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Data Specialist
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Chicago Public Schools | Chicago, IL
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Job Description

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that all students - in every school and every neighborhood - has access to a world-class learning experience from birth, resulting in graduation from high school, college and career-ready.

The Data Specialist will be responsible for managing the collection and evaluation of key financial and operational performance metrics to ensure that the Department of Nutrition Support Services (NSS) is on track to deliver a best in class school nutrition program. This is a senior level analyst position which will play a vital role in developing, tracking and presenting key performance indicators and related trends to help guide business process improvements and inform strategic decision making

Principal Accountabilities:

* Assist the NSS Business Manager with the analysis and presentation of key financial and operational metrics, including creating and maintaining dashboards, business / financial reports and presentations for senior leadership.

* Perform daily data abstraction from the electronic point of sale (POS) system to track, measure and analyze participation trends, meals per labor hour and other key nutrition industry performance metrics.

* Evaluate complex data sets for structural integrity and consistency. Identify trends and anomalies in the data collected to understand and resolve sources of data inaccuracies.

* Track, analyze and summarize trends, for presentation to senior leadership and other key internal and external stakeholders.

* Produce weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting on financial and operational metrics with minimal oversight.

* Develop and maintain a cost accounting model to track performance at the school-level.

* Build and maintain a database of the department's kitchen equipment. Recommend and implement process improvements for tracking asset acquisitions and disposals via the district's asset tracking system, TipWeb.

* Collaborate with business and subject matter experts to identify and resolve additional data needs.

* Participate in maintaining the child nutrition programs' fiscal integrity by monitoring, tracking and auditing claim submissions, departmental revenues and compliance with accounting and grant-related processes and procedures, recommending and implementing sound fiscal activities and internal controls as needed.

* Support the NSS Finance Team by conducting financial transactions (such as purchasing and cash handling activities) in support of daily operations as needed.

* Mentor and train junior analysts and interns on data collection, integrity and analysis as needed

Job Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess strong business acumen and analytical skills with the ability to combine qualitative and quantitative analysis in developing inferences used to improve operating performance and inform strategic decision making. The qualified candidate will have the ability to:

* Manage and analyze data to create business intelligence.

* Work with large, complex data sets and complete descriptive and predictive analysis in a fast-paced environment with minimal oversight.

* Provide data-driven ideas for business solutions and strategies.

* Apply critical thinking and moral reasoning to the analysis and interpretation of data.

* Write professional reports and business correspondence as well as draft and effectively present information to senior leadership.

* Communicate insights using business terms and creative data visualizations.

* Experience in supporting and assisting in the strategic planning process.

* Experience in leading the implementation of cross-functional projects.

* Familiarity with grant and/or contract administration, preferred.

* Experience with cash collection and point of sale (POS) systems across multiple locations is a plus.

* The ability to interact with all staff levels as well as vendors, industry partners and the general public with a high degree of professionalism.

Required Skills:

The Data Specialist is required to possess:

* Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to conduct trend analysis, identify issues, mitigate risks and make sound recommendations.

* Proficient in SAS (preferred) or other statistical software (e.g., SPSS, SQL, Stata, etc.)

* Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word and PowerPoint) and Google applications.

* Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence others without having formal authority.

* Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.

* Integrity and tact when dealing with confidential information and sensitive situations.

* A wide degree of creativity and independent thinking.

* Familiarity with statistical analysis and related concepts are a plus.

Type of Education Required:

A Bachelor's degree (B.A or B.S.) in data analytics, economics, accounting or finance is required. A Master's degree or MBA is strongly preferred.

Minimum Experience and Number of Years Required:

* 3-5 years of progressive experience in data analytics, financial modeling or similar analytical roles.

* Knowledge of basic analytical concepts with the ability to conduct historical analysis and make future projections (e.g. volume, financial statements, economic data, consumer preferences, headcount).

* Experience in project management concepts, practices and procedures with demonstrated experience in successfully creating and modifying processes.

* Flexibility; willingness to work evenings and weekends and travel to various CPS sites as needed.

* Knowledge of Oracle (e.g. Hyperion) and PeopleSoft ERP systems are a plus.

Residency Requirement:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of his or her hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.