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PD for Data Analyst position at DC Public Charter School Board.
PD for Data Analyst position at DC Public Charter School Board.

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Career OpportunityDistrict of Columbia Public Charter School Board
The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is now the sole authorizer of charter schools in Washington, DC. PCSB’s natural growth of oversight to nearly 24,000students in 60 charter schools, representing 97 campuses, has been accompanied by anatural growth and maturity of technology needs, data analysis needs, organizationstructure, and professionals working toward a world-class educational delivery system atan exciting time in the history of public education.BE THE DIFFERENCE!Ultimately, PCSB oversees DC public charter school student success – our mission is tofoster the growth of successful learning environments. PCSB believes mission successdepends upon a team of dedicated PCSB and charter school professionals who are willingto subjugate individual advocacies to a team focus that crosses business areas andentities in its advocacy for student success. In the position described below, you will besupporting our work to raise student achievement, and help every child reach his or herfull potential.
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Data Analyst
Location:
Washington, DC
Position Summary:
The position of Data Analyst provides a unique opportunity to contribute to PCSB
thought leadership
through the analysis of student and charter school academic data and non-academic data; and non-academic PCSB data. In short, we want you to support teamefforts with effective data analyses utilizing an existing Learning-on-Track (LOT) studentgrowth model, other specified models, and new models of your creation. LOT is one of many academic and non-academic measures included in PCSB’s PerformanceManagement Framework – a charter school effectiveness evaluation model. This positionwill be mostly focused on analyzing existing data available through existing systems; andrecommending new data elements, as indicated. This position will not be responsible forcreating new sources of quality data through new technology development.
Scenario:
PCSB has maintained a very small technology footprint as the scope if its responsibilitieshas grown. Since 1997, there have been two authorities assigned the responsibility of providing oversight to public charter schools in DC; the DC Board of Education and theDC Public Charter School Board. That changed with the passing of the Education Reform
 
Act of 2007. Under the new governance structure, the DC Board of Education’s charterauthorizer responsibilities have been transferred to the DC Public Charter School Board.The PCSB, which had responsibility for 37 DC public charter schools, is now responsiblefor all 60 public charter schools, serving nearly 24,000 students.Past growth and the recent large growth of responsibilities have prompted PCSB toestablish an enterprise level IT Department with an IT Manager and a few critical staff positions, inclusive of a separate Data Specialist position responsible for working with
technology applications to produce quality data
necessary for analysis. This job posting isfor a Data Analyst position
 for the analysis of quality data
generated by other people usinga variety of systems.PCSB outsourced an IT planning project to identify an effective enterprise IT infrastructureand architecture. That project recently concluded -- its recommendations are beingimplemented now. Now that quality data have been made available, PCSB desires to fillthe Data Analyst position as soon as possible.
Essential Responsibilities:
 
People Management 
– The Data Analyst reports to the IT Manager and workscollaboratively and independently with all PCSB staff, charter schools staff, and statestaff. The Data Analyst must accomplish tasks utilizing people who are not linesubordinates; some of whom may work in charter schools or other governmentalunits. The primary work effort is focused on analyzing quality data associated withthe Performance Management Framework and Learning-on-Track studentachievement growth model, student information systems, instructional datamanagement systems, a charter authorizer system, and the statewide SLED system (adata warehouse). This position is responsible for providing liaison andcommunication with internal and external stakeholders on both technical and non-technical levels. The Data Analyst presents studies and reports directly tostakeholders, including to PCSB’s board members.
 
 Analysis
– The Data Analyst is responsible for impeccable data analyses of student-level and school-level performance data. This position is responsible for executingcomplex analyses of data and being able to explain them in simple terms. Theexpected analyses will require extraction, transformation, and analysis of raw data forinclusion in reports and school evaluations. The Data Analyst must be able torecognize data issues and work with providers of data to resolve problems andimplement data quality safeguards. The Data Analyst must become fullyknowledgeable of all aspects of the Performance Management Framework (PMF) – acharter school evaluation model utilizing a point system based largely on studentperformance data -- and be able to train PCSB Program Managers on all aspects of the PMF point system.

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