Reporting to the Director of Data and Tech Operations, the Data Analyst works closely with Chicago CRED’s senior management staff and works collaboratively with the entire CRED team towards its mission to achieve a transformative reduction in Chicago’s gun violence. Position will work on a portfolio of projects across CRED’s citywide and programming operations.
The Data Analyst will be primarily responsible for working on a range of short and longer-term projects conducting data collection and analysis, developing comprehensive data reports, presenting findings to diverse audiences and stakeholders, and managing multiple data projects. This position commands a highly motivated professional who can work effectively across teams, run multiple projects concurrently with varying sets of deliverables, while adhering to aggressive timelines. A dedication to CRED’s mission is essential.
Core Duties (Citywide; Programming)
Data Collection and Analysis
- Collect and compile a range of data sets (e.g., crime and violence data, compile data by community/district/city/region/state, etc.) from a range of public and private data sources/databases (e.g., City of Chicago’s Violence Reduction Dashboard, City of Chicago Data Portal, Salesforce, etc.) for review by citywide and programming teams to inform efforts
- Analyze and work with a range of data sets; sensitive and/or confidential data, small to large, complex and/or administrative data sets
- Apply critical thinking and objective analysis to data sets, identify data trends, highlight anomalies, and provide constructive data-informed insights to teams
Develop Reports & Present Findings
- Develop weekly, monthly, and annual data reports for CRED meetings (e.g., compile citywide and community-specific data reports analyzing fatal and non-fatal shootings, 3-5 years comparison data, data trends by day and time of occurrence, etc.)
- Develop customized reports for citywide and programming projects to inform project impacts, violence reduction investments, strategy development, trends over time, etc.
- Develop presentations, data briefs, and memos for citywide and programming projects
- Prepare data findings for presentations and academic papers that may target funders, community partners, policymakers, researchers, etc.
- Present data findings to various audiences and stakeholders (e.g., internal CRED teams, community partners, funders, legislators, etc.)
Project Management & Collaboration
- Manage short and longer-term data projects including fulfilling data deliverables and adherence to strict timelines for multiple citywide and programming projects
- Report to senior management leads for assigned projects and develop and execute customized project work plans (including deliverables, timelines for completion, time allocations/schedules for each project, progress reports, challenges to completion, etc.)
- Collaborate across CRED (citywide, programming, CREDMADE) and non-CRED teams (e.g., Crime Lab, The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative Evaluation team, Metropolitan Family Services) to support and fulfill data projects
Attend Meetings & Other Duties
- Attend meetings as assigned (e.g., Emerson Collective, CRED); attend other meetings as appropriate (e.g., funder, community, regional coordination, etc.)
- Other duties as assigned
Qualifications & Competencies
- Bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, public policy, statistics, computer science, or a closely related field required; advanced degree preferred
- A minimum of one year of relevant data analysis/research experience required
- Experience working with statistical programming languages (Stata or R experience strongly preferred) and/or data science packages (Panda, sklearn, Spark)
- Strong quantitative skills required
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines required
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required
- Ability to work both independently and as a team member required
- Ability to work carefully with sensitive and confidential data required
- Strong communication skills and ability to present to various stakeholders
- Local/national knowledge and understanding of crime and violence, and well-read on research literature (violence reduction strategies, policy, etc.) preferred
- Research design and methodology understanding and/or field experience
Chicago CRED is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.