Data Analyst, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The Johnson Center was established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Our mission is to be a global leader in helping individuals and organizations understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy, resulting in a smart, adaptive sector that helps create strong, inclusive communities.

We put research to work with and for professionals across the country and the world. Through professional education offerings; research, evaluation, and consulting services; and bold thinking to advance the field, we support a philanthropic ecosystem defined by effective philanthropy, strong nonprofits, and informed community change.

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy seeks to add a Data Analyst. This position will work with an interdisciplinary group of social science and information technology professionals to provide data acquisition, cleaning, analysis, interpretation, and presentation support to applied research and evaluation projects within the center’s Community Data and Research Lab.

The Data Analyst works closely and collaboratively with one or more of the lab’s research managers, clients, and other staff across the center. Key to the position is maintaining the highest standards of research quality and ethics, ability to follow existing data protocols and suggest and implement improvements, and serve as a “data ambassador” across the Johnson Center.

The position reports to the Director, Community Data and Research Lab. This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position located at our offices on the Pew Campus at GVSU, with the opportunity for flexible work arrangements according to the GVSU remote work policy.


Essential Functions:

  • Complete data processing and analysis in R, SQL, and Excel
  • Complete data visualization in Tableau or similar applications
  • Ensure the integrity of project data, including data extraction, processing, manipulation, and analysis
  • Share knowledge of data coding and analysis techniques with other staff, clients and/or community stakeholders
  • Participate in team decisions regarding study design, data collection, data analysis, and methodology
  • Manage and respond to multiple project timelines
  • Assist with project scoping/budgeting
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or similar quantitative field
  • Ability to read, summarize, analyze, and synthesize large quantities of information
  • Demonstrated proficiency with R, SAS, STATA, SPSS, or similar statistical analysis software
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work effectively as part of multiple teams
  • Strong cultural competence, collaboration, and interpersonal skills


  • Demonstrated interest in applied research
  • Interest in a field related to philanthropy, evaluation, community research, or public policy
  • Graduate coursework or professional certification in a related field
  • Prior experience in data processing and data analysis in relational and transactional databases
  • Prior experience with a querying/coding language (e.g., SQL, Python)
  • Prior experience with data collection and data visualization software (e.g., Qualtrics, Tableau, Power BI)
  • One to three years prior experience working in or with the nonprofit or philanthropic sector, applied research, and/or community organizations
Salary & Benefits: 

Salary:  $45,200 to $67,800 depending on experience

How To Apply: 

Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail address for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Hiring Organization: 
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Data Analyst
City and State: 
Grand Rapids MI
Hiring Deadline: 

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