Research & Data Processing Analyst

Child360 | Los Angeles, California

Background

Child360 is a leading nonprofit working toward a future where every child has the educational opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. This means supporting the development of the whole child, beginning at birth. Alongside trusted community partners, Child360 improves the quality of early learning and elevates the early learning industry through program support, professional development, advocacy, research, and community engagement. From every angle, we are equipping the next generation, empowering them to discover their potential, and advancing our future workforce.

Our Vision

Educational Justice: Every child will succeed in school and life.

Our Mission

Guided by research, Child360 works to improve the quality of early learning programs; to strengthen the engagement between the parents of young children and their teachers and caregivers; and to advance public policies that invest in the future of America by putting children first.

Our Story

In 1998, California voters approved Proposition 10, adding a 50-cent tax on every pack of cigarettes and other tobacco products to fund programs for children. Formerly known as LAUP, Child360 was a part of this movement and was established as the early education non-profit in Los Angeles County to support the care and development of the county’s youngest learners.

Over the years, Child360 has supported the operation and development of more than 700 early learning providers in Los Angeles County, touching the lives of over 130,000 children through enriching curricula and nurturing environments aimed to best prepare children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Since then, the non-profit has grown in scale and scope throughout Southern California, and is now taking on critical action for children nationwide.

Today, we are building on our achievements while strengthening our innovative and strategic work to advance early education program quality and capacity, preparing birth to 5-year-olds for their best start in life.

Our main areas of focus:

  • Program quality assessments
  • Coaching for educators
  • Family engagement support
  • Program leadership
  • Professional development
  • Advocating at the local, state, and national levels
  • Pioneering new research
  • Back-office support and oversight

Job Summary

Conducts applied research and evaluation to inform and improve LAUP’s work in areas such as young children’s cognitive and social-emotional development, the quality of instruction and care provided to preschoolers, the development of the Early Childcare Education workforce, engagement of families in their children’s education, and measurement of children’s progress. The analyst designs evaluation and research projects, including quantitative and qualitative methods, data collection, analysis, and reporting.

The Research – Data Analyst also provides technical assistance and training to users in accessing and using one or more data processing systems. Confers with users regarding their current and prospective needs for data processing services in various applications. Participates in the design, modification, and testing of data processing systems.

Reports To

Director of Research

Responsibilities

Major Tasks

  • Conceptualize, plan, and conduct multiple evaluations and research projects simultaneously
  • Develop logic models in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Identify and/or develop data collection instruments (e.g., assessment measures, surveys, interviews, and observation protocols)
  • Coordinate, conduct, and oversee data collection, data entry and data cleaning and ensure quality control (e.g., surveys, direct assessment, observations, questionnaires, focus groups, structured interviews)
  • Perform some data management functions (e.g., extracting, importing, and exporting data in various applications, restructuring and/or merging datasets, running queries on datasets, preparing datasets for analysis, resolving data inconsistencies)
  • Respond to internal and external data requests using established protocols and procedures
  • Participate in the development and expansion of data systems in collaboration with database developers, external partners, IT and other LAUP departments as needed
  • Plan and conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Prepare and present evaluation and research findings (e.g., tabular and narrative reports, data displays, PowerPoint presentations) for internal and external audiences

Qualifications

Knowledge: 

  • Program evaluation and research theories, methods, and standards
  • Strong foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Knowledge of Early Childhood Development and Early Childhood Education is a plus

Requirements / Skills: 

  • Two years of experience working with databases
  • Candidates must be detail-oriented, have strong organizational skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Strong proficiency with personal computer use, primarily with word processing applications. 
  • Strong work ethic with ability to coordinate assigned tasks with other staff members.
  • Excellent skills in designing, coordinating, and conducting evaluation and research projects
  • Competence in the development of data collection tools and implementation of data collection methods
  • Proficiency in analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to produce reports
  • Proficiency in Excel, Access, and SPSS (qualitative analysis software experience also preferred)
  • Ability to present findings to various stakeholder groups in a clear, accessible way
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytic, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills for interfacing with staff, providers and stakeholders
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Must be detail-oriented, flexible, and decisive with excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to learn moderately complex computer systems and adapt to changes in such systems
  • Must have valid California Driver’s license
  • Must show proof of insurance

Formal Education:

Master’s Degree preferred in psychology, education, social work, sociology, public health, or related field (or three years work experience)

Language proficiency required/preferred: Additional languages are a plus (e.g., Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Armenian)

Compensation

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