Position Vacancy - Director of Research and Evaluation (Full Time)
Bank Street College of Education 610 West 112th Street, New York NY 10025
Summary Position: Bank Street Education Center (the Ed Center), a division within Bank Street College of Education (the College) created to support the College's systems-level work public impact work with school districts, is currently seeking a Director of Research and Evaluation to research, design, and implement a system for understanding and sharing our public impact through our project work with internal and external stakeholders.
Key relationships: The Director of Research and Evaluation will report to the Managing Director of Content, Design and Strategy and work with the broader Ed Center leadership team. The Director of Research and Evaluation will directly supervise the Senior Research & Data analyst, as well as work closely and collaboratively with other analytic staff, project directors, and other project stakeholders.
In collaboration with their supervisor, project teams, and the broader Ed Center leadership team, the Director of Research and Evaluation will be responsible for the following tasks:
Organizational Leadership and Culture - Position the Bank Street Ed Center to tell the story of our impact by ensuring we collect or obtain critical outcome measures that can be used to illustrate how our work disrupts educational inequities. - Hone key outcomes and indicators related to the Ed Center's' new strategic plan with the Leadership team. Work with staff and the evaluation team to craft a strategic evaluation and learning plan and implement relevant tools, data collection methods, and evaluation processes. - Set a clear direction for our organizational learning agenda and collaborate across Bank Street to drive continuous improvement by delivering frequent and open communications with the externally facing teams and regularly revisiting the agenda to ensure efforts remain responsive to emerging issues and information. - Support the leadership staff in collecting and applying data around our goals of internally improving racial equity, inclusiveness, and belonging. Help the leadership team and staff to understand our progress toward our ambitious organizational goals and adjust our work to ensure we meet them. - With the evaluation team and relevant staff, train team members and staff around reporting, data integrity, data use, and collection with an evaluation lens while ensuring compliance. - Design and lead opportunities that build a culture of data-informed decision-making. Program Research & Evaluation Oversight and Support - Collaboratively drive, develop, and manage evaluation strategy to define and measure program success across areas related to the Ed Center's various project portfolios: early childhood education, mathematics Pk-12, responsive design, culture, race, and equity, and policy - Lead all aspects of data systems and practices related to evaluation, ensuring data integrity and access (e.g., program monitoring dashboards, student survey practices). Partner with other teams to ensure data is collected with an evaluation lens. - Collaborate with the research, design, and development staff to establish a strategy to ensure the Ed Center is competitive for grants. Support grant and proposal writing efforts by providing relevant data and evidence of program effectiveness. - Periodically conduct literature reviews and background research to inform program development and strategic initiatives. - Review and revise existing internal evaluation tools and data systems to align with the Ed Center's strategic plan direction to advise program delivery. - Write, contribute to, or review clear and compelling evaluation reports, materials, and presentations that communicate learning, outcomes, and their applications internally and externally. - Design and manage an evaluation practice that aims to undo systems of oppression, avoid harm to marginalized groups, and bring the organization closer to its anti-racism ideals. - Facilitate regular step-backs with project staff to collect project updates, collect key content generated from each engagement, and review data and interpret results to prepare for internal check-ins with partner organizations/districts where data will be shared and discussed. Project and Data Management - Liaise with partner organizations/districts to ensure the timely delivery of data. - Collaborate with project staff to identify project metrics according to partnership goals and refine the Ed Center's identified theory of action for each project. - Create and maintain reference documents explaining data and methods. - In collaboration with the project research & data analysts, implement, design, and maintain data dashboards to visualize change over time for our efforts to disrupt educational inequity. - Analyze collected data to identify trends, outcomes, and areas for measurement of effectiveness. - Interpret, synthesize, and visualize programmatic data and feedback to inform ongoing program development efforts.
Skills & Knowledge: - Extensive knowledge of evidence base, common metrics, evaluation tools and frameworks, and priority outcomes for education initiatives. - Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to apply social science research methods and analysis techniques in real-world situations. - Proficiency with quantitative and qualitative analysis software (e.g. STATA, R, NVivo, Qualtrics.) - Ability to independently meet deadlines, solve problems, and prioritize and track deliverables across multiple projects. - Enjoys working with people and on teams; must be willing to take direction and manage up. - High standard of ethics, ensuring discreet handling of data and participant feedback. - Experience designing, collecting, managing, cleaning, analyzing, interpreting, and/or synthesizing mixed methods data - Experience sourcing, developing, or validating tools for original data collection. - Experience incorporating stakeholder voices into the evaluation process. - Experience designing and writing concise, visually appealing, user-friendly evaluation reports and materials for multiple audiences. - Additional desired areas of experience include systems change evaluation, leadership development, and policy advocacy.
Experiences - Experience with/ knowledge of equitable evaluation principles and practices and or centering racial equity in measurement and evaluation. - Demonstrated experience setting an evaluation agenda, metrics, and learning approach for national or multi-site, place-based programs and initiatives. - Experience with mixed methods educational program evaluation to improve and document systemic change and its impact. - Fluent in both the qualitative and quantitative domains and have a knack for knowing which approach is right for the question at hand. - Organizational leadership with a demonstrated understanding that internal evaluation is facilitative and relational. - Experience bringing together people with diverse interests and needs, and focusing the group's efforts on answering the questions that are most important, relevant, and possible, building a data-informed culture. - Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with experienced educators and district teams. - Experience engaging in both the details of data analysis and the strategic implications of evaluation findings. - Demonstrated ability to develop and test evaluation tools that balance evidence and real-world considerations. - M.A. degree in education, M.P.A, M.P.P, or related field.
Mindsets - Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of quickly changing priorities and tight deadlines. - An intersectional, anti-racist lens and strengths-based approach to racial equity and identity work and team collaboration. - Evaluative practice centered on culturally responsive practices and equity. - A reflective learner's stance while leading.
Salary Range: $100,000 - $125,000
Additional Information: - This position is contingent upon available funding. - Please apply online by submitting a cover letter and resume for the position in the "Job Opportunities" section under the "About" tab on Bank Street's website: https://www.bankstreet.edu/administrative-offices/human-resources/job-opportunities/
- Please address cover letters to: Tracy Fray-Oliver Vice President, Bank Street Education Center Bank Street College 610 West 112th Street New York, NY 10025 - Please include where you came across this job posting in your cover letter. BANK STREET COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, SEXUAL ORIENTATION ETHNIC ORIGIN, SEX, OR DISABILITY IN ITS EMPLOYMENT POLICIES AND OTHER COLLEGE ADMINISTERED PROGRAMS.
The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.