Director of Analytics

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

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Data Science
Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024


UL Inclusive Economy Lab

About the Department

Founded in 2015, The University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab (formerly the Poverty Lab) conducts rigorous research that expands economic opportunity for those harmed by discrimination, disinvestment, and segregation. We partner with policymakers, community-based organizations and others to identify their most urgent and pressing challenges, co-generate evidence about what works, and translate findings into policy changes that end intergenerational poverty. One of five Urban Labs based at the Harris School of Public Policy, the Inclusive Economy Lab is led by Pritzker Director Marianne Bertrand, Chris P. Dialynas Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business.

Job Summary

The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for the statistical design, implementation, and publication of results from research projects. Creates strategies for the development and implementation of new innovative procedures in the areas of data collection, quality control, statistical analyses, and presentation of results.


  • Working with our Scientific Director and our Research Directors, ensure that we maintain our analytics excellence and adhere to the highest standards of scientific quality.

  • Manage and support a team of 10+ research analysts, overseeing analyst staffing and quality assurance processes and providing support and training to ensure the high quality of our analytic work.

  • Build and maintain our Lab’s analytic infrastructure, including identifying and managing needed process improvements and developing and maintaining analytic best practices and coding libraries.

  • Coordinate with Urban Labs and University of Chicago IT teams to support continual improvement and maintenance of a world-class secure data analysis environment to ensure our analytic staff have the software and hardware infrastructure necessary to meet the organizations analytic objectives.

  • Support our data partnerships team in maintaining existing relationships and grow new data partnerships in support of the organization’s scientific objectives.

  • Contribute to strategic conversations about which new projects and initiatives the Inclusive Economy Lab should take on.

  • Serve as the analytic lead on a small portfolio of Lab research projects as both an individual contributor for complex analytic tasks and supporting the work of more junior analysts on less complex tasks.

  • Support organizational strategic initiatives as appropriate.

  • Serve as a member of the Inclusive Economy Lab’s leadership team.

  • Develops analytics programs that guide both strategy and daily operations of several teams.

  • Manages the development of reporting universes and a data warehouse that adequately supports operational reporting needs as well as in-depth analysis.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Advanced degree in statistics, biostatics, social sciences, public policy, or other related field.


  • At least seven years of experience leading applied research projects.

  • Preference will be given to those with proven experience working with interdisciplinary research teams and agency and community stakeholders.

  • Expertise in all aspects of the research design, methods, and evaluation of research projects in the area of labor economics/social policy.

  • Expertise in machine learning strongly preferred.

  • Interest in finding and testing innovative solutions to social problems.

  • Content expertise in housing stability, financial security, or quality jobs strongly preferred.

  • Ability to engage thoughtfully with issues related to race, identity, and equity and work across difference.

  • Demonstrated experience working with communities that have experienced segregation and disinvestment strongly preferred.

  • First generation college students and those with lived experience in communities experiencing poverty and disinvestment are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Competencies

  • Strong background in mathematics and statistics.

  • Strong interest in and aptitude with advanced programming and analytic skills for working with administrative data.

  • Ability to train others and support professional development.

  • Proven ability to build effective systems and procedures in a dynamic research environment.

  • Ability to translate and convey complex concepts and study findings in oral and written communications.

  • Strong time management and project management skills with a success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities with little supervision.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships, and to work effectively in a collaborative research environment.

  • Proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor.

  • Track record delivering superior results and assuming leadership roles.

  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to proactively manage risks.

  • Demonstrated judgment and discretion in the handling of sensitive information

Application Documents

  • CV/resume (required)

  • Cover letter (preferred)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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