Research Data Analyst

California, United States
Wednesday, 31 July 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Who We Are

The Stanford University Graduate School of Education (GSE) is a top-ranked school of education, known for its prestigious faculty, rigorous graduate degree programs, and its impact on the quality of education across the world. The GSE is committed to developing leaders in education research, practice and policy. Our community includes over 60 faculty, 400 students, 200 staff, 8,000 alumni and countless people from the local and global communities we work with and impact. The work environment is dynamic, deadline-driven, fast-paced, and energetic.

We are looking for a Data Analyst to join the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA). Stanford CEPA is an independent research center in the Graduate School of Education that unites an interdisciplinary array of nationally prominent scholars on education policy. The Data Analyst will engage with Stanford faculty, students, and staff as well as external clients (e.g., district partners). A focus of CEPA's long-term research agenda is to examine policies that promote highly effective teachers and school leadership as well as better understand student achievement gaps. CEPA also looks at preschool through higher education policy in order to better understand how to promote educational opportunities and students' long-run success.

What You’ll Do:

The Data Analyst will conduct data collection, lead data management, and support implementation of education-related research.

Core duties will include (but are not limited to):

  • Collect, manage and clean datasets.
  • Coordinate data collection processes between research teams and external district partners.
  • Employ new and existing tools to interpret, analyze, and visualize multivariate relationships in data.
  • Create databases and reports, develop algorithms and statistical models, and perform statistical analyses appropriate to data and reporting requirements.
  • Use system reports and analyses to identify potentially problematic data, make corrections, and determine root cause for data problems from input errors or inadequate field edits, and suggest possible solutions.
  • Create databases and reports, develop algorithms and statistical models, and perform statistical analyses appropriate to data and reporting requirements.
  • Analyze data processes in documentation.
  • Collaborate with faculty and research staff on data collection and analysis methods.
  • Minimum Requirements

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree or a combination of education and relevant experience. Experience in a quantitative discipline such as economics, finance, statistics or engineering.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Substantial experience with MS Office and analytical programs.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to prioritize workload. 

Preferred Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge or interest in education research.
  • Experience in quantitative data collection, management and analysis. Demonstrated familiarity with the organization of data, including data structures, record layouts, and file structures.
  • Significant experience with the statistical software STATA. Proficiency with other statistical software is beneficial but the majority of work will be completed in STATA.

BACKGROUND CHECK: The final candidate will be required to successfully pass a background check prior to employment.

FIXED-TERM: This is a fixed-term position with an end date of one year and is renewable based on performance and funding.


Applicants to this position must be available to work in the United States without sponsorship for 2 years or more. OPT permit holders should confirm that they are eligible to work in the US at the Stanford GSE for two years or more. There’s no visa sponsorship for this position.

Why Stanford is for You

We provide market competitive salaries, excellent health care and retirement plans, and a generous vacation policy, including additional time off during our winter closure. Our unique perks align with what matters to you:

Freedom to grow. As one of the greatest intellectual hubs in the world, take advantage of development programs, tuition reimbursement plus $800 you receive annually towards skill-building classes, or audit a Stanford course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or leader discuss global issues.

  • A caring culture. We understand the importance of your personal and family time and provide you access to wellness programs, child-care resources, parent education and consultation, elder care and caregiving support.
  • A healthier you. We make wellness a priority by providing access to world-class exercise facilities. Climb our rock wall, or participate in one of hundreds of health or fitness classes.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. Create an avatar and participate in virtual reality adventures or join one with fellow staff on Stanford vacations!
  • Enviable resources. We offer free commuter programs and ridesharing incentives. Enjoy discounts for computing, cell phones, outdoor recreation, travel, entertainment, and more!
  • We pride ourselves in being a culture that encourages and empowers you.

How to Apply

The Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) invites you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply Online” link. Please submit an online application, resume, and cover letter.

About Stanford University

Imagine a world without Google, LinkedIn, Netflix, or Instagram. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants, discovery of genes responsible for various diseases, and research to cure illnesses. All of these advances, and more, are a direct result of Stanford’s prominent faculty, researchers and alumni, who have revolutionized the way we live and enriched the world. Supporting this mission is Stanford’s dedicated 16,000+ staff, who come from diverse educational and career backgrounds. We are a collaborative environment that thrives on innovation and continuous improvement. At Stanford, we seek talent committed to excellence, driven to impact the future of our legacy, and improve lives on a global sphere.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4751
Employee Status: Fixed-Term
Grade: G
Requisition ID: 84135