POSITION SUMMARY
ASCD is embarking on an ambitious journey to re-establish its place as the leading provider of quality content for educators in a digital world. Success on this journey will require leveraging data as a strategic asset across the organization. As a data strategist, you will be an instrumental part of constructing the data ecosystem that enables teams across ASCD to succeed.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Build
  • Extract, clean, and connect data across many systems
  • Develop visualizations that clearly convey critical insights
  • Develop reports that support organization leaders, team leaders and staff to make critical decisions
  • Develop dashboards and reporting tools that provides a self-service location for the ASCD team to efficiently answer their own data related questions
  • Automate data related processes to save time and improve the experience

Collaborate
  • Work as part of a cross-functional team to deliver high-quality analytical tools/resources
  • Work with Product Owners and business leaders to identify data gaps and propose solutions
  • Communicate technical/data design alternatives, limitations, and benefits
  • Audit new and existing implementations, identify gaps, and recommend improvements
  • Articulate and advocate industry and department best practices
  • Make internal recommendations to help improve and streamline the technical and architectural processes
  • Improve your skills and the skills of your colleagues through pairing sessions and regular collaboration

QUALIFICATIONS
We understand that the qualifications section of a job description for a technical position can read like a laundry list of every framework, language, tool, and buzzword the hiring manager has ever heard (and yes, we have that list below). While the skills and experiences identified below are important, there are three qualifications that we believe are most critical in this role (and any role on this team).
  • Humble – You are quick to share credit, praise others freely, and sometimes even forego credit due to you in the interest of celebrating the team’s collective win. You demonstrate strong alignment towards the team’s goals and prioritize collective wins over individual ones. You are self-confident, but not arrogant.
  • Hungry – You are intrinsically motivated, diligent, and have a strong desire to do more by going above and beyond. You do not have to be pushed by their managers to perform; you are constantly looking for more responsibility and thinking about the next step and the next opportunity (for the team).
  • Smart (emotional intelligence) – you ask good questions, listen to what others are saying, and stay engaged in conversations intently. You exercise great judgment and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and are fully aware of the effect your words will have on the team.

Experience
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in data science/analytics role
  • Proven history of developing great data-related tools and resources

Skills and Abilities
  • Experience working in R, Python, or another statistical programming language/package
  • Experience automating connections of data from across multiple systems
  • Experience creating visualizations in R and/or Python
  • Experience translating technical data concepts to a variety of audiences
  • Experience creating dashboards in PowerBI
  • Ability to communicate data findings in a clear and concise way
  • Ability to identify critical questions that may not be asked for directly by business unit leaders
  • Experience creating automation workflows (data in one system triggering events in another system)
  • Experience working with APIs
  • Experience working with delivery methodologies (eg. Waterfall, Agile - Scrum, SAFe, DAD)
  • Understanding of working with ML and ML APIs
  • Continuously enhancing creative and technical skills
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Experience in customer-facing roles
  • Excellent communication skills

WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • Normal demands associated with a deadline-driven office environment.
  • The noise level is generally quiet to moderate.
  • Daily contact with external customers, vendors, colleagues, associates, supervisors, and staff at all levels of the organization

PHYSICAL DEMANDS
  • Ability to communicate and exchange information with others.
  • Ability to perceive and inspect records in a document management system.
  • Ability to operate general office equipment.
  • Ability to lift, carry, move, or position objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

This position description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

Key Position Designation: Certain positions are essential to providing immediate and continuing support for operations or support functions during an emergency or building closure. Employees who hold these positions may be required to work (at their worksite or remotely) when other employees are not required above. Please refer to the General Information section above to determine whether this position is considered a key position.
 
[i] These three qualifications come from the book The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni and the summary of each one used in this job description was adapted from this article.

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