Data Team Manager

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  • A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. The cover letter should be included in the same document as your resume and should specifically address your interest in this position and highlight related skills and experience.

  • This is a two-year term-limited appointment dependent on continued grant funding.

  • The Ford School is committed to providing a positive and inclusive work environment. This includes providing employees with flexible work opportunities.This position will be expected to work in the office 3 days/week.


The University of Michigan Youth Policy Lab, a research center sponsored by the Ford School and the Institute for Social Research, helps community and government agencies make better decisions by evaluating and strengthening programs intended to address some of our most pressing social challenges. Further, we believe that the wellbeing of youth is intricately linked to the wellbeing of families and communities, so we engage in work that impacts all age ranges. Using rigorous evaluation design and data analysis, we work closely with partners to build a future where public investments are based on strong evidence, so all Michiganders have a pathway to prosperity. For more information, please visit us at  

The Youth Policy Lab is looking for a Data Team Manager to oversee our data operations.You will analyze a variety of large administrative data sets obtained from various government, education, and nonprofit partners with the goal of evaluating critical and relevant social policies and programs in Michigan. Additionally, you will supervise data analysts on the YPL team and develop necessary data quality and security protocols for YPL where existing University and institutional protocols do not already exist. You will report to the Executive Director, as well as both faculty co-directors Dr. Brian Jacob and Dr. Robin Jacob. 

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off

  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting

  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance

  • Life insurance

  • Long-term disability coverage

  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

  • Paid parental leave


  • Oversee the collection, processing, and analysis of a wide range of quantitative data

  • Supervise and ensure the professional development of junior data analysts

  • Establish data requirements for new research projects

  • Ensure the secure handling and disposition of sensitive data

  • Develop and maintain best practices, protocols, and tools for working with administrative data (e.g., workflows, Stata & R functions, templates)

  • Provide support to research teams on research design and interpretation of research results

  • Assist in writing up data analysis methods and analysis results 

Required Qualifications*

  • Five or more years of experience with data management and statistical programming

  • Experience with the research data lifecycle, from acquisition through disposition

  • Experience with a data language, such as Stata (preferred), R, SQL, or SAS.

  • Familiarity with the use of relational databases (e.g., Oracle, MySQL)

  • Experience with social policy and quantitative research methods

  • Two or more years of experience mentoring, coaching, or supervising junior staff

  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to explain technical topics to nontechnical colleagues and other audiences

  • A graduate degree in statistics, economics, public policy, computer programming, or another relevant field

  • Commitment to principles of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. For more information on the University’s commitment to these principles, please visit:

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with data visualization and graphics

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

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