First 5 LA,

Data Strategy Specialist

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Among First 5 LA’s greatest assets is our workforce. We take pride in the expertise and passion each employee brings to our goal of achieving positive and sustainable outcomes for Los Angeles County’s children prenatal to age 5.

Through the talent and commitment individually and collectively extended by the agency’s staff, we advance our mission and strategic plan to work in partnership with others to strengthen families, communities and systems of services and supports so all children in L.A. County enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life.

Human Resources & Talent Management within First 5 LA is integral to this collaborative foundation, helping to drive long-term goals, understanding the business of the agency and encouraging the diversity of thoughts, experiences and backgrounds.

Our ongoing role is to identify, develop and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce and we welcome your interest in advancing our mission, strategic goals and values.

We are rooted in a collaborative culture that fosters a healthy, safe and productive work environment for employees, their families, and the agency and honor our commitments by conducting business in a manner that promotes fairness, respect, honesty and trust.

About this job

Salary Range:

$69,900.00 To 104,800.00 Annually

Mandatory Telework, Travel, and California Residency Requirements

To ensure the health and safety of our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, our employees continued to work remotely from home through the end of 2021. Subject to changing public health conditions, First 5 LA plans to transition to a hybrid work organization beginning in 2022. At that time, this position may require travel locally, statewide, and nationally, as needed.

First 5 LA does not permit employees to work remotely outside of California. Upon acceptance of an offer from First 5 LA, we require proof of California residency. If the residence is located outside of the Greater Los Angeles area, an employee working remotely must provide assurance that they will be able to begin working onsite in the First 5 LA building when we transition to a hybrid work organization. Remote work is subject to the changing needs of the organization and is at the sole discretion of First 5 LA.

Mandatory Vaccination Requirements:

First 5 LA requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are entitled to a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.


The Office of Data for Action’s (ODFA) work involves advancing an organization-wide data strategy, which articulates First 5 LA’s data priorities and the efforts to address those priorities, in order to drive system change efforts, measure progress, and optimize effectiveness. Under the direction of the Senior Data Strategist, the Data Strategy Specialist is responsible for the conceptualization, technical oversight, and facilitation of data use from data projects that emanate from and support the Data Strategy. In addition, the Data Strategy Specialist provides consultation and support to teams across the organization on measurement and data issues.

The successful candidate will have technical expertise coupled with the ability to flexibly shift to accommodate real-world circumstances; will be a highly-motivated self-starter; and have the communication and collaborative capabilities to cultivate a culture committed to connecting data with strategy and using data, learnings and insights for action.

Roles & responsibilities


The Data Strategy Specialist is expected to exemplify the adopted organizational values of collaboration, integrity, learning, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the execution of their key areas of responsibility:

Key Areas of Responsibility:

Organization-wide data strategy

Leadership on organization-wide data projects

Best practices in measurement, evaluation, and research

Essential Duties:

Organization-Wide Data Strategy

Supports the development, implementation and refinement of the organization-wide data strategy that articulates First 5 LA’s vision for using data to advance the strategic plan and reflect organizational priorities

Provides thought partnership to determine the most appropriate approaches to address data priorities balancing the need for rigor with feasibility in terms of organizational resources and capacities, and the external context

Promotes the accessibility and utilization of data and insights from the Data Strategy to drive system change efforts through a data dashboard, stakeholder conversations and other tools and processes

Supports efforts to track program/operational indicators and utilize various data sources to monitor progress toward the First 5 LA’s strategic plan progress and operational goals

Periodically conducts analysis of existing internal and external secondary datasets that support First 5 LA’s programmatic, systems change and policy efforts

Leadership on Organization-Wide Data Projects

Leads the conceptualization of data-related investments that support the entire organization. Leads the refinement of existing data projects to ensure alignment with the Data Strategy to address prioritized data needs

Leads procurement and management of organization-wide data projects, including providing guidance and oversight to consultants

Promotes the accessibility and utilization of data and insights from organization-wide data projects

Facilitates the convening of internal and external stakeholders to discuss findings, share insights, build common understanding, identify implications and generate recommendations

Provides communication, coordination, and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to achieve organizational goals

Best Practices in Measurement, Evaluation And Research

Applies technical expertise to make recommendations to First 5 LA leadership on indicators, data sources and technical approaches to assess and monitor progress of First 5 LA’s 2020-2028 Strategic Plan

Makes recommendations and provides technical assistance, feedback, resources and tools to teams across the organization in support of measurement, evaluation, research and other data-related efforts

Promotes policies and practices that facilitate access to high quality data obtained through primary data collection, grantee and contractor reporting, and external entities

Proactively identifies opportunities to use lessons from measurement, research and evaluation projects to inform organization-wide learning

Remains abreast of current best practices and trends in the field(s) by reviewing professional publications, attending related conferences, meetings and other events, and sharing learnings with the organization broadly

Represents First 5 LA in external measurement, evaluation, data development, data sharing, and research efforts as appropriate

Mentors student professional workers and/or interns within the Office of Data for Action as appropriate

Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are designed to provide typical examples of the work performed; not all duties and responsibilities assigned are included here, nor is it expected that all similar positions will be assigned every duty and responsibility.


Job Specific Competencies

Content Knowledge: Knowledge of research and evaluation design and implementation with a variety of methodologies; understanding of and commitment to culturally relevant measurement, research and evaluation; knowledge of the scientific method and applied hypothesis writing for research projects; knowledge of research and policy trends and best practices in early learning and care, home visiting, and early identification and intervention; understanding of the evolving role of measurement, research and evaluation in effective grant-making and social change in learning focused organizations; ability to conduct surge research about trends in the evaluation field (theory, practice, best practices, emerging trends)

Measurement and Utilization: Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to identify learning priorities for an evaluation project that are responsive to stakeholder needs; ability to use learning priorities to select the appropriate research or evaluation framework that will yield timely and actionable information; ability to design research questions, data collection strategy, analytical plans and reporting plans; ability to adapt research or evaluation designs in response to changing context, priorities, and/or stakeholder needs; proficient in qualitative and quantitative data analyses to observe and share trends with stakeholders; demonstrated ability to communicate (both written and verbally) complex information in an accessible and compelling manner to diverse audiences; ability to use visualization tools including dashboards and presentation formats to help others metabolize and use data; ability to consume technical research and translate relevant findings into plain language for a variety of stakeholders

Adaptive Leadership: Is flexible and accepts change as part of the organization’s evolution; embraces complexity and uncertainty and is nimble enough to shift direction as needed; open to feedback and welcomes a variety of viewpoints; encourages creativity and innovation aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities; able to communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing, in varied settings and different audiences

Strategic Management: Able to manage projects of various sizes, complexity, resources, levels of risk, and timelines in a highly organized manner and with attention to detail; able to navigate internal and external constraints and address workload issues within and across teams; demonstrates effective administrative planning and prudent management of resources

Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates self-awareness, humility, empathy, and personal accountability; has a temperament that inspires trust, collaboration, and partnership between individuals, teams, and levels of leadership; ability to navigate divergence, find common ground among team members, and resolve conflict diplomatically

Organization-wide Competencies

Commitment to organizational mission and values: Mission-driven and self-directed, with a demonstrated passion for First 5 LA’s work to strengthen families and improve child outcomes; strives to model organizational values through daily actions and behaviors

Possesses Customer-Focused Mindset: Is aware of and considers relevant internal and external stakeholders and their needs (customers); identifies solutions to be responsive to stakeholder needs; considers impact when executing daily tasks

Collaborative: Collaborates with peers to drive results in alignment with organizational and operational goals in support of the organization’s mission; is able to work in cross-functional teams; is able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, public officials and the general public

Communicates Effectively: Communicates effectively both written and oral; demonstrates active listening and comprehension; selects and uses appropriate communication methods to keep others appropriately informed; able to tailor messages appropriately to various audiences

Demonstrates Integrity and Judgment: Follows through on commitments letting others know of their true intentions; ensures decision-making or recommendations are fact-based and others understand the decision/recommendation before moving forward; considers the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one

Demonstrates Critical Thinking: Applies critical thinking, logic and reasoning to effectively think through problems and information; identifies relative strengths and weaknesses of options, solutions or approaches

Demonstrates Strategic Thinking: Considers issues and relationships relevant to achieving long range goals or vision; identifies alternatives based on logical assumptions, facts, available resources, constraints, and organizational values to layout several points of view on a course of action to accomplish goals

Demonstrates Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Supports equal and active participation and mutual respect; supports participation of people and groups with diverse identities, races, ethnicities, abilities, characteristics, cultures, socio-economic statuses, opinions, and beliefs; continuously challenges assumptions, and is mindful of unconscious bias, and leverages differences; understands historical and current context and root causes of inequities within society, systems and institutions; actively involves and reflects with the community First 5 LA serves.


Minimum of five years of related experience conducting evaluation, research, measurement and/or data projects preferred

Experience working on research and evaluation projects that focus on one or more of the following areas is highly desired: maternal/child health, early childhood education, systems change evaluation, public health, mental health, child welfare and development, place-based evaluation, and process improvement

Experience facilitating stakeholders through a process resulting in prioritized learning topics preferred

Experience supporting the development of data sharing and data use agreements preferred

Familiarity of the landscape of social, educational, and health services for young children and families in L.A. County preferred

Experience in conducting original research using large-scale public-use data files, including playing a primary role in conducting relevant data analyses for such projects preferred

Demonstrated skills in writing, facilitating and public speaking

Ability to communicate persuasively, both orally and in writing, in varied settings and different audiences


Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in psychology, education, human development, sociology, economics or a related field preferred

Computer Skills:

Proficiency in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

Proficiency in data visualization software (such as Tableau), and/or GIS software (ArcView) preferred

Proficiency using SPSS, SAS, STATA, or other statistical software

Proficiency in web-based collaboration and/or meeting platforms (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Sli-do etc.)

Ability to use widely supported internet browsers

Ability to quickly learn how to operate new systems and applications

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations:

Valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

Valid automobile liability insurance

Travel Requirements:

This position will be remote during the calendar year 2021. When staff return to on-site work, this position requires travel locally, statewide and nationally as needed

Vaccination Requirements:

First 5 LA requires that all covered employees provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee will sit, talk, hear and use hands up to 2/3 of the time. The employee will stand and walk up to 1/3 of the time. The employee is routinely required to carry and/or lift up to 10 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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