Data Manager, Organizational Learning and Impact
About Turnaround for Children
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.
This position is based in New York or Washington, DC.
This is an exempt level position that is not eligible for overtime.
About the Position
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 Manager will contribute to OLI’s creation of a “data-rich ecosystem” by working with staff to collect and use comprehensive data for decision-making, continuous learning and improvement, and impact. S/he will support the establishment and maintenance of data systems and of structures and practices that enable continuous learning and improvement, including data dashboards that enable decision-making and progress monitoring. The Manager will work with the OLI team to create or identify existing educational, developmental, institutional (school), and community (district) measurement tools aligned to Turnaround’s theory of change. The Manager will lead the quantitative analysis of our data, ensuring the quality and usability of our data. S/he will help manage collecting data from our partner schools, using both Turnaround staff and outside contractors. The Manager will serve as a thought partner to departments across the organization, contributing to priorities deliverables (examples: data reports for funders, analysis of staff engagement data with Talent, advising business development on creation of a data warehousing system).
Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
- Develop measurement and analysis strategy for organizational learning
- Conduct data analysis using, for instance, Excel, SPSS, MPlus, Stata, and R; project manage external researchers and statisticians to support program evaluation
- Manage all data systems (including SQL databases, Tableau, Excel), recommend and implement priority improvements;
- Design, create, and continually refine a suite of data visualization in Tableau
- Project manage software development projects
- Establish a full set of measurement and data analysis procedures and guidelines aligned to practice in schools
- Work with field and program staff to understand school-based quantitative and qualitative data needs, and develop solutions to fulfill them
- Train organizational teams on measurement strategies and research methods
- Develop organizational data story in partnership with organizational stakeholders
- Manage data collection processes, using contractors and staff
Essential Qualifications & Experience:
- Strong analytical skills with experience providing data analysis to both technical and non-technical audiences
- Knowledge of Tableau and experience conducting statistical research analysis using SPSS
- Expert skills managing relational databases (e.g., SQL, Access, Salesforce); design experience preferred
- Knowledge of both variable-centered and person-centered methods of data analysis preferred
Background and experience
- A bachelor’s degree required; Master’s strongly preferred
- Experience presenting complex data analysis to various stakeholders
- Experience training users in data systems
- Experience with program evaluation research and/or nonprofit internal evaluation
- Strong written and verbal communication
- Track record of establishing effective working relationships with colleagues at all levels across teams
- Excellent organizational skills
- A knowledge of developmental psychology or neuroscience preferred
Mission / culture alignment
- Strong commitment to the work and mission of Turnaround for Children
- Demonstrated interested or experience in K – 12 education
- Ability to form strong interpersonal and collaborative relationships across different backgrounds and perspectives
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
All applicants must submit a resume together with an in-depth cover letter outlining the ways in which their skills and experience align with our specific needs.
Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.
Compensation is competitive based on background and experience and includes excellent benefits. Turnaround for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot be used as a basis for an employment decision.