Data Strategist

Job | Posted 3 months ago
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North Chicago Community Unit School District 187

Human Resources Department


Position Description


POSITION TITLE: Data Strategist  


REPORTS TO: Superintendent 


PRIMARY FUNCTION: Supports the mission of the district to empower each child to write their own story of success, and to prepare each child, academically and socially, to pursue and realize their unique purpose. The Data Strategist will support the Superintendent by providing strategic data analysis support to improve student outcomes and the effectiveness of schools, programs, and district initiatives.



  1. Education:

  1. Required –  Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Business, Education, Psychology or a related field or equivalent training and work experience is required.

  2. Preferred - Master’s Degree in a related field 

  1. Experience:  

  1. Required – Three (3) years of statistical analysis experience or quantitative research experience in an educational setting. 

  2. Preferred - Two (2) years project and team management leadership experience.



  1. Ensures school leaders and school teams are able to access and respond to performance data; 

  2. Identify implications of school and performance data and make strategic recommendations to the District leaders; participates in key district decisions through the presentation of related performance data

  3. Guide schools in strategic planning by grounding decision-making in outcome data; provides training to school teams on data analysis protocols

  4. Liaise with District leaders on school metrics and analysis, and uses data in real-time to develop and execute aggressive improvement plans focused on school leadership, teacher PD, and student intervention; 

  5. Support school Principals Instructional Specialists in setting goals and selecting appropriate measures to monitor the progress of school-based programs; 

  6. Serve as data expert and resource in understanding and accessing data systems; 

  7. Support Deputy Superintendent in communicating school performance to families and communities; 

  8. Develop program evaluation protocol for critical district programs

  9. Support development of school improvement plans and implications for professional development and resource allocations.  

  10. Management of Data Analysts 


  1. Participate in District committees and external professional organizations.

  2. Attend seminars, workshops, and professional meetings.

  3. Complete other duties as assigned.



  • Strong analytical and data management skills, including the ability to combine complex data sets, identify and conduct appropriate analyses.

  • Ability to communicate data and methodological details clearly and accurately to non-technical audiences.

  • Strategic thinker that is able to generate actionable insights and make recommendations to instructional leaders to improve instructional practice.

  • Knowledge of critical issues in education and understanding of education performance data.

  • Wide knowledge and understanding of data collection methodologies, analysis, principles, and techniques.

  • A logical approach to researching and analyzing opportunities.

  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and project management skills, with good attention to detail.

  • Ability to build trusting relationships and function effectively with internal Departments, external partners, administrators, and school-based staff.

  • Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening, and writing; good technology skills.

  • Possess a track record of success as demonstrated by superior academic and professional achievement



  • Proficient computer skills including Google Apps

  • Work effectively with data and research to develop and assess district strategies that increase student learning



  • Handle confidential information professionally.

  • Ability to use discretion and exercise sound judgment.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

  • Good organizational and time management skills.

  • Evidence of dependability, integrity, and a strong work ethic

  • Ability to take the initiative, work independently, meet deadlines, follow complex directions, and adapt to changing demands, activities, and workloads



  1. Achievement focus

  2. Cultural competence

  3. Classroom environment leadership

  4. Collaborative communicator/team player

  5. Reflective learner 

  6. Innovative 




Manual Dexterity: Work requires definite skilled and accurate physical operations requiring some closely coordinated performance.


Physical Effort: Work required handling average weight materials or equipment, but not for sustained periods.


Working Conditions:  The usual and customary methods of performing the job functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.


TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  Full-Time – 12-Months 


SALARY RANGE:  Regionally competitive, plus benefits


EVALUATION:  Conducted annually by the Superintendent.


This description has been prepared to assist in properly evaluating various classes of responsibilities, skills, working conditions, etc.  It is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and characteristic levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title.  It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities. Nor is it intended to limit, or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision.  Scheduling flexibility is required to accommodate changing school/district needs.  The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.  


The North Chicago Community Unit School District #187 is an Equal Opportunity Employer with established policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin,  sex, sexual orientation, age, ancestry, marital status, arrest record, military status, the order of protection status, unfavorable military discharge, citizenship status provided the individual is authorized to work in the United States, use of lawful products while not at work, being a victim of domestic or sexual violence, genetic information, physical or mental handicap or disability, if otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job with reasonable accommodation, credit history unless a satisfactory credit history is an established bona fide occupational requirement of a particular position or other legally protected categories.  The Superintendent of Schools/designee (847-689-8150) addresses questions regarding student discrimination, and the Director of Human Resources (847-689-8150) answers questions concerning staff discrimination.

CREATED: March 2019



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North Chicago C.U.S.D. #187

2000 Lewis Avenue , North Chicago, IL 60064

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2000 Lewis Avenue , North Chicago, IL 60064