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Data and Policy Analyst

 Please note that pursuant to Massachusetts General laws, contracted employees are not paid for the eleven scheduled holidays, do not receive any paid vacation, personal leave benefits or contribute to the state retirement system or social security. As a state contracted employee, you must participate in direct deposit and contribute towards the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ state alternate retirement plan (“OBRA Plan”).

Massachusetts is launching an initiative to build a unified, easy-to-use Preschool-through-Workforce (P20W) Research and Data Hub to serve educators, policy-makers and researchers by enhancing the scope and quality of existing data as well as improving the ways in which data are shared and utilized. This work builds on a strong foundation of existing integrated data systems across K-12, higher education and the workforce.  Our goal is to significantly enhance the quality and utility of this existing integration.  The work is organized into four strands: (1) Establishing a P20W Statewide Data Governance Structure (DGS); (2) Creating a Research and Data Hub to facilitate and organize the work of third-party researchers; (3) Developing the state’s approach to identifying and promoting actionable evidence-based practices; and (4) Identifying and addressing gaps in the quality and scope of existing data sets.

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) P20W Research Analyst will work under the direction of the EEC Director of Data Analytics with oversight from the Deputy Commissioner for Research, Innovation, and Support, and will report via dotted line to the Executive Director of the P20W Hub. The duties assigned by the Director may include data collection and analysis, analytic reporting, managing research and data requests, documentation of data needs and data merge requirements, coordination of college/university Institutional Research and data governance meetings, and documentation of governance and legal issues.

This is a full-time grant-funded contract position with funding secured through Feb. 28, 2024 with the possibility of an extension.  EEC is currently allowing staff a mix of remote and in person work. The Analyst may be required to be present at the EEC central office at 50 Milk Street or one of the EEC regional offices, as well as other meeting locations in the Boston area and around the state as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Support EEC’s participation in the P20W Data Hub initiative including, working with the Director of Data Analytics to:

o Build a strong working knowledge of EEC data and processes, including: key roles and personnel, rules for data privacy and sharing, data practices and processes, data reporting tools, strengths, areas of need, and organizational priorities.
o Lead EEC’s work on key P20W projects including the Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) and efforts to merge key early childhood and K-12 data to better understand how children move from early education into the public school system.
o Coordinate with key stakeholders to identify and document critical use cases for data and analysis, with a particular emphasis on issues of equity
o Develop Hub research policies and practices, e.g. policies and practices for reviewing and approving data and research requests, providing data access, ongoing management of research-practice partnerships, and reporting findings.
o Review and document existing EEC policies and practices related to data collection, data sharing and research, and identify components to be reviewed for alignment with P20W Hub policies and practices.
o Work with EEC to draft communications aimed at the early education and care field to explain the intentions and benefits of the SLDS project and to elicit collaboration.

Support the development and implementation of the P20W Hub, working with the staff from the Executive Office of Education Information Technology (EOE IT) to:

o Review technical requirements and ensure they align with EEC data policies and use.
o Provide input on feature development for the Statewide Research Hub technology platform, based on EEC priorities, stakeholder input, and best practices from leading states.
o Work with EEC staff to define user-specific roles and application access processes to allow EEC staff, campus staff researchers, and the general public appropriate access.
o Review centralized and automated process for providing data to researchers and ensure it meets EEC and researcher requirements.
o Support communications internally and externally about the development of the Hub and the accessibility of data and analyses as developed.
o Help define the long-term sustainability plan for the statewide Research and Data Hub.

Support the efforts of the Director of Data Analytics to improve internal and external data access and data analytic capacity, including:

o  Performing regular analytics, leveraging data from the P20W Hub, as well as EEC’s licensing and subsidy databases, to inform EEC and cross-agency strategy and operations.
o Building routines and processes to strengthen EEC’s capacity to analyze key data points regularly for dissemination internally, as well as to EEC’s Board and the public.
o Providing recommendations around strategies, through the P20W Hub, as well as EEC’s own website, to make aggregate Early Education and Care data more accessible to researchers and the public.
o Developing collateral including data dictionaries, data use guides, and other reference material to support internal and external partners in leveraging EEC data

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will demonstrate most of the following qualifications. Candidates not meeting all qualifications are still encouraged to apply.

• Strong analytical skills and experience with analytics software. Experience working with SQL and large inter-relational databases preferred.
• Demonstrated skills to provide superior service to a client or customer organization, e.g. active listening, developing relationships, structuring problems and creating solutions collaboratively, etc.
• Demonstrated ability to work productively and collegially with individuals and teams.
• Experience working with a range of diverse stakeholders and tailoring approaches and communication to successfully meet project goals and timelines.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong ability to comprehend, analyze, and communicate complex information quickly, especially related to databases, data analysis, data security and technology systems.
• Experience in the education sector.
• Knowledge of current state and national landscape of early education research, including familiarity with publications and research entities.
• Advanced degree or relevant experience in database management, data-driven research or educational research.
Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to Dawn DeRoche at Dawn.E.DeRoche@mass.gov

 

Qualifications:

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

• Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and/or at least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional educational experience in a specific or related content area, educational program or service;
• An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. 

 

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston – 50 Milk St
Agency: Department of Early Education and Care
Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Day

Salary: 55.00  55.00 Hourly

If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Office/ ADA Coordinator: Sarah Harding  7813386103

To apply for this job please visit massanf.taleo.net.