Overdeck Family Foundation - Data for Action, Program Officer

New York, New York, United States

Ref#: POS-3464

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About the Foundation

Two Sigma is seeking a full-time Data for Action Program Officer to support Overdeck Family Foundation (the “Foundation”). The ideal candidate will bring a passion for education and data related issues as well as demonstrated talent for systems thinking, relationship building and measurement / impact analysis / evaluation / learning. Visit www.overdeck.org for more information.


About the Position

The Foundation is hiring a Data for Action Program Officer. You will have the leadership opportunity to support the Foundation’s interest in two main areas: 1) managing the Data For Action portfolio focused on supporting communities to access and use data that link education and non-education data for applications and research that reflect complex realities influencing student and community success; 2) strengthening the foundation’s internal measurement, evaluation, and learning work that includes building internal data capacity / culture, impact analysis, as well as supporting grantee capacity for using data, engaging in data analytics / science (data cleaning, visualization, etc.).  The candidate must possess a deep understanding of research and evaluation methodologies, data systems, and best practices within the data science and data journalism fields. The Foundation is particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in using data and research / evidence to make improvements in the social sector.


Role & Responsibilities


Portfolio Strategy, Partnerships and Grantmaking

  • Define strategy objectives, establish metrics, build grant pipeline, manage diligence, monitor and evaluate progress of grants through complete life cycle
  • Refine strategy based on shifting context, political climate and funder partnerships
  • Identify high leverage partnerships and individuals for accomplishing collective field goals
  • Manage the Foundation’s engagement with the data funder collaborative, including contractors/vendors, to improve the quality, alignment and coherence of data related efforts in the education and related sectors
  • Develop case studies of effective support on data infrastructure, technology and applications
  • Provide technical assistance to clients and/or recommend helpful resources 
Foundation Coordination & External Representative
  • Liaise between the Foundation, Two Sigma Data Clinic, and other teams / partners
  • Organize and coordinate meetings of data partners, organizations and key field experts sponsored by the Foundation
  • Represent the Foundation externally at meetings, conferences, presentations 

Internal Foundation Impact, Learning and Evaluation


Data & Technical Skills


  • Work with experts to design and execute internal data architecture for open data repository (organize, clean and maintain data sources) over time
  • Source, access and download open education, health, youth data sources of relevance
  • Analyze large data sets to conduct meaningful data analysis and create clear visualizations and work with portfolios to draw meaningful connections to enhance overall work of the Foundation
Supporting Team and Grantees
  • Maintain a breadth of knowledge and develop briefs about research, current trends, best practices, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in using data and evidence to drive policy and practice improvements
  • Advise on and support portfolios with impact framework that demonstrates evidence-based best practice by identifying outcomes and impact
  • Support on building vision, strategic plan and goals for strengthening foundation, portfolio and grantee: 1) data cleaning and data documentation and 2) data visualization/storytelling work and 3) strengthening authentic data culture
  • Reflect quarterly on efficacy of strategy and make adjustments as needed; continue to develop, evaluate and refine program in collaboration with the team

Ideal Experience/Attributes


  • An excellent academic record with an advanced degree is required, ideally in a quantitative discipline such as statistics, mathematics, physics, computer science or economics
  • Relevant Work Experience: 7-10 years desired, with relevant content expertise
  • Passion for mission of unlocking every child’s potential for excellence
  • Align with values of investing in the next generation, connecting genuinely, thinking and acting with rigor and learning better, together
  • Deep technical and data skills in order to be able to access, visualize and analyze data
  • Demonstrated experience working with Tableau, R, Stata and other statistics programs
  • Demonstrated success mobilizing partners and communicating importance of data for organizational and social sector improvement
  • Deep knowledge of K-12 education and policy trends and demonstrated success working with education organizations, foundations, and other nonprofit and policy leaders
  • Proven ability to define program objectives, establish metrics, monitor and evaluate progress, and manage projects independently through a complete life cycle
  • Leadership approach with varied quantitative, qualitative means
  • Flexible, strategic thinking and analytical skills and creative problem-solving ability
  • Proactive, self-starter with ability to generate ideas and execute to successful completion
  • Excellent organizational skills and judgment; ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially internal teams for collaboration and with external partners on strategy
  • Familiarity with fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and willingness for "big picture" thinking and day-to-day tasks
  • Up to 20% travel given focus on national strategy