Data Analyst - FFN



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.


· 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.




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.



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


  • 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


  • 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;


  • Understanding of early childhood development data


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


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