Data, Knowledge, and Insights Manager
Connecting innovation and education to dramatically transform the way students learn, LEAP Innovations® leads the nation in developing and scaling personalized learning practices, technology and innovations in classrooms throughout the U.S. Located at 1871, Chicago’s premier incubator for technology and entrepreneurship, LEAP is quickly positioning Chicago as the national hub for education innovation. LEAP has also launched the country's most comprehensive personalized learning framework, as well as the first survey tools to measure practice in the classroom.
Sponsored by major foundations and donors, LEAP currently works with over 110 schools across the Chicagoland area, improving the lives of thousands of students. Winner of the 2016 Chicago Innovation Award for social innovation, LEAP Innovations is poised to increase reach and impact by deploying thought leadership, services and tools across the country.
The mission of LEAP Innovations is to create access to equitable, high-quality personalized learning experiences for all learners, ultimately helping each one to reach their full potential. LEAP operates at the intersection of educators and edtech innovators—researching and implementing personalized practices and tools.
LEAP is defining and articulating the teacher practices that best meet individual student needs; determining the school- and classroom-level models that best personalize learning; and constructing the research methods and tools to best evaluate the impact of personalized learning and edtech programs on student achievement. Similarly, from the edtech side, LEAP aims to help edtech companies utilize LEAP’s research and educator feedback to create tools that are more aligned with teacher and student needs.
LEAP has built a scaffolded trajectory of programming to accomplish these goals, including the LEAP Pilot Network, in which school teams select, pilot and evaluate personalized learning technologies and practices within individual classrooms, as well as whole-school redesign programs, in which school teams design transformative, school-wide personalized learning models.
- Every person deserves the chance to reach his or her potential.
- Quality education should be available to everyone: anytime, anywhere.
- Innovation can transform teaching and learning.
- The private and public sectors must collaborate to advance education and keep our country competitive.
- The time is now.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
The team at LEAP envisions a future in which there are no boundaries to learning – a future in which each and every student’s learning experiences in and out of school create a seamless, accredited, unique pathway that is tailored to that student’s needs, strengths, interests and limitless ambitions.
Over the next five years, LEAP will work toward this vision in two key ways:
Regional Expansion: LEAP will strengthen its impact by expanding its local work, serving an additional 165,000 students at 325 schools and developing additional focus areas such as early childhood, after school and juvenile justice.
National Impact: Through its work in Chicago, home to the third largest school district in the country, LEAP will build the foundation of tools, resources and knowledge to scale its personalized learning work across the country. These tools and resources include the LEAP Learning Framework, which defines and provides strategies for the implementation of personalized learning, and the LEAP Personalized Learning Surveys, which measure the degree of personalization in a learning environment and are now being used across 11 states. Additionally, LEAP will conduct rigorous research to aggregate and analyze data on teacher practice, student outcomes and product efficacy.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
LEAP is seeking a Data, Knowledge, and Insights (DKI) Manager to join our growing Education and Innovation Programs team and serve as the liaison between Programs and Research. The DKI Manager will report to the Senior Director of Programs and collaborate closely across Programs and Research. Working with primary and secondary qualitative and quantitative data, the DKI Manager will help design and build systems and processes to institutionalize knowledge and create actionable insights for the LEAP team and LEAP’s participating educators. These insights will fuel work for internal teams, education partners, and external stakeholders. The DKI Manager will partner with team leads to design and implement data-driven continuous improvement cycles. The ideal candidate will be an individual contributor as well as a cross-functional leader, helping to achieve organizational goals.
- Synthesize data from multiple, disparate sources into clear and actionable insights
- Help to institutionalize knowledge, including identifying requirements for a knowledge/information system(s), roll-out, and adoption (including process design)
- Partner with cross-functional team leads to design and implement data-driven continuous improvement cycles for LEAP programs
- Create and implement internal infrastructure to capture and report outcomes and insights, including key performance indicators
- Package insights into more digestible forms that are easy to integrate into programs and other stakeholder needs
- Lead preparation and presentation for select engagements with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. Milestone Reports, quarterly stepbacks, etc.)
The ideal candidate should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, s/he should have the following:
- 7+ years experience in education, strategic planning, research and analytics, knowledge and data management, and/or a related field
- Masters in education, public policy, or business administration preferred
- Some experience with data tools required; Microsoft Excel, statistical programming languages (e.g. R, Python), and data visualization (e.g. Tableau) preferred
- Experience translating data to instructional practice
- Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to lead small and medium sized cross-functional projects, as well provide day-to-day management of complex projects
- Experience with or interest in the education sector preferred
- Strong interest in learning new skills, tools, and problem solving, with demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and be creative; comfort with ambiguity
- Professionalism and presence to represent organization at meetings and conferences
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
- Acute attention to detail, commitment to quality, and strong work ethic
- Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines
- Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
- Passion for education, specifically improving learning outcomes for all students through the use of evidence based innovative practices
Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits, 403(b) plan and group life insurance.
Start Date: Position currently available.