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Job Opening: Data and Policy Director - Jacksonville Public Education Fund

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    Position Summary -- The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that works as a critical friend of the Duval County
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2010
      Position Summary --

      The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization that works as a "critical friend" of the Duval County Public Schools and others to support long-term, systemic improvement in Jacksonville Public Schools. Its work is focused primarily in two areas: increasing the number of students who graduate from public schools college and career ready and increasing community engagement in the public education system.

      Through our relationships with district and community partners, JPEF seeks to introduce district leaders to best practices in support of student achievement, demonstrate the effectiveness of those interventions in the Duval County context, and advocate for their broader implementation across the 170+ public schools in Jacksonville. We also seek to provide expert policy guidance to district personnel and school board members as they consider implementing changes at the school and district level.

      JPEF is seeking an innovative, visionary and passionate candidate to fill a role as Director of Data and Policy. The position is a new role at JPEF and is evidence of the organization's strong belief in using analysis to form the bedrock from which its community engagement and advocacy work grows.

      To this end, JPEF envisions a portfolio of data analysis activities for which the director will be responsible:
      -- Crafting a series of quarterly policy briefs around critical areas of interest,
      -- Creating of an annual "report card" of indicators that will help inform the public about the system's progress at the district and school levels, and
      -- Setting a vision for the development of web-based tools for educators, district leadership and community stakeholders related to career and college readiness, and working with external contractors to execute that vision.

      Furthermore, the Director will be responsible for setting and executing on an innovative and developed vision for the role data and policy analysis should play in the organization in the coming years. Already, JPEF has a number of active grant applications that seek to add personnel and capacity to the data analysis team.

      The Director will report to the Vice President for Program and Strategic Partnerships, and will have regular interaction with the organization president, particularly during the development of a data and policy vision.

      Responsibilities --

      Data and Policy Analysis (60%):
      -- Contribute to JPEF's efforts to report on the quality of public education in Jacksonville through data compilation, synthesis (quantitative and qualitative), evaluation and partnerships with Duval County Public Schools, local institutions of higher education and community based organizations;
      -- Complete 2-4 high impact analyses per year using a combination of primary and secondary data from DCPS and other sources;
      -- Produce policy briefs, blog posts, newsletter articles and reports to disseminate research findings;
      -- Develop a series of long-term indicators of educational success and report on them annually at the district and school levels;
      -- Develop and execute interviews, surveys, observation protocols and other instruments for data collection, as necessary;
      -- Provide data and light analysis from DCPS and other sources for JPEF programs and initiatives;
      -- Collaborate with external contractor(s) and district personnel on the development of web-based data tools.

      Data Access & Management (20%):
      -- Develop deep partnerships with the Instructional Research and Accountability staff at Duval County Public Schools;
      -- With the organization president, develop and execute broad data sharing agreements with the school district and local institutions of higher education;
      -- Create and manage policies for data storage, security and destruction;
      -- Actively seek strategic partnerships with additional data sources, including the State of Florida's Education Data Warehouse, National Student Clearinghouse, Florida Department of Employment and Labor, and others.

      Department Development, Learning and Knowledge Sharing (20%):
      -- Craft a strong vision for a vibrant data analysis team at JPEF and a strategy for growth of such a team;
      -- Over time, hire and manage additional data and policy associates to support JPEF's priorities;
      -- Contribute to the growth, expertise and institutional knowledge of JPEF and its staff;
      -- Contribute to the national dialogue on urban school system reform through attendance at national research conferences and work with other data directors in the Public Education Network.

      Qualifications --

      -- Master's degree in education, sociology, psychology or related field; PhD, EdD or degree candidate preferred
      -- Extensive skills in quantitative and qualitative educational research methodology
      -- Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of ongoing quantitative and qualitative research projects
      -- Experience drawing from data and prior knowledge to develop insightful conclusions and strategic solutions
      -- Building and analyzing complex statistical models using statistics software packages
      -- Significant knowledge of K-12 education policy and data systems
      -- Very strong written communication and public presentation skills, including the ability to provide compelling, detailed, data-driven answers to questions about education policies
      -- Commitment to the importance of providing a high-quality public education for all students in Jacksonville, particularly low-income students and students at low-performing schools
      -- Ability to thrive in entrepreneurial, start-up environments
      -- Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
      -- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and to juggle several projects at once with a spirit of flexibility and positive outlook
      -- Strong tech skills are preferred
      -- Excitement and openness to continued learning and development
      -- Knowledge of Florida's education data system is preferred, but not required

      Salary and Benefits --
      Salary for this position is $60,000-$80,000 and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance is included, along with a matched 401(k) retirement plan.

      Commitment to Diversity --
      The Jacksonville Public Education Fund encourages individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

      How to Apply --
      Please submit a cover letter and résumé (or CV) in PDF format to jobs@.... Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

      For a PDF version of this job posting, please visit http://links.jaxpef.org/DataDirector
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