Research Data Analyst - (Educational Research Programs)

Research Data Analyst - (Educational Research Programs)

Job Summary:

The Office of Community Education Partnerships (OCEP) seeks a research data analyst with strong technical skills paired with a collaborative mindset and readiness to learn. The individual in the analyst position will work a diverse team that includes core staff, Northwestern faculty, staff, and students, as well as community partners.

OCEP creates initiatives and partnerships that advance equity in learning and positively impact our home communities of Evanston, Chicago, and beyond. This position is part of a research-practice partnership core team that serves OCEP’s collaborative research efforts. Staff and faculty involved in this work engage with youth-serving organizations including local public school districts, parks departments, and other corporate, civic, and community-based organizations to advance mutually-developed goals around education research and practice.

The core team leads research management, communications, and data administration and analysis. The data analyst will collaboratively advise on and conduct analyses and create data visualizations in service of the shared goals of Northwestern and partner organizations; liaise with research and data staff at partner organizations; work closely with data administrators to build, maintain, and provide quality assurance for confidential databases; prepare anonymized extracts for Northwestern researchers for approved projects; and work closely with communications staff to ensure nuanced public understanding of statistics and research results.

The position offers the opportunity to ensure that research, practice, and policy work hand in hand to serve youth in Evanston, Chicago and beyond. OCEP is a collaborative and inclusive team that includes educators, practitioners, and leading education and social policy researchers in one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in the United States.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Specific Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning

  • Works with partners to define requirements based on objectives.
  • Informs plans for research, policies, and programs as needed with insight and well-written, evidence-based memoranda and reports
  • Manages and plans for data/analysis requests and projects.                                                                        


  • Designs and prepares documentation for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
  • Discuss findings with senior management.
  • Summarizes meetings and follows up with group members and potential future partners, including schools, community-based organizations, faculty, staff, and students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Development
  • Manages research and analysis using several databases and/or data tables.
  • Designs and writes code for, e.g., data management and statistical analyses.
  • Prepares and analyzes reports/data.
  • Prepares statistical results for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymaker and academic researchers.
  • Extracts required data.
  • Determines and coordinates the completion of statistical analyses using appropriate applications.
  • Performs data analysis and dataset management across multiple projects.
  • Prepares anonymized data extracts for researchers.


  • Completes data cleaning and organizes data files for analysis.
  • Reviews data and identifies quality issues.
  • Presents findings in an appropriate manner.
  • Identifies and works with external data providers to resolve data conflicts.
  • Maintains data security.
  • Performs descriptive analyses for partners.
  • Creates data tables and graphs.
  • Contributes to reports for presentation and publication.
  • Contributes to presentations of results at internal/external meetings.


  • Provides work direction and/or supervises staff such as team members, subordinates, contractors, vendors, students, etc.
  • Coaches and mentors staff.
  • Manages some project tasks ensuring timelines and deliverables are met and meet expectations.


  • Performs other duties as assigned.


For consideration, current employees must submit an online application. For specific questions about this position, current employees may contact Rachel Monasterio at External candidates should be directed to apply via Northwestern’s career site at

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