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Child Care Policy Research Analyst

Position Title:
Research Analyst 2-Child Care Policy Research Analyst.

Job Description:
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Why apply with us?
Did you know that the State of Oregon is on the Forbes Top 500 list of America’s Best Large Employer’s? When you join us, you are joining a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service and impact the lives of children and families statewide.
At the Oregon Department of Education, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. 
  • Employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95% and pay a 6% employee contribution to PERS; the salary range noted above reflects base salary only.
  • We highly encourage healthy work/life balance and overall wellness for all employees. We proudly offer a selection of medical, vision, and dental benefit packages for employees and qualified family members with a very low monthly out-of-pocket cost. 
  • Benefits Include:
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" per year
  • 8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month
  • Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 8 hours per month, with increases every 5 years
  • In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and child care expenses.

Important Position Information:

We are excited to announce the opening of a Research Analyst 2 position. This is a Permanent, Full-Time position housed within the Early Learning Division (ELD) Policy, Legislative, and Research Team. ELD is a division of the Oregon Department of Education. Its mission is to support all of Oregon’s young children and families to learn and thrive. ELD values equity, dedication, integrity, and collective wisdom making a positive impact to benefit Oregon’s children and families.
The Policy, Legislative, and Research Team is collaborative and team-oriented. The nature of the work requires flexibility and adaptability to respond to urgent needs of the division, assisting colleagues and external partners. This often means being able to pivot quickly from one task to another, with rapid turnaround times for projects.

Overview of what you will do:

The purpose of the Child Care Policy Research Analyst is to collect, analyze and report on data related to child care and the child care system in Oregon, in order to support ELD reporting and policy-making. The person in this position will have a direct role in gathering and organizing data that will be used to inform policies that impact children, families, and the child care system and be working as part of a research team working to support data-driven decision making. In addition to holding a direct role in gathering research, they will also conduct research and data analysis in response to research questions identified by the ELD leadership and the ELD Child Care Policy team. 

In this role, you will gather, analyze and organize data for reporting related to the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) and work closely with the state CCDF Administrator to support CCDF reporting activities. You will be responsible for working with agency and non-agency partners to gather information and receive data, provide consultation and respond to requests for data related to child care in Oregon. 

What your responsibilities could look like (At-a-glance):

  • Become an innovator and creative problem solver. Identifying ways to increase access to child care, creating, using, and compiling data that will help families understand what resources are available and also gauge the impact of these policies.
  • Engage as an active participant, collaborator, and consultant. Partnering with external research teams, community-based organizations, education leaders, and agency team members to extract data, compile data, glean insights, and evaluate current practices and tools for efficiency and equity and inclusion standards,
  • Act as a data steward, policy evaluator, and project manager. Working autonomously and collaboratively, extracting data, cleaning data, analyzing compliance data. Using quantitative and qualitative assessments, researching and applying knowledge and understanding of policy, statutes, and legislative priorities to projects and bodies of work.
  • Utilizing statistical analysis and statistical software to support initiatives and programs that benefit the families and communities of Oregon. Providing a focus on statistical analysis, scrubbing and cleaning data, transitioning data to charts and graphs, providing progression analysis, and presenting findings in a clear and concise way.
  • Developing strong working relationships inside and outside of the agency. In an effort to contribute to a positive, respectful, and productive work atmosphere. Through actions and words, you would demonstrate integrity, work ethic, and empathy to positively influence team members. As well as consistently treat customers, stakeholders, and co-workers with dignity and respect.
  • Fostering a work environment that is welcoming and respectful of diversity by cultivating equitable practices across all aspects of your position by learning and applying knowledge of cultural differences related to research and data analysis across our workplace and community and encourage that perspective with all staff.

For a full description of this Research Analyst 2 role please visit this link.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree in any discipline that included six-quarter units in statistics or quantitative analysis methods and procedures;
OR

  • Three years experience as a research assistant comparable to the work of a Research Analyst 1; or two years experience using computer applications to help gather, compile, analyze, and report information and statistical data.
  • In addition to the above experience requirements, some positions require one or more of the following: (Depending on the position, the amount of education will vary and be decided by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment.) College-level course work in elementary statistical or quantitative analysis methods and procedures.

Candidates who are the most competitive will possess the following skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Familiarity with using statistical software (e.g., R, Python, SPSS) for data management and analysis, data management experience (i.e., scrubbing, cleaning, organizing), visualizing data as tables, charts, and graphs, experience producing written and oral summaries of data, experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, experience with project and task management.
  • Experience in data, reporting analysis, and interpretation using research techniques, methods, and procedures that include methods of collecting and compiling statistical data. Including familiarity with statistical software (e.g., R, Python, SPSS).
  • Experience in technical report writing using effective technical narrative and statistical reports, including presenting findings and conclusions to a diversely skilled audience.
  • Understanding of various computer concepts and applications such as query and reporting tools, spreadsheet, word processing, database, and statistical or quantitative analysis software.
  • Understanding of research design, varying use of web-based software, database design.
  • Experience in survey design forms for gathering and reporting data, conducting surveys to gather and compile data, analyzing results, and reporting results in a logical, clear, and concise manner.

How to apply:
To start your career with ODE, follow the “Apply” link above and attach a resume and cover letter, and answer any additional supplemental questions. Failure to attach a cover letter and resume may result in disqualification of your application. Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience, making you the best candidate for the position. 

  • External candidates- Please make sure to attach all required documents, listed above.
  • Internal candidates- Attach your documents in the section titled Resume/Cover Letter. Please contact ode.jobs@state.or.us if you have any questions about the application process. 

Additional Application Information:

  • The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce. The Department strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed.  If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.  
  • Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources. You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.
  • Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference in employment by submitting the following documentation as verification of eligibility: 
  •  A copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215), or 
  • A letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service-connected pension
  • Disabled Veterans also must submit a copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214 or 215. To be considered for preference, you must upload the proper documentation as part of your applicant profile by the application deadline. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources
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  • Background Check - This position is subject to a Criminal History Background check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification. 
  • The Oregon Department of Education does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, all applicants will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's Form I-9, confirming authorization to work in the United States. The Oregon Department of Education is an E-Verify employer. If you are the successful candidate you must present your I-9 acceptable documents (See page 3) for employment verification.
  • This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.
  • This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of Oregonians, apply today!

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