Research Associate/Data Analyst II

Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner · Warwick, RI

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$65,000 - $80,000 Per Year
Posted 3 weeks ago

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TITLE: Research Associate/Data Analyst II

DEPARTMENT: Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner

REPORTS TO: Director, Rhode Island Longitudinal Data System

SUPERVISES: N/A

GRADE: 12

SALARY RANGE: $65,000 - $80,000

 

Basic Function

The Research Associate/Data Analyst II (Data Analyst) enhances the analytical capacity of the Rhode Island Longitudinal Data System (RILDS) Center, a distinct entity located within the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner. In collaboration with policymakers and researchers, the Data Analyst explores, cleans, analyzes, and visualizes linked, inter-agency, longitudinal data. This position juggles multiple projects, covering policy areas such as child welfare, education, public health, and workforce development, to support RILDS’ purpose of informing policy, facilitating research, and improving the lives of Rhode Islanders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Data analysis & visualization: Use programming and quantitative analysis skills to query, explore, clean, and analyze linked, inter-agency, longitudinal data. Acquire data from multiple sources, including linking datasets and databases. Produce reports and visualizations (e.g., dashboards, data stories, maps, infographics) that extract insights and interpret findings for multiple audiences.
  • Operational leadership: Collaborate with colleagues, consultants, and external partners on project development and execution.
  • Develop familiarity with RILDS datasets and systems. Learn and follow RILDS policies and processes, including for confidentiality, privacy, and security of data. Contribute to RILDS documentation efforts.
  • Collaborate with the RILDS Center engineering team on prioritizing engineering requests.
  • Communications: Cultivate positive relationships with stakeholders, including Rhode Island state agencies, Rhode Island municipal governments, national advocacy organizations, community foundations, and research institutions. Participate in meetings with partners.
  • Contribute to communications materials, including website and social media.
  • Other Duties and Responsibilities: Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education & Experience: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of professional experience analyzing data and/or public policy, producing data visualizations, and/or conducting evaluation and research projects.
Or
Master’s degree and a minimum of two years of professional experience analyzing data and/or public policy, producing data visualizations, and/or conducting evaluation and research projects.

Skills

  • Demonstrated experience using programming/scripting languages, e.g., R and/or Python, for data analysis
  • Demonstrated experience using business intelligence/reporting tools, e.g., PowerBI and/or Tableau, for data visualization
  • Proven track record analyzing and aggregating large datasets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Ability to respond to changing priorities and ensure timely, accurate deliverables
  • Ability to collaborate with diverse populations

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE: Applications received through April 10, 2024.

All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

It is the belief and the policy of the State of Rhode Island that the race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap/disability, age (subject to certain limitations established by law) or veteran status of an individual should neither serve as a barrier to his or her equal opportunity for employment nor be the basis of harassment in the workplace. The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education fully endorses this basic policy of nondiscrimination.

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