Data Analyst / Data Systems Manager

Job Status: Full Time, Salaried, Exempt

Job Site: Any DevNW Office/Region

**Note: all staff are currently working from home due to COVID-19. A home office set-up stipend and monthly internet contribution are in place for the duration of required telework. DevNW is currently evaluating our longer term telework policy, and may go to a hybrid model. This position may be able to work entirely remotely.**

Job Salary: $48,000 – $70,000

Benefits: medical, dental and vision insurance; a deferred compensation retirement plan that includes an employer match (eligibility for the plan begins after one year of employment); paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; optional alternative schedule of 5/8s, 4/10s, or 4/9s+4.

Supervisor: Chief Culture Officer

To apply, please submit a cover letter or introduction email that describes how your education and experience prepare you for this position and a resume. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position will be open until filled; priority will be given to applications received before 5:00 p.m., April 30, 2021.

Organization:

DevNW is a regional nonprofit community development organization and member of the NeighborWorks® Network. We have offices in Springfield, Corvallis, Salem, and Oregon City, Oregon, and serve a six-county area with a mission to build vibrant communities by empowering individuals, families, small businesses, and neighborhoods. We provide a range of programs and services that create affordable housing; promote economic stability and opportunities for low-income people; and build thriving, inclusive neighborhoods. DevNW is dedicated to deconstructing the racist and discriminatory systems that have led to vast inequalities in housing, asset/wealth building, and small business development in our communities.

Purpose of the Position:

DevNW is adding the new position of Data Analyst to help us better track, synthesize, and report key data about our organization, communities, and programs/services. Historically, DevNW’s data tracking has focused on “counting widgets” and we have lacked the capacity and skill to use data to more deeply understand the impacts of our work. The role of the data analyst will be to help us implement more sophisticated data systems, so that (for example) we don’t just know how many people took a first time homebuying course, but can analyze purchases choices, the demographic breakdown of future buyers, how our services are impacting racial disparities in homeownership in our community, etc. The Data Analyst will also help us present that data in formats that are accessible for staff, our board of directors, partners, and the community.

Typical Examples of Work:

The Data Analyst may perform any or all of the following duties, directly and/or indirectly through the work of other staff as well as interns, contractors, etc. This list is illustrative and does not include all of the specific tasks the employee may be expected to perform.

Data System Design and Managament (50%)

  • Plan for, organize and manage all internal data (both quantitative and qualitative), including identifying, making recommendations, and implementing changes/upgrades:
  • Meet with department leaders to understand their data and reporting needs/aspirations; create and implement plan for tracking and analyzing key metrics to reach these goals;
  • Evaluate the functionality of our current databases; recommend and implement improvements/changes to the systems or how we utilize them;
  • Identify and synthesize key external data sets (American Community Survey, etc.) and metrics to utilize for effective story telling about the need for our services, inform programmatic changes and new program development, and to track our effectiveness;
  • Assist with research design and data collection methods;

Reporting (40%)

  • Create and implement a reporting plan for routine reports required by funders and contractors, which will include both providing data to others to submit, and gathering information from others for reports submitting by the Data Analyst;
  • Contribute both routine and one-time data to (and generate reports for) grantwriting, fundraising, communications, and advocacy efforts, including both internal program data and external sources;
  • Identify key data patterns and trends, and elevate to leadership team; participate in leadership discussions about programmatic changes suggested in the data;

Data Visualization (10%)

  • Synthesize and present key data in ways that are visually impactful and easy to understand by policymakers, funders, and other key partners.

Additional Duties:

  • Other specific projects as assigned or developed

Supervisory Responsibilities:

The Data Analyst does not currently supervise other staff or interns but may in future as DevNW expands.

Job-Specific Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Experience:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. Examples might include:

  • a masters’ degree in data analystics, statistics, or other relevant field, plus 1-2 years of professional work experience;
  • a bachelor’s degree with related course work and 4+ years of full time professional work experience with data systems

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection, management, and analysis;
  • A variety of database systems, including maximizing the effectiveness of imperfect systems;
  • Advanced skill with Excel;
  • Data visualization software;
  • Mainstream datasets, including an understanding of their limitations and biases;

Ability to:

  • Collaborate with organizational leaders to co-create effective data management systems;
  • Understand DevNW’s mission and program-level goals in sufficient depth to anticipate key metrics, recommend new data collection techniques or research areas, and generally guide program managers on the best path to reach their reporting goals;
  • Synthesize data and present effective reports to meet funder requirements, assess organizational impact, inform organizational/program changes, influence advocacy efforts, and accomplish other organizational goals;
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers and partners who are not data analysts and have limited training/vocabulary in data analysis;
  • Ensure the validity of large data sets;
  • Use analytical skills to do economic research; review of some statistical models may require understanding of SAS, Stata or other relevant software; visualization models may require understanding of ArcGIS or Tableau or other relevant software;

General Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to the ideals of equity, asset building, economic justice, and creating economic opportunities for low- to moderate-income families;
  • Effective and creative problem solving;
  • Communicate information clearly and accurately verbally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with individuals and groups
  • Ability to thrive in a job that is fast-paced and varies from one day to the next
  • Willingness and ability to adapt quickly as program and organizational needs evolve;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a close-knit team, with equal ease;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite applications including Word, and Outlook.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours; travel to other locations in Oregon; and travel out of state for training and/or conferences for periods up to a week (once a year or less).
  • Unless a fully remote position, must have valid Oregon driver’s license and ability to be covered by organizational insurance in order to use company vehicles for work travel, and/or must have reliable transportation, auto insurance and maintain a valid driver’s license (mileage reimbursement provided for work travel in own vehicle).
  • Ability to use a computer, keyboard (or adaptive equipment) and associated software for word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email and calendar/scheduling programs.

To Apply: Submit an application to: , An application consists of a cover letter or introductory email that describes how your education and experience prepare you for this position and a resume. Please include “Data Analyst Application” in the subject line of the email. Applications received by 4/30/21 will be given priority.

DevNW is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Applications for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you meet key qualifications for the job, and believe you would be the best fit, we would encourage you to apply; please use your cover letter or introductory email to explain how you will accomplish parts of the job for which you have less experience. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us.

DevNW values diversity and supports a positive, welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. We strive to hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding a diverse workforce strengthens our organization.