Data Analyst

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Research

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at the University of Denver (Colorado Lab) was created under the leadership of the Governor’s Office to unlock data-informed solutions to our most pressing social problems. Working together with a broad range of government and community partners, we utilize the Colorado Steps to Building Evidence model and conduct research with rigor to obtain the best available evidence to inform policies, programs, and investments. Our goal is to leverage data to inform policy and practice, set the wheels in motion to achieve and sustain change, and position our partners to pursue additional, meaningful change for the communities they serve with the guidance of eight essential elements: Prioritize Relationships, Learn Together, Apply Rigor, Activate Findings, Sustain Change, Make Connections, Welcome Risk for Reward, and act as a Bridge to the Research Community.

Early Childhood Evaluation Hub

In 2021, the Colorado Department of Early Childhood (CDEC), received over $465 million in federal stimulus funding to support the recovery of the childcare industry through the pandemic. The Colorado Lab was awarded a $4.8 million contract to serve as the Early Childhood Research and Evaluation Hub for a two-year period. The Colorado Lab is responsible for facilitating the evaluation efforts for the early childhood stimulus-funded programs and policies. This will involve supporting approximately 8-10 evaluation teams (both internal and external to the Colorado Lab) to successfully design and implement their evaluation work. In addition, the Lab will be responsible for documenting and clearly communicating the actionable findings and lessons learned from these efforts to program and policy stakeholders as well as the public who can ultimately use the information.

LINC

In 2019, the Colorado Lab launched the Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC) in partnership with the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology. LINC is a data collaborative that supports the approval and provision of linked administrative data for timely and cost-efficient research, evaluation, and analytic projects. LINC integrates and de-identifies data sets across state and local data partner organizations including human services, health, labor and employment, higher education, housing, K-12 education, and criminal justice. LINC has become an essential asset for data-driven decision making in Colorado state government and has served as an exemplar for other jurisdictions striving to create integrated data solutions for research and analytics.

Position Summary

The Colorado Lab seeks to hire a Data Analyst to support data management and analytic work that is necessary for the launch of a new Early Childhood Stimulus dashboard. This dashboard will be a comprehensive analysis of the early childhood stimulus fund investments and changes in important indicators of progress in the early childhood field during stimulus funding time period. The purpose is to provide state leadership with intelligence to inform future priorities and investments. Note that this position will not be responsible for developing the dashboard itself, which will be contracted out. Rather, this position will work with Colorado Lab staff, State of Colorado leadership, and contracted evaluation teams to map out existing data sources and dashboard needs, support data management, cleaning, and analysis, and prepare the underlying data sets necessary for the dashboard. Some of these data will be processed through LINC. Therefore, this position would start March 1, 2023 with approximately 80% time at the University of Denver and approximately 20% time employed within the Governor’s Office of Information Technology to support sensitive data handling within LINC. Colorado Lab leadership will be responsible for supervising 100% time for this position.

Funding for this position is secured through September 30, 2024 with the possibility of an extension based on funding. If additional funding is secured, this position will transition to supporting LINC data management and analytic projects with state government data.

Essential Functions

The position will support all data management and analytics for the early childhood dashboard development project, which involves multiple partners, tight deadlines, and sensitive data. Colorado Lab staff are required to possess a solid understanding of applied research methods, strong written and oral communication skills for explaining technical topics to non-experts, and technical skills necessary to efficiently manage and analyze complex data. Staff members are expected to engage in a collaborative learning environment where employees are highly responsive to each other as well as to government and research partners. Staff hold themselves and each other responsible for completing high quality, well-documented work in a timely fashion.

Example functions include:

  • Being responsive and communicating clearly and appropriately about project-related issues.
  • Use expertise in content and methodology to inform and strengthen project design, deliverables, and actionable dissemination.
  • Complete a variety of analytic tasks, including data management, cleaning, quality assurance and checks, and analysis.
  • Work with Colorado Lab leadership to inventory and map existing data sources, catalog data needs, and develop the analytic design that will support the dashboard interface.
  • Liaise with database managers to coordinate accurate delivery of administrative data to support the dashboard.
  • Respond to feedback from end user testing to ensure underlying data and data analytic work meet business requirements and technical specifications.
  • Develop processes and documentation to allow for sustainable internal management of the data sets and analytics underlying the dashboard.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing to a lay audience about technical analytics.
  • Develop data visualizations resulting from analytic work for use in stakeholder presentations.
  • Engage in other duties as necessary, requested, and appropriate to support the mission of the Colorado Lab and LINC.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Exceptional organizational skills and creativity in problem solving.
  • Solid quantitative analytical skills.
  • Extensive experience managing, cleaning, and analyzing administrative data to drive insights and action.
  • Demonstrated passion for improving government performance and addressing complex social problems.
  • Strong adherence to documentation of data management and analytic processes.
  • Excellence in both written and oral communications.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-oriented, often virtual work environment.
  • Eagerness to learn, attention to detail, and ability to balance competing priorities and tight deadlines.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of experience managing, cleaning, and analyzing large sets of administrative data from government systems.
  • Experience using a variety of statistical and data management programs (e.g., STATA, R, SPSS, SAS, SQL).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate complex projects.
  • Experience working with dynamic data visualization software (e.g., Tableau).
  • Experience in topic areas relevant to the Colorado Lab’s work such as: children and youth, education and workforce, justice system, health and mental health, social policy.
  • Experience working with local, state, or federal government.

Working Environment

  1. Standard office environment.
  2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
  3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.
  4. Must be based in the Denver region with a balance of virtual and in-person work.

Physical Activities

  1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Must be based in the Denver region with a balance of virtual and in-person work.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) February 7, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is 11.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $70,000-$80,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

Benefits:

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. A brief summary (no longer than 1 page) of 3 professional work products that demonstrate your ability to manage large administrative data sets and perform analytics.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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