Data Visualization Specialist for Early Childhood Systems
Job ID: R0028723 | Data Analysis | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
The Preschool Development Grant Birth–5 (PDG B–5) and Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Project (VKRP) within the UVA School of Education and Human Development seek a Data Visualization Specialist for Early Childhood Systems at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). This position (remote-only available) will assist in analysis and reporting needs, as well as using data for systems improvements, to help our team offer high-quality and equitable birth-to-five experiences for children across Virginia.

The PDG B–5 project is a state-level effort aimed at improving quality and access for Virginia's youngest learners. A large part of this work at UVA involves coordinating the design and implementation of the LinkB5 data portal as part of facilitating broader project goals centered around displaying and communicating data to various stakeholders. The ideal candidate has a connection to the mission of improving early childcare and education for all children, especially those in historically underrepresented and underserved communities.

VKRP is a partnership between the University of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Education, and school divisions across the Commonwealth. VKRP partners with the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) to provide a comprehensive picture of students' skills at the beginning and end of both pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. VKRP uses a web-based assessment and reporting system that provides critical data about young children's school readiness skills in the areas of literacy, math, social skills and self-regulation.

Job Description

Data Collection, Management & Analysis
  • Clean data sets in preparation for analysis independently or with a small team.
  • Data analysis: Independently conduct data analyses for both quantitative and qualitative data. Typically these will involve basic statistical methods to describe, analyze and interpret data.
  • Maintain existing data organizational system and create detailed data documentation.
  • Maintain the integrity/security of the data.
  • Coordinate data distribution, data management and analysis efforts with other staff in LinkB5 and VKRP and across other ECE projects as needed.
  • Serve as point person between the PDG and VKRP teams and other internal teams to help coordinate data sharing.

Data Reporting
  • Write and edit reports, including (bi-)annual reports, for the VDOE and General Assembly.
  • Write internal reports (monthly) to summarize work progress and inform ongoing continuous improvement.
  • Synthesize data analysis by creating graphs, charts, tables and written summaries of results in ways that can be easily and quickly grasped by our ECE teams and stakeholders, including the VDOE and General Assembly.
  • Manage the development of content for reports and presentations.
  • Assist in the presentation of data, as needed, to the VDOE and other partners.

Data Use for Continuous Improvement: Develop & Continuously Improve Data Systems/Tools
  • Collect, understand and use data to recommend and make process/systems improvements for daily operating procedures and to improve the efficiency and outcomes of PDG and VKRP.
  • Improve existing data and reporting systems (e.g., tracking sheets on Google forms, ZenDesk reporting) and develop other data systems/tools as needed to support the understanding of users' engagement with the data system.
  • Develop reports, data systems/tools and protocols that can be disseminated to early childhood leaders around Virginia (e.g., Excel workbooks and other tools to help with data use, promoting data literacy, etc.).
  • Coordinate data systems with other staff across PDG/VKRP and other ECE projects (and external partners like VECF and VDOE) as needed to promote consistency and efficiencies (e.g., using consistent identifiers).

In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in education, psychology or related field (e.g., computer science, data science, economics).
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., database management, data analysis, data reporting, use of data for continuous improvement).
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Strong collaboration skills (a "team player" who seeks and uses feedback, considers and synthesizes diverse viewpoints).
  • Proficiency in use of technology:
    • Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel)
    • Google applications (Forms, Docs, Sheets)
    • Videoconferencing tools (e.g., Zoom)
    • Virtual platforms or storage (e.g., Google Docs, Box)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, often working under accelerated deadlines.
  • Ability to quickly learn new processes and software, including reporting software.

  • Master's degree.
  • Experience with Using R-Markdown (or other reporting technology) to efficiently create analytic reports for stakeholders and internal teams.
  • Experience with Tableau and/or SQL Server Reporting Services.
  • Expertise with coding/programming of Excel workbooks.
  • Knowledge of Virginia's early childhood education programming (e.g., VPI, ECSE, Title 1, Head Start, center-based care and family day homes).
  • Commitment to diversity and equity (e.g., demonstrated through scholarship and/or service to historically underrepresented and underserved communities).

Anticipated Compensation: $50,000-$65,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications with UVA benefits.

In alignment with President Ryan's UVA's strategic plan, CASTL is committed to:
  • Recruiting talented and diverse doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.
  • Recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce and providing an inclusive and supportive environment in which staff and faculty are recognized as integral to the success of our work.
  • Promoting a culture of integrity, mutual respect, excellence, collaboration and innovation.

COVID Vaccination Requirement

Due to the scope of President Biden's Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

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