Senior Manager, Research and Policy

Innovate Public Schools - San Jose, CA

Full-time
Use your education research, data analysis, project management, and relationship-building skills to play a key role for a dynamic, growing nonprofit that has become a respected source of research and analysis in the Bay Area and across the state and country. We strive to present existing data in new ways, while pushing forward the quality of school data that is collected, the ways school performance is measured, and what data is available publicly.

The Senior Manager, Research and Policy, will play a pivotal role in ensuring that our external reports and data products meet the highest standard for data integrity and accuracy, strengthening Innovate’s work with parent and education leaders to increase the number of high-quality public schools in the Bay Area.

This position may be based primarily out of our San Francisco OR San Jose office, with one day of the week in the other office and occasional travel around the Bay. Reports to Director, Research and Policy.

About Innovate Public Schools
We are a nonprofit organization working to make sure that all students in the Bay Area - especially low-income students and students of color - receive a world-class public education that prepares them for success in college, careers and beyond. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality. We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions.

Key Responsibilities
- Design, lead, research and write reports that support the organization’s efforts to awaken the region to the need to grow the number of high-quality schools for underserved students.
- Conduct analysis and reporting of public school student achievement data in the region and oversee the continuing development of strong data infrastructure, management systems, and policies to support the growth of the organizations, including expansion to Los Angeles.
- Oversee the management of internal database and provide supervision and quality checks on the Research and Policy team’s data management process from start to finish (data collection, downloading, cleaning, formatting, etc.)
- Analyze federal, state and local public school student performance data and district policies with the goal of identifying barriers faced by districts and public schools to developing and sustaining high-quality schools for all students.
- Create written and digital/online reports (including blog posts) and prepare presentations, when necessary, on student achievement and public education issues in the region designed for various diverse audiences, including parents (particularly low-income parents), the media, business leaders, school districts, and the broader community.
- Support the organization’s internal cross-team program evaluations to demonstrate each team’s and the organization’s collective impact.
- Be a creative and energetic thought partner in building upon our current systems for managing, analyzing and visualizing data.
- Lead on building the capacity of the Research and Policy Team to effectively conduct education policy analyses, and push development of our internal policy agenda forward.
- Work collaboratively with and in support of Innovate’s Organizing, Schools, and Communications teams to inform and empower parents in the Bay Area with useful, high-impact data and policy analyses relevant to the quality of public schools in the region.
- Organize meetings and presentations related to Innovate’s data, research, and policy work.
- Support other organizational priorities, as defined by the CEO, Director, Research and Policy and Vice President, Content Strategy and Partnerships, given the flexibility required of all staff in a relatively small and fast-paced organization.
- Travel regularly in the Bay Area.

Sample “Week In The Life” of our Sr. Manager, Research and Policy:
- Lead a report kick-off meeting with senior leaders to finalize goals for a new report and determine the key research questions and analyses to move forward.
- Join the weekly Research and Policy team meeting to get on the same page with each team member’s workload and priorities.
- Discuss a recently published report on California’s teacher shortage and Email and call officials at the California Department of Education to move forward a data request and finalize a memorandum of understanding.
- Review and check initial analyses of recently released data on Bay Area A-G rates to check accuracy and identify what additional analyses to run.
- Edit and provide feedback on the first draft of a research review.
- Connect with Innovate’s communications to do a deep dive on the findings of the latest research report and strategize on key messages for the media release.
- Join a meeting led by an Innovate organizer with 10 parent leaders to get input and feedback on on the data and design of a new draft data sheet with equity data on local schools.
- Work with a RAP analyst to respond to an urgent new data request from the organizing team for a district-level analysis related to one of our parent-led campaigns.
- Strategize with the Director, Research and Policy on future report topics for exploration and discuss the plan for analyzing and responding to updated state accountability dashboard data coming out the following week.
- Lead for a training session to brief the entire staff on the key findings of a recent report to be publicly released in the next month. Your goal is to help staff from other teams internalize the report, reflect on how they can use it to drive their own work forward and align on larger organizational strategy.

Your Qualifications:
- Master’s degree required, with focus in education, statistics, public policy, social sciences, or other related field.
- 5+ years of experience in data analysis, policy, and research related to the public education field. Experience analyzing state- and district-level student achievement data is strongly preferred.
- Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, with expertise in statistical analyses used in education research and program evaluation.
- Expertise in STATA (required) and other statistical software package (preferred).
- Experience building Tableau dashboards is a plus.
- Strong working knowledge of federal, state, and district education policies relevant to school improvement efforts and educational equity.
- Strong and clear written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to make complicated topics understandable, relevant and actionable to a non-expert audience.
- Ability to work in a start-up environment, requiring flexibility, self-motivation, self-directed problem-solving, collaborative work style, drive toward results, and enthusiasm.
- Comfort with and respect for diversity, and experience in cross-cultural work environments.
- Strong interpersonal skills, with ability to create positive, trusting, professional relationships with diverse colleagues.
- Well-organized, with a strong attention to detail and excellent project management skills.
- Proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
- A valid driver's license and reliable, insured vehicle (needed to fulfill job requirements).
- Bilingual Spanish strongly preferred.

Compensation and Benefits
Compensation depends on experience and is highly competitive. Innovate offers very generous benefits including health and dental insurance, 20 days paid time off per year (increasing to 25 after 2 years of employment), two floating holidays, 14 paid fixed holidays per year (including office closure between Dec 24th - New Year’s Day), 1 day per year paid volunteering time off, and 5% employer contribution to 401k.

Work Environment / Physical Demands
The work environment characteristics and the physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while successfully performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the person in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills.

Innovate Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer, and takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.