Data Analyst - FFN
Description

  

SUMMARY:

Provide data support to First Five Nebraska (FFN) and support First Five Nebraska’s policy research, legislative and administrative policy agendas.

This position is on-site and is located at First Five Nebraska’s offices in downtown Lincoln and coordinates daily with the organization’s staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Perform data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting on key data from multiple identified sources; 

· Compute statistical and demographic data for public policy use;

· Code, analyze and interpret qualitative data for public policy use;

· Responsible for developing data visualization materials in coordination with the data and policy research advisor

· Respond to requests for data from colleagues and external stakeholders to inform policy decisions;

· Synthesize relevant legislation and research as it pertains to FFN’s policy agenda, and support the data and policy research advisor and communications team to message that agenda across a variety of platforms;

· Complete regular organizational progress reports;

· Maintain a working knowledge of the Nebraska Unicameral legislative process and become familiar with the state’s political landscape, especially as it relates to child development and well-being, education and economic development issues;

· Cultivate relationships with relevant state agencies and data sources; and

· Recommend improvement of systems to efficiently store, organize and retrieve data for internal and external use.

All other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This job has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

WORK DIRECTION RECEIVED: Works with minimal direction.

SCOPE/NATURE OF DISCRETION: Delegated discretion; authority to initiate and carry out actions that are deemed essential.

Requirements

  

QUALIFICATIONS: 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability require. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in math, statistics, or an equivalent subject
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience analyzing data

Knowledge:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills – ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as research studies, professional journals, state and federal legislation, statutes, financial reports and state budgets;
  • Working knowledge of Nebraska’s political context and a commitment to promote FFN’s agenda in a non-partisan manner; and
  • Genuine interest in advancing public policy and improving the educational, social and economic outlook for our state and its citizens.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Office equipment and computer software

Abilities:

  • Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively;
  • Ability to fact-check and verify data using primary and secondary sources;
  • Anticipate data needs by identifying gaps/trends in current data sources;
  • Ability to understand and interpret a broad array of statistical and economic data and demonstrate extreme attention to mathematical detail;
  • Ability to perform secondary analysis on statistical data;
  • Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent to draw and interpret bar graphs;
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiple and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals;
  • Ability to use statistical software (e.g. SPSS, Excel, Tableau) to analyze and visualize data;
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions dealing with a variety of variables, and anticipate likely results given multiple contingencies;

Preferred:

  • Understanding of early childhood development data

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as grant solicitations or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write grant proposals and progress reports as well as routine reports and correspondence. 
  • Ability to respond to common inquiries about the organization from the public and/or business community. 
  • Ability to effectively present information to public groups, top management, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals
  • Ability to compute, rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs
  • Ability to read and interpret demographic and statistical research data

REASONING ABILITIY:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in unique situations. 
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. 
  • Ability to interpret statistical research findings (such as Census data) and to interpret mathematical data accurately in written communications. 
  • Ability to plan, schedule, and manage multiple activities at once.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • While performing the duties of this job, you will be regularly required to attend and contribute to meetings (often requiring sitting, standing, walking, and analyzing information in team settings). 
  • The employee frequently is required to use hands.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to drive 
  • Travel will sometimes be required to locations within and outside of the state and may include overnight stays.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • Office Environment
  • Located at First Five Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska