First Five Nebraska
JOB SUMMARY: Leads First Five Nebraska’s (FFN) research and data work
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Perform data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting on key data from multiple identified sources;
- Compute statistical and demographic data for public policy use;
- Present data to a wide variety of audiences including state legislators, public/private sector partners and other advocacy organizations;
- Synthesize relevant legislation and research as it pertains to FFN’s policy agenda, and regularly cooperate with our communications team to message that agenda across a variety of platforms;
- Present the results of data analysis and complex information in an accessible manner;
- Complete regular organizational progress reports;
- Maintain a working knowledge of the Nebraska Unicameral legislative process and become familiar with the state’s political landscape, especially as it relates to child development and well-being, education and economic development issues;
- Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of public administration, government operations and systems, including budgeting and revenues;
- Cultivate relationships with relevant state agencies and data sources;
- Represent FFN’s interest on Nebraska’s Early Childhood Data Coalition;
- Research and generate new data to advance early childhood policies based on identified gaps and trends;
- Conceptualize and participate in developing FFN’s strategic direction based on the state’s changing landscape;
- Recommend and lead improvement of systems to efficiently store, organize and retrieve data for internal and external use.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to exercise independent judgement and take an active role in recommending the use of research/data in early childhood policy;
- Strong written and oral communication skills – ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as research studies, professional journals, state and federal legislation, statutes, financial reports and state budgets;
- Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively;
- Ability to fact-check and verify data using primary and secondary sources;
- Anticipate data needs by identifying gaps/trends in current data sources;
- Ability to understand and interpret a broad array of statistical and economic data and demonstrate extreme attention to mathematical detail;
- Ability to perform secondary analysis on statistical data and interpret for elected officials, the media and the early childhood community;
- Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent to draw and interpret bar graphs; ability to add, subtract, multiple and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals;
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw conclusions dealing with a variety of variables, and anticipate likely results given multiple contingencies;
- Working knowledge of Nebraska’s political context and a commitment to promote FFN’s agenda in a non-partisan manner;
- Genuine interest in advancing public policy and improving the educational, social, and economic outlook for our state and its citizens;
- Grant writing skills a plus.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 15 college credits in math, statistics, and/or research-oriented coursework; master’s preferred
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience analyzing data required; understanding of early childhood development data preferred.
- While performing the duties of this job, you will be regularly required to attend and contribute to meetings (often requiring sitting, standing, walking, and analyzing information in team settings). Travel will sometimes be required to locations within and outside of the state and may include overnight stays.
- This is a full-time position based in Lincoln, Nebraska.