Ingenuity seeks a detail-oriented individual who possesses both strong big-picture analytical skills and the ability to work on small data tasks in support of broad strategic data initiatives. The successful candidate will fill its Data Associate position.
The Data Associate is a member of the Data & Research arm of Ingenuity’s four primary program areas (Data & Research, Partnerships and Professional Learning, Advocacy, Creative Schools Fund) and reports to the Director of Data & Research. Ingenuity’s Data Associate will focus on four distinct data-focused work strands: collection, management, analysis, and reporting.
The Data Associate will support data collection through our artlook® Suite, which is a proprietary system that includes platforms for collecting data from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) schools and the arts partners that support them. The Data Associate will also plan for and implement collection of administrative data from CPS and the Illinois State Board of Education. The data associate’s data management responsibilities will include cleaning, tracking, and updating these data sources and compiling them for future analysis. Ensuring the most representative possible data are collected each year is an essential responsibility of the Data Associate. For example, the Data Associate will engage a large number of schools and arts partners through a variety of methods to provide data to Ingenuity’s artlook® data collection sites.
Through artlook® Map, the annual State of the Arts in Chicago Public Schools data report, and regular analysis and reporting for Chicago’s arts education stakeholders, both within and outside the organization, the Data Associate will conduct a wide range of data analyses aimed at driving change and improvement in the sector.
Successful candidate will be a detail-oriented, strategic thinker that is eager to learn new skills. The ideal candidate should be able to mix abstract reasoning with pragmatic implementation, clearly articulate analytical findings, and field questions with ease. Additionally, the Associate will need to be comfortable presenting findings and discussing Ingenuity’s Data work in front of a number of varying audiences.
Note that Ingenuity conducts its analyses using R (), a software developed for statistical computing and graphics. The successful candidate must be experienced using R or a similar tool and/or must be willing to learn to code and operate in this environment.
- Design and update data collection tools as appropriate.
- Develop and help implement clear communications strategies to drive stakeholder participation in all data surveys.
- Conduct engagement sessions with CPS staff and small to mid-sized arts organizations to drive participation via artlook® Schools and Partners, respectively.
- Assist with a variety of data-cleaning procedures to ensure Ingenuity’s data are representative and accurate.
- Work with representatives from all stakeholder groups—primarily schools and community arts partners—to clean all discrepancies between the two stakeholder data sets.
- As appropriate, manage administrative data that supplement data collected annually from schools and arts organizations.
- Write user manuals and technical documentation as needed for system programs and defined technical processes that occur on a regular basis to aid in capacity building and institutional knowledge
- Plan and conduct all analyses used in Ingenuity’s annual State of the Arts in CPS progress report, including analyzing time trends and conducting new analyses as appropriate.
- Provide support as needed in the areas of: landscape research, ad hoc testing queries, leading focus groups, and providing quantitative analyses as needed
- Regularly conceptualize, develop, and conduct ad hoc analyses of data from a wide range of sources, and especially from the artlook® Suite, for a wide range of arts education stakeholders.
- Plan for and manage production of the annual State of the Arts in CPS progress report, including writing, data visualization, and design.
- Develop and implement ad hoc data-based reports for a variety of arts education stakeholders in CPS.
- Assist in the preparation of presentations, case studies, and white papers using collected data
- Present findings to a wide range of audiences
· Demonstrated success as a results-driven project manager.
· Experience using statistical analysis software such as R, Stata, or SPSS.
· Experience writing code and willingness to learn new coding languages.
· Synthesize and analyze data from a variety of different information sources and to be well versed in the limitations of combining sets of data.
· Ability to analyze data, interpret research and educate stakeholders about emerging issues.
· Experience working effectively with diverse populations and leading projects that involve numerous tasks and multiple teams while maintaining a positive attitude.
· Keen eye for abstract reasoning and attention to detail; a critical thinker and problem solver
· Able to work independently with little supervision and can see a work product from start to finish.
· Effective public presentation skills, including the ability to simplify complex topics for presentations to teachers, arts partners, funders, and other audiences.
· At least 2 years’ experience coding in R, Stata, SPSS, SAS, or other statistical analysis program preferable; demonstrated interest in learning to code a must.
· Must have a degree from a four-year institution – information systems or computer science preferable.
· Master’s degree in data, public policy, education policy, urban planning, arts administration, or business administration preferable.
· Experience in establishing and maintaining effective partnerships a must.
· Exceptional, effective and persuasive written and oral communications skills.
· Candidates who possess flexibility, maturity, vision, personal fortitude, and a sense of humor will find it a pleasure to work here.
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