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Director of Data, Technology and Evaluation

Denver, CO, USA
Full-time
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Application Process

Deadline to apply: Priority given to applications received by September 17, 2021

Please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter. In your cover letter please share how your experiences have specifically prepared you to lead and execute a complex multi-year data strategy across multiple partners.
  • Resume or CV
  • Writing sample and data visualization sample.
  • 3 professional references

DEAN seeks an experienced data, technology, and evaluation leader to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of our work; lead the collection, analysis, and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data across DEAN partners; and to support the strategic alignment of the partnership to address gaps and improve educational and career-related outcomes. In addition to guiding DEAN’s data work with partners and performing data analysis to measure impact, this position must understand how to leverage technology in support of a robust shared data environment. This person should also be skilled at instilling and supporting a culture of data use within DEAN and its partners. In addition to supporting the data housed at DEAN, this person will empower partners to use data that is exchanged to better support learners along a pathway. Data is not only a tool for measuring impact but also for improving outcomes for learners. This role is key in elevating the equity imperative of improving the education system for all learners, strengthening DEAN’s capacity to assess the effectiveness of a system-wide pathways strategy, centering strategies and interventions on shared data and evaluating the impact of collaboration and collective work. This role will work closely with DEAN leadership, consultants and partners to create and/or improve systems and strategies in support of common goals.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) Overview

The Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) ignites and accelerates systems change, connecting stakeholders and driving collaboration to build an education-to-career system that works better for all learners, with a focus on learners who have historically and presently been excluded from high-value career pathways.

DEAN was founded in 2014 as a direct response to persistent equity gaps in educational attainment and economic opportunity. As a non-profit that sits outside the system, DEAN is in a unique position to work between and among education- and workforce-centric institutions, organizations and state agencies, to identify and build collaborative strategies and connect work for greater impact. 

DEAN leads collaborative career-connected pathways initiatives with Denver Public Schools, Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Emily Griffith Technical College, the City and County of Denver, Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Community College System (CCCS), Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and other community organizations. The DEAN partnership focuses on the common goal to dramatically increase the number and diversity of learners who complete high-quality career pathways and earn credentials that lead to good jobs and economic opportunity.

Job Summary

DEAN seeks an experienced data, technology, and evaluation leader to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of our work; lead the collection, analysis, and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data across DEAN partners; and to support the strategic alignment of the partnership to address gaps and improve educational and career-related outcomes. In addition to guiding DEAN’s data work with partners and performing data analysis to measure impact, this position must understand how to leverage technology in support of a robust shared data environment. This person should also be skilled at instilling and supporting a culture of data use within DEAN and its partners. In addition to supporting the data housed at DEAN, this person will empower partners to use data that is exchanged to better support learners along a pathway. Data is not only a tool for measuring impact but also for improving outcomes for learners. This role is key in elevating the equity imperative of improving the education system for all learners, strengthening DEAN’s capacity to assess the effectiveness of a system-wide pathways strategy, centering strategies and interventions on shared data and evaluating the impact of collaboration and collective work. This role will work closely with DEAN leadership, consultants and partners to create and/or improve systems and strategies in support of common goals.

Role/Responsibilities

  • Manage the collection, analysis and reporting of data from multiple partners; work with partners to analyze and assess data; consolidate and synthesize data from multiple sources
  • In collaboration with DEAN leadership and key stakeholders, lead efforts to understand the factors that contribute to learner success and apply those learnings to continuously improve our pathways model.
  • Manage program evaluation for grant-funded programs, including evaluation design, data collection, evaluation budget, analysis and reporting
  • Continuously develop pathways data and evaluation frameworks to reflect current state and future opportunities
  • Create data infrastructure, calendars, technical guides, data files to ensure consistency of metrics, analysis and communications
  • Develop, navigate and maintain data sharing agreements
  • Help partners use shared data in local systems to improve learner experience
  • Cultivate and manage relationships across multiple stakeholders
  • Create reports, dashboards, presentations, and visualizations for a variety of audiences
  • Develop effective surveys and evaluate findings
  • Support partners’ use of data in goal setting, program implementation and other key decisions
  • Understand and take advantage of opportunities to leverage technology in support of DEAN and the DEAN partnership, including designing technical solutions for data collection, storage and security
  • Network with partner institutions, state agencies, and community partners to understand their data reporting, focus areas and trends; stay up to date with national trends, research, and best practices
  • Communicate and share DEAN’s data strategy, progress, and results through a variety of mediums and to multiple audiences, including to the DEAN Pathways Leadership Team, state agencies, and educational partners
  • Lead, coordinate and facilitate DEAN Pathways Data Team to assess program impact and inform partnership goals, strategies, and continuous improvement efforts
  • Represent the data interests of DEAN and the DEAN partnership to external stakeholders and negotiate solutions on DEAN’s behalf
  • Conceptualize, build, and communicate the story of DEAN’s impact through data
  • Perform other projects or duties as needed or directed
Educational Background: 
• Bachelor’s degree in education, public administration, social sciences, information science, assessment, evaluation, or research (or related field) and/or 5 years directly related professional experience in performance and evaluation management,
Skills/Experience: 

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated proficiency in data collection, integration, management and analysis, and qualitative and quantitative research design and implementation for large data sets
  • Ability to use statistical programming language to manipulate and analyze data
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate data to multiple audiences in a culturally competent manner
  • Excited about the power of collaboration; talent for managing and growing relationships
  • Organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, and as part of a close-knit team. This is a remote position, with occasional in-person meetings. Familiarity with working in a Zoom environment and access to a stable workspace is required.
  • High level of proficiency in Excel and database use and management; demonstrated willingness and ability to learn new systems
  • Experience producing reports and visualizing data for internal and external audiences

Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of college access and success issues, and the barriers to higher education faced by low-income, first generation and learners of color; familiarity with education landscape in Denver/Colorado; understanding and familiarity with the data that informs systems-change
  • Experience working with learner information systems and CRMs
  • Project management experience

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, public administration, social sciences, information science, assessment, evaluation, or research (or related field) and/or 5 years directly related professional experience in performance and evaluation management, assessment, and data analysis

DEAN is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees including managers, supervisors, co-workers

Compensation/Benefits: 

Salary/Benefits

  • The salary range is $80,000-90,000/Full Time
  • Comprehensive Benefit Plan - Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability, Telehealth, LifeLock, and paid time off
How to Apply: 

Application Process

Deadline to apply: Priority given to applications received by September 17, 2021

Please submit the following to [email protected]:

  • Cover letter. In your cover letter please share how your experiences have specifically prepared you to lead and execute a complex multi-year data strategy across multiple partners.
  • Resume or CV
  • Writing sample and data visualization sample.
  • 3 professional references

Organization Info

Denver Education Attainment Network

Overview
Headquarters: 
Denver, CO, USA
About Us
Mission: 

The Denver Education Attainment Network (DEAN) is a collective impact initiative focused on increasing educational attainment, closing equity gaps and creating connections to better workforce opportunities for low-income, minority and first-generation students in Denver.

Programs: 

DEAN’s work advances two collaborative initiatives: Denver Direct Pathways, a nationally recognized, cross-institutional pathways design and college completion process and Bridging the Gap, a training event that directly connects high school and community partners to the college information and resources needed to help ensure student success.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Sep 7 2021
Active Until: 
Oct 7 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Denver Education Attainment Network
industry: 
Nonprofit