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Analyst, YouthTruth

The Center for Effective Philanthropy
San Francisco, California
$78,900. In addition, this role is eligible for Performance Based Incentive Compensation
Closing date
Sep 29, 2021

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We believe, and research shows, that student and stakeholder feedback matters for school improvement and student success. That’s why, in 2008, we created YouthTruth – to help educators harness student and stakeholder feedback to accelerate improvements. We’ve heard from over 2 million students as well as thousands family and staff members across 39 states and four countries. When you join YouthTruth, you join a small and collaborative team that has big impact on schools across the U.S and the education sector.

As an Analyst, you will be instrumental in putting important student perception data into the hands of those making instructional and leadership decisions in K-12 schools. Being part of YouthTruth, a national nonprofit, gives you the chance to apply and grow your skills while making a difference in education.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • You have a deep interest in and passion for education, and a belief in student voice as a powerful tool to make important changes in education.
  • You are highly organized, analytical, and detail-oriented. You consistently produce high-quality, error-free work, reflecting an ability to complete tasks on time with quality and accuracy.
  • You have an ability to quickly learn new tools, systems, and skills.
  • You are flexible, adaptable, and reliable in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are able to manage multiple priorities and timelines simultaneously.
  • You are confident that your work can make a difference but humble in the knowledge that you are always learning and improving.
  • You are a genuinely wonderful colleague to have around. You work well within a close knit-team as well as across other departments. You are also excellent at managing up. Your highly positive attitude, shared commitment to excellence, and thoughtfulness are valuable assets to the organization.
  • Your interpersonal and communication skills allow you to interact effectively with colleagues at all levels of the organization as well as external contacts.

What You’ll Do:

You will work closely with YouthTruth’s energetic and diverse staff to provide district leaders and school principals with data-driven insights to enhance their effectiveness. The core function of this role is to create data-driven reports based on student survey results. More specifically, you can expect to be involved in the following:

Survey Administration & Reporting

  • Co-manage survey administration, report template design, and innovation processes for YouthTruth’s surveys
  • Create and administer online surveys for our clients on tight deadlines
  • Generate data-driven reports for our clients in an online interactive platform
  • Support client leads in preparing and interpreting data for school administrators
  • Troubleshoot and problem-solve operational and client issues
  • Provide strong quality control of online surveys and report products

Process and Product Development

  • Co-develop new features and processes to improve the efficiency of survey administration, data analysis, and data visualization
  • Program in Python. You will frequently contribute to YouthTruth’s codebase, implementing improvements, debugging, reviewing others’ code, and writing tests
  • Refine survey instruments and reports; contribute to new product development to meet school and district needs


  • Contribute to analysis of the large-scale YouthTruth; gather insights from our data for marketing, blogs, and communications
  • Actively contribute to team discussions, collaborating on cross-team projects and helping to develop CEP’s internal knowledge base and operations

Your Background, Experiences, and Interests:

  • College degree (B.S., B.A.) and 0-2 years of work experience (Ph.D. and experienced Masters level candidates will not be considered)
  • Strong interest in and experience with analyzing data, and proficiency in basic statistics
  • Experience with computer programming, in particular Python and/or R – these languages form the basis of our surveying and reporting processes
  • Exposure to Ruby and Javascript a plus but not required
  • Experience with SQL a plus but not required


Our nonprofit model is central to our identity: our bottom line is impact, not profit. Yet even as a nonprofit, we successfully compete for top talent across both the public and private sectors and offer competitive compensation and benefits, including:

  • The annual base salary for this position is $78,900. In addition, this role is eligible for a competitive Performance Based Incentive Compensation.
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plans.
  • Generous paid time off plan, including up to 15 holidays, two weeks of accrued vacation, and two personal days per year.
  • 401(k) plan with a 1:1 Employer Match up to 5% of total compensation.
  • Generous annual personal professional development allowance.
  • Flexible spending and dependent care tax free savings plans.
  • Life insurance covered 100% by the organization.

We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation, and we actively seek out candidates from many types of diverse backgrounds to apply for this exciting role.


We have offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California, where the entire YouthTruth team resides (and enjoys sweeping views of San Francisco bay and the Bay Bridge). This role will be based in our San Francisco office (eventually). Currently most staff are working remotely full time; all staff are expected to be back in the office at least 3 days per week no later than January 3rd 2022.

To Apply:

Please fill out our application for employment and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. If you have any questions, please contact Leaha Wynn, Manager, People and Culture; Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at jobs [at] cep [dot] org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Alyse d’Amico, Director of Human Capital and Special Assistant to the President or Leaha Wynn, Associate Manager, Human Capital; Diversity & Inclusion Strategist at jobs [at] cep [dot] org.

We believe that a diversity of thoughts, experiences, backgrounds, personalities, and identities helps us think bigger and better, and enables us to reach our goals more effectively. We are committed to building a diverse staff and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply.

Once a candidate begins our process, we discourage outreach to our staff for interviews or conversations that are outside our standard interview process. We have worked hard to design a process that is fair and rigorous and achieves a good match between candidates and CEP/YouthTruth.

We evaluate candidates based on their merits. We strongly discourage unsolicited references. We will ask for references if and when a candidacy reaches a finalist stage.


The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) provides data and creates insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness – and, as a result, their intended impact. This mission is based on a vision of a world in which pressing social needs are more effectively addressed. We believe improved performance of philanthropic funders can have a profoundly positive impact on nonprofit organizations and the people and communities they serve.

CEP pursues its mission through data collection and research that fuel the creation of assessment tools, publications, and programming. Since receiving initial funding in 2001, CEP has produced widely referenced research reports on foundation performance assessment, foundation strategy, foundation governance, and foundation–grantee relationships. CEP has created new data sets relevant to foundation leaders and hosted highly regarded programming focused on key issues related to funder effectiveness.

More than 200 foundations – including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation – have used CEP's assessment tools. Many have implemented significant changes on the basis of what they have learned, according to third-party assessments. CEP has been credited in the press with "shaking up" the foundation world and is viewed as the leading institution in providing performance assessment data to foundations in the U.S. and, increasingly, internationally.

We believe that committed individuals will grow and develop in an environment in which they are trained, mentored, and supported. We value hard work and productivity, but also recognize the importance of maintaining a work-life balance. CEP is committed to fostering an environment in which each employee has a strong sense of ownership for the work that they do, and the work of CEP as a whole. Strengths of CEP's work culture are entrepreneurialism, accountability, teamwork, collegiality, diversity, and mutual respect.

CEP is based in Cambridge Massachusetts, with a second office in San Francisco, California.

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