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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

In order to receive full consideration for your application, please submit your bid within the first few calendar days of this posting.  UM job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days and the SSW may start the review/selection process as early as the third day after posting. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period (7 days) has ended.

Job Summary

The Child and Adolescent Data Lab of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work is an applied research center focused on using a data-driven approach to inform policy and practice decisions in child welfare and juvenile justice. The Child and Adolescent Data Lab began in 2015, with a mission to harness the power of data to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, adolescents and their families. The Child and Adolescent Data Lab exists to:

1.    Connect and analyze administrative data across agencies to help inform policy and practice
2.    Produce and disseminate useful products that advance the knowledge base 


This Data Analyst will participate in all aspects of the data process and in any or all Child and Adolescent Data Lab projects. In collaboration with faculty and staff, the Data Analyst will:

  • Participate in a data team that receives, manages and analyses large administrative data sets
  • Perform a wide range of data cleaning procedures and preparing data sets for various kinds of analyses
  • Develop static and interactive data visualizations using state of the art tools and recognized best practices
  • Create systems to ensure data quality and maintain security
  • Communicate with stakeholder groups with both technical and non-technical backgrounds
  • Assist with coordination of logistics and discussion topics for data administration meetings

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in computer science, biostatistics, mathematics, statistics, engineering or related field 
  • 2 years’ experience working in a research environment with a primary focus on quantitative data  
  • Must be highly proficient with R, RStudio, Git, and GitHub and have experience using these systems for performing a wide range of tasks related to data cleaning and management
  • Experience creating data visualizations using ggplot and tableau
  • Knowledge of reproducible report writing using R-Markdown 
  • Experience addressing a wide range of data security issues, including secure transfer protocols, data encryption, and storage
  • Experience working with child welfare and other social service administrative data
  • Knowledgeable about how children and families move through social service systems
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate data trends to public policy audiences   

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree preferred, preferably in social work, social sciences, public health, biostatistics, health informatics or related field

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.