TRAILS (Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students) is a growing team of innovative thinkers committed to youth mental health. We partner with schools throughout Michigan and in a number of other settings nationwide, providing school staff with the training, materials, and implementation support they need to deliver effective mental health programming to their students. Our program was designed and developed by expert child mental health clinicians in collaboration with health and education researchers, educators, and school leaders. Our model was built specifically for the school setting, and is grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral and mindfulness practices. As we work to make effective mental health services available to all students, priority is given to schools that are under-resourced or that serve historically excluded populations. Our staff are dedicated to a vision of health and health care equity for all, and as TRAILS expands, we are seeking individuals who practice cultural humility, and who thrive in and contribute to an inclusive working environment.


The foundation for the TRAILS clinical program is based on cognitive behavioral therapies, implementation science, and culturally responsible programming. The model is also aligned with the multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework common within the educational setting. Currently, TRAILS equips schools to offer three tiers of programming: Tier 1: Universal Education and Awareness, Social and Emotional Learning Program, Tier 2: Early Intervention, CBT and Mindfulness Skills and Coping with COVID-19 Programs, and Tier 3: Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention and Risk Management Program. The main goal for the clinical team is to support the implementation of TRAILS clinical programming by delivering trainings to school staff, developing materials and resources adequate for our partners and the settings in which they work, and providing implementation support (e.g., coaching). 


TRAILS is seeking a Data Manager to support program evaluation of TRAILS’ multi-tiered mental health interventions in K-12 schools. The Data Manager will directly support the TRAILS Evaluation Director and growing Evaluation team by overseeing our evaluation data operations. The Data Manager will develop and maintain data processing and reporting workflows, conduct statistical analyses, and supervise a small team of Data Analysts. TRAILS evaluation data includes survey data from students and staff, mental health data from students, administrative data, and publicly available data. TRAILS analysis and reporting ranges from descriptive work for stakeholders to advanced evaluation and statistical methods (e.g., RCTs, measurement analysis) published in peer-reviewed journals, all of which must be performed at a high level of data reproducibility and rigor across reporting formats. The Data Manager will be responsible for building out TRAILS’ capacity for automated reporting. The Data Manager will play a critical role in maintaining data integrity and good data stewardship through their data collection, processing, and analysis, while ensuring that methods are culturally responsible, equitable, fair, replicable, and rigorous. 


Systems Management (30%) 

  • Collaborate directly with the Evaluation Director to establish, maintain, evaluate, and continually improve processes, best practices, protocols, procedures, systems, and tools for working with data (e.g., workflows, R functions, templates)
    • Maintenance and development of processes include: code programming to clean and manage data; critically evaluate data processes with regard to replicability, rigor, efficiency, and equity; and quality assurance with adaptability to internal and external audiences and/or stakeholders
  • Collaborate directly with the Evaluation Director, Evaluation Manager, and full Evaluation Team as needed to develop and maintain standard reporting procedures
  • Ensure the secure handling and disposition of sensitive data while simultaneously developing and contributing to sensitive data best practices
  • Co-lead the creation and introduction of new data integrity practices and improve existing ones already in place; both of which support key decision-making 

People Management (25%) 

  • Supervise and support a small team of TRAILS Evaluation Team Data Analysts
  • Develop and deliver team training on data processing, management, and analysis methods based on collaboratively decided priorities 
  • Support the build-out of team member performance metrics 

Program Evaluation Data Collection, Management, and Analysis (25%) 

  • Oversee the collection, processing, and analysis of a wide range of TRAILS program evaluation data 
    • Data includes survey data from students and staff, mental health data from students, administrative data, and publicly available data. 
    • Analysis and reporting ranges from descriptive work for stakeholders to advanced evaluation and statistical methods (e.g., RCTs, measurement analysis) published in peer-reviewed journals
    • Lead development of automated data processing and reporting 
    • High level of data reproducibility, rigor, and efficiency is required
  • Provide support to evaluation and research teams on project design and interpretation of research results
  • Assist in writing data analysis methods and results for use in reports, manuscripts, and presentations to internal and external stakeholders in collaboration with the Evaluation Director
  • Develop data visualizations and graphics to facilitate communication with a wide range of audiences
  • Develop lines of analysis that inform TRAILS programming
  • Process and organize TRAILS’ historical data
  • Maintain an active pulse of emerging best practices in data management 

Team Responsibilities (20%) 

  • Provide mentorship and technical assistance to TRAILS staff in implementing data processing, management, and reporting systems
  • Collaborate with technology innovations and implementation teams on internal program tracking, shared survey projects, and other relevant projects 
  • Attend all staff meetings and retreats, workgroups, and other relevant TRAILS meetings as necessary 
  • Support TRAILS team with all hands-on deck events as needed and other team initiatives 


Our experience suggests that the following types of professional experiences lend themselves to this work:

  • At least 5 years of full-time professional work experience including:
    • 5+ years experience with building and maintaining data management systems
    • 5+ years experience conducting rigorous statistical programming
    • 4+ years experience with evaluation and research data lifecycles, from collection to archiving or disposition
    • 2+ years experience with data visualization and graphics
    • 2+ years of people management experience within a technical role; experience successfully supervising junior data analysts is preferred
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to explain technical topics to non-technical colleagues
  • Demonstrated track record of independently analyzing, interpreting, and communicating diverse data sets
  • Exhibits a solid foundation in statistical theory and application, and has an enthusiasm to learn and apply new methods 
  • Experience working at a human services program or agency, school district, child welfare agency, state or federal government, or foundations is desirable

Our experience suggests that the following types of skills lend themselves well to this work:

  • Proficiency with independently conducting statistical analyses using coding (excellent proficiency in R is required) as opposed to point-and-click 
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, Qualtrics, and Microsoft Office
  • Experience building and maintaining data management systems (including merging data files, identifying and correcting problems, and producing files for final analysis)
  • Experience automating data processing, management, and reporting processes 
  • Proficient technical writing skills for documenting database structure as well as survey and data analysis procedures 


Our experience suggests the following certifications and degree(s) lend themselves well to this work:

  • Advanced degree (e.g, Masters) in statistics, public policy, computer programming, or relevant field 
  • Advanced training in statistics and database management
  • Experience with and/or commitment to engaging with equity in data projects
  • Applicable experience/competencies may be considered in lieu of formal education


The salary range for this role is $99,000 to $110,000 annually.

TRAILS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision as well as a 403B with a safe harbor match and short and long-term disability. We offer a generous holiday and paid time off package.  


Addressing inequities in access to evidence-based mental health care is intrinsic to the TRAILS mission. The intentionality behind this approach is woven into everything we do at TRAILS, resulting in a staff-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all facets of our program. If this commitment is something to which you could positively contribute, we encourage you to apply, particularly if your voice represents a historically excluded perspective. 

TRAILS, a project of Tides Center, is an “at-will” and equal opportunity employer. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.


  • Our job descriptions reflect TRAILS’ assignment of essential functions and qualifications of the role. Nothing herein restricts management's right to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities to this role at any time. 
  • We are only considering applicants who are legally authorized to work in the United States.
  • Please note that all TRAILS employees are required to undergo a background check as performed by our fiscal sponsor, Tides Center. Findings do not automatically exclude candidates from the hiring process, but will be taken into consideration.
  • Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. 

Apply for this Job

* Required
resume chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)
cover_letter chosen  
(File types: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf)

Voluntary Self-Identification

For government reporting purposes, we ask candidates to respond to the below self-identification survey. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file.

As set forth in TRAILS’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy, we do not discriminate on the basis of any protected group status under any applicable law.

Race & Ethnicity Definitions

If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows:

A "disabled veteran" is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability.

A "recently separated veteran" means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service.

An "active duty wartime or campaign badge veteran" means a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service during a war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized under the laws administered by the Department of Defense.

An "Armed forces service medal veteran" means a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order 12985.

Form CC-305

OMB Control Number 1250-0005

Expires 05/31/2023

Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability

Why are you being asked to complete this form?

We are a federal contractor or subcontractor required by law to provide equal employment opportunity to qualified people with disabilities. We are also required to measure our progress toward having at least 7% of our workforce be individuals with disabilities. To do this, we must ask applicants and employees if they have a disability or have ever had a disability. Because a person may become disabled at any time, we ask all of our employees to update their information at least every five years.

Identifying yourself as an individual with a disability is voluntary, and we hope that you will choose to do so. Your answer will be maintained confidentially and not be seen by selecting officials or anyone else involved in making personnel decisions. Completing the form will not negatively impact you in any way, regardless of whether you have self-identified in the past. For more information about this form or the equal employment obligations of federal contractors under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) website at

How do you know if you have a disability?

You are considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment or medical condition that substantially limits a major life activity, or if you have a history or record of such an impairment or medical condition.

Disabilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
  • Blind or low vision
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular or heart disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn's Disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Intellectual disability
  • Missing limbs or partially missing limbs
  • Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. This survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Please reach out to our support team via our help center.