Data Associate

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA - Full time


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The Primary School model is dependent on having a rich and integrated view of a child, built on data about a child’s academic, health, and socio-emotional well-being. The Associate will provide critical data analysis and decision support to The Primary School team. This role will shape how we use information to develop and deliver upon our model. Not only will the Associate inform organizational design and implementation, but also pioneer how we use health and education data to create personalized supports for our children and families. This role requires a combination of analytical horsepower, excitement for turning data into action, and vision for how to make data a foundation of our model. The Primary School is a fast-growing organization and a strong Associate will have opportunities to expand their responsibilities quickly.


  • Collect and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data about the community and the student and parent population, to deepen our understanding of who we are serving and how best to serve them.
  • Manage the process to deliver and score all formal assessments, screeners, and evaluations for children, families, and staff.
  • Collaborate with the academic, health, and parent coaching teams to analyze relevant parent and student data and generate insights for we can support individual children and their families.
  • Support the design and implementation of the organization’s information systems, including data collection, storage, analysis, and reporting, with an eye towards continual improvements in quality and efficiency.
  • Ensure the design of our information systems are user-friendly for all relevant stakeholders.
  • Drive a culture of data throughout the organization focusing on action-oriented data analysis.
  • Ensure all relevant student data from external sources is maintained in our systems.
  • Design and implement systems and procedures that are compliant with all state and federal data security policies.
  • Manage data needs for grant and compliance reporting.
  • Lead professional development opportunities for teachers, coaches, and other staff around information systems and data­-driven decision making.
  • Partner with relevant teams on special projects to bring the data perspective to organizational decisions.


  • You have the ability to interpret large amounts of complex quantitative and qualitative education and health data.
  • You are skilled at turning complex data insights into clear and concise communication points and visualizations for a variety of audiences.
  • You are a natural problem solver who applies an analytical and critical thinking mindset to all tasks.
  • You have a keen eye for details and are maniacal about delivering zero-defect data, even on short timelines.
  • You are extremely self-aware and self motivated, and have a strong desire to learn.
  • You are comfortable in ambiguity and environments that change rapidly environments.
  • You want to work with and learn from all TPS team members, from early childhood education to parent coaching to community engagement.
  • You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.


  • You have an understanding of database structures.
  • You know how to write and/or adapt SQL series.
  • You have worked with data visualization software, such as Tableau.
  • You have worked with Student Information Systems, such as Powerschool.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

The Primary School


The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the school will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:

  • Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
  • Begin serving children at birth: The school will admit students at or before birth, and will provide early childhood supports alongside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
  • Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.

We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and will serve 300 children and their families (age 0 to 5) by spring of 2017.

In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.

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