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Program Associate I, Data Analyst
  • SQL
  • Data Analysis
  • Excel
Detroit, MI 48202
132 days ago

Job Title

Job Title: Data Analyst, Program Associate I

Date: June 17, 2020

Closing Date: Until Filled

Salary Details: $57,006 - $73,865

In accordance with the agreement between the Organization of School Administrators (O.S.A.S.) and the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Detroit, Article 6.4, Promotion Procedure, the following vacancy is announced:

Job Type: Administrative

Benefits Eligibility: Successful candidates will be eligible for competitive medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage, as well as generous illness and/or vacation days.

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director of Data Services

Location: Fisher Building

Position Summary

As a member of the district’s Data Services team, the Data Analyst, Program Associate I works with the Deputy Executive Director and members of the team to develop, implement, and research data tools and frameworks on behalf of the District. The new and developing work of District-wide accountability systems are in direct support of our goal of raising performance through consistent and transparent understanding. The program associate will take initiative in answering analytical questions, and ensure that the team is engaging in thoughtful and data-driven work.

The program associate serves as a technical data expert responsible for providing top-tier analytical research to inform decisions. This role will be a great opportunity for exposure into the data trends of an urban school district representing over 50,000 students.



  • Must possess and provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree, and/or technical or equivalent experience in data science or statistical research
  • Relevant data-related certifications are a plus


  • More than two (2) years’ experience in statistical research, data analysis, or program evaluation
  • Proficiency and extensive experience in R, or another statistical package with interest in learning R
  • Experience working with and manipulating large datasets (with millions of rows) and maintaining statistical code
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, having facility with pivot tables, nested functions and vlookup
  • Experience in SQL is a plus
  • Experience in Microsoft PowerBI is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience compiling and maintaining technical documentation
  • Understanding of applied statistics and experimental design
  • Understanding of the education landscape
  • Expertise and experience working in an urban public school district is a plus

Essential Functions

Under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director of Data Services, the Data Analyst, Program Associate I shall:

  • Perform analytical research on data trends in the district to guide direction of accountability system metrics
  • Produce summarized findings for Deputy Executive Director of Data Services and other stakeholders
  • Engage in requirement gathering process with local stakeholders (principals, teachers, support staff, administrators, district teams, etc.)
  • Develop methodological expertise on the calculation of school-level metric scores, to verify the work of developers and performing statistical due diligence
  • Run simulations on evaluation frameworks and proposed methodologies
  • Produce ad hoc analysis in response to questions internally and externally related to methodology
  • Develop and curate documentation internally and externally around business rules for metrics
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both in writing and presentation to stakeholder groups
  • Build effective relationships with staff members in different departments through meetings to gather information and produce school evaluations that are aligned to district priorities
  • Perform other duties as assigned by manager

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools employee, presently employed with the district, you do not have to submit a fee related to obtaining the Detroit Public Schools security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of security clearance.

External Applicants

If you are hired to fill a vacant position, you will be required to submit a Detroit Public Schools security clearance. At point of offer to hire, you will be responsible for a non-refundable payment of $64.50 via Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover Card, cashier's check, or money order, payable to the DPSCD Police Department. No personal checks or cash is accepted.

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at or phone at (313) 873-6897.

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or

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