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Harvard Strategic Data Project Fellow

Application Procedure:

Application Timeline: 

Round I (CLOSED)

Round II: 
  • Applications open October 26, 2022; applications reviewed following January 18, 2023, deadline. 
  • Memo assignment due: January 30, 2023 
  • Phone Screens: February 6-10, 2023 
  • Selection Day: February 28 – March 1, 2023 
  • Placement interviews: Spring 2023 
Additional rounds TBA. 
How to Apply: 
Please follow the link to complete the online application: SDP Online Application

Job Duties

Join a powerful, growing community of over 500 forward-thinking data advocates and leaders across more than 38 states and 240+ education organizations. 
The Strategic Data Project (SDP) is an initiative of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. The SDP Fellowship program helps school system leaders use data and evidence in strategic decision-making to improve public education. By placing fellows in school systems and education organizations across the United States, SDP provides a unique entry point for passionate quantitative researchers and data strategists who want to make a difference.  
SDP Fellows are placed in full-time roles at host agencies including school districts, charter management organizations, state education departments, institutions of higher education, postsecondary systems, foundations, and education nonprofits. As a fellow, you and your host agency will develop clear priorities and plans for using data and build organizational willingness to use data for decision-making. Over the course of two years, fellows participate in a series of tailored workshops, both virtual and in person, to develop their measurement, leadership, communication and education policy skills. Training is delivered by Harvard-affiliated researchers and practitioners and fellows are supported by faculty advisors, Fellowship alumni mentors, and their colleagues across the SDP network. 
Learn more about past fellows’ work by visiting the SDP blogIn the past, fellows have tackled strategic data projects in one of the following focus areas: 
  • program evaluation 
  • data visualization 
  • early warning indicator systems 
  • data management governance 
  • survey design and analysis 
  • data dashboards 
  • student pathways and postsecondary success 
  • teacher quality   
NOTE: Fellows are paid an annual salary of $75k-90k plus appropriate benefits by their placement agency. Salary is commensurate with experience and must be negotiated with host agency. The Fellowship lasts two years (Fall 2023 - Summer 2025) with the possibility for longer-term employment. Although the location of this posting is Cambridge, MA, fellowship placements are available in various locations across the United States and shift from year to year.

Job Qualifications

SDP seeks candidates who possess: 
  • a strong background in applied quantitative analysis, 
  • an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) by summer 2023 
  • at least four years of relevant work experience by summer 2023 
  • a demonstrated passion for education reform 
  • a track record of collaboration, humility, and ability to guide change 
  • an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit     
  • flexibility, adaptability, and persistence 
  • ability to communicate complex information to various audiences 

Institution Description

The Strategic Data Project Fellowship is part of the Center For Education Policy Research at Harvard. SDP finds and develops talented data leaders for education agencies to uncover trends, build analytic capacity, and communicate evidence to stakeholders. It is an opportunity to make a real change for the students our partners serve, using data. The Fellowship is a full-time opportunity – with salary and benefits – to spend two years working directly within an education agency, with the possibility of staying on post fellowship. While in this role, you will be tasked with addressing or tackling a key strategic issue identified by the organization. Throughout the two years, you’ll have support from Harvard and SDP in the form of in-person and virtual training and support to help build your quantitative and leadership skills to execute on this work. And, in the second year, you’ll have support from a Harvard-affiliated faculty member to execute on your Strategic Data Project, which is an actionable tool, system, or finding in response to a challenge identified by you and your organization’s leadership. Finally, the benefits of the fellowship will follow you throughout the rest of your career. After completing the program, you’ll become part of our alumni network, with ongoing access to SDP colleagues and peers throughout the course of your career. 


Benefits at discretion of placement org
Application Due Date: 2023-01-18
Job Start Date: 2023-09-01
Salary: $75000 - $90000
City: Multiple US Locations available
State/Province/Region: MA
Institution: Strategic Data Project - Harvard University
Remote Work: (Depends on exact placement)
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Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
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