Job Opportunity: Education Data Analyst / Data Strategist with the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University

Position: Education Data Analyst / Data Strategist (“SDP Data Fellow”)
Location: Multiple US Locations (see below)
Compensation: $75,000 – $90,000 annual salary plus benefits
Duration: Summer/Fall 2023 through Summer 2025 (with potential options for continued employment)

Join a powerful, growing community of over 500 forward-thinking data advocates and leaders across more than 38 states and 240+ education organizations. The Strategic Data Project (SDP) is an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The SDP Fellowship program helps school system leaders use data and evidence in strategic decision-making to improve public education. By placing fellows in school systems and education organizations across the United States, SDP provides a unique entry point for passionate quantitative researchers and data strategists who want to make a difference.  

The SDP Fellowship is a unique opportunity, combining full-time employment as an education data analyst/data strategist at an SDP-approved partner organization (a school district, state education agency, postsecondary system, non-profit, etc.) and two-years of intensive in-person and virtual professional development, training, and mentorship to build your toolkit as an education data leader. As a fellow, you and your host agency will develop clear priorities and plans for using data and build organizational willingness to use data for decision-making. Over the course of two years, fellows participate in a series of tailored workshops, both virtual and in person, to develop their measurement, leadership, communication and education policy skills. Training is delivered by Harvard-affiliated researchers and practitioners and fellows are supported by faculty advisors, Fellowship alumni mentors, and their colleagues across the SDP network. 

Learn more about past fellows’ work by visiting the SDP blog. In the past, fellows have tackled strategic data projects in one of the following focus areas: 

  • program evaluation 
  • data visualization 
  • early warning indicator systems 
  • data management governance 
  • survey design and analysis 
  • data dashboards 
  • student pathways and postsecondary success 
  • educator quality, pipeline, and training   

Fellows are paid an annual salary of $75,000-90,000 USD plus appropriate benefits by their placement organization. Salary is commensurate with experience and must be negotiated with the host organization. The Fellowship lasts two years (Summer/Fall 2023 through Summer 2025) with the possibility for longer-term employment.


Fellowship placements are available in various locations across the United States and shift from year to year. SDP is currently selecting placement organizations. A sample of currently available locations/projects includes:

  1. California: A state-level partner organization in California is looking for a fellow to support standing up their new state longitudinal data system. The ideal candidate has a solid understanding of large-scale interoperability with data and is excited to work closely with various stakeholders.
  2. California: A postsecondary organization in the Los Angeles area seeks a fellow to help dig into the influence of the pandemic on postsecondary instructional practice and student outcomes. The ideal candidate is comfortable with large-scale administrative data, an interest in community colleges, and experience with quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  3. Delaware: A returning SDP partner organization in Delaware seeks a candidate highly skilled with SQL and predictive analytics and an interest in communicating about data to nontechnical audiences to support a project around teacher pipelines and postsecondary CTE.
  4. Georgia: A school district in the Atlanta area seeks a fellow to help develop a culture of program evaluation and begin evaluating resource allocation and implementation. This candidate should have program evaluation experience, an interest in relationship-building and stakeholder management, and an interest in data visualization.
  5. New Jersey: A school district north of Newark seeks a fellow to support data use around grades and credit completion to guide students to graduation. The ideal candidate should have familiarity with Python and/or SQL as well as stakeholder management and relationship-building skills.
  6. Maryland: higher education institution located near Baltimore and Washington DC; more information forthcoming
  7. North Carolina: A school district near Greensboro seeks a fellow to support mixed methods research and program evaluation around COVID-19 academic recovery. The ideal candidate should have strong relationship-building, communication, and organizational skills.  
  8. Georgia: A returning SDP partner and school district in the Atlanta area seeks a fellow to support equity-oriented research and evaluation efforts; more information forthcoming
  9. Remote: A national nonprofit seeks a fellow to distill trends from administrative data on school performance and student achievement. The ideal candidate is proficient with merging and identifying insights from large datasets, skilled with data visualization, has excellent attention to detail, and is excited and energized when it comes to change management.
  10. New York: postsecondary agency near Albany; more information forthcoming
  11. Oklahoma: school district located in the Tulsa area; more information forthcoming

This list is subject to change and additional placements/locations will be added soon! Candidates who successfully progress through the SDP Fellowship selection process will learn more details about available placements.


The Strategic Data Project seeks candidates who possess: 

  • a strong background in applied quantitative analysis
  • an advanced degree (Master’s or higher) completed by summer 2023 
  • at least four years of relevant full-time work experience by summer 2023 (waived for those with a PhD)
  • a demonstrated passion for education reform and improving outcomes for all students
  • a track record of collaboration, humility, and ability to guide change 
  • an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit     
  • flexibility, adaptability, and persistence 
  • ability to communicate complex information to various audiences in written, verbal, and visual formats

*** We are unable to provide visa sponsorship ***

Benefits of the SDP Fellowship

  • Two-years of full-time employment with annual salary + benefits, with potential for continued employment
  • Mission-driven analytic work, tackling high-impact challenges in the education sector
  • Network of talented life-long colleagues and peers in the education data field
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • In-person and virtual workshops, learning modules, and conferences (travel + lodging included)
  • Active network-wide slack channel
  • Word class mentorship from faculty (Harvard + other institutions)and SDP fellowship alumni
  • Global alumni network
  • Pathways to leadership

The Application Process

Upcoming Deadline:

  • Applications are due by March 23, 2023 at 9:00am ET
  • Applications will be reviewed following the Round III application deadline on March 23, 2023 at 9:00am ET 
  • Analytic Task: due April 3, 2023 
  • Virtual Screening Interviews: April 17-21, 2023
  • Final Virtual Selection Day Interviews: May 3 + May 4, 2023
  • Placement interviews: Spring/Summer 2023

Additional May 2023 application deadline to be announced.

Following each application deadline, we will invite successful candidates to move through the selection process. This process includes a technical analytic assignment, a virtual screening interview, and a virtual interview day. Candidates who are selected from the virtual interview day will interview remotely or on-site at an SDP partner organization. After receiving and accepting an offer from a placement, fellows are welcomed to the fellowship.

Please follow the link to complete the online application:  SDP Online Application

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