Nonprofits and Data

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This group is for those interested in learning and sharing about all things data-related for nonprofits. The Nonprofits and Data group is for people using data to serve a mission, either directly or by improving nonprofits and the nonprofit sector. That includes everything from collecting data and managing databases to analytics, data visualization and data mining. Here are some examples of topics we discuss: using data to improve organizational effectiveness, measuring impact, using data for storytelling, tools for data management and analysis, figuring out the “right” data to collect, and learning skills to help us use data better.

Help creating data position

  • 1.  Help creating data position

    Posted 11 days ago
    **cross-posted in data and Tech Decision Makers

    Those of you who have met me at NTC have heard me complain about how my data is hopelessly siloed.

    We're a pretty big organization with about 20 programs and something like 15 or 16 databases. There's no interfaces between any of these databases, and in some cases we don't even really control the data (state and federal databases, etc.).

    There's been a shakeup in staffing in the last few days and the time is right to make a play for an FTE to just handle data and reporting.

    Before I do that, I really need to come up with a clear job description. Once I have a clear job description I can figure out a title and a decent rate of pay.

    So far my job description is:
    1. create order out of chaos
    2. handle the half-dozen or so big reports we are responsible for every year.

    Any thoughts on that?

    What do you call that person? Data Analyst? Data and Analytics Specialist?

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    Colin Boyle
    Step Up Suncoast
    Sarasota, FL
    cboyle@manateecaa.org
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    Tech Accelerate


  • 2.  RE: Help creating data position

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hrm, personally I would want to throw the word "integration" in there somewhere. Data Integration and Analytics Specialist?

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    Michelle Tribe
    Manager: E-Giving & Integration
    Ottawa Humane Society
    Ottawa, ON
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    Tech Accelerate


  • 3.  RE: Help creating data position

    Posted 10 days ago
    Colin - 
    I would suggest Data Management Lead, a bit old-school but it looks like there may be room for governance work in your environment, in addition to the annual analytics and reporting. I've also heard Data Engineer recently, which I like.

    Some thoughts on what the job description might include for this role:
    • Leads an internal Data Working Group, usually answers to the CIO or similar

    • Applications: understands upstream and downstream data impacts

    • Leads data sharing agreements between data stewards

    • Advise and assist the organization on data issues and resolutions

    • Assess, recommend, and implement proactive approaches to data quality improvement


    In terms of the hands-on work, this individual would likely collaborate with others to:


    • Create rules, policies, and guidelines. 

    • Manage integrity, availability, quality of data assets

    • Lead data quality meetings to understand data priorities

    • Capture and present data requirements to developers

    • Handle the half-dozen or so big reports


    Is there a cross-departmental data team in place for this resource to draw on?  Hopefully they made it through the shake up!



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    Matt Veltkamp
    Nimbus Nonprofit Solutions
    Washington, DC
    mveltkamp@nimbusnonprofit.com
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    Tech Accelerate


  • 4.  RE: Help creating data position

    Posted 9 days ago

    Thanks Matt,

    A big chunk of your post is going in the job description.

    The more I look at the position, the more I think this is less an "analyst" position as much as it is a "systems" position.  "Integration" is certainly part of it (Thanks, Michelle)



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    Colin Boyle
    Step Up Suncoast
    Sarasota, FL
    cboyle@manateecaa.org
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    Tech Accelerate