Data Strategist

Data Analytics · Sacramento, California
Department Data Analytics
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $93,000

Data Strategist

  • Location: California
  • Type: Full-time


CORE Districts is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising student achievement through collaboration among eight California school districts.  CORE is in an exciting phase of program growth and development, and we are seeking a Data Strategist to support our Data Collaborative.

CORE’s Data Collaborative serves close to one third of California’s students.  Our work focuses on strengthening the collective efficacy in school systems and improving outcomes for students, especially those students that have been traditionally underserved. 

The Data Strategist will report to the Program Lead for Data and Analytics and will work closely with CORE’s program leads, participating districts, and analytical partners to support data needs in CORE's portfolio.  We are seeking a proactive learner who is passionate about CORE’s mission, has analytical  and project management experience in education, and who will thrive in our dynamic startup environment. The Data Strategist must effectively manage numerous responsibilities at a given time and be available for travel. 

This is a remote position with approximately 10-15% of time spent traveling (mostly within CA).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Data Strategist’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

Partner Management

  • Collaboratively identify (district/county/charter management organization) partner needs, potential roadblocks, and possible solutions with respect to data analysis, reporting and use
  • Identify opportunities for CORE to better serve our partners through innovation, efficiencies, and connections across various projects
  • Serve as the intermediary between CORE’s analytical partners and our school system partners to ensure timelines & expectations are met
  • Co-create written documentation and data visualizations, such as policy memos, reports, and presentations, that will be shared externally with partners
  • Provide in-person and virtual training on CORE’s analytics, data tools, and data interpretation

Project Management 

  • Facilitate internal and external meetings to drive work forward through in-person meetings, phone calls and video conferences
  • Ensure project documentation is organized and thorough to foster organizational learning at CORE as well as with our partners
  • Manage project timelines and deliverables
  • Support and innovate on internal systems and process development for the CORE data team

Project Data Support 

  • Provide data collection, processing, and visualization support for CORE's improvement projects 
  • Provide professional learning for school and district leaders in using data for school improvement

Business Development 

  • Identify new partnerships and  find ways to deepen existing partnerships as needs arise
  • Manage the proposal creation and submission process for possible data grant/RFP opportunities

Key Skills and Dispositions

  • Ability to create new, and curate/improve existing measurement tools and processes for improvement
  • An innovative and entrepreneurial mindset willing to push the boundaries of what is possible in education data use to support K-12 education
  • Ability to think strategically about complex issues as they arise, including weighing competing options and acknowledging the importance of context
  • Effective decision-making skills, including knowing when to act and when to check in with others
  • Ability to set, meet, and enforce deadlines, and ability to delegate appropriately
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and high level of comfort communicating one-on-one or in groups of both internal and external constituents
  • Comfortable with both taking initiative and self-managing toward goals and sharing responsibility in a team-based, highly-collaborative environment 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and willingness to cope with and embrace uncertainty and change
  • Willingness to continue to learn every day at work and to admit mistakes and step outside of your comfort zone
  • Willingness to travel


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • 2-3 years in a role related to data and analytics 
  • Knowledge of measurement in the context of education
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques used in education policy analysis and/or knowledge of analytic reporting and product development
  • Working knowledge of statistics and data processing tools such as R, Stata, SAS or SPSS, and data visualization tools such as Tableau, Power BI and Looker 
  • Specific experience in an improvement science context is a plus
  • Experience coaching and training others is a plus

CORE is committed to maximizing the diversity of the organization, we are working to recruit a team that reflects the diverse student populations it serves. 

Equal Opportunity Employment

As an equal opportunity employer, CORE recruits and hires with a commitment to understand systemic oppression and the lived reality of people with marginalized identities. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and multicultural individuals, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ communities. We also recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their resume. 

Interview Process

Applicants selected from a first round review of resumes will be invited to participate in a virtual interview where they will respond to a set of questions recorded through the Sparkhire virtual platform. Finalists from this round will be invited to participate in a live virtual interview with a panel of CORE Districts staff members.  Interviewing candidates will be invited to bring or share an artifact at the interview which demonstrates their ability to process, interpret, and visualize data. The panel will make a recommendation for a final interview with the Program Lead for Data and Analytics, who will make the hiring recommendation to CORE’s CEO.


CORE Districts is a non-profit organization. We will offer a firm and highly competitive starting salary of $93,000 for this position. This position is subject to an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), an opportunity for a year-end bonus, and career progression opportunities. CORE is committed to equity, and we do not engage in starting salary negotiations.  We have found that salary negotiations have the potential to create equity gaps between equally qualified and experienced employees based solely on negotiation skills. We are committed to ensuring that all of our employees start off with fair and highly competitive salaries. 

Employees at CORE enjoy a generous total compensation package. This includes health benefits with an employer contribution, a quarterly health reimbursement program for out-of-pocket medical expenses, a 401k retirement plan with an employer match, paid family medical leave, a flexible PTO policy, a monthly cell-phone reimbursement program, and a professional development allowance. Please note that benefits are subject to change each year. We strive to make improvements to our benefits offerings on a regular basis.

The organization provides all employees with a company laptop and other accessories upon hire.


CORE Districts is a 501c3 nonprofit collaborative serving as a hub to school districts working together to improve student achievement through highly productive, meaningful partnership and shared learning at the superintendent, central office, school and educator levels.  Currently, eight school districts serving more than 1 million students participate in the collaborative: Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Ana Unified.  Together, our districts share a fundamental belief that all students can achieve at high levels.  Powered by data, innovation, research, and continuous learning, the eight CORE districts are collaborating to solve inequities in our education systems to ensure that every student has what they need to thrive. As an organization, CORE exists to operationalize the multidistrict collaboration and seeks to be a catalyst for change, powered by continuous improvement.

CORE believes that if it can support the improvement of specific outcomes by developing continuous improvement structures, mindsets and routines that foster learning at both the district and site levels, then districts and schools will make progress toward producing more reliable, equitable outcomes for their students.

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  • Location
    Sacramento, California
  • Department
    Data Analytics
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