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Big Shoulders Fund

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Data Manager

Big Shoulders Fund
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Job Summary

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Job posted 21 days ago
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Data Analyst
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Job Description

Big Shoulders Fund
Big Shoulders Fund is an independent tax exempt charitable organization that serves inner-city schools which provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children, thereby contributing to stronger communities. We serve students in 61 Catholic elementary schools and 14 high schools in Chicago. Each school is a vital resource for students, families and communities, with research showing that when a Big Shoulders Fund school closes, the surrounding area experiences an increase in violence and a decrease in social cohesion.  

For more than thirty-three years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education. We accomplish this by investing more than $20 million annually in scholarship support and enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, talent pipeline development from new teachers through veteran principals, and academic programs and professional development for teachers.

Big Shoulders Fund supports schools and programs that ensure students receive a strong academic foundation in elementary school; enroll in quality college-prep high schools; matriculate into and persist through college; and lead productive lives as contributors to communities and the workforce. A recent survey of a sample of alumni of Big Shoulders Fund schools showed African-American alumni graduated from college at a rate more than twice the national average and Hispanic alumni graduated at a rate more than three times the national average.

Position Overview 

Big Shoulders Fund has a strong and enduring commitment to data-driven decision-making in the allocation of our time and resources. The Strategy and Communication team plays a critical role in ensuring that data is at the heart of strategic decisions made across the organization. Reporting to Big Shoulders Fund’s Senior Director, Strategy and Communication, the Data Manager will be responsible for helping the organization collect, analyze, and apply data to our daily operations in order to report and analyze impact outcomes, effectively allocate resources, and increase fundraising. This position has a special emphasis on creating the systems necessary to fully understand the long-term impact of Big Shoulders Fund and the schools we support, and ensuring that team members can access and utilize data to drive outcomes in their work.  

Essential Job Functions (please note: this list will likely evolve and change over time) 

  • Manage Big Shoulder Fund’s National Student Clearinghouse (third-party college verification service) accounts and reports, and their linkage to our scholar database which is maintained in Salesforce 
  • Track and report out on long-term outcomes for alumni of Big Shoulders Fund 
  • Collaborate with various departmental teams to analyze, create, and document systems, data sources, and requirements for analytical and reporting needs related to departmental objectives 
  • Analyze current data collection and retention practices at Big Shoulders Fund with the goal of improving current information capabilities and linking various data components to more effectively demonstrate the impact of Big Shoulders Fund’s investments 
  • Create tools and reports to effectively communicate data and research results to various internal and external stakeholders
  • Assist staff members who manage various programs in devising data collection plans  
  • Educate staff on internal and external research findings, and on how best to use Big Shoulders Fund data for their analytic, reporting, or other needs 
  • Manage organizational survey efforts  · Support the Senior Director, Strategy and Communication in creating systems to lead, implement, and track strategic planning processes and strategic initiatives 
  • Manage organizational calendar for data collection efforts across departmental teams 
  • Manage the organizational dashboard 
  • Manage data entry process for Big Shoulder Fund’s school data received from the Office of Catholic Schools 

Other Duties 

  • Perform other duties as assigned 
  • Attend and support the facilitation of fundraising events, service days, and other programs that further the mission of Big Shoulders Fund through its outreach to donors and schools 


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in data analytics and/or management, preferably in a non-profit or K12 education setting
  • Tangible experience and proficiency with relational databases (MySQL preferred) 
  • Advanced proficiency in Tableau or similar visualization software 
  • Experience with Salesforce strongly preferred  
  • Strong SQL and development skills preferred 
  • Experience with SPSS or equivalent preferred 
  • Strong organizational ability with exceptional attention to detail 
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable; proactive and innovative problem-solver; has a positive attitude and is mission-driven and self-directed 
  • Ability to work on multiple projects concurrently and meet established deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills with ability to advise stakeholders in a non-technical manner 
  • Ability to work in a team, with technical and non-technical personnel, and across departmental boundaries  
  • Strong project management skills with experience balancing and leading the prioritization of new project efforts 
  • Commitment to and passion for improving access to data for all staff and team leads in order to ensure organizational strength in action and decision-making 
  • Curiosity and creativity in solving operational or technological challenges  
  • Ability to anticipate short-term and long-term demands of stakeholders 
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people  
  • Flexibility to meet changing organizational needs 
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends for Big Shoulders Fund events    

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization and the students/schools it serves.   

Business Overview

Our Story

The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. 100% of the funds raised by the Big Shoulders Fund are used to support children through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. The Big Shoulders Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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