The Director, Program Evaluation will pioneer the organization’s program assessment and evaluation work by creating and leading an infrastructure that answers the question, “Does our work lead to good schools for more children?”
At the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), we believe that all children should have access to public schools that prepare them for success in life. We achieve this vision by strengthening charter school authorizing – the work of approving, monitoring, and holding charter schools accountable. Quality authorizing is essential to ensuring that charter schools can play a vital role in providing better educational opportunities to children across the country. We work to improve authorizing by building an evidence base to inform best practices among hundreds of authorizers nationwide, shape state charter policies, and develop the growing authorizing profession.
ROLE AND MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director, Program Evaluation will:
Create a culture of assessment and evaluation by working closely with colleagues;
Develop a body of inquiry that understands the degree to which NACSA’s activities facilitate positive changes in authorizing, and the degree to which those changes relate to stronger student and public interest outcomes;
Collaborate with colleagues to conduct assessments and evaluations of key programs;
Develop common and customized assessment and evaluation tools, organizational policies, and practices;
Keep NACSA’s evaluation activities updated and “in the know” by conducting and developing literature reviews related to evaluation activities;
Effectively communicate key findings using a range of tools and to a range of key audiences, including internal staff, authorizers, and local advocates;
Assist with strategic organizational decisions, including participating in decisions specific to organizational and programmatic improvement as a result of information learned from evaluation activity; and
Work closely and collaboratively with NACSA colleagues to advance the mission of the organization.
S/he will report to the Vice President of Research & Evaluation.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?
Your drive for students, especially those who are being underserved, runs deep
You care deeply about equity, access, autonomy, and accountability
Broadening quality opportunities for students, especially those who need it most, is more than a job for you.
You have a background and/or foundational life experiences that drive your desire to see more kids in great schools.
You have a knack for developing strong relationships.
You easily build relationships with many different kinds of people
You’re a veritable “Pied Piper” – when you lead, others follow
You geek out on research and analyzing data.
You’ve created or used program evaluation information, and nothing excites you more
You’re good at distilling complex information into discrete, easy-to-accomplish actions that lead to improvement
Others have complimented your concise and compelling writing style
You embody professional maturity.
You hold yourself personally responsible for results and are persistent as you follow up and follow through
You crave feedback, and use it to become a stronger contributor
You respond to challenges in a positive and proactive way
Masters Degree or higher in related field
Knowledge of charter school authorizing preferred
Program assessment and evaluation experience preferred
ALL STAFF MEMBERS DEMONSTRATE ALIGNMENT WITH NACSA'S VALUES
Quality Education: We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
Excellence: We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
Strategy: We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
Initiative: We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
Community: We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
Balance: We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.
The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience. NACSA provides an excellent benefits program with generous medical, dental, and disability coverage as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.