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Data and Special Projects Manager

Special Programs

Start Date: Nov 01, 2017
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Vacancy - Data and Special Projects Manager

Background: Bank Street Education Center (“the Center”) partners with school systems to improve instruction at scale. The Center does this through professional learning partnerships that include data feedback loops and reporting.

The Center seeks a Data & Special Projects Manager to manage a range of special projects for the strategy and systems team. Key responsibilities include building, executing and maintaining systems for data reporting and analytics for projects across the Center, to supporting communications through multiple formats to a variety of stakeholders and to advance projects as needed that support the Center’s growth.

Key relationships: Data & Special Projects Manager will report directly to the Deputy Executive Director for Strategy & Systems and be accountable to other senior staff on key projects or assignments, as needed including the Director of Design. This position will also work closely and collaboratively with other staff across the center.


The Data & Special Projects Manager will be responsible for building and maintaining a system for data management and analytics, supporting the maintenance of a knowledge sharing system and also reporting and communications support required by the Center’s leadership and project teams. As part of this work, the Manager will be responsible for supporting and executing on key steps to advance our project impact process that seeks to evaluate the results of our projects and also engage in special projects.

Data Collection & Reporting:

Design and execute evaluation and reporting plans for the Center projects in collaboration with Project Staff and Leadership:
● Collaborate with project staff to identify project metrics according to goals outlined in contracts, and refine the Ed Center’s identified theory of action for each project.
● In collaboration with key stakeholders, create data collection tools that capture data aligned to these metrics (e.g. surveys, observation tools, interviews).

Develop systems to streamline and track project outcomes:

● Build, vet, and maintain a portfolio of tools for ongoing use.
● Build and maintain data management structures for long-term qualitative and quantitative data collection.
● Troubleshoot technology issues or other glitches with online surveys or data collections tools.
● Create and maintain reference documents explaining data and methods.

Capture, analyze and report on outcomes:

● Capture data to track and report key performance indicators identified by leadership appropriate to be shared with internal and external audiences (e.g. Board meetings, funder pitches, marketing materials). Develop dashboard for visualization of key performance indicators.
● Liaise with partner organizations / districts to ensure the timely delivery of data.
● Generate reports visualizing and communicating project outcomes, as outlined in contracts and as needed for funders and the leadership team. These include, but are not limited to, mid-year and final reports for various projects, board of directors updates and materials for new and existing funders.
● Facilitate regular step-backs with project staff to collect project updates, collect key content generated from each engagement and to review data and interpret results to prepare for internal check-ins with partner organizations/districts in which data will be shared and discussed.

Communications & Knowledge Sharing:

● Develop and generate regular reports, such as compelling powerpoint presentations, on key performance indicators for internal and external audiences.
● Prepare presentations, facts sheets, briefing documents or reports to assist project teams, Center leadership, and partner organizations / districts in understanding the effectiveness of the Center’s work and identify areas of improvement.
● Support process for disseminating project insights through a variety of platforms including our internal center newsletter, writing articles for Bank Street communications, providing updates at retreats/staff meetings, social media (e.g. Bank Street website, Google Sites, Google Groups, Twitter).
● Support special projects associated with documentation of the Center’s work and approach.
● Support the development and lead the ongoing maintenance of our internal knowledge sharing platform & system under direction of the Director of Design.

Project Management & Other Support To Advance Strategy & Systems Team Priorities:

● This role will also serve the critical function of providing support needed to advance other strategy & systems priorities including, but not limited to research to assisting with new initiatives the Center is incubating, provide assistance with grant or client proposals, providing project management and communications support to advance new projects, managing scheduling and operations for critical meetings and engaging in special projects for the leadership team.


● Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to perform independently
● Advanced expertise in Microsoft Excel
● Excellent PowerPoint skills and the ability to present information, including data, in multiple formats
● Proficiency with quantitative and qualitative analysis software (e.g. STATA, SPSS, R, NVivo, Qualtrics)
● Ability to work effectively with data of varying levels of quality and validity; Attention to detail and ability to identify issues and inconsistencies in data
● Demonstrated ability to design and manage complex and multiple projects
● Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with experienced educators and district teams
● Strong communication skills (public speaking, email, fact sheet and report writing)
● Ability to work effectively with others at varying levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions
● Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of quickly changing priorities and tight deadlines
● Strong work ethic and willingness to take initiative

Required Qualifications:

● Background in education
● Experience with data management & analytics
● Excellent writing and communications skills
● Strong project management skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a group
● M.A. degree in education, M.P.A, M.P.P, or related field

Recommended Qualifications:

● Minimum of 3 years of work in public school district central office roles or commensurate experience
● Experience in schools

Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs.  In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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