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Data & Evaluation Advisor

Nov 8, 2021
seattle city
City of Seattle
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Position Description


The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL)'s mission is to ensure that all Seattle children have the greatest opportunity to succeed in school and in life and to graduate from school ready for college and a career. Currently, DEEL works to achieve this mission by administering the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy, among other programs, and acts as the City's liaison with Seattle Public Schools. As a representative of the Mayor and City Council, DEEL invests in programming to improve student outcomes and measures performance by tracking specific academic indicators. DEEL is a data-driven organization that practices ongoing quality improvement based on results.


In partnership with the Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS), DEEL is responsible for the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force (ECITF) Equity and Cultural Education Fund, which is one element of a $100M investment to improve disparate outcomes for Seattle’s Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. We are looking for a temporary Data & Evaluation Advisor who will support both departments in this work. Over the course of this one-year assignment, you will provide evaluation design specific to community-based cultural education, data collection, aggregation, analysis, and reporting in collaboration with colleagues from both DEEL and ARTS, as well as stakeholders with community-based organizations, ensuring the data quality through the entire data lifecycle.


The department strives to embed the City’s Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.


Job Responsibilities


Here’s more about what you’ll be doing:

  • Serving as a key data advisor to senior and department leadership, making recommendations that help shape policies and programs and their long-term impacts
  • Designing and implementing instruments to collect data through a range of methods, including existing data, surveys, interviews, observations, and focus groups
  • Developing data analysis plans, overseeing and conducting data management, coding, and analysis
  • Preparing polished deliverables (such as PowerPoint presentations, written reports, and visualizations) that effectively communicate program results and investment impact to internal and external stakeholders




You will be most successful if you have experience in providing community-based data capacity, technical assistance, and analysis. A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes must be at the center of your professional practice. The ability to communicate at all levels tactfully and effectively will also contribute to your success. You will need to comfortable communicating to internal and external audiences as a representative of elected officials or executives on significant issues for the purpose of garnering support, shaping opinions, advocating controversial positions, and achieving equity in educational outcomes. Specifically, you’ll be prepared to take on this role if you have:

Experience or Certifications in:

  • Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder
  • Data visualization, analytics, reporting, and data management
  • Advancing equity and justice through data analysis and presentations
  • Experimental design and protocols
  • Mixed-method education evaluation, using both qualitative (interviews and focus groups) and quantitative methods (survey analytics and advanced statistics) with an equity lens

The ability to:

  • Partner with internal and external stakeholders
  • Combine information from multiple sources and varying perspectives to make recommendations
  • Demonstrate cultural competence 
  • Present to audiences with varying levels of technology understanding 
  • Demonstrate strong communication and storytelling skills


Additional Information


This benefits-eligible temporary position is classified as a Strategic Advisor 1* and is expected to last 1 year with the possibility of extension. This position will require the ability to work a flexible schedule, as attendance at some evening and weekend in-person or virtual meetings will be required. DEEL supports the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer. If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.

The first round of interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 9, with the second round taking place on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.


To be considered for this benefits-eligible temporary position, you must submit your application, attaching both a cover letter and resume, at no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Education & Early Learning values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions, please contact Lindsey King at

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