Somerville Public Schools
Employment Opportunities


Somerville Public Schools
Somerville, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3359036 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: September 3, 2020 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Biogen STAR Data & Evaluation Specialist

Job Goal: Somerville Public Schools is looking for a Data & Evaluation Specialist for the district’s STAR (Science, Teacher support, Access and Readiness) initiative. The STAR Initiative was launched in 2018 by the Biogen Foundation, which invested $10 million over four years in order to catalyze the development of local STEM ecosystems in Cambridge and Somerville.

STAR is intended to strengthen and support the educational landscapes in these cities by helping increase access to STEM resources and opportunities for students most underrepresented in STEM college or career pathways. While employment in STEM fields is growing, students from under-resourced communities are disproportionately unexposed to and unprepared for STEM careers. STEM Enrichment opportunities are limited, and primarily directed towards students already equipped with a history of academic success and access to professional networks. The STAR initiative addresses this disparity by supporting the development of a coordinated network of organizations that help students from economically marginalized communities develop and sustain their interest in STEM, gain necessary STEM exposure and enrichment opportunities, and successfully transition into post-secondary education in pursuit of STEM careers.

•Use student data to create reports of data requested by program partners.
•Create and/or manage comprehensive student datasets; merge data from disparate sources and update data on a regular basis. This may include working with staff to design a method to capture program participation and inputting student participation information into this system.
•Develop methods, tools and technological supports to enhance communication and data sharing between SPS and Biogen STAR Partners. Create dashboards to help district and partner programs engage in inquiry around data.
•Participate in monthly and quarterly Biogen STAR Liaison meetings as well as weekly check-ins with SPS Data Coordinator and SPS Out-of-School Time Coordinator.
•Work with Root Cause and the STAR Liaison subcommittee to identify valid data analyses, which examine the impact of Biogen STAR partner programs on students (attitudes, confidence, self-identity in STEM as well as school attendance, academic performance, etc.)
•Assist with reporting to the Biogen Foundation at least once each school year.
•Support other STEM/secondary data-related projects in the district as needed and to be decided at the discretion of the SPS Data Coordinator and as time allows.
•Support coordination and the administration of data collection tools, surveys and data collection efforts throughout the calendar year. Data collection tools will include assessing impacts on students and educators.
•Documenting and reflecting on data management and reporting processes and making recommendations for scale-up.

Data Skills:
•Experience using analysis tools such as Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, Microsoft Access, or other online data tools
•Experience cleaning datasets, using formulae, and conducting descriptive analysis, including running basic statistics such as averages, medians, and means
•Ability to use basic statistical techniques such as chi-square tests or odds ratios
•Ability to answer questions about datasets with data reports, charts, tables, or other visualizations
•Ability to manipulate databases to produce reports for a variety of audiences
•Experience with and knowledge of analytical tools for decision-making
•Willingness to learn about and adhere to state data policies, particularly those related to data privacy.

Interpersonal/Management Skills:
•Attention to detail
•Ability to think strategically and communicate thoughtfully; excellent written and oral communication skills
•Ability to be flexible and change direction as needed
•Comfort working as part of a team with ability to work independently to complete specific tasks

Terms of Employment:
•This position will be grant funded through June 30, 2021 and will have a flexible schedule from Monday through Friday.

•The individual will be paid at a rate of $43 per hour up to a maximum of 19 hours per week. Hours required to work for the 2020-2021 year will be 798 hours and yearly salary cannot exceed $35,000.

Position Reports to: Educational Data Analyst

Applications are only accepted online through School Spring.

Please do not mail or email resumes. Only resumes that are submitted through School Spring will be considered.

Should you need assistance with the online application process, please contact the Human Resources Office via email at

Somerville Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Somerville Public Schools actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds. Grade level and content licensure is required when applicable. Dual licensure including SPED, ESL, ELL, or bilingual licensure and/or proficiency in a language or languages other than English is preferred.

Position Type: Part-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Somerville Public Schools!

Education - Inspiration - Excellence are the themes that characterize the instructional services, departments and programs of the Somerville Public Schools. Our Mission: The Somerville Public Schools is dedicated to the realization of the full intellectual, physical, social, and emotional potential of all students. Our talented team of teachers and other professionals provides every student with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be successful throughout their lives. This is accomplished through the delivery of innovative instruction guided by the Massachusetts Curriculum and Somerville Curriculum Frameworks, and supported through partnerships with organizations such as Primary Source, and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach at Tufts University.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Somerville Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

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    Contact Information
    Jason Behrens
    8 Bonair St
    Somerville, Massachusetts 02145
    Phone: 617-625-6600