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Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow (Multiple US Locations)

Join a powerful, growing community of over 500 forward-thinking data advocates and leaders across more than 38 states and 240+ education organizations. 

The Strategic Data Project (SDP) is an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The SDP Fellowship program helps school system leaders use data and evidence in strategic decision-making to improve public education. By placing fellows in school systems and education organizations across the United States, SDP provides a unique entry point for passionate quantitative researchers and data strategists who want to make a difference.  

SDP Fellows are placed in full-time roles at host agencies including school districts, charter management organizations, state education departments, institutions of higher education, postsecondary systems, foundations, and education nonprofits. As a fellow, you and your host agency will develop clear priorities and plans for using data and build organizational willingness to use data for decision-making. Over the course of two years, fellows participate in a series of tailored workshops, both virtual and in person, to develop their measurement, leadership, communication and education policy skills. Training is delivered by Harvard-affiliated researchers and practitioners and fellows are supported by faculty advisors, Fellowship alumni mentors, and their colleagues across the SDP network. 

Learn more about past fellows’ work by visiting the SDP blog. In the past, fellows have tackled strategic data projects in one of the following focus areas: 

  • program evaluation 
  • data visualization 
  • early warning indicator systems 
  • data management governance 
  • survey design and analysis 
  • data dashboards 
  • student pathways and postsecondary success 
  • teacher quality   

NOTE: Fellows are paid an annual salary of $75k-90k plus appropriate benefits by their placement agency. Salary is commensurate with experience and must be negotiated with host agency. The Fellowship lasts two years (Fall 2023 - Summer 2025) with the possibility for longer-term employment. Although the location of this posting is Cambridge, MA, fellowship placements are available in various locations across the United States and shift from year to year.

SDP seeks candidates who possess: 

  • a strong background in applied quantitative analysis, 
  • an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) by summer 2023 
  • at least four years of relevant work experience by summer 2023 
  • a demonstrated passion for education reform 
  • a track record of collaboration, humility, and ability to guide change 
  • an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit     
  • flexibility, adaptability, and persistence 
  • ability to communicate complex information to various audiences 

Application Timeline: 

Round I - Closed

Round II:
  • Applications open October 26, 2022; applications reviewed following January 18, 2023, deadline. 
  • Memo assignment due: January 30, 2023 
  • Phone Screens: February 6-10, 2023 
  • Selection Day: February 28 – March 1, 2023 
  • Placement interviews: Spring 2023 

Additional rounds TBA. 

How to Apply: 
Please follow the link to complete the online application: SDP Online Application

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