Title: Research & Data Specialist 

Reports ToResearch & Data Analysis Manager  

Salary Range: $55,000-$70,000 dependent on experience, with opportunities for advancement 

To Apply:Complete application at our hiring site 

About United 4 Children 

United 4 Children (U4C) makes children a priority. By providing children with healthy meals, creating safe places to learn and play, and providing social-emotional and inclusive services for children with special needs or challenging behaviors – United 4 Children ensures every child has the foundation to thrive. U4C offers high-quality support programs serving children up to 13 so that families can feel at ease knowing their children, regardless of ability, are receiving the best care possible and have every opportunity to succeed.  

 United 4 Children’s Values 

At United 4 Children, it is expected that we center our common values in the work that we do individually and together. We hold each other accountable to live out these values in our work and celebrate with each other as we demonstrate the following:  

  • Community – We put the needs and desires of children, families, and caregivers at the center of our work. We partner with educators and fellow nonprofit organizations to create excellent educational and developmental opportunities for every child in the region.
  • Trust – For over 50 years, we have been honest and earnest in all our interactions. We strive to readily meet community needs particularly where other resources do not exist.
  • Equity – We seek to understand the disparities facing children, families, and childcare providers. We ensure everyone has access to the resources needed to thrive.
  • Empathy – We strive to understand the unique experiences of every person we encounter. We respect each person’s journey and seek to support everyone’s specific needs.

Overview: 

The Research Specialist will ensure United 4 Children’s (U4C) overall success by effectively and efficiently supporting the Research and Data Analysis Manager across all agency programs. This position is responsible for ensuring the integrity of data collected, analyzed, and reported regarding agency deliverables and outcomes. A successful candidate will have knowledge of data systems and best practices in handling all duties related to research and data analysis while providing support to all agency employees related to data collection, analysis, and reporting tasks. This position will have an active role in developing data systems related to deliverables, including technological recommendations and integration within and across data systems. Experience operating database systems and pulling reports is a benefit.

What You Will Do:  

Research and Data Analysis (90%) 

General

  • Assist in maintaining the agency database, including integration among and across data systems, data entry, and data compilation
  • Assist in maintaining the agency database, including integration among and across data systems, data entry, and data compilation.
  • Pull data reports weekly or monthly according to agency and program needs as some reports are pulled weekly while others are pulled monthly.
  • Compile monthly data review and compilation for reporting purposes.
  • Create agency or program surveys according to funder requests and compile, analyze, and report survey results.
  • Support the Research and Data Analysis Manager with monitoring and ensuring the appropriate use of various database systems and dashboards by agency employees.
  • Monitor reporting benchmarks across all programs to ensure accurate and consistent reporting practices.
  • Assist with the coordination of funding deliverable plans.
  • Conduct fidelity checks on data entries as requested.
  • Assist with completing required agency reports on time and accurately.
  • Conduct designated research tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Assist with data analysis to inform leadership on best practices for program research and evaluation to assess the effectiveness of program strategies.

Employee Support

  • Provide support to U4C staff and managers in negotiating various database systems.
  • Assist with developing and implementing training sessions to build agency staff’s skills and capacity to implement best practices when collecting, analyzing, and reporting program data.
  • Provide technical support to staff as needed regarding accurate data entry and reporting in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Coordinate follow-up with managers regarding staff data records and reports.

Other Responsibilities (10%) 

  • Provide support to agency staff members while promoting cross-collaboration in collecting, analyzing, and reporting data across data systems.
  • Coordinate other duties assigned by the Research and Data Analysis Manager.
  • Actively participate in required meetings and personal professional development.
  • Participate in the development of funding proposals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills We Are Looking For 

  • At least 2 years of related data collection and analysis experience (graduate work may be substituted for 1 year).
  • A 4-year degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Psychology, Social Work, Instructional/Educational Leadership, Program Evaluation, Data Science, or a closely related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Understanding of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Experience in the early childhood education industry is a plus.
  • An effective communicator who can explain how data collection, analysis, and reporting support the broader mission of the organization.
  • Ability to handle multiple and varying tasks with associated deadlines.
  • Experience with operating database systems is a plus.
  • Collaborate with the Research and Data Analysis Manager to conduct data and report reviews to recognize errors.
  • Detail-oriented with report formatting.
  • Pass a Family Care and Safety Registry Screening.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Ability to retain a minimum of liability vehicle insurance.
  • Experience and skill working with diverse populations.
  • Conscientious use of justice, equity, and inclusion lens when working with self and others.
  • Successful at working in multiple teams simultaneously.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and nights.

 Perks and Benefits 

  • Health insurance: employer contribution of 80%
  • Portion of dental insurance covered
  • Employer paid 401 (K) contribution: 3% of gross salary
  • Employer paid Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance with a coverage of $50,000
  • PTO (PAID TIME OFF): starting at 20 days (about 4 weeks) annually
  • Paid holidays: 13 days (about 2 weeks)
  • Annual merit-based incentives
  • Monthly phone stipend
  • Mileage reimbursement at .655 per mile
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Hybrid work environment
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ask about our other benefits

United 4 Children is an equal opportunity employer. United 4 children does not discriminate in employment with regard to age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), sexual stereotyping, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), marital status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), association with anyone who is a member of a protected class, AIDS/HIV status, veteran status, uniformed servicemember status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all qualified persons. Those applicants requiring accommodation to complete the application and/or interview process should contact a management representative.  

 

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