WA MESA seeks a highly talented and industrious individual
interested in being a part of a small, team-oriented, collaborative
staff to help us achieve our ambitious goal. The Data Analyst will
report directly to the Executive Director and work in close
collaboration with the Director for K-14 STEM Education to deliver
understandable, actionable, and compelling insights derived from
MESA Center reports on current research and best practices in STEM
education. The Data Analyst will evaluate the efficacy of the
program, and its impact on women and underrepresented minorities in
STEM as they prepare for and move through the MESA program.
The Data Analyst will be an imaginative and energetic individual
with a proven record of progressively responsible experience mining
data, identifying success metrics, developing, and maintaining
analytic templates, and providing technical support.
Although WA MESA oversees "decentralized" centers with offices
located at other higher education institutions connected by
subcontracts, the Data Analyst’s role is to evaluate WA MESA
programs from a statewide organization perspective. He/She will not
direct the work of the center directors but will ensure WA MESA
program fidelity across centers. In partnership with the State
Board of Community and Technical College Research and Evaluation
staff, the Data Analyst will collaborate and assist with reporting
MCCP success in meeting intended success goals.
The principal investigator is the Provost of the UW and his
delegate to the organization is the Vice President and University
Diversity Officer. The Data Analyst will serve as a principal
investigator for WA MESA. The Data Analyst will interact and
collaborate with 6 – 12 and MCCP directors to evaluate the WA MESA
pathway programs. The position requires the use of sound judgment
and a thorough understanding of research, evaluation, and data
analysis. The position requires a complete understanding and
development of the landscape of higher education that is specific
to historically underrepresented student populations. The position
requires excellent communication skills and the ability to engage
policymakers to pursue interest and commitment to
institutionalizing the MESA 6 -16 pathway model in Washington.
In order to be considered for this position, all applicants must
apply through the
University of Washington’s Human Resource Portal.
The salary range is $5,500 to $8,250.
Desired – Education, work experience: Describe education and/or
work experience beyond the minimums that would be ‘desirable’ but
not required to satisfactorily perform the position’s duties and
- Strong knowledge of statistical concepts, with technical skills
to manage and transform data.
- Experience creating data visualizations designed for impact and
- Demonstrated experience providing training and technical
assistance to stakeholders.
- Strong communication skills and comfort presenting data.
- Demonstrated success working with underrepresented populations
and strong cultural competence.
- Possess strong interpersonal skills and a proven track record
of cultivating relationships and gaining buy-in from colleagues and
- Ability to navigate client relationships, and skill at applying
an equity lens when considering program needs.
- Ability to design, develop, test, and document systems,
products, and materials.
Specify the type of experience required:
- Three (3) years of work experience in system support and
analysis, or research and evaluation, or data/business analysis or
- Proficiency with research and data tools such as R, Python,
SAS, etc. and skilled in the integrated use of Access, Tableau,
Excel, and/or Query Analyzer, or another platform.
- Experience designing data collection tools such as surveys,
interview guides, checklists, observation and focus groups
Duties & Responsibilities: (Identify the percent time spent
on each major duty, listed in decreasing order of importance. The
total job duties must equal 100% regardless of position’s % FTE.
Data Systems Management – 35%
- Work in tandem with the high-capacity consultant group
contracted to develop the WA MESA program database management and
- Provide oversight for the collection, compiling, analyzing, and
reporting of MESA data.
- Create data reports that are visually appealing and easily
digestible for a broad array of internal and external
- Analyze information to identify trends, patterns, gaps, and
opportunities using descriptive analytics.
- Develop scorecards to easily translate strategy into objectives
and performance indicators.
- Queary data to address special informational requests as the
direction of the Executive Director.
- Develop business processes and protocols to manage data,
including coordinating system upgrades and maintaining
documentation for implementation of system changes.
- Partners and collaborates with WA state Education Research and
Data Center (ERDC), the Washington Office of Superintendent of
Public Instruction (OSPI), school districts, 6 -12 and MCCP
Directors to ensure that analytics and program data is collected
accurately, routinely and updated quarterly by 6 -14 Directors
and/or designated staff.
Technical Support – 30%
- Cultivates an organization-wide culture of evaluation,
efficacy, learning, and continuous improvement.
- Implements quarterly reports – ensuring that, on a quarterly
basis, programming and marketing data is updated and highlights are
shared by 6 – 12 and MCCP directors.
- Partners and collaborates with 6 -12 and MCCP programs to make
recommendations to improve program impact tracking across the
- Partners with OMAD Advancement, Communications, and
Institutional Research to ensure that impact findings inform WA
MESA marketing and communications efforts.
Research, Evaluation, and Reporting –
- Conducts programmatic and organization-wide evaluations.
- Research trends in STEM literacy, awareness, identity, and
- Develops and maintains research partnerships with external
evaluators and research institutions.
- Creates story and data-driven reports that integrate impact
evaluation and illuminate key findings to power communications in
print, online, social media and improve program design.