We’re Hiring a Director of Impact (New York, NY)

March 15, 2018

Overview:
Generation Citizen (www.GenerationCitizen.org), a quickly scaling civics education nonprofit that seeks to strengthen our nation’s democracy by empowering young people to become engaged and effective citizens, is looking for an experienced leader to help assess and deepen its impact on students, teachers, schools in multiple regions across the country.

The Director of Impact will be a high-achiever leading the impact evaluation strategy, organization, execution, and analysis of Generation Citizen’s (GC’s) programmatic and advocacy work. The Director of Impact will be responsible for high-level visioning of the organization’s evaluation priorities, understanding the range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation GC currently conducts, strengthening these systems in alignment with GC’s Theory of Change, and driving development and implementation of new evaluation mechanisms nationally. They will also bolster systems to support data-driven decision-making within the organization, advance evaluation of GC’s newest stream of work (advocacy and policy), and prepare the organization for future longitudinal evaluation. We seek an individual with program evaluation expertise, having worked previously in either dynamic nonprofit or for-profit institutions. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in forging a growing evaluation shop engaged in critical research at an organizational inflection point as youth political participation receives increased attention in the current political climate.

There is much work to be done, but the sky is the limit for both the position’s trajectory and the future of GC’s evaluation department. We are looking for someone who is comfortable managing in rapidly changing environments, a self-starter, a continuous and collaborative learner, and excited to advance the study of Action Civics for GC and for the civics education field at large. The Director of Impact will report to the National Director of Programming, who reports directly to the CEO.

About Generation Citizen:
Generation Citizen is a national organization that partners with teachers and schools to help them implement a comprehensive, high-quality program of Action Civics education. Our goal is to ensure that every student in the United States gains the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active and effective citizens.

This approach is revolutionizing civics education in this country, and is, in its 8th year of operation, serving more than 13,000 students across its six sites (Central Texas, Massachusetts, New York City, Oklahoma City, Rhode Island, and the San Francisco Bay area) and beyond. We are led by co-founder and CEO, Scott Warren, who is a former recipient of Echoing Green and Draper Richards Kaplan fellowships and was named one of Forbes’ Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30.

Responsibilities include:
Leading Evaluation of Organizational Impact

  • Working with GC’s CEO and national management team to determine and prioritize overarching
    strategies for assessing organizational impact
  • Collaborating with members of GC’s newest department, Advocacy and Policy, to identify and build
    systems to track the outputs and outcomes of site-based and national advocacy efforts
  • Planning for and nurturing GC’s evolution as a data-driven organization, including building strategies,
    calendars, and tools for data sharing, reflection, and analysis with national and local teams

Designing Evaluation Mechanisms

  • Working with the National Director of Programming to refine key program metrics and build
    dashboards and structures for consistent tracking and review of performance progress
  • Strengthening and aligning student, volunteer, and teacher surveys with GC’s curricular frameworks
    and Theory of Change
  • Designing and implementing projects to explore the impact of Action Civics on classroom and school
    culture change and on teacher pedagogy
  • Organizing systems for and launching a comprehensive longitudinal study
  • Creating small-scale experiments to test and measure the success of program pilots
  • Managing Evaluation Implementation and Analysis
  • Overseeing collection of program data in regional offices and in remote program sites
  • Leading timely intake, analysis, and sharing of program data
  • Managing research and evaluation projects conducted by external partners

Driving Evaluation Dissemination

  • Facilitating regular data reflection conversations with internal teams to inform program and
    advocacy design and implementation
  • Publishing an annual Impact Progress Report and webinar and working with the development team
    on an ongoing basis to communicate organizational impact and learning to GC’s network of partners
    and external stakeholders
  • Actively learning from ongoing evaluation work within the civic education and youth political
    participation fields, engaging with leaders in the field to drive that work forward, and applying best
    practices to GC’s efforts
  • Participating in panels and conferences to talk about GC’s evaluation work and impact

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in research, measurement, and evaluation
  • Master’s degree in a related social science preferred
  • Demonstrated track record of evaluation design and management for a (preferably quickly growing
    nonprofit) organization
  • Comfort with multiple projects and making decisions about research and analytic design choices
    with minimal guidance
  • Familiarity with the scope, utility, and implementation of various evaluation methodologies (including
    surveying) across diverse contexts
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate effectively with
    peers, scholars, funders, practitioners through writing, speech, and graphs
  • Demonstrated success turning impact data into meaningful stories for the organization
  • Interest and expertise in working collaboratively with colleagues from varied backgrounds and
    interacting with stakeholders of diverse backgrounds, views, and positions
  • Experience influencing colleagues in direct or matrix management and teaching research methods to
    colleagues and interns
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to proactively identify and creatively solve problems in a fast-paced environment
  • Solutions-oriented; eager for ongoing learning and self-improvement in the role
  • Enthusiasm for youth civic engagement is necessary; however, prior research in this specific area is
    not required

This is a full-time position based in New York City. Estimated start date is July 1, 2018

To apply:
Qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and a list of 2-3 references to Jobs@GenerationCitizen.org. Please include your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. No telephone inquiries please. Generation Citizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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