Turnaround for Children

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Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States



Turnaround for Children translates neuroscientific research into tools and strategies for schools with high concentrations of students impacted by adversity, in order to accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement. The organization was founded on a single core insight: children's learning and behavior are negatively affected by the biological mechanism of stress, such as the stress often associated with adversity. This stress leads to a predictable pattern of challenges for school leaders and teachers, as well as an education system that has not prepared them for this set of challenges. Turnaround has since grown into a thought leader in the field of whole child development and is experiencing unprecedented demand for an intervention that enables more schools across the country to effectively integrate practices that support each child's social, emotional and academic development.

Grounded in the scientific research of learning and development and informed by more than 15 years of practical experience in high-poverty schools, Turnaround has developed a Vision for School and Student Success. Moving forward, Turnaround is seeking to understand what it takes to not just mitigate the impact of adversity on learning, but how to enable more schools across the country to achieve a vision of success that accelerates student development and academic achievement.

Turnaround's central office is located in midtown Manhattan. To learn more, please visit https://www.turnaroundusa.org/.


The Organizational Learning and Impact (OLI) team is a multidisciplinary team drawing on developmental science, research, data, and continuous learning and improvement principles to support the organization’s mission of translating science into tools and strategies that accelerate healthy development and academic achievement. The OLI team is responsible for partnering with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that science and data inform all program functions. The OLI team leads the organization in using science and data to continuously improve Turnaround’s tools and services and its impact on schools and students, and in telling a compelling story of impact that enables Turnaround to prompt other schools, districts, practitioners, policy makers, and communities to take action to change the odds for all children impacted by adversity.

The Vice President, Organizational Learning and Impact will serve as the leader of the OLI team and a key member of Turnaround’s leadership team, developing and guiding strategies that leverage data and science to fuel ongoing improvement for Turnaround’s programs. Reporting to Turnaround’s Chief Executive Officer, the Vice President will manage and mentor a team of five.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Organizational Learning and Impact

  • Lead the creation of Turnaround’s “data-rich ecosystem,” inspiring and coordinating staff and partners to collect and utilize comprehensive data for decision-making, continuous learning, improvement and impact
  • Lead the effort to design a coherent, compelling, meaningful story of impact; use data to elevate and emphasize alignment with the science and research that informs Turnaround’s theory of action
  • Establish an organizational learning and impact agenda and the policies, systems, and practices necessary to enable a culture of continuous learning, improvement and impact guided by improvement science principles

Data Policy and Management

  • Establish data governance policies and procedures and manage the ongoing development and refinement of a data system to support learning, progress monitoring, and formative and summative evaluation in a manner that ensures quality, reliability, and data integrity
  • Partner closely with teams to develop cohesive data collection and reporting standards for all measurement and evaluation projects that supports program fidelity
  • Lead the process (in collaboration with the Program Team) to create and revise existing tools for assessing school practices and the implementation of Turnaround’s strategies to inform continuous improvement
  • Develop synthesized data dashboards that enable day-to-day decision making, progress monitoring, and improvement

Applied Science and Research

  • Establish and maintain a responsive, well-functioning science and translation team that leverages a broad network of scientists, researchers, and practitioners
  • Collaborate with the Program Team to infuse science and research into the design, implementation and continuous improvement of tools and services to maximize impact for schools and students
  • Build a working knowledge of the science among all Turnaround staff so that they can incorporate an understanding of the science (eg. Comprehensive student development, adversity) into all aspects of their work
  • Manage a science and research hub that links Turnaround’s work in schools to networks of scientists, educators, researchers and other thought leaders enabling Turnaround to translate existing science and research into tools and practices that are effective in high-poverty schools

Leadership and Team Management

  • Lead and develop the Organizational Learning and Impact team to accomplish rigorous goals and outcomes
  • Build relationships with multiple constituents, including staff, Board members, school and district partners, and colleagues in the broader K-12 education field with the goal of improving Turnaround’s organizational effectiveness
  • Serve as an expert advisor and voice in external affairs, working with the CEO and External Affairs team to contribute to key reports, craft core messages and, where appropriate, represent Turnaround at public speaking engagements and in written media


  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience, with experience mentoring and managing a team to meet complex, multi-faceted goals
  • Deep knowledge of K-12 education and human development, with a strong understanding of how science and scientific research can be applied to improve outcomes for children
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in the design and execution of sophisticated qualitative and quantitative approaches to outcome measurement
  • Exceptional creative thinking and an ability to use qualitative and quantitative information to uncover potential opportunities for innovation, improvement in outcomes, with an ability to organize data so that the meaning in the data is accessible to internal and external audiences
  • Familiarity with a broad range of evaluation strategies and programs, including developmental, formative, and summative evaluation approaches
  • Disciplined, structured, and data-driven approach to decision-making, problem-solving, and systems building with a clear focus on metrics, outcomes, and results
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate and effectively interact with internal teams, external evaluators, and other partners
  • A pioneering and inventive spirit, with the ability to shape and define an uncharted, emerging field
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and an unwavering belief in Turnaround’s mission
  • PhD or equivalent experience required


Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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