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Data Analyst - Philanthropic Analytics

About GG+A - our mission is advancing yours
GG+A is a full-service philanthropic management consulting firm with 60 years of industry-defining leadership in helping our clients realize the full potential of their missions through the growth of philanthropic support. Our primary mission is to assist our clients in the substantial improvement and acceleration of their fundraising programs. We seek to align those programs with the institution’s core mission and ensure their sustainability.

GG+A is an international resource for data-driven best practices in all areas of advancement, including fundraising, engagement, communications, and advancement services. We provide counsel to a global constituency of nonprofits, specifically in the areas of higher education, academic medicine/healthcare, independent schools, arts and culture, select humanitarian institutions, and a range of charities and nonprofit organizations.

GG+A embodies a high-performance and entrepreneurial culture. We are client-centric, rigorous, creative, and data-driven in our practices, and committed to responding swiftly and effectively to client needs and requirements. We offer a challenging environment and seek intelligent, energetic, and self-motivated individuals who are achievement-oriented and have high integrity.

The Data Analyst, Philanthropic Analytics is responsible for supporting client projects and ensuring they move forward. The person in this position is responsible for the following: data analysis and building visualizations of data which can be clearly and effectively communicated to clients, coordinating project workflow and deliverables throughout the life of multiple client projects, communicating with and coordinating activities of multiple project teams, compiling project data, learning and performing data analytics, drafting client presentations and reports, drafting or editing correspondence, conducting occasional benchmarking, and other duties as required. The Data Analyst liaises across the firm and partners with DonorScape colleagues in visualizing DonorScape data within Tableau, Excel and PowerPoint slides for inclusion and delivery in client reports.

The Data Analyst will be passionate about the mission of the firm, live the core values established by leadership, and support a high performance culture that engages, motivates and focuses the firm’s consulting talent in pursuit of profitable growth.

Key Responsibilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned.

Data Analysis
  • Extract appropriate internal and external data from websites, databases and/or other sources
  • Utilize established templates to transform, analyze, and report the data through relevant tables and charts
  • Provide custom analysis in collaboration with consultants and senior staff as required
  • Translate data analysis and visualizations into client-ready reports and presentations
  • Provide meticulous ongoing quality assurance of data, analysis, reports, presentations and other deliverables to ensure correct, complete and relevant results
  • Include work colleagues in best practice advances
  • Share knowledge in technical skill areas with work colleagues, making a positive change and measurable difference to GG+A and client projects.

Project Support/Management
  • Provide coordination to client team projects under the direction of the lead project consultant(s);
  • Follow up with clients, colleagues, and vendors to ensure timely completion of projects and throughput of workflow
  • Assist in developing final reports and presentations, assuring the firm's best-in-class quality standards.
  • Prepare and maintain timelines, organizational charts, and project spreadsheets
  • Collaborate and communicate with team members
  • Discuss project deadlines with other GG+A colleagues as part of the project team and ensure that work is prioritized appropriately
  • Manage time efficiently to ensure availability to meet project team’s expectations for work assignments
  • Ensure deliverables follow GG+A style, format, and best practices’ standards.
  • Take proactive role in communicating assignment deadlines to team members and ensuring deliverables are prepared and submitted within determined timeframe
  • Provides administrative support on study projects, including drafting self-study/request for materials documents; developing study manuals with timelines and draft collateral materials; assisting in the development of questionnaires; coordinating documents; assisting with itineraries, background, and interview materials; and providing overall coordination of tasks for study projects

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate education in a quantitative field, social science research, information sciences or related field is highly desirable
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience with at least 1-year direct experience in project/program support
  • Experience and demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel (formulas, v-lookups, pivot table, charts etc.) required
  • Experience with Tableau (visualizations, crosstabs, dashboards etc.) preferred
  • Experience in higher education, nonprofit, or fundraising preferred
  • Experience programming survey software, such as Qualtrics, preferred
  • Demonstrated experience supporting projects or programs (can be from academic setting)
  • Deep commitment to GG+A mission and extraordinary work ethic
  • Desirable attributes: Diligent, meticulous, detail oriented, curious, ability to switch priorities, collaborative and nimble
  • Occasional out-of-town travel may be required, though the staff member will work primarily from GG+A’s headquarters in downtown Chicago

Communication and Relationship Skills
  • Demonstrate the mission, vision, values, and culture principles of GG+A 
  • Ability to establish, cultivate and nurture high value relationships across the organization, and with clients
  • Demonstrate motivated initiative with a “can-do” approach for results-oriented outcomes
  • Demonstrated pride in teamwork and outcomes
  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to provide highly valued client-service for both internal and external clients, with focus on continual improvement
  • Ability to read and comprehend instructions from written and oral sources 
  • Ability to write clear, effective, and accurate business correspondence
  • Ability to effectively present information to top management, employees, the public
  • Demonstrated clear and concise written and verbal communication
  • Demonstrated comfort presenting to internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English fluently

Math and Analytic Skills
  • Data analysis and experience developing visual depictions of data trends
  • Ability to understand mathematical relationships and formulas

Reasoning Ability
  • Ability to work independently and know when to seek guidance from leadership
  • Good deductive and inductive reasoning skills
  • Demonstrated ability to use diplomacy and tact in all communication, written and verbal
  • Ability to identify problems and determine the best course of action for their resolution, including knowing when to communicate and engage others
  • Ability to think analytically and proactively solve problems
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle multiple projects demonstrating structured organization and astute attention to detail
  • Demonstrates sound discretion, professional judgement, and business ethics in decision making

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.
  • Ability to use office equipment such as computer, keyboard, mouse technology
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet exacting deadlines
  • Repetitive motion activities such as heavy typing and using a mouse
  • Ability to adjust focus quickly from one medium to another
  • Attend any/all project meetings and in-person client meetings
  • Flexible hours may be required to accommodate global clients