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Director of Data and Analytics

Job Description: Director of Data and Analytics 

Texas 2036

About Texas 2036 

Texas 2036 uses data, research, and leading expertise to enable Texans to make informed decisions to ensure our state continues to be the best place to live and do business through its bicentennial in 2036 and beyond. Texas 2036 is achieving this mission through the creation of robust data resources, a long term state policy strategic framework, and a statewide, non-partisan coalition of Texans advocating for meaningful long-term policy solutions. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization seeking energetic individuals passionate about creating a long-term vision for the future of Texas and developing data-informed, pragmatic policy solutions to solve the state’s long-term challenges. 

Summary 

The Director of Data and Analytics contributes to the success of Texas 2036 by ensuring the robust, transparent, and effective use of data to inform policy, drive advocacy, and measure the performance of the State of Texas. The Director owns the creation and implementation of a strategic vision for the use of data in guiding state policy and action, both internal and external to Texas 2036, including the necessary strategy, governance, technical infrastructure, and human capital necessary to accomplish that vision. The Director cultivates strategic, data-oriented partnerships across the non-profit, for-profit, and governmental sectors that lead to novel, robust, and actionable uses of data focused on the most challenging issues facing Texas over the next two decades. The Director leads the Texas 2036 Data and Analytics team and oversees the development, maintenance, and evolution of all Texas 2036 data tools, products, and analyses developed by both internal staff and external vendors. The Director also ensures close coordination with other Texas 2036 teams to conduct data analyses and ensure alignment between data, policy, and communications efforts. The Director also represents Texas 2036 in a variety of external engagements, both data-related and not, including serving as a subject matter expert and spokesperson on data-related issues. 

Responsibilities 

  • Craft and execute a vision and strategy for the robust use of data in informing and driving state policy development 
  • Provide strategy and leadership for the design, development, and evolution of best-in-class data analyses and tools that make Texas data more accessible by a variety of stakeholders
  • Guide the development, implementation, and management of a data governance framework and associated policies and practices for Texas 2036 
  • Cultivate strategic data-oriented relationships across the philanthropic, non-profit, for-profit, and governmental sectors in the form of coalitions, collaboratives, and contractual relationships
  • Oversee the maintenance and evolution of all existing Texas 2036 data assets, tools, and products
  • Work closely with Texas 2036 state policy experts and consultants and Texas 2036 data team members to curate best-in-class data sources and datasets for various policy areas 
  • Collaborate with Texas 2036 communications and development team members to integrate data tools and resources into broader Texas 2036 communications and fundraising efforts including print, presentations, social, and web 
  • Represent Texas 2036 at various data-related meetings including statewide data collaboratives, philanthropic meetings, conferences, and meetings with Texas 2036 consultants and partners
  • Serve as a technical resource and subject matter expert on data-related issues both within Texas 2036 and externally with policymakers and partners 
  • Ensure a high quality user experience of all data tools and resources by guiding the development of support resources such as trainings, FAQs, quick reference cards, indexes, data dictionaries,etc. 

Responsibilities, cont. 

  • Manage all data-related Texas 2036 staff, budgets, vendors, contracts, grants, and workstreams to ensure high quality performance and compliance 
  • Performed all other duties as assigned 

Qualifications 

  • Desire to see Texas be the best place to live and work through 2036 and beyond 
  • Results-oriented attitude and entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced, collaborative environment while managing and prioritizing many simultaneous projects 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to summarize technically complex information for a non-technical and/or policy-oriented audience 
  • Highly-effective at building relationships and partnerships across sector, discipline, technical skill level, and demography to accomplish shared goals 
  • Demonstrated success in creating compelling, engaging, and accurate data analyses, tools, and products for a variety of audiences in both digital and print format 
  • Demonstrated experience developing data models involving regression, machine learning, feature selection, dimension reduction, and/or validation 
  • Extensive experience in data management and cleaning, syntax development, data documentation and tracking, and data reporting 
  • Significant experience working on data governance structures, policies, and processes
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Physics, Mathematics, Economics, or a related data-intensive discipline or equivalent mastery demonstrated by experience required. Master’s degree or higher in a data-intensive field preferred. 
  • 10+ years of large-scale data management, integration, and visualization project experience, including at least 5 years of leading such projects 
  • 5+ years developing novel, robust analyses of large, complex datasets 
  • 5+ years of experience directly managing data professionals, both employed and contracted
  • Proficient in sophisticated visualization and analytics tools and programming languages such as R, Python, JSON, Alteryx, SQL, JAVA, SQL, etc. 

Compensation and Benefits 

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Texas 2036 offers health, vision, and dental insurance, including employee premiums paid by Texas 2036, cell phone reimbursement, a 401k matching program, and a flexible time off policy. 

Location 

It is preferred that the Director of Data and Analytics works out of Texas 2036’s Austin office approximately three days a week and is willing to travel regularly (up to 30% of the time) to cities across Texas for meetings with various stakeholders, including board members, advisors, stakeholders, partners, and Texas 2036 colleagues. 

To Apply 

If you are interested in applying for the Director of Data and Analytics position, please send via email to A.J. Rodriguez (aj.rodriguez@texas2036.org) your resume as well as a cover letter addressing your interest in the position and how your experience aligns with the position’s responsibilities and qualifications.

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