Job Application Due Date: 12/01/20
Hiring Company/Organization: KnowledgeWorks Foundation
About the KnowledgeWorks Foundation
KnowledgeWorks Foundation‘s work in schools across the country sparks new thinking about ways to prepare students for an uncertain future. They believe in personalized learning not only for students, but also for educators and leaders. With 20 years of experience exploring the future of learning, growing educator impact, and working with state and federal policymakers, the Foundation’s passionate team partners with schools and communities to grow a system-wide approach to sustain student-centered practices so that every child graduates ready for what’s next. They know that people do better when they work together.
Reporting to the Vice President, Impact and Improvement (IM2), the Senior Director leads the data strategy and continuous learning efforts of the organization, referred to as the Data, Research, and Learning portfolio. The position also supports other departments across the organization by providing leadership, expertise, and guidance for overall data and improvement efforts to advance organizational goals.
The IM2 Team focuses on identifying effective learner‐centered approaches to transform systems and better support the Foundation’s most marginalized learners, both nationally and through KnowledgeWorks’s (KW) state‐based work. The Senior Director oversees KW’s ability to measure and increase their impact in the schools, districts, and states they’re partnering with as they embrace personalized, competency‐based education.
This is an ideal position for someone with a deep understanding of and familiarity with education research and continuous improvement approaches who seeks to use more democratized research methods to drive equitable outcomes in education.
The Senior Director will be joining KW at an important moment in its 20‐year history. In addition to growing their work and impact, they are increasingly focused on the ways ‐‐ as an organization of privilege ‐‐ they can do more to address the systemic racism throughout the education systems and aspects of White supremacy culture within their own organization.
Data, Research, and Learning
- Lead the Foundation’s State Impact Assessments (SIA), including serving as the primary liaison between research teams, state and local officials, and KW teams; advising on research methods, data analysis, and interpretation; and representing the work with internal and external audiences.
- Develop, execute, and refine strategy for an “SIA playbook”: the KW approach to codifying and customizing tools and methods to assess the impact of personalized, competency‐based approaches in different state contexts with a focus on their impact on historically marginalized youth.
- Support continuous improvement activities for districts in tracking and measuring district, school, and classroom progress against stated focus areas.
Organizational Data and Strategy Support
- Serve as a leading strategist and conduit across KnowledgeWorks’ teams to manage the development of a Theory of Action and Logic Models.
- Oversee efforts to document, analyze, monitor, and communicate KW’s progress towards organizational goals.
- Instill a culture of continuous improvement, working with colleagues across the organization to understand data collection and infrastructure needs to support organizational goals.
- Provide oversight to the development of organizational dashboards (including state, district, and organizational) that draw from ongoing data collection and analysis necessary for measuring benchmarks toward success, based on evolving strategies and goals.
- Provide periodic updates to the KWF board and Leadership Team
- Lead efforts to support KW’s organizational justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work with data and analytics
Thought Leadership and Advocacy
- Advance KW and thought leadership nationally by communicating the connection between externally validated research and specific personalized, competency‐based learning practices that drive a more equitable system of education, user‐driven measurement and accountability, democratizing research, and continuous improvement.
- Blog, write, publish thought pieces on relevant topics to help grow KW’ reputation and influence nationally.
- Attend/present/speak at strategic industry‐related conferences.
- Contribute to IM2 team priorities and & cross‐team research efforts.
Management and Organizational Responsibilities
- Manage high performing staff, including several direct reports.
- Manage high-level consultants to support the organization’s overall impact and improvement strategy.
- Actively participate in organizational decision‐making forums.
Education and Work Experience
- Knowledge and skills at a level normally acquired through the completion of a Master’s degree in Education, related social science field, or equivalent work experience.
- 8+ years in research‐related, continuous improvement, and/or information analytics roles
- 3+ years experience working in schools, districts, or youth development programs
- Strong data management, data visualization, and data analytic skills
- Experience managing high‐level, multi‐functional, diverse, and cross‐organizational teams
- Demonstrated success in management of internal and external stakeholders to achieve desired results using collaborative and participatory methods
- Experience addressing the needs and assets of marginalized student populations
- Demonstrated capacity to partner with diverse individuals and organizations across the educational and research landscape
- Supervisory experience
Licenses, Credentials, and Certifications
- Familiarity with qualitative software packages and data visualization platforms a plus (e.g., NVivo, Tableau)
- A PhD or EdD a plus
- Training and/or experience in continuous improvement and facilitative leadership
Specialized Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills
- Understanding of state longitudinal data systems and/or major district learning management systems a plus
- Experience and facility engaging with state and district leaders, including the ability to translate research purposes, methods, and findings into clear and convincing language
- Able to work collaboratively as well as independently to achieve strategic goals
- Knowledge of education innovations such as personalized learning, competency‐based education, deeper learning, and/or student‐centered learning required; practice, policy, or research experience in these fields a plus
- Budget management skills including developing budgets, managing multi‐year grants, vendor contracts, and keeping deliverables on track and within budget
- Flexible and adaptable to constantly changing educational landscape and resulting responsive, shifting organizational structures and annual priorities
- Deep familiarity with or experience delivering different modes of professional development.
- Lifelong learner, open to feedback and welcoming professional improvement, willing and able to examine and challenge personal biases
- Microsoft Office proficiency
Applications are due December 1, 2020.