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Data and Policy Analyst

About Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures works to improve the well-being of children and families. Building Bright Futures (BBF) is Vermont’s Early Childhood State Advisory Council (SAC) mandated by Vermont’s Title 33 Chapter 46 and the federal Head Start Act. BBF serves as a statewide backbone organization, bringing early childhood stakeholders together to work collectively toward a coordinated, collaborative, and integrated early childhood system. BBF maintains the vision and strategic plan for Vermont’s Early Childhood System. Vermont’s vision for the Early Childhood system is to be an integrated continuum of comprehensive, high-quality services that is equitable and accessible and will improve outcomes for each child in the prenatal period to age 8 and their family in Vermont. BBF has a multi-tiered infrastructure consisting of 12 Regional Councils and 7 committees that move the Vermont Early Childhood Action Plan (VECAP) forward; both of which inform the priorities and recommendations from the SAC. This network links community-based and state level planning and program development with the SAC. 

About the position

The Data and Policy Analyst will join the Data and Policy Team and the Vermont Early Childhood Data and Policy Center at Vermontkidsdata.org to meet our goal of making data-informed decisions in Vermont’s early childhood system. Using evidence to inform policy is a key component of how we can improve the well-being of children and their families across Vermont. Vermontkidsdata.org is a critical tool for answering policy questions by centralizing data from the complex early childhood system. The Data and Policy Analyst will support BBF in all data and evaluation activities, policy and early childhood data integration efforts, and some administrative tasks directly related to our data efforts. Detailed responsibilities are listed below.

The Analyst position is a full-time grant-funded (guaranteed 2-year) position, with a competitive salary and flexible work schedule. Candidates would need to be available for regular meetings and events during the workday and occasional evenings and weekends. They must have the ability to travel to support the work of the BBF statewide network. This is a home-based position with the option to work in BBF’s Williston Vermont headquarters. The Analyst receives supervision from the Research and Data Director. 

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range $52,000-$54,000 annually. Benefits include generous paid time off, healthcare insurance, dental insurance, and retirement.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Data and Evaluation
    • Collectively develop data gathering tools (surveys, focus groups, interviews), and support the analysis, and interpretation of both quantitative and qualitative data
    • Identify data and trends to support key priorities and policies nationally and statewide
    • Support the development of data briefs, the State of Vermont’s Children (BBF’s annual flagship data report), data requests, and evaluation efforts to support continuous quality improvement (CQI)
    • Continuously update data, indicators, and content on Vermont’s Early Childhood Data and Policy Center through partnership with Agency Data Stewards and the Research and Data Director
    • Communicate with stakeholders, speakers, and data stewards about upcoming data initiatives and webinars, including Early Childhood Grand Rounds
  • Policy and Early Childhood System Integration
    • Support the development of policy guidance/recommendations, reports, and publications
    • Identify and monitor state and national priorities and policies
    • Support the development and drafting of formal testimony and informal policy and advisory briefs 
  • Administration and Operations
    • Serve as the BBF staff member supporting the Data and Evaluation Committee 
    • Work with BBF Leadership team compile data for grants and funding proposals
    • Support Data Team in documenting the impact of the Building Bright Futures Network through survey development and streamlining processes

Desired Expertise

  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience with public speaking and facilitation. Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to create positive, trusting, professional relationships with diverse colleagues internal and external to the organization.
  • Action: The ability to think strategically with a high degree of creativity, initiative, self-directed problem-solving, and independent judgment.
  • Data: Experience with qualitative data methods, including information gathering through focus groups and interviews, and thematic analysis preferred.
  • Policy: Understanding of public systems that serve children and families preferred.
  • Education: Bachelor or Master’s Degree in public health, political science, community development, child development, maternal and child health, social policy, or related field. 
  • Tools: Experience with, or an ability to quickly adapt to technology that supports collaborative and virtual work including Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Slack, Zoom, NVIVO, and SurveyMonkey preferred.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references by Monday, Sept. 19 at midnight. Please send application materials as one PDF labeled: lastname_firstname_Analyst to: kmobbs@buildingbrightfutures.org. Position is open until filled. 

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