Program Manager – Community Data and Research

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Data You Can Use (DYCU) is actively seeking a dynamic Program Manager with a passion for community data and research, dedicated to making a meaningful impact in Milwaukee and its surrounding areas. This pivotal role centers around spearheading the development of Neighborhood Portraits and the MKE Indicators project, embodying our commitment to delivering insightful, actionable data that fuels community growth and well-being.

As a Program Manager, your core responsibilities will include:

  • Project Management Excellence: You will oversee project timelines, deliverables, and resources, ensuring the seamless execution of projects from inception to completion. Your leadership will ensure projects align with our mission and meet the community’s needs.
  • Partnership Development and Management: Building and maintaining strong, collaborative relationships with our partners is essential. You will act as a key liaison, fostering partnerships that amplify our impact and drive collective action.
  • Program Evaluation: Your analytical skills will guide the ongoing evaluation of our programs, ensuring they deliver the intended outcomes and identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation.
  • Innovative Data Visualization and Mapping: You will lead efforts in the creative presentation of data through visualizations and mapping, making complex information accessible and engaging for diverse audiences.
  • Website and Communications Oversight: Managing our digital presence, you’ll ensure our website and communications strategies effectively convey our mission, projects, and impact, engaging both current and potential partners and supporters.
  • Strategic Leadership: You will be instrumental in leading and supporting strategic initiatives, guiding DYCU’s direction and ensuring our projects and partnerships align with our overarching goals.

The ideal candidate for this role shares our core values and possesses a deep commitment to enhancing Milwaukee’s neighborhoods and supporting its residents. We are looking for a team player who is not only skilled in data management and analysis but also excels in communication, partnership building, and strategic thinking.

Join us in this rewarding journey as we strive to empower Milwaukee’s communities with data they can truly use, driving positive change and fostering a more informed, connected, and resilient city.

About Data You Can Use

Data You Can Use (DYCU) is an independent nonprofit created in 2016 to serve Milwaukee nonprofits and local funders in using data to address community problems and build community solutions. Our mission: Advancing community access to data and the skills needed to drive informed and equitable decision-making in Milwaukee and beyond. Our vision: Our neighbors and partners have the data, tools, skills, and experience they need to create equitable and healthy communities.

As one of the thirty-one sites for the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership under the umbrella of the Urban Institute, DYCU has put Milwaukee on the map as a leader in making data understandable and usable in the context of improving neighborhood and community conditions. We are unique in that we place equal emphasis on 1) data and 2) resident expertise to inform solutions to community challenges.

Our focus is on data you can USE. We work with partners to gather, interpret, analyze and use data to improve understanding, planning and results. We help organizations identify the data they need, provide it in an understandable and useful format, and assist in interpretation and analysis. We help them focus on results by using the data to tell the story of what they’ve accomplished and what challenges remain. We pursue data for better information, better decisions, and better communities.

We subscribe to the principles of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) and work to democratize data by building local capacity, sharing best practices and helping users sort through the data to surface, explain and address issues of concern.

What you’ll do:

  • Interact with community organizations and neighborhood groups to identify and meet their data and information needs
  • Build their capacity to make evidence-based and data informed decisions
  • Collaborate with government, foundations and academic researchers
  • Help prepare the next generation of data analysts by working with student fellows
  • Work with staff on proposal and report writing and developing new projects
  • Summarize and present data to the general public through reports, slides, data visualization, interactive maps, online dashboards, and various other formats
  • Ensure technical quality control and document procedures and methods

What you’ll bring

  • Strong interest in working with diverse populations and ability to build trusting relationships with partners, clients, and community members
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Tenacity, curiosity around data and a strong desire to answer any question
  • Ability to translate technical concepts and detailed analysis to a general audience
  • Flexibility and creativity in reacting to changing priorities and solving unique problems
  • Exceptional listening skills
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to contribute to collective knowledge
  • Access to reliable transportation to attend community meetings
  • Commitment to the DYCU Mission and the assets of Milwaukee


  • Training in social science, public health, urban planning, economics, sociology or related fields. A Masters’ degree is preferred, but a combination of education and relevant experience is equally valued.
  • Strong interest in Milwaukee and one or more of the following topics: housing, racial equity, policy, education, energy, sustainable development, health, transportation, public safety.
  • Ability to manage projects, supervise students, guide the work of teammates and communicate with clients.
  • Experience or willingness to learn the following technical skills/programs in order to perform a full range of quantitative and qualitative research tasks:
    • ESRI ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
    • R (or SPSS / SAS)
    • Tableau
    • Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Excel
  • Additional useful skills include:
    • Adobe Creative Suite (Acrobat, InDesign, and Illustrator)
    • Web design (WordPress)
    • Microsoft Azure and PowerBI
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community-based research and experience building connections with community groups.
  • Interest and familiarity in qualitative data including survey research design, focus groups and interviews. Experience facilitating individuals and groups is a plus.

What you’ll experience:

  • Ability to help shape the position and grow the organization
  • An opportunity to participate in the local data ecosystem while working alongside mission driven partner organizations
  • Involvement in a national network of urban research and data analysts through the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
  • A friendly and supportive team who values diversity and collaboration
  • Colleagues across different sectors who are smart, mission-driven and collaborative
  • An deepened understanding of the factors that affect the strength of neighborhoods
  • An environment that supports professional and personal growth

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time salaried position with potential to grow. Salary is based on qualifications and experience and is expected to range between $60,000 and $75,000.  Starting date is negotiable but our preference is for a start date before May 1, 2024.

The office is located in the UWM Zilber School of Public Health at 1240 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee WI 53205. We provide a hybrid schedule (currently two office days in person and three remote days). Staff is asked to ensure access to reliable transportation to participate in office days, as well as community and partner meetings across the city.

The position offers personalized benefits including:

  • 15 days of paid time off (increasing with tenure)
  • Ten days of sick time
  • 13 holidays plus two “floating” holidays
  • Additionally, the DYCU offices are closed the week of Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Health insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability, and a retirement plan with a 3% employer match

Application must include a resume and cover letter and be submitted to by 5 pm on Thursday, February 29, 2024  with “Program Manager” in the subject line.

Data You Can Use is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected status under applicable law.

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