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Director of Evaluation

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The Possible Zone
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Boston, MA
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Publicado hace 25 días

The Possible Zone (TPZ), a nonprofit organization, seeks a Boston-area Director of Evaluation             to join our growing research team and lead rigorous program evaluation and continuous improvement efforts. The ideal candidate has a strong track record of translating data and research into practice, as well as a passion for closing the opportunity gap for young people.

ABOUT THE POSSIBLE ZONE:

The Possible Zone is an afterschool program that uses entrepreneurship as a framework to close the skills and opportunities gap facing young people with untapped potential. We guide students through a dynamic curriculum, including hands-on work experience and individualized career planning, to develop the personal qualities that predict future professional success.

In short, we believe anything is possible!

ABOUT THE ROLE

Reporting to the Chief Research & Evaluation Officer (CREO), the Director of Evaluation will join our growing research team and lead rigorous program evaluation and continuous improvement research efforts. The Director will collaborate with the CREO and TPZ’s Director of Research to oversee and support efforts to cultivate a culture of continuous learning and improvement, and work to establish TPZ as a thought leader in both research and practice. This role requires strong leadership and analytic skills, as well as experience with translating data and research into practice, and effectively communicating with a range of audiences and stakeholders. The Director will collaborate with other Research & Evaluation team members to execute on goals and will have support from at least one direct report. 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead efforts to execute a multi-year program evaluation plan, including formative and summative evaluation phases.
  • Establish and maintain organizational partnerships, data agreements, IRB approvals, and research proposals necessary to execute TPZ’s evaluation plan and ongoing continuous improvement.
  • As needed, help to identify, select, and manage external evaluation partners or consultants (e.g., independent evaluation firm).
  • Supports sustainability of evaluation efforts by identifying and developing grant proposals and/or initiating evaluation activities or special projects.
  • Work with TPZ’s Development team and Institutional research colleagues to ensure robust and timely data tracking and reporting, per requirements for TPZ’s grants and according to expectations of TPZ stakeholders
  • Design and implement an Annual Impact & Learning report that summarizes findings from TPZ program evaluation efforts.
  • Collaborate with the CREO and existing Research & Evaluation team to expand TPZ’s capacity for data use and continuous improvement, as the organization continues to grow. 
  • Develop and consistently implement rigorous data governance — policies, systems, and practices for data collection, management, use, and reporting of implementation and outcome data. 
  • Collect, clean, and organize evaluation and continuous improvement data, such as: partner schools’ administrative data; survey and observation data on student development and program implementation quality; and external database data on alumni and students( e.g., National Student Clearinghouse data on alumni postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and completion).
  • Create and use surveys to collect data on the TPZ student experience, student attrition and alumni success.
  • Ensure consistent and timely reporting and use of BASB data (PRISM); network-level and TPZ-specific; coordination and sharing of network learnings opportunities;
  • Explore BASB badge piloting/adoption; collaborate with TPZ’s program team around design and implementation of student badging and portfolios
  • Contribute to ongoing design of student and organizational data systems (e.g., student information systems, learning management systems, and knowledge management systems).
  • Analyze observational, survey, and program administrative data, report findings to TPZ leaders, the TPZ board, program teams, and various external partners and stakeholders.
  • Lead and/or conduct qualitative case studies of students and report findings to TPZ leaders, the TPZ board, and externally.
  • Together with the CREO, help lead TPZ’s thought leadership efforts by launching & managing a Thought Leadership Project Team, as well as co-authoring research articles, conference presentations/talks, white papers, and various types of external reports.  
  • Co-lead meetings of an advisory team of national experts, engaging collectively and individually as needed by TPZ and the Research & Evaluation team.

 Qualifications:

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of youth, particularly those who are underserved, recent immigrants, and/or face barriers to success;
  • 5+ years of quantitative and/or qualitative research experience;
  • A Master’s degree or commensurate experience is required; PhD strongly preferred
  • Proficiency with Excel; familiarity with statistical software (experience working with R preferred);
  • Excellent writing skills; grant writing experience a plus
  • Highly organized; action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative;
  • Sincere interest to work collaboratively with an energized, committed and creative team;
  • Comfortable working in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment, in which priorities and goals can change, sometimes at a rapid pace;
  • A team player with a growth mindset, strong communication skills, and a commitment to excellence, respect, and inclusion.
  • Ability to anticipate and identify problems putting forward solutions that are creative, innovative and flexible.

DEI STATEMENT:

We believe every member of our team and student body deserves opportunities for growth, success and inclusion. We recognize that for many of our students, staff and communities, their life journeys run through oppressive structures and systems (e.g. classism, racism, sexism) — and that’s what makes our organizational culture and work so necessary and important.

We believe that diversity in perspective, backgrounds, ethnicities and lived experience is a strength, and from that strength, we can accomplish great things with the students we serve. Together as students, staff, organizations, communities, volunteers, and partners, we are intentional about creating safe spaces where all members can speak authentically and be themselves.

We are committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. As members of The Possible Zone community, our progression along this ongoing journey raises thoughtful questions, reveals biases, and opens conversations. We celebrate one another and are unified in our commitment to young people, excellence, and innovation. This work is our shared responsibility and our opportunity to welcome all members who share in our mission and strive to provide pathways that further prepare students in achieving their desired success.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS 

The Possible Zone offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan. 

COVID Vaccination Policy

The Possible Zone is requiring that all employees receive a primary series of COVID-19 vaccination as well as a booster dose. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen, and receives a booster dose when eligible. In order to be qualified for employment at The Possible Zone, final candidates must comply with the vaccination requirement or receive an approved exemption.

 


More About The Possible Zone

The Possible Zone’s (TPZ) mission is to advance economic equity by ensuring young people develop the entrepreneurial spirit, skills, and networks to launch successful careers. Based in Boston, TPZ offers high school students a year-round, multi-year entrepreneurship program that includes project-based curriculum, STEAM education, hands-on work experience, and individualized college and career advising. TPZ’s young entrepreneurs launch their own companies, learn design and advanced manufacturing, intern with local companies, and map their postsecondary goals and plans. In the process, they develop career readiness, social-emotional, and technical skills, and strengthen their professional identity, preparing them to succeed in any future path they choose.

 

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