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    Data Manager, KIPP Foundation Organization Summary: KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory
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      Data Manager, KIPP Foundation

      Organization Summary:
      KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free,
      open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-
      resourced communities throughout the United States. There are
      currently 57 locally-run KIPP schools in 17 states and Washington,
      DC, which are serving over 14,000 students. KIPP schools have been
      widely recognized for putting under-served students on the path to
      college. More than 80 percent of KIPP students are low-income and
      more than 95 percent are African American or Hispanic/Latino.
      Nationally, nearly 80 percent of KIPP alumni have matriculated to
      college. More information about the KIPP Foundation follows the
      position description.

      Job Overview
      The Data Manager will lead the KIPP Foundation's data collection
      efforts in support of research, evaluation, knowledge management, and
      reporting initiatives. The Data Manager will play a key role in
      promoting the organization's data-driven decision-making by ensuring
      that stakeholders have access to high quality, timely, and accurate
      information on KIPP students, teachers, administrators, and schools.
      The Data Manager will be expected to work with team members and
      colleagues across the organization to ensure that data capture needs
      are identified, scoped out, appropriately planned for, and executed
      in an efficient, transparent, and deliberate manner.

      The Data Manager should be a process-oriented individual who can
      identify solutions to complex data-flow issues inherent to a national
      decentralized organization. Additionally, the Data Manager should be
      able to reconcile on-the-ground school-level data management
      realities with national-level analytic and reporting needs, and
      should be comfortable translating these needs to Information
      Technology staff that will be devising technology solutions for data
      storage and reporting. While the Data Manager's primary focus will be
      on devising data collection processes and solutions, s/he will also
      be expected to document data management support needs for a subset of
      schools and regions and provide a minimum level of
      consultation/assistance to these schools. This may be either through
      direct support or through referral to external resources, such as
      Student Information System (SIS) support.

      The Data Manager will report to the Manager of Research and
      Evaluation and work very closely with other members of KIPP's
      Research and Evaluation team. This is a full-time position based out
      of KIPP's San Francisco office.

      Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
      * Identify sources and collection methodologies for school data.
      These data may include but are not limited to testing records,
      enrollment records, stakeholder perceptions data, teacher
      information, school leader information, facilities information, and
      operational data. Develop data collection tools as necessary,
      collaborating with the Information Technology team when appropriate.
      Examples of possible tools include Excel spreadsheet templates,
      surveys, web forms, and extractions from local databases.

      * Develop relationships with third-parties when appropriate in order
      to obtain digital files of extant data. This may include working with
      testing companies and/or departments of education.

      * Develop solutions and strategies for addressing the need to gather
      and centralize data from over 60 schools in over a dozen states,
      given the decentralized nature of the KIPP nature, which celebrates
      the ability of each school/region to operate in an autonomous local
      fashion.

      * Work with the Information Technology team to ensure that data, once
      gathered by the Research and Evaluation team, can be successfully
      integrated into data warehouses.

      * Ensure that data quality issues are addressed both at the source
      (i.e. at the school level) and at the Foundation level. Forecast
      potential data quality issues and ensure that these are given
      adequate consideration during tool development, in documenting our
      data collection processes, and in working with schools. Develop data
      quality assurance strategies to be used by Research and Evaluation
      staff upon receipt and analysis of data. This includes post-
      processing of data, sometimes in a database environment.

      * With other members of the Research and Evaluation team, collect,
      clean, and analyze data.

      * Support a subset of schools (approximately 5-10) who face data
      management challenges that impede the sharing of data with the
      Foundation. Provide direct on-the-ground assistance when possible,
      document barriers and challenges, and refer the schools/regions to
      external supports and resources as appropriate.

      * Develop and share data management standards and best practices with
      KIPP schools and regions.

      Qualifications:
      * Exceptional analytic, strategic-thinking, and problem-solving
      skills.

      * Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with
      the ability to identify numerous moving parts and dependencies and
      bring this together through a comprehensive plan of action.

      * Minimum 2-3 years experience in process management role, ideally in
      a consulting or technical assistance capacity, or other demonstrated
      success with process management.

      * Familiarity with the K-12 education field a strong plus, including
      knowledge of student information systems (for example, PowerSchool)
      and/or school level data management practices.

      * Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to
      communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex and sometimes
      technical issues to non-technical and very busy audiences in an easy-
      to-understand, non-threatening way.

      * Excellent relationship builder and relationship manager. Adept and
      building trust and buy-in among stakeholders, especially those who
      may be skeptical of central office requirements and requests.

      * Expertise with Excel and Access is essential. Strong familiarity
      with concepts of relational databases and data warehousing, and
      ability to construct database queries. Experience with SQL Server a
      plus.

      * Excellent attention to detail and data quality is a must.
      Insistence upon building robust quality assurance processes and
      thoroughly documenting processes and assumptions.

      * Adept at working with team members in a fast paced, multi-faceted
      environment.

      * Willingness to travel occasionally.

      * Adept at managing the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in
      an entrepreneurial environment.

      Compensation & Benefits:
      Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Employee benefits
      include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401K plan, and a
      significant paid time-off package.

      Application:
      This is a full-time position based out of KIPP's San Francisco
      office. Interested candidates should apply with a detailed cover
      letter and resume to:
      https://hostedjobs.openhire.com/epostings/jobs/submit.cfm?
      fuseaction=dspjob&jobid=262949&company_id=15817&version=1

      KIPP Overview:
      KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free,
      open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools in under-
      resourced communities throughout the United States. There are
      currently 57 locally-run KIPP schools in 17 states and Washington,
      DC, which are serving over 14,000 students. KIPP schools have been
      widely recognized for putting under-served students on the path to
      college. More than 80 percent of KIPP students are low-income and
      more than 95 percent are African American or Hispanic/Latino.
      Nationally, nearly 80 percent of KIPP alumni have matriculated to
      college.

      At KIPP, we believe that there are no shortcuts to academic success.
      Outstanding educators, more time in school learning, a rigorous
      college-preparatory curriculum, and a strong culture of achievement
      and support help our students make significant academic gains and
      continue to excel in high school and college.

      The nonprofit KIPP Foundation recruits, trains, and supports
      outstanding educators to open and lead high-performing college-
      preparatory public schools in educationally under-served communities.
      All KIPP schools share a core set of operating principles, known as
      the Five Pillars, that KIPP believes help to lay the foundation for
      students to perform at the highest academic levels: High
      Expectations, Choice & Commitment, More Time, Power to Lead, and a
      Focus on Results.

      The 57 existing KIPP schools are a building block towards the
      fulfillment of the organization's ambitious long-term vision to build
      sufficient scale and show that public schools can effectively level
      the playing field and provide opportunity to all students. KIPP is
      changing expectations of schooling among parents, teachers, district
      personnel, and policy-makers. It is our hope that these expectations
      will change not only in the areas in which our schools are located,
      but eventually spread across the nation. Bolstered by the proof that,
      with hard work and common sense, educators can eliminate
      the "achievement gap," teachers, schools, and school systems will
      feel the pressure and develop the will to emulate the structure and
      practices that make KIPP successful.

      Every day, KIPP schools are tapping into the potential of children
      from some of the most under-resourced communities in the United
      States. While we do not believe we are `the solution' to the
      challenges facing children growing up in some of our most under-
      resourced public schools, we do believe we can be a powerful example
      of the transformative potential of a truly outstanding public
      education.

      Please visit our website at www.kipp.org for more information.
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