Research Analyst

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Position: Research Analyst
Location: Sacramento, Oakland or Los Angeles Preferred

Overview of the School Performance, Accountability and Research team
As a leader in information about the California charter school movement, the School Performance, Accountability and Research team has authored significant original research detailing charter schools' academic performance. The team aims to become the nationally recognized expert on student Accountability in California charter schools, tackling issues of equity and access and promoting understanding of the value California charter schools add to increasing student achievement. The School Performance, Accountability and Research team work is central to CCSA's accountability efforts. In order to ensure high quality schools of choice for all, CCSA is engaged in a three-pronged strategy to 1) replicate high performing charter schools, 2) support struggling schools, and 3) close chronically under-performing charter schools. To this end, the School Performance, Accountability and Research team helps implement, refine, and promote CCSA's Minimum Criteria for Renewal, which are used to inform CCSA's annual public call for non-renewal of chronically under-performing schools.

Overview of Responsibilities
In addition to conducting data cleaning and analysis for the CCSA School Performance, Accountability, and Research (SPAR) team, the Research Analyst will be responsible for contributing to all major research publications and media responses of the SPAR team. The Analyst reports to the Managing Director of the SPAR Team. He/She is responsible for researching, analyzing and reporting data on the achievement and performance of California charter schools. The Analyst will help contribute to the body of knowledge on charter schools, provide data to support and refine CCSA's programmatic, legislative and advocacy efforts, and help position CCSA as a leader on charter school data and research. The ideal candidate must be a strong writer and effective communicator. He/She must be exceedingly well organized, flexible, and able to juggle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and willing to work professionally within a team of diverse people and projects. Prior experience in data analysis, database management, and statistics is required, preferably in an education-related field. Demonstrated proficiency in STATA is strongly preferred; expertise in at least one statistical software package is required. Experience with California education data is preferred.

Essential Duties

  • Data cleaning, data mining, upkeep of internal database management systems, data analysis, preparing written reports and data presentations based on the results are the primary responsibility of this analyst.
  • Responds to requests for information from within the Association and from external researchers relative to charter school performance; determines the most appropriate methods to research and obtain student achievement data, applies innovative, relevant and rigorous analysis to obtain results that will help to evaluate and improve California charter schools' achievement.
  • Supports School Performance, Accountability, and Research team efforts to conceptualize, design, and implement cutting edge research on charter school efficacy, leveraging the Association's unique access to more than 1,200 charter schools to gather charter-specific data. Develops compelling reports, presentations, grant proposals, and knowledge briefs that position the Association as the leading authority on charter school performance in California and an expert nationwide.
  • Coordinates and implements project-specific data collection and entry activities for quantitative and qualitative data, including planning and scheduling such activities.
  • Monitors external research at the state and national level as needed and helps analyze reports issued by other educational/research organizations for potential use and/or dissemination.
  • Aids other teammates in the development and implementation of member and data system surveys; participates in the analysis and reporting of results.
  • Is a forward thinker who provides thought leadership and statistical expertise to help determine appropriate measures of academic success for the California charter movement.
  • Participates with CCSA staff to determine deliverables for grant applications, and appropriate information for marketing/publicity materials, knowledge papers and conferences and workshops.
  • Maintains working knowledge of current data management, education/social science research and analysis through reading, participation in seminars and other educational opportunities, and personal contacts in the field.
  • Provides support, as appropriate, to CCSA Advocates - CCSA's tandem 501(c)4 organization - with campaign efforts at the local and state level.

Preferred Capabilities

  • Extremely strong writing ability across a wide range of research areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects.
  • Detail oriented in all aspects of work but specifically in data cleaning and analysis.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with demonstrated proficiency in data analysis, data mining, research and statistics, preferably in an education-related field.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in STATA highly preferred, with GIS and/or Tableau a plus.
  • Experience with educational data and norm-referenced assessment systems such as NWEA MAP a plus.
  • Minimum of a BA.; MA strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages and backgrounds in a team environment.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude in high pressure situations.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with charter schools.
  • A keen appreciation and understanding of CCSA's mission and philosophy.

How to Apply
Please send both cover letter, resume, and references as combined as one single PDF or Word document (remember, we're looking for detail orientation). The cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
  • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
  • Where did you learn about this opportunity?

Save the document as "your first name and last name" and email it as an attachment to: APMCareers@ccsa.org. Please do not write anything in the subject line or in the email body.

Position will be open until filled.

About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) (501c3)
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,275 charter public schools and more than 630,000 students in the state of California. The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The mission of CCSA is to have a million students attending charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non charter public schools on every measure.

About the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) (501c4)
The California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the public policy arena, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter schools and growing the political influence of the California charter school movement. The vision of the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSAA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The mission of Advocates is to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by creating a political environment that is supportive of charter schools. For more information, please visit http://www.ccsaadvocates.org/.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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