will coach school teams and team leaders to build their competence in using data to inform their practice and to improve student outcomes.


  • Develop and/or refine systems and processes for data aggregation, analysis and presentation.
  • Obtain necessary training and interact regularly with all CPS data systems.
  • Create graphs and visualizations to support analysis within teams and meetings.
  • Support automation of data/reports.
  • Educate and advise school staff on usage of data systems and tools.
  • Proactively disseminate and effectively communicate data to all stakeholders.
  • Participate in the development of school wide data collection, analysis and dissemination policies and practices to ensure ongoing, embedded use of data.
  • Work cooperatively with Leadership Coaches, Principal, Postsecondary Coaches, Instructional Leaders, and Transition Support Coaches to design, embed, and support effective data practices in schools to support all stands of NCS' coaching work.
  • Engage in self-reflection, examination of identity and role in systems of oppression and to boldly challenge inequities.

  • A relentless commitment to social justice and public school reform in Chicago.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with colleagues, school participants and partners.
  • Commitment to ongoing self-reflection, professional learning and growth.
  • Ability to integrate technology and effectively utilize technology for personal/professional productivity.
  • Ability to respond with flexibility to demands and requirements of the project and to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Capable of exercising sound judgment, tact, courteousness, reliability and employing sound decision-making skills.
  • Ability to adjust to ambiguous circumstances, change, and gradual release of data strategy to school staff.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Master's degree preferred.


  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a related field.
  • Experience conducting data analysis and developing visual displays of quantitative information and creating systematic calendars and routines for analysis and presentation.
  • Demonstrated commitment to data for improvement and continuous adult learning as drivers of improved student outcomes.
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets, particularly proficiency creating and using pivot tables, writing logic formulas, and using vlookup to combine sets of data.
  • Excellent data-gathering, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills.
  • Understanding of data as an ethical tool.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong service and support orientation toward schools and school communities.

  • Experience in a high school environment.
  • Experience planning and facilitating professional development for educators.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or Google Sheets, particularly proficiency creating and using pivot tables, writing logic formulas, and using vlookup to combine sets of data.
  • Excellent data-gathering, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills.

  • Understanding of data as an ethical tool.
  • Experience using data systems or programming code, like SAS, SPSS, or R.
  • Experience working with and using Google products.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Daily access to a reliable car
  • Attendance at meetings around the city requiring ability to ambulate to various sites in and around the city; frequent use of computer, telephone, and other office equipment.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • References
  • Writing sample

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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