Senior Associate, Child Welfare Strategy Group

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Starting salary is commensurate with experience




701 St. Paul Street
United States


Position Summary

The senior associate will take the lead in data management and analysis for the Foundation’s system reform work with public child welfare agencies and support all data analysis within CWSG. This position will provide a leadership role in the Foundation’s frontline practice work focused on assessing outcomes and implementing strategic improvements. Using existing administrative data files, the senior associate will create an analytic child-level file that represents all children served by public agencies, which will be used to measure the experiences of children in out-of-home placement. The position will bring the use of data analytics to the forefront in the development of frontline best practice, advocating and promoting the use of data to advance day-to-day practice in public child welfare agencies.  


• Create entry cohort longitudinal data files using administrative data from child welfare agencies; data files may include Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) A&B files, placement detail files or other administrative files containing structured and unstructured data

• Oversee the analysis and reporting of outcome data using entry cohort files, quarterly data reports and administrative data for key practice areas

• Provide analytic support to CWSG engagement teams, including assisting with crafting analytic hypotheses, interpretation of analyses and developing further lines of inquiry

• Lead data discussions with CWSG engagement teams and public agency clients 

• Identify data needed to assess outcomes that are used by agency and external partners in planning, monitoring and measuring programs and practice consistent with identified strategic priorities and populations

• Understand and communicate the connection between data and practice to the team and public agencies

• Develop measurement models, as applicable, for new strategies

• Provide testimonials on the value of data as part of system reform, including frontline practice  

• Represent the Foundation’s mission, principles and work by participating in meetings and public presentations and preparing written materials

• Seek to use Foundation resources in an equitable manner with regard to race, ethnicity and gender

• Represent the portfolio at meetings and conferences; assist in organizing and participating in meetings, conferences and site visits

• Stay current on relevant issues, policies, resources and information related to child welfare data management and analysis

• Perform administrative duties in support of the above work

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


• A graduate degree in human services, social work, data science, public health, public policy, economics or a related field

• Minimum of a master’s degree with five years of experience managing and analyzing data; the ideal candidate for this position holds a Ph.D. and has a minimum of three years of relevant post-graduate work experience  

• Experience managing and analyzing data in child welfare or similar public settings such as human services, public health or education

• In-depth knowledge of frontline practice in child welfare, juvenile justice, substance abuse or mental health

• A record of a continual advancement in responsibility and management throughout work history

• A high tolerance for ambiguity and the ability to work effectively with minimal guidance 

Essential Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of administrative child welfare data currently collected and available, including AFCARS and National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)

• Ability to define data requirements for extraction from existing systems in jurisdictions

• Experience merging and transforming data extracts into an entry cohort longitudinal format

• Experience managing and merging data that has one-to-many and many-to-many relationships

• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding in analyzing entry cohort longitudinal data

• Strong research and analytic skills; previous experience with survival analysis preferred

• Demonstrated ability to present data analysis results in an understandable and usable format

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including development of data visualizations using best practices

• Demonstrated flexibility and maturity; ability to work as a team with managing directors and consultants who have varying backgrounds and styles

• Ability to develop web-based interactive visualizations a plus

• In-depth knowledge and extensive experience with analysis software packages that support data management and statistical analysis; SPSS preferred, but will consider knowledge of other packages such as R, SAS and Stata as a substitute

• Advanced skills in Excel, including data visualization

• Knowledge of ACCESS, SQL or other programming languages a plus

• The work is performed primarily in an office setting, with up to 30 percent moderate overnight travel required.


A strong benefits package will be provided.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please apply online at

For additional information, contact:

Jestine May, Human Resources Specialist

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

503 N. Charles Street

Baltimore, MD 21201