Data Analyst

San Diego Hunger Coalition
January 13, 2022
San Diego, California
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Contact Name
Sarah D'Agostino
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Reports to:         Chief Program Officer

Job Status:          Full time, exempt, permanent position

Founded in 1974, the San Diego Hunger Coalition (SDHC) is a medium-sized nonprofit organization with the mission of leading coordinated action to end hunger in San Diego County supported by research, education and advocacy.  Within the strategies for a just food system, we are helping San Diego County’s hunger relief sector evolve into a sustainable nutrition security system that works for all. We call this vision “Hunger Free San Diego,” and we will have reached it when any person facing hunger in our region can readily access adequate, equitable and appropriate food assistance to see them safely through their time of need.

SDHC partners with nonprofit community‐based organizations, resident leaders and grassroots groups, schools, government agencies, healthcare providers and other advocacy organizations across the county and state to achieve the following goals:

  • Build a more effective and interconnected system of hunger relief programs so that anyone facing hunger can readily access enough healthy and culturally appropriate food to see them through their time of need.
  • Identify and eliminate barriers to accessing CalFresh (California’s name for SNAP or food stamps), so that eligible families and individuals with very low incomes can successfully enroll in the program and purchase more healthy and culturally appropriate food.
  • Ensure all children have year‐round access to healthy food in their everyday environments by expanding school meals and other federally‐funded child nutrition programs.

Through our CalFresh Task Force, Hunger Free Kids Task Force, Hunger Advocacy Network, and Hunger Free San Diego Advisory Board and Community Advisory Council, more than 180 individuals and organizations work collaboratively to identify and address systemic barriers to food access using SDHC’s research and data as a road map.

SDHC’s action‐oriented team is made up of motivated, skilled colleagues who are determined to end hunger in San Diego. The Hunger Coalition is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We value our staff, continued learning, flexibility, and a work/life balance.

Position Description:

The Data Analyst plays a critical role in advancing not only the Hunger Coalition’s work, but also the work of the entire hunger relief sector in San Diego County as we work together to create a Hunger Free San Diego. SDHC seeks an individual who is passionate about economic and social justice and how this affects people’s access to opportunity and ability to meet basic needs.

The Data Analyst position requires an individual with a critical mindset who is adaptable, creative, and curious. This position must be willing to contribute to a positive organizational culture and be comfortable in a fast-paced advocacy organization that pivots as needed according to a rapidly changing landscape.


  • Play a leadership role in the Hunger Coalition’s Hunger Free San Diego initiative by developing and producing various data products and reports to inform data driven decision-making on solutions to hunger in our region.
  • Provide guidance on the development of new methodologies and approaches to further understand nutrition insecurity and the impact food assistance efforts have on reducing hunger across San Diego communities.
  • Work with SDHC team to inform and operationalize countywide goal setting and track our sector’s collective progress towards ending hunger in San Diego County.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with hunger relief partners across the county to facilitate collaborative data sharing and analysis.
  • Regularly gather, configure, and provide quality control for data sets related to hunger and food assistance in San Diego County from SDHC’s broad network of partners.
  • Perform data analysis and data visualization for key projects, including internal performance indicators, on an ongoing basis.
  • Design and maintain systems and databases to house internal and external data with the support of external contractors.
  • Follow and analyze labor, economic, and other statistics and raw data from sources such as the US Census Bureau, CA Department of Education, US Department of Agriculture, CA Employment Development Department, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Prepare reports for executive leadership that effectively communicate trends, patterns, and predictions in the context of local and national trends impacting nutrition security.
  • Create content in the form of written reports, fact sheets, presentations and other materials that are easy to understand and useful for diverse stakeholders including nonprofit organizations, school districts, policymakers, funders and the broader public.
  • Participate in and actively contribute to strategic planning, fundraising and staff development activities.
  • Strategically engage interns, research fellows and academic institutions as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, social and racial justice.
  • Graduate degree highly preferred; or undergraduate with strong training in quantitative research methods or statistics and at least five years of relevant experience. Background in economics, public policy, relevant social sciences or food systems extremely helpful.
  • Strong quantitative skills, including use and analysis of large data sets, and facility with sophisticated mathematical and statistical concepts and models, including linear and multi-variate regression.
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis using statistical packages and programming (R or Python). Familiarity with ArcGIS Pro required, and experience with SQL is preferred.
  • Exceptional writing and communication skills with ability to write and present information in a clear, concise way, synthesizing information as appropriate for diverse audiences.
  • Proven project management and organization skills, including using work plans effectively, working independently, prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience managing projects engaging external partners, including contractors and voluntary collaborators.
  • Experience developing and managing relationships with diverse community stakeholders.
  • Proven skills at working in a team.
  • Desire and ability to contribute to a positive organizational culture.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • Familiarity with Tableau, Google Data Studio or other dashboard reporting tool.
  • Experience with Participatory Action Research and other community-based, action-oriented research practices.
  • Familiarity with hunger and food system issues and federal, state and local government.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • Fluency in a second language a plus.

Terms of Employment

SDHC’s salary and benefit standards are competitive and will depend on qualifications and experience. Full benefits include 80% of healthcare, vision and dental insurance premiums; 100% of Life Insurance premium; 401(k) with employer contribution after 6 months of employment; use of Paid Family Leave; and generous vacation and holiday time. This position may involve occasional travel or attendance at events during non-work hours. NOTE:  SDHC staff are working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person meetings are limited at this time.

Application Process

Please submit your cover letter and resume to and put the words “Data Analyst” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. No phone calls please.

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