Senior Data Analyst - Education Studies - Virtual

Rockville, VA
Aug 15, 2022
Aug 18, 2022
Education, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat's Education Studies Practice is seeking a senior data analyst to work closely with a multidisciplinary research team conducting education research and evaluation projects. In this role you will use your excellent analytic and communication skills and strong attention to detail to support Westat's project work.

Job responsibilities
  • Provide technical support to project staff by working with programmers and statisticians on education research
  • Write programming specifications for analysis
  • Develop restricted-use files and documentation
  • Check data fields, web programming specifications, and data from online surveys
  • Coordinate with statisticians to review sampling and weighting plans
  • Conduct quality control for data deliverables
  • Assist in developing analysis plans
  • Contribute to report writing
  • Contribute to proposals for new projects

Basic qualifications
  • Master's degree in a social science field (e.g., economics, public policy, sociology, education, psychology) and 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience working with large-scale data sets and conducting statistical analyses with software packages (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, or Stata)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required by contract

Preferred qualifications
  • Training in research methods and basic knowledge of sampling and weighting
  • Experience working with large-scale federal education K-12 data sets, such as EDFacts, Common Core of Data, Consolidated State Performance Reports, or Civil Rights Data Collection.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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