Position Overview

The Analytics Manager provides support to Senior Director of Learning and Evaluation and other Program staff in the areas of data management, analysis, data visualization, and research. The Analytics Manger reports to the Senior Director of Learning and Evaluation and works closely with Program staff to help the Foundation execute strategies in support of its goals and ensure its grantmaking is grounded in high-quality evidence and data.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Analytics Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Monitor data sources used by the Foundation across its data projects for key developments and updates. Analyze strengths and weaknesses of different data sources to recommend new sources the Foundation may use across its initiatives. Track status of publicly released data to inform Foundation projects.
  • Create data collection and reporting plans for multiple projects. Manage data request processes, including drafting data requests, assessing the completeness and quality of data received, and developing/maintaining a system for data storage and management.
  • Regularly update data points the Foundation tracks in its internal and external data monitoring tools.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses to support Program initiatives. Support Program staff with data tasks, including fact-checking and creating data visualizations.
  • Conduct basic desk research on a range of topics by identifying relevant and trustworthy information sources, gathering primary and/or secondary data, and preparing findings for various audiences
  • Create clear and compelling data visualizations, dashboards, and visualizations.
  • Support Communications team to develop, fact-check, and share data products with internal and external audiences across various channels.
  • Assist in developing presentations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors and other key audiences.
  • Collaborate with the Foundation’s Senior Director of Learning and Evaluation in identifying innovative ways to use data and research to inform grantmaking and maximize impact.
  • Support the execution of grantee-level data monitoring strategies by reviewing grant reports, drafting report guidelines, and assembling data on grantees’ success.
  • Support key Foundation initiatives through reviewing documents, attending meetings and webinars, taking notes, and sharing recommendations.
  • Engage with external contractors, as relevant, across Foundation initiatives.
    Miscellaneous other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in data science, economics or another social science, public policy, applied research, or business preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of related professional experience; advanced degree may substitute for some experience.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills, including the ability to assemble, merge, clean, analyze, and visualize data, including with basic statistics.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel required. Fluency in a data visualization software (e.g., Tableau, Microsoft PowerBI) strongly preferred. Proficiency with a statistical programming language (e.g., Stata, R) a plus.
  • Strong understanding of data principles, including ability to analyze data sources, assess data quality, conduct quality assurance of analyses, and manage databases.
  • Experience with social sector data sources preferred (e.g., State agency data, Census/ACS, CDC).
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize information from multiple sources required. Understanding of research design and research quality preferred.
  • An extremely detail-oriented approach to work and the ability to prioritize projects, meet deadlines, and support others in doing the same.
  • Deep commitment to quality and accuracy across all projects and tasks.
  • Demonstrated expertise with project management, including creating and managing project timelines.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to make complex issues understandable and relevant to lay audiences.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The target salary range for the position is $65,000 to $85,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Foundation has a very generous benefits program inclusive of competitive PTO, 13 paid holidays annually, a fully funded HSA account and an 8% 401k match.

The Foundation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability, or genetics, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.

Please direct any inquiries to Emilyn Whitesell, Senior Director of Learning and Evaluation, at whitesell@rmff.org.

About Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. (RMFF) was established in 1986 by Richard M. (“Dick”) Fairbanks, who was the founder and owner of Fairbanks Communications, Inc., a privately held company. Dick Fairbanks established the Foundation to strengthen the city of Indianapolis and perpetuate the Fairbanks legacy in the city where his family prospered for over a century. He was the President of the Foundation until his death in August 2000.

Governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, the Foundation is an independent, private foundation awarding grants to tax-exempt organizations serving greater Indianapolis, Indiana. The Foundation has three focus areas: Education, Health, and the Vitality of Indianapolis. The mission of the Foundation is to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people. Additional information about the Foundation can be found at: www.rmff.org.