Portland Public Schools is looking for a Data Manager to join our curious and dedicated district team in supporting strategic use of data from our student information system and local and state assessments. In this high impact position, the Data Manager will play an integral role in shaping our data strategy. We are looking for a data systems champion, who enjoys diving deep into data sets, uncovering valuable insights, and championing a data-driven culture. S/he will oversee our district reporting platform, help build out our data infrastructure, ensuring access to decision-makers at all levels. The ideal candidate will be an analytical, resourceful problem-solver and a skilled collaborator and communicator.
Apply by 6/30/17 here.
- Support new data initiatives (Schoolzilla, Insights survey of teacher engagement, Social Emotional Learning outcomes reporting) in order to grow more strategic data, assessment and reporting approaches that help schools reflect, learn and take action based on data insights.
- Support the district’s academic goals by monitoring data quality and enabling increased and timely access to relevant information on student demographics, performance, and attendance.
- Maintain, support and enhance existing and new district academic data tools, keeping the end-user in mind.
Responsibilities: Data Systems and Data Analysis:
- Use Tableau, Google Apps, Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services, MS Excel, Powerpoint, or other tools to customize and create powerful, sustainable and user-friendly dashboards, reports and analyses to drive data-driven decision-making.
- Design, build, and implement new data tools that respond to key strategic questions including self-service reports, visualizations, and custom data capture within the existing student information system.
- Manage state reporting requirements and regular district reports as assigned, ensuring timely and accurate reports using the district’s student information system.
- Provide data support for student information system integration with academic 3rdparty software on an ongoing basis, as well as supporting new implementations.
- Execute complex data pulls as needed for both compliance and academic purposes.
- Develop and maintain clear documentation to ensure consistency of data definitions and procedures around data collection and reporting.
- Complete ad hoc data analysis requests in a timely and efficient manner.
Build Capacity and Data Literacy:
- Develop training for teachers, staff and senior leaders on how to effectively use data dashboards.
- Help schools troubleshoot academic data reporting issues in a way that builds their internal capacity, developing training tools for the most common issues.
- Work closely with Director of Data, Research and Assessment to grow the district’s capacity to make data driven decisions that improve student outcomes.
- Collaborate with a district data team of school-based representatives to plan and prioritize short-term and long-term analytics needs.
- Assess the quality of user experience for dashboards and tools and refine products as needed.
- Broad-based knowledge of data management systems
- Excellent analytical skills, including a strong ability to communicate insights from data that school-based people can understand and take action on
- Highly effective collaborator, including the ability to work well with a diverse range of stakeholders
- Top notch technical and organizational skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work with people in an instructional support capacity and in a school setting
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Standard Query Language (SQL), Tableau, Excel
- Familiarity with common student information systems used in Maine, specifically Infinite Campus
- Experience with other student performance data systems such as NWEA, NECAP and SAT are also preferred
- Degree in Information Technology or demonstrated experience with data systems
- Commitment to PPS mission and a belief the district’s comprehensive plan goals (achievement, whole student, equity and people)