Contract Data Analyst

Democracy at Work Institute · Oakland, CA

Data + Analytics
Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
Posted 2 weeks ago

Project Management
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Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) seeks an energetic, experienced, self-directed, and collaborative person to support data and evaluation work for our dynamic national nonprofit organization. The Data Analyst works closely with our Metrics and Impact Analyst and Operations Administrator to implement and maintain research and evaluation projects across the organization.

This position will support the planning, implementation, and management for several projects and will be involved in shaping and executing the organization’s strategy in relation to evaluation and research initiatives. This position is a mix of technical data work and the opportunity to support the shaping of DAWI’s evaluation and research strategy. DAWI has several long-standing and emergent projects that produce a large volume of data and require a high degree of data management. The data analyst will implement the day-to-day database management and will support staff and partners in utilizing our systems to directly advance their work and learnings. During this crucial time in the field of worker ownership, DAWI is also in the process of experimenting with internal and field-wide approaches to data sharing and research in order to make our work more open and participatory. We aim for this approach to better support knowledge sharing between partners and create more buy-in from the workers and worker-owners that share their data with us. The data analyst will have the opportunity to shape and support the vision and implementation of this work.

About DAWI

DAWI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit movement-based think-and-do tank that expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to communities most directly affected by economic, social, and racial inequality. We do research and advocacy; we develop tools and new models; we train worker-owners and developers; and we convene communities of practice to ensure that further growth in the worker cooperative movement reaches low-income people, BIPOC communities, and recent immigrants. We are affiliated with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the national grassroots membership organization.

About the Contract

This is a year-long contract for 16-24 hours/week., supporting the technical tasks of database management, setting up data processes for projects, and serving as a thought partner for research, program evaluation, and DAWI’s emergent Data Together program. Contractor will have the autonomy to determine how best tasks are executed, within a defined set of outcomes.

Database Management - 70% 

  • Work with Metrics and Impact Analyst to plan, implement, and maintain data collection and management strategies for existing and emerging projects.
  • Develop, document, and maintain efficient system processes and workflows for data entry and database use to ensure data integrity.
  • Support staff and partners in developing an understanding of applications of data collected across the organization.
  • Regularly review data to ensure consistency, completeness, and accuracy. . Develop standards and processes to clean database records.
  • Create and administer training to existing or new users/groups and provide one-to-one training to end-users on an on-going basis.
  • Manage relationships with software, services, and other vendors related to data management.
  • Work withOperationsAdministrator to support routine data entry.
  • Conduct general project management around data collection and reporting.

Research and Evaluation - 25%

  • Support shaping organizational and field-wide strategies to support learning and knowledge-sharing on worker cooperatives.
  • Explore creative approaches to design and refine the organization’s approach to research, monitoring, evaluation, and learning work.
  • Support design and implementation of research projects.

Organizational Participation - 5%

  • Participate in team and staff meetings as needed

What We Ask

We are seeking someone with strong tech skills, excellent proactive communication habits, and experience developing and supporting systems with real people in mind. Required for this job:

  • A strong foundation in database management: At least 3 years of experience in database design and management, data collection, and analysis. Experience with CRMs preferred.
  • Basic experience in program evaluation: At least 2 years of experience in evaluating nonprofit programs.
  • An ability to provide a seamless training experience for database users: Demonstrated experience in database onboarding and ongoing training support.
  • Full competence with basic office tools: Microsoft Office Suite, GSuite, online project management systems, remote file systems, online/remote meeting tools. We use Slack for most communication.
  • Facility with new technology: You can learn and teach programs and you are willing to approach tech troubleshooting without fear or frustration.
  • Strong task-tracking and 100% follow-through on deadlines: You are able to set priorities, manage time well, establish realistic deadlines and meet them consistently. You have unflinching attention to detail.
  • Communication skills: Strong written and oral communication skills across all mediums.
  • Remote work: You like to work independently and can execute a mix of tasks with self-management systems in place. Remote work can be challenging for developing systems, getting buy-in for their use, and maintaining consistency of practice —a key part of this job. Experience working remotely is preferred.
  • Flexibility: You are able to make accommodations that suit everyone involved, whether it is meeting time, task deadlines, or priority setting.
  • We value emotional intelligence, kindness, and a sense of humor. Diplomacy, judgment, and discretion are important for this contract.

What We Offer

  • Values: In all our work, as well as internal operations, DAWI strives to embody our organizational values of Excellence, Equity, Entrepreneurialism, Collaboration, and Human-Centeredness.
  • Flexible, remote work: Having staff and contractors all over the country requires and allows us to create flexible working hours and locations. All staff and contractors are expected to be able and willing to learn and help improve the technological tools for remote working. Strong team: We are a high-functioning, close-knit staff, and we want to work with a skilled and reliable colleague.
  • Growth potential: This is a contract in a maturing organization, and is key to our sustainability as we grow. The contract has potential to grow as the organization grows.
  • Stable organization: DAWI has a diversified revenue stream, multi-year funding, and a commitment to building an annual reserve that creates stability for our growing organization. Our annual budget for 2021 is just over $3 million, and our average staff tenure is over 5 years.


This is a 12-month contract position at $50/hour, depending on experience and skill level.


Contract runs from July 2021 through June 2022, with an option for renewal.

How to Bid this Contract

Email a proposal that includes a cover letter, resume, and two references to [email protected] by Monday, June 21, 11:59pm PST. The subject line should state “DataAnalyst”.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) is committed to a multi-racial and class-diverse staff that reflects the future of worker cooperatives. We are an anti-racist organization that centers racial equity in our values, programs, and vision. Women, people of color, and others who may be underrepresented at senior levels of the nonprofit workforce are strongly encouraged to apply. DAWI is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. It is the policy of DAWI to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, DAWI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, DAWI will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any supervisor, coworker, vendor, client, or customer of DAWI. 

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