Data & Policy Analyst

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is funded for a period of two years and continuation of the position beyond two years is contingent on funding.




8 West 126th Street
New York
New York
United States


The Education Trust–New York (ETNY) seeks a full-time Data & Policy Analyst. They will develop and conduct data and policy analyses to inform and support the organization’s policy agenda, with a focus on early childhood and higher education.

About the organization:

The Education Trust–New York (ETNY), is a nonpartisan, data-driven nonprofit education advocacy organization. We are fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students—from early childhood through college completion—particularly for students of color or living in poverty. Through both research and advocacy, our goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people—especially those from low-income families or who are Black, Latino, or American Indian—to lives on the margins of the American mainstream. We work alongside parents, educators, policymakers, and community and business leaders transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. ETNY serves as the New York State affiliate of the national Education Trust, which is headquartered in Washington D.C., and includes additional state offices in California and Michigan.

Major responsibilities:

The Data & Policy Analyst’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and conduct data and policy analyses, with primary emphasis on early childhood and higher education trends in student access and outcomes, college affordability, and gainful employment. Use these analyses to demonstrate how policy proposals may play out in the field to inform the organization’s policy recommendations and identification of successful programs and practices.
  • Present analysis to internal and external audiences through PowerPoint presentations, reports, and web content.
  • Develop and maintain databases including data on educational opportunities, resources, and student achievement.
  • Work collaboratively with staff to monitor state, federal and local early childhood and higher education policy and quickly respond to legislative and regulatory proposals, inquiries from allies, and other rapid-response opportunities, to make the organization’s case in the media and beyond.
  • Read, evaluate, and summarize academic and policy research relating to the ETNY policy and advocacy agenda.
  • Develop protocols and conduct focus groups and interviews in support of ETNY research and advocacy.
  • Respond to requests for data and information from website visitors, researchers, community members, and other users of ETNY materials.

Qualifications and experience:

We are looking for a combination of the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least 2-3 years of experience designing and conducting education policy and data analysis, preferably on early childhood (birth to 5) and/or higher education-related issues.
  • Demonstrated experience with using data to support policy development.
  • Experience with and knowledge of state and national education datasets and the ability to perform detailed quantitative analyses of large data sets using Excel and STATA statistical analysis software.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, with an emphasis on understanding research methodology and statistics, quantitative analysis and interpretation.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in developing analyses, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting findings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to present quantitative data to lay audiences (including experience with PowerPoint).
  • Possession of a master’s degree, or equivalent in education, public policy, or related field.
  • Demonstrated track record of operating at a high level and following through on commitments.
  • Passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for low-income students and students of color, and an unwavering belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them.
  • Self-starter mentality and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Goal-oriented, project-oriented, and achievement-oriented.


The Education Trust–New York offers a comprehensive benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to Please use “Data & Policy Analyst” as the subject line for your e-mail. We review applications on a rolling basis. Only candidates being scheduled for interviews will be contacted.

Please note that finalist candidates will be asked to complete a performance task using a large data set.