Overdeck Family Foundation – Learning & Impact Lead

New York, New York, United States

Ref#: POS-3618

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About the Foundation
Two Sigma is seeking a full-time Learning and Impact Lead 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 Learning and Impact Lead. This role will report to the Vice President and have the leadership opportunity to support the Foundation’s interest in two main areas: 1) manage the Data For Action program team 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) manage the internal data team focused on 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

Leadership and Strategic Planning 
  • Set vision, goals, strategy, priorities and manage the Learning + Impact Team (internal data team and Data for Action program team) 
  • Design and identify critical leverage points across the internal and external data workstreams and key touchpoints with programmatic areas 
  • Create content / priorities for team based on learnings across the Foundation’s five portfolios in partnership with the Vice President
  • Lead the analysis of goals at the foundation and portfolio level to assess progress and challenges to help shape the Foundation’s strategic priorities 
  • Manage and design team’s workflow relating to measures, impact / learning, and drive enhancements to the Foundation’s work across all programmatic areas 
  • Build and strengthen an authentic data culture at the Foundation through how the Foundation inputs data, supports portfolios, and uses data for decision making on a regular cycle 
  • Working with the Vice President, review the programmatic work of the Foundation and make recommended improvements on a quarterly cycle
  • Partner with peer foundations to align on goals, strategies, use cases for greater field impact 
Internal Measurement, Research / Evaluation + External Grantmaking Portfolio
  • Manage internal data and research / evaluation team alongside the external data grantmaking portfolio 
  • Design and identify critical leverage points across the internal and external data workstreams and key touchpoints with programmatic areas 
  • 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
Consultative Support to Team and Grantees
  • Support on building vision, strategic plan and goals for strengthening foundation, portfolio and grantees data and measurement work 
  • Manage Data for Action program officer and support the grantmaking portfolio
  • Support the work of all program teams with grantees – what data the Foundation is collecting from grantees, how the Foundation measures impact, and strengthen the information is presented at the grantmaking board meetings
  • Consult with program areas to identify menu of data supports to grantees, based on key challenges and areas of growth
Required Skills 
  • An excellent academic record with a Master’s degree or above is required, ideally in a quantitative discipline or sciences, such as statistics, mathematics, computer science or economics
  • Relevant Work Experience: 7-10 years desired, with relevant content expertise
  • Experience managing a team and developing strategic priorities across an organization 
  • Passion for mission of unlocking every child’s potential for excellence