University of Michigan

Data Analyst, Education Policy Initiative

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Job Summary

The University of Michigan is seeking a Data Analyst to become an active member of the Education Policy Initiative. The Education Policy Initiative brings together nationally-recognized scholars focused on the generation and dissemination of policy-relevant education research. We work in partnership with schools, districts, and state agencies to conduct cutting-edge research that inform both policy and practice. Large-scale administrative datasets from multiple government agencies, nonprofits and other sources are the basis of all of our analysis and research.

This position will be located at the Ford School of Public Policy. The Data Analyst will analyze administrative education data obtained with the goal of evaluating critical and relevant education policies cogent to early childhood topics. The Data Analyst will also help manage grants and projects, as well as contribute to strategic planning for a research agenda within the context of a research-practice partnership. We seek applicants who are excited to work in an innovative and fast-paced environment.

Please note: we have posted this position at the intermediate level, however we will consider more senior candidates, so we encourage all interested applicants to apply.


  • Perform a wide range of data cleaning and merging procedures and prepare data sets for various statistical analyses
  • Assist with data analysis and preparation of results for memos, spreadsheets, and presentations targeting both policymakers and academic audiences
  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of project data sets and connections between the various data elements to allow for accurate querying and analysis
  • Help develop a research agenda for a new research-practice partnership and assist with strategic planning for research
  • Help manage projects, including organization and creating agendas for meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • A master’s degree in a relevant social science field, data science, statistics, or a relevant bachelor’s degree and two to four years of experience in a comparable role.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following programming languages; Stata, R, Python, SQL, or another comparable programming language
  • At least one year of experience gathering, processing, merging, managing, and archiving data including combining data from different sources, producing reports, cleaning and preparing data for analysis
  • Interest and/or experience in early childhood policy
  • Successful candidates will exhibit the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and take initiative while keeping supervisors and project leads informed
  • Commitment to principles of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. For more information on the University’s commitment to these principles, please visit:

Additional Information

  • This is a one-year term-limited appointment and is dependent on continued grant funding.
  • A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.
  • A fully-remote appointment (within the U.S.) may be considered.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Job Opening ID


Working Title

Data Analyst, Education Policy Initiative

Job Title

Research Area Specialist Inter

Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

School Pub Policy


G. Ford Sc Pub Pol

Posting Begin/End Date

1/12/2022 - 1/19/2022

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