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Director, Data


The Director, Data sits within the newly created Policy and Research team. Responsible for the data team as well as delivery of a small portfolio of high priority, data-oriented research projects and initiatives contributing to FHN’s policy and research objectives and overall thought leadership. The role requires excellent team management and mentorship skills, experience with the broad set of data analysis tools used by FHN, and the strategic capacity and executional excellence to conceive of, manage, and disseminate meaningful research content that moves policymakers and organizations to take action on financial health. 


Bachelor’s degree required.


Chicago, Washington D.C., or New York City; Fully Remote (U.S. Based)


10+ years of professional experience and demonstrated success leading research and data teams. Additional years of education (graduate degree) may be substituted for up to four years of experience.
Data-specific qualifications:
Are you the expert in survey methodology and experimental methods? We are looking for a leader who utilizes these methods to conduct rigorous analysis. 
Are you an administrative data aficionado? Experience with financial transaction or claims data is a plus (but definitely something we can teach!).
Do you have experience managing data infrastructure, code, and data strategy? We are looking for someone who feels comfortable teaching others these data management techniques. 
Utilize statistical analysis and advanced analytic techniques, such as econometric and multivariate model estimation? Come join us and be our data expert! 
Are you a data science expert? Knowledge of machine learning and predictive analytic techniques, a significant plus. 
Expertise in R and/or Stata. Proficiency in other statistical software is a plus.
Innovative and Curious? We are seeking someone who is always thirsty to continue to learn current and upcoming data analytical skills through ongoing training opportunities and research.
Experience working with funders, clients, and internal and external stakeholders to collaborate and design rigorous research projects and structure analysis.
Strong collaboration skills 
Good presentation skills; ability to connect with both technical and non-technical  individuals, including the ability to communicate clearly, set priorities, problem-solve, influence, and motivate multiple audiences when presenting complex analyses. 
Ability to commit to up to 10% domestic travel, with very occasional evening meetings (1 to 2 a quarter).


Team Leadership
Lead Data Team, ensuring efficient capacity allocation and management across all data projects and promoting necessary skills development and specialization across the team.
Quickly build trust and credibility with internal stakeholders and external partners.
Serve as a member of the Policy and Research Leadership Team to help align priorities, ensure team cohesion, and promote staff development. 
Ensure the incorporation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) best practices throughout all projects
Complete financial and impact reporting accurately and on time.
Support and occasionally lead Business Development activities for analytical projects across the organization to ensure successful revenue generation in line with mission, including prospecting, project scoping, and proposal development. 
Data Analysis and Management
Conduct statistical analysis of survey and administrative data.
Serve as a resource for internal stakeholders with data analysis questions.
Oversee necessary data infrastructure development and maintenance for the organization, in collaboration with research, program, and operations teams.
Work with the Marketing and Communications team to communicate results and impact of FHN’s research initiatives to an external audience.
Research Design and Dissemination
Provide thought leadership and subject matter expertise on financial health topics, especially those related to measurement, statistical analysis, and data, to internal and external audiences.
Work with internal and external clients to design rigorous research solutions that best address identified research questions.
Communicate the results of complex statistical analyses in presentations and writing for a variety of audiences
Project Management
Lead and manage a small portfolio of high-priority research projects with a data focus.
Develop project budgets, manage staff capacity, and track project goals to ensure projects meet financial and impact targets.


Make an impact in the financial lives of millions with our growing organization. The Financial Health Network is the leading authority on financial health. We envision a future where all people, especially those who are most vulnerable, have the day-to-day financial systems they need to be resilient and thrive. We are a trusted resource for business leaders, policymakers and innovators united in a mission to improve the financial health of their customers, employees and communities. Through groundbreaking research, advisory services, measurement tools, and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration, we advance awareness, understanding and proven best practices in support of improved financial health for all. With offices in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC, Financial Health Network is a fast paced, highly collaborative environment, seeking people who share our values: Innovation; Passion; Excellence; Impact; Directness; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Financial Health Network’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is central to our talent acquisition approach and processes. Our mission to improve financial health for all, especially the most vulnerable, can only be accomplished through a diverse population of employees at all levels who are representative of the many communities we seek to impact. We strive to recruit, hire, develop, empower, and retain talented individuals at all levels across various dimensions of diversity and intersectionality including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, neurodiversity, disability status, veteran status, and citizenship. We welcome and need your unique voice and look forward to having you join our team!

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