We have an incredibly talented and dedicated team of educators, school leaders, consultants, program managers, and non-profit executives who comprise Mass Insight’s leadership and staff.
About Mass Insight Education & Research
Mass Insight Education & Research is a Boston-based nonprofit serving schools and districts nationwide. Our mission is to provide leadership in closing achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved students by focusing on system transformation and student academic success. Mass Insight is a leader in education reform, providing academic programs, research, and strategic consulting services across the United States. We take a design-based approach to implementing our theory of action by building networks, coherence, and capacity in order to make learning rigorous for all students.
We seek to dramatically improve student achievement at scale by transforming state and local education systems, structures, and policies. We also work directly with schools and districts to develop, implement and assess plans to improve school and district performance. Mi organizes its work around our theory of action for improving schools:
IF schools have:
- Focus on Instruction: Processes and supports that help teachers work together to constantly improve and refine standards-based instructional practice so that students can engage in deep learning tasks;
- Collective Responsibility: The school faculty and staff ensure there is collective responsibility for both the quality of instruction and student learning and success;
- Planning: Evidence-based, actionable improvement plans that address the root causes of low performance informed by a review of existing conditions and input from school, district, and community stakeholders;
- Performance Management: Consistent processes for using data to measure both implementation and outcomes to determine what’s working and inform efforts to improve;
- Leadership: A principal who can manage and communicate complexity while maintaining focus on the school’s vision and key priorities;
- Conditions: Sufficient school-level control over people, time, money, and program to address the root causes of low performance; and
- Partnerships: Partnerships that help the school meet the multiple needs of teachers and students,
THEN schools will dramatically improve, and student learning will increase.
Director of Research & Impact
The Opportunity – Position Summary
Mass Insight Education & Research (Mi) is looking for a Director of Research & Impact to collaborate with Mi’s leadership team to make Mi a learning organization that continuously improves its work, measures its impact, and shares important learnings both internally and externally to further school improvement. The Director of Research & Impact will be responsible for high-level visioning and implementation of Mi’s organizational measurement and impact priorities, including understanding the range of quantitative and qualitative data currently collected, strengthening these systems in alignment with our theory of action, driving development and implementation of new systems and structures, and helping to communicate compelling stories of impact to a variety of stakeholders. S/he will also bolster systems to support data-driven decision-making within the organization. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual interested in creating a growing impact shop at an organizational inflection point. 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 Mi’s work nationally.
Lead Organizational Impact Strategy
- Work with Mi’s leadership team to determine and prioritize strategies for assessing organizational impact
- Work with Mi’s leadership team to establish internal data use policies and systems
- Collaborate with project teams to identify appropriate impact measures and build systems to track project outcomes
- Plan for and nurture Mi’s evolution as a data-driven organization including building tools and processes for data sharing, reflection, and analysis with staff
- Work with our partners to shape how they collect and share data with us (e.g., lead the development of data-sharing agreements)
- Oversee external evaluation and research partnerships
- Effectively tell the story of our work and impact—both of specific engagements and in sum—to a variety of audiences and stakeholders through the use of qualitative and quantitative evidence
- Analyze, synthesize, and produce key insights that can easily inform multiple audiences across Mi—from key leadership (i.e., Leadership Team, Board Members) to our wide network of partners
- Collaborate with Mi teams to identify insights, and strengthen each team member’s ability to effectively tell our story with qualitative and quantitative data, and cultivate relationships with key partners
Develop Internal Capacity to Measure Impact
- Support Mi staff in creating, interpreting, and sharing impact and outcome measures with both internal and external audiences
- Facilitate regular data reflection conversations with project teams to inform continuous improvement
- Provide training and develop Mi staff data skills
|Competencies||What it looks like for the Director of Research & Impact|
|Believes in and grows people||
|Champions our theory of action||
|Continuously builds both education & specific subject-matter expertise||
|Effectively works as a team player||
|Establishes partner trust||
|Manages projects to impact in spite of ambiguity||
|Promotes diversity, equity, and inclusiveness||
|Solves complex problems systematically||
- A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant content area, with a doctorate preferred;
- A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in K-12 education, with preference given to candidates who have held a leadership position in a relevant organization;
- Strong working knowledge of issues related to student achievement and opportunity gaps.
- Qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills;
- Ability to engage staff in understanding data and how to use it for program improvement, both internally and in the field.
- Candidates with experiences and backgrounds that equip them with comparable skills and abilities to those outlined above will also be considered for this position.
- Able to work from our Boston office.
How to Apply
Mi is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. Mi does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.
We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for any open position in which they feel qualified. We believe that we have a responsibility to recruit, retain and develop a diverse and talented staff.