Data Specialist

  • Adler University
  • Chicago, IL 60602, USA
  • May 02, 2022
Full time Computer & Web Services, Info Technology

Job Description



Under the general guidance of the Data Manager, the Data Specialist will leverage their education and experiential knowledge to inform best practices for data collection and analysis. The Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice is dedicated in its mission to further alternatives to mass incarceration and creating solutions to reduce violence in the city. To this effort, the Data Specialist will support the evaluation processes and offer technical assistance services to our collaborative partners.

The Data Specialist leverages industry knowledge and best practices to promote the mission and vision of the IPSSJ department and the institution. Supports culture development and management efforts.



  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy or social services-related fields required.
  • Master's Degree in Public Policy or Social Services OR minimum two (2) years of increasing levels of experience in data monitoring, cleaning, and analysis for varying audiences.


Certifications/Licenses: CITI Training Certification required



  • Ability to consistently identify opportunities for improvement and make recommendations based on observations
  • Strong demonstration of alignment with Adler's social justice mission and vision
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving and visioning acumen
  • Ability to proactively identify challenges and barriers to stated objective and employ assistance in addressing these
  • Strong collaboration acumen and abilities
  • Demonstration of Emotional Intelligence and professional maturity
  • Proficient and functional knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Strong research acumen and abilities
  • Strong communication acumen including written, oral, and listening
  • Experience is using SPSS, Qualtrics or other software
  • Experience in data collection and management
  • Proven ability or education in spatial analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative, team setting. Mobility to travel throughout metropolitan Chicago is required.


Supervision (if applicable):  N/A


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership in data monitoring, analysis and program/project outcome evaluation for a dynamic group of restorative justice organizations. 
  • Assures outcome/evaluation results feed program development. 
  • Facilitates program data collection, monitoring and outcome measurement and evaluation practices.
  • Collaborates with the Data Manager to interpret results and define strategies to improve service delivery and assure that program goals are attained.
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to program partners at all levels in areas of program development, outcome measurement, and program evaluation.
  • Assists in developing annual goals and plans for Evaluation responsibilities.
  • Represents the agency with outside organizations, including coalitions, non-profit entities and others on matters related to outcomes and evaluation.
  • Continuously increases knowledge base around essential functions, through conferences, meetings, training and other learning opportunities.
  • Quarterly board reports and other reports as needed
  • Coordinates students, executes and markets two simulations at IPSSJ
  • Other duties as assigned.


Work Environment (Physical Demands):  The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires 80% sitting, 10% walking, and 10% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.


Universal Core Behaviors:


  • Effectively expresses oneself in all oral and written communications.
  • Exhibits good listening and comprehension skills.
  • Keeps others informed, as well as responds, in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrates match between words and actions.
  • Responds with tact, diplomacy, respect and composure when dealing with others.
  • Promotes the spirit and essence of the School's Vision, Mission, Values and Key Strategies through both verbal and written communication.

 Teamwork and Collaboration:

  • Cooperates with others toward the achievement of common goals.
  • Seeks consensus and win-win solutions to problems and conflicts.
  • Contributes actively and participates fully in team initiatives.
  • Puts the success of the team above own interests.
  • Builds and maintains constructive work relationships.

 Responsive to Change:

  • Supports changes in the work environment.
  • Displays a proactive, problem-solving approach toward work.
  • Committed to life-long learning by continuously increasing skills, knowledge and effectiveness.
  • Actively seeks and initiates creative and innovative solutions.
  • Exercises sound, accurate and informed independent judgment when needed.

 Quality-Driven and Accountable:

  • Results-oriented and committed to quality through continuous process improvement.
  • Eliminates ineffective activities and closes performance gaps.
  • Anticipates and responds to customer needs.
  • Monitors own performance, accept responsibility for actions and actively seeks feedback.
  • Meets deadlines and completes projects and activities in a professional, timely manner.
  • Seeks opportunities to increase productivity and/or reduce costs while maintaining the highest quality standards (fiscally responsible).

 Support of Vision, Mission, Values, Key Strategies:

  • Supports and models the School's Values of social interest, compassion, justice, respect for the individual, honors diversity and difference, intellectual rigor, optimism and collaboration.
  • Articulates the School's Vision, Mission, and Key Strategies in a way to educate others.
  • Demonstrates active commitment in advancing the School's Vision, Mission and Key Strategies.
  • Exhibits personal integrity, honesty, zeal and compassion.
  • Aligns work processes to advance the school's strategic plan and key strategies.


Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of Adler University that all persons are entitled to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) protection. The University does not discriminate against any individual for employment because of age, religion, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status (including unfavorable discharge from the military), or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

 As part of Adler's equal employment opportunity policy, Adler will also take affirmative action to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces service medal veterans, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.


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