About the Great Oaks Foundation
The Great Oaks (GO) Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings its model of high dosage tutoring to schools from Maryland to Connecticut with the mission of preparing students for college success. The tutoring is provided by the Great Oaks Fellows, which is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver at least two hours of individualized instruction to every student every day. This is a crucial strategy in Great Oaks schools to improve achievement and prepare teachers to work in our schools.
The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this program in Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; New York, NY and Wilmington, DE. Additionally, we have begun partnering our Fellow program with several non-Great Oaks schools where we have begun sitting residents as well. A select group of the Fellows are enrolled in a Teacher Residency program that is being conducted in partnership with NYU’s Online Teacher Residency Program and Relay Graduate School of Education.
As Great Oaks prepares for expansion, we have continued to refine both our school and high-dosage tutoring model for greater impact. Key components of this process include designing the Great Oaks High school and refining the Fellowship model.
The Great Oaks (GO) Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission of launching and supporting a network of 6-12th grade charter schools that prepare students for postsecondary success through high-dosage tutoring coupled with outstanding classroom instruction. By design, GO’s schools contribute to the vitality of the urban neighborhoods where they are located by attracting and creating social, human, and investment capital.
The mission of the Great Oaks Charter Schools is to provide students with multiple pathways to postsecondary success in the career of their choosing. At Great Oaks, we are committed to providing a rigorous academic program, fostering a positive school culture and building authentic relationships with families. We are seeking hard-working, tenacious people who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education. What sets Great Oaks schools apart from other college preparatory charter schools is a high-dosage tutoring model provided by the Great Oaks Fellows, a selective cadre of recent college graduates who tutor and mentor every student in the school. In partnership with AmeriCorps, Great oaks has successfully partnered and replicated our model across school sites in New York City; Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Wilmington, DE.
To learn more about Great Oaks https://greatoakscharter.org/
The Great Oaks Foundation Deputy Director of Data Analysis & Research will support the Great Oaks Network in developing, implementing, managing, and supporting student and staff data and information systems as well as integrated digital learning products used in the classroom. They will also lead the process of monitoring and researching program pilots/innovations to codify and disseminate best practices. This will be critical to ensuring progress towards impact goals and overall quality of the Great Oaks school model and AmeriCorps Fellowship program. The position is approximately 60% data analytics and 40% research.
Reporting to the Senior National Director of Data Systems & Strategy, the Deputy Director of Data Analysis & Research will work in close partnership with the the data team at Great Oaks, site based stakeholders, and the broader Academics team. The Deputy Director of Data Analysis & Research will be an integral part of realizing our goal to develop an integrated data system that seamlessly and securely connects our educational data in order to generate powerful analytics and visuals so that educators at every level of the Great Oaks organization can make data-driven decisions to improve student outcomes. They will also be critical in supporting the type of internal qualitative and quantitative research necessary to ensure continuous improvement.
The ideal Deputy Director of Data Analysis & Research candidate will excel in data coding, have strong analytical skills, experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and be an excellent project manager with a grasp of data and digital technologies that are commonly used in K-12 education. This person is someone who will thrive being part of an entrepreneurial and growing team, understands how to bring a programmatic vision to life and how to monitor, adjust and strengthen programs over time in partnership with key constituents. The candidate will possess exceptional relationship building skills and the ability to communicate clearly to multiple stakeholders.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Data Infrastructure Management: Engineering
- Assist with Ed-Fi ODS/BigQuery Data Systems Integration
- Writing SQL Queries
- Configuring, automating, and maintaining security of Data Portal(s) and affiliated Data Studio reports
- Data Validation in BigQuery (against primary source reports e.g. NWEA, eSchool/PowerSchool, etc)
Data Infrastructure Management: Program/Application Management
- Own Clever Rostering & Clever Portal as well as rostering of all integrated programs (e.g. NWEA, MasteryConnect, etc)
- Maintain network-owned programs (TeachBoost, NWEA, MasteryConnect, etc.) to ensure data is integrated into system correctly
- Manage data output of HR and recruiting systems
Data Analytics & Visualization:
In conjunction with the Deputy Director of Data Systems & Strategy:
- Support development of Great Oaks Fellows Impact Dashboard (measurement framework dashboard)
- Support with management of Data Product Lifecycle Development (Articulating questions, creating draft products, running focus groups, etc.)
- Support standing up of new infrastructure and reporting environment for partner sites
- Support with maintaining all visuals/reports in Great Oaks Data Portal including validation cycles
- Ensure all reports meet quality standards
- Analyze school and partner site data to deliver insights
Data Dashboard Implementation:
- Work with school and Foundation teams to effectively utilize data dashboards to drive improvement efforts
- Monitor data dashboard feedback form, propose and support the implementation of changes to data dashboards to improve use
- Facilitate professional developments for CMO schools and partner sites on data dashboard use and implementation
- Work closely with the AmeriCorps team to implement Fellows Measurement Framework Dashboard
Google Workspace & GoGuardian Management:
- Project manage Google Workspace Audit Action Plan
- Onboarding/Offboarding Account management
- Develop & maintain user roles & permissions
- Device Management
- Provision & Authorize extensions/applications/etc.
- Create all standard operating procedures for Google Workspace management and User Guides
- Build a process for regularly managing and maintaining GoGuardian Admin web-filtering across school sites
- Manage requests from schools to whitelist websites for student use
- Collaborate with school operations and culture teams to address issues of misuse
- Qualitative and quantitative analysis of program pilots: A crucial part of the improvement process for Great Oaks is focusing on site-based innovations in the core areas of Fellow and school practice (including mentoring programs, tutorial math and reading programs, culturally relevant pedagogy, among others). The Deputy Director will be responsible for working closely with key GOF staff in monitoring these site-based innovations with a focus on the implementation, documenting the successes and challenges, and disseminating best practices throughout the network. Design rapid cycle qualitative and quantitative (or mixed methods) studies of site-based pilots and innovations in key areas determined by the Executive Vice President and AmeriCorps Chief Program Officer, in conjunction with the Senior National Director of Data Systems & Strategy
- Collect and analyze data and artifacts from rapid cycle studies
- Codify findings and present to stakeholders with presentation and resource guide to enable the proliferation of any best practices across the network
- Work in close partnership with the Fellows team to ensure that findings from research inform future program design and implementation plans.
- Coordination of External Research. As a national Americorps program, we have ongoing relationships with external researchers for program improvement, evidence of efficacy and proof of impact. The Deputy Director will coordinate the ongoing research efforts.
Competencies and Qualifications
- Managing data pipelines, coding/scripting, validating, analyzing and visualizing data meaningfully for users Must have demonstrated experience working with SQL databases and programming (e.g. Python, ETL frameworks, Google Apps Scripts, etc.)Extra consideration granted to candidates with specific experience working with Google BigQuery
- Building and managing user-centered dashboard in digital visualization platforms such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Google Data Studio, etc. Extra consideration granted to candidates with specific experience working with Google Data Studio
- Expert ability to analyze datasets using SQL, Excel and Google Sheets functions
- Experience with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods rapid cycle studies; analyzing, presenting and disseminating results
- Making data and technology accessible to users Able to expertly problem solve technical challenges associated with data and technology systems in schools
- Expertise with core Google Apps, including Sheets, Slides, Docs and Drive is required. Experience managing Google Workspace Admin Console preferred
- Ability to problem solve technical challenges associated with data and technology systems
- Ability to quickly learn the basics of unfamiliar specialized systems and software platforms
- Managing complex projects Excellent organization and project management skills, ideally with technology-based products such as Asana
- Ability to manage multiple projects at once and effectively prioritize tasks to deliver results by given deadline
- Ability to communicate and collaborate with school leaders and school-based points of contact, as well as data and digital project partners and vendors
- Being a team player who does whatever it takes to provide optimal serviceCollaborative working style with a strong drive to learn and share knowledge
- Highly self-motivated and directed, with excellent attention to detail
- Excellent communicator with the ability to explain complex, technical ideas to a non-technical audience. Strong written and verbal skills required
- Ability to approach challenges as a systems thinker: a determined problem-solver with ability to create and innovate scalable solutions on the go, sometimes with limited time and resources
The successful candidate will also:
- Experience leading adults - through professional development, direct supervision or coordination of key efforts.
- Passion about academic learning and an insistence on academic excellence for all students.
- Experience with utilizing research to impact practice. This can include action research, applied research or overseeing more formal research projects.
- A strong belief that all students can succeed.
- Be efficient and organized
- Have a do-whatever-it-takes attitude including a willingness to work occasionally on the weekend or in the evening
- Possess an exceptional ability to respond well to feedback and implement it immediately
- Be comfortable with a dynamic, fast-paced environment of rapid change and evolvement
- Be willing to travel up to 25% of time to school and partner sites, contingent on current COVID safety policies
Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education. Must also have proof of U.S citizenship or legal resident status.