About the Data & Evaluation Team
We want every layer of our organization -- from our Executive Team to our teachers -- to feel empowered by data, and ready to learn and grow from it so that we can best support our students, families, and staff. To do this, we aim to make actionable insights readily available, drive regional evaluation to identify and share best practices, improve processes and role sustainability, and to inspire introspection among our teammates.
We are looking for an Associate Director of Data and Evaluation to join our relentlessly curious, entrepreneurial regional Data and Evaluation team. We are looking for a data leader with deep domain expertise in the K-12 education space, who will drive the strategic direction of data solutions and data use at our high schools and within our college and career programming through close partnership with our regional Teaching and Learning team, school leadership teams, and KIPP Through College (KTC) team. This leader will leverage strong stakeholder engagement skills and data expertise to help these teams with rigorous metric development and progress monitoring solutions aligned to our annual priorities and 2025 Strategic Plan. They will shepherd the evolution and execution of our high school and KTC data strategy and road maps, including directly managing and coaching our KTC data analyst teammate. This individual will also serve as our data lead for two multi-year improvement science initiatives at the high school level, building our region’s capacity in this practice. The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker, capable people manager, and creative data enthusiast. They will report to our regional Director of Data & Evaluation and be based in our Regional Support Office in downtown Oakland.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
With support from the Data and Evaluation team, the Associate Director will be responsible for:
- Data Strategy for High School, College, and Career Programming
- Drive the strategic direction of our high school data tools and data strategy by partnering closely with our regional Teaching and Learning team and high school leadership teams; own execution of the high school data road map.
- Partner with our KIPP Through College (KTC) Data Analyst and KTC leadership team to ensure a coherent data strategy across high school, college, and career.
- Shepherd high school and college and career metric definition and ensure alignment with our annual strategic priorities.
- Collaborate within the Data Team to develop and maintain an overall data road map of products as well as data warehouse that are aligned to organizational mission, values, and need.
- People Management and Team Leadership
- Directly manage and coach one teammate, our KIPP Through College (KTC) Data Analyst, supporting their development, as well as the evolution and execution of the KTC data road map.
- Support the team in quarterly and annual planning and meeting facilitation, helping teammates to identify risks in our road maps and to vet feasibility of timelines.
- Champion equity meets design principles as well as agile work flows across the data team.
- Champion our Leading for Racial Equity work by engaging deeply in learning around diversity, equity, and inclusion and support and encourage our teammates in doing so too.
- Data Lead for Improvement Science
- Serve as the data lead on two multi-year improvement science projects that span our high school and KIPP Through College (KTC) teams, to further post-secondary education outcomes for our students.
- Work closely with school and regional stakeholders to refine our measurement diagrams, and ensure alignment between change ideas and the outcomes we seek.
- Collaboratively design, develop measurement tools, and train the school-based improvement teams in data collection as needed and progress monitoring towards our outcomes.
- Data Products, Analysis, and Reporting
- Facilitate participatory, equity by design processes in tool/system enhancement and creation to ensure that our solutions are human-centered, equity-centered, and address root cause.
- Based on the processes above, iteratively build data tools using Tableau, Google Apps, and SQL (Microsoft SQL Server + PostgreSQL), balancing stakeholder feature requests with the need to prune existing tools and to deliver minimum viable products, to ensure best use of organizational resources.
- Analyze school and student data, identifying trends and patterns and determining their implications for our practices in core areas such as teaching and learning, post-secondary outcomes, and external reporting; create compelling narratives to encourage data-informed decision making.
- Serve as the data lead for our external reporting functions, helping to create authentic powerful narratives, grounded in data, around our bright spots and opportunity areas.
- Data Stewardship and Capacity Building
- Partner closely with stakeholders to develop data protocols and a clear roll-out and training strategy for new builds to ensure clarity of purpose and effective people supports.
- Steward our data by developing data quality systems for auditing our infrastructure and tools for key content areas, facilitating stepback conversations with stakeholders to audit changes to our business practices, and helping the Data Team to vet the development of rigorous metrics and goals.
- Contribute to our internal team’s knowledge management systems, documentation practices, and code review process to ensure that we build and maintain infrastructure sustainably.
Other duties as assigned
Preferred Qualifications with a minimum of five years of work experience in roles similar to this one and at least one year of people management experience:
- Strategic thinker, with ability to identify root cause and think creatively about scalable solutions that center students while minimizing lift on schools.
- Strong stakeholder management and highly effective oral and written communicator.
- Extensive experience analyzing large datasets in the K-12 education space, leveraging improvement science principles, with high accuracy and attention to detail.
- Strong project management practices with the ability to prioritize and balance competing priorities.
- Proven track record for coaching and developing data analysts.
- Experience building data tools using agile development and human-centered design principles.
- Highly resourceful, with demonstrated ability to learn new data platforms/systems quickly and independently.
- Proven track record of teamwork and proactive collaboration with others
- Experience developing data visualizations using Tableau or similar tools.
- Demonstrated proficiency in SQL for database management and reporting (e.g., PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle).
- Advanced proficiency in G Suite (e.g., Google Sheets).
- Familiarity with software release processes and related tooling such as GitHub and Agile project management.
- Strong integrity and commitment to KIPP’s mission, values, and our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Continuous learner, team player, and self-starter.
- Comfortable in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
- Values a culture of giving and receiving feedback.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands
Physical: Ability to navigate office and school campuses, and hold meetings in different spaces. Traditionally, much of the day involves sitting. Ability to access and utilize technology. Occasional lifting/carrying of equipment 1-20 lbs.
Mental: Stress of deadlines and normal work standards, ability to analyze problems and generate alternatives, work with interruptions, concentrate for long periods of time, read, calculate, perform routine math problems, memorize and recall objects and people.
Environmental: Office and/or classroom environment subject to constant interruptions and distractions. Occasional classroom/school environment and travel. In an emergency context (e.g., pandemic), work may be conducted virtually fully or partially for extended periods of time or longer, and the expectation is that the individual will establish a productive, remote work environment (e.g., ability to stay connected through different technology means). It may require remote work as current public health guidelines warrant.
Full-time, exempt position based on RSO calendar and time-off policy
About KIPP Public Schools Northern California
We are a thriving nonprofit network of 16 free, public charter schools open to all students. At KIPP, we believe all children should grow up free to create the future they want for themselves and that schools can and should be a critical factor in making that vision a reality. Together with families and communities, we create joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world.
Our student community consists of over 6,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in East Palo Alto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, San Jose, and Redwood City. 79% qualify for free or reduced price lunch, 32% are multilingual learners, and 10% have special needs. We strive to cultivate a representative team of teachers and leaders that reflect our students’ diversity.
We are dedicated to you and your family's well-being! KIPP offers a competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and transportation benefits.