Director of Program Evaluation

Dallas, Texas
Oct 30, 2018
Nov 29, 2018
Job Function
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Teaching Trust seeks a full-time Director of Program Evaluation to lead the evaluations of our programmatic impact.

What You’ll Take On

Reporting to our Chief Learning Officer, our Director of Program Evaluation is charged with building and executing a program evaluation plan that aims to provide meaningful and actionable insights regarding programmatic effectiveness. This plan will also inform our understanding of what elements of our program models are critical for achieving impact in the communities we serve and for scaling up our work.

The Director of Program Evaluation is the primary owner of our key evaluation processes including (but not limited to):

  • Developing logic models and theories of action to inform our program strategy
  • Preparing and managing data collection plans
  • Providing regular reports and analyses to inform organizational decision making
  • Recommending and implementing key evaluative measures
  • Collaborating with the Data Science team to help foster a data-driven culture
  • Supporting teams with the creation or revision of data collection tools, and ensuring both that the proper data entry tools for recording data are in place and that program teams are consistently collecting and entering necessary data
  • Reporting and presenting key findings and implications to key internal and external stakeholders in a clear and trust-building way

In FY19 (ending June 30, 2019) you will:

  • Develop a logic model and theory of action for a planned program that will be implemented beginning in June 2019, in collaboration with the Chief Learning Officer and key stakeholders
  • Ensure we have an evaluation and data collection plan and are ready to begin studying the effectiveness of our first codified program upon the beginning of its implementation in June, 2019
  • Identify data collection needs and develop a collaborative approach to data collection that ensures teams are collecting and tracking critical data necessary for effective evaluation

What You’ll Bring

We are looking for someone who loves using their evaluation skills to help organizations amplify their impact to achieve educational equity.  

  • You are a master at building strong relationships to influence others and hold them accountable to helping to create a data driven culture.
  • You are passionate about using data to inform learning. You are highly motivated by and deeply committed to helping create a data-driven culture, and to foster learning through your work. You love helping people identify insights that help them make stronger decisions.
  • You are an expert. You leverage your passion and skills in program evaluation in service of our organizational mission, vision, purpose, and intended impact.
  • You are entrepreneurial and eager to build the plane while flying. You are energized by pioneering our program evaluation work and rolling up your sleeves to implement new approaches that inform our programmatic impact.
  • You are adaptable, resilient, and thrive in the face of uncertainty. You thrive in ambiguity and rely on your growth mindset and agility to manage dynamic work.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Deep understanding of program evaluation, logic models, theories of change, survey design, statistics, and data visualization.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social/Behavioral/Health Sciences or related field, with specific coursework in program evaluation and social science research methods.
  • At least 3 years of program evaluation experience and 1 year of project management experience; experience with small or startup organizations a plus (though not required).
  • Strong data management and analysis skills.
  • Teaching Trust is committed to reproducible methods through open source software solutions, and will prioritize applicants with experience in R and/or python. We are also open to applicants familiar with proprietary software systems (SAS, SPSS, Stata, etc) who can demonstrate basic proficiency in R and/or Python with a desire and ability to transition exclusively to open source systems. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare reports and present data findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to be a self-starter who has exceptional critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent project management , time management, and systems-building skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, demonstrating resilience and a growth mindset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to influence, collaborate, and build trusting relationships to drive results.
  • High level of comfort taking and implementing frequent feedback to improve the work.
  • Ability to work well with people with a very wide diversity of demographic and cultural characteristics; must be capable of achieving results while maintaining an inclusive, collaborative leadership style.
  • Passion to work at an organization focused on ameliorating educational inequity.
  • Strong desire and ability to innovate and adopt new approaches to achieve results.
  • Authorization to work in the United States required.

Additionally, alignment with our core values is essential for the success of any candidate:

  • Educational Equity: We prioritize work based on its impact in eliminating the achievement gap.
  • Disciplined Behavior: We are unapologetically results and competencies driven.
  • Courage and Resilience: We take risks, rebound and persevere.
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset: We own our outcomes and act with urgency.
  • Reflection and Growth: We seek feedback and modify behavior to achieve results.

Who We Are

Teaching Trust is a nonprofit organization grounded in the conviction that school leadership is the single largest lever to improve public education. We develop strategic, visionary leaders at multiple levels within schools and school systems to engage and lead accountable, collaborative teams. These teams in turn ensure schools have high quality teaching and learning and aspirational cultures, which are necessary to provide an education that eliminates the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color.

We work in the following ways to provide education opportunities that eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities and give our students choice for their life path:

  • We train, develop, and support school teams to grow leadership capacity
  • We collaborate with partners to transform principal preparation programs
  • We build a community of educators through our work
  • We influence the practices of the school systems with which we partner

What We Offer

Teaching Trust offers a salary of $82,000 for this role. In May 2018, Teaching Trust implemented  a new approach to our compensation philosophy. We are deeply committed to being an organization that not only talks the talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion but also walks the DEI walk. Equity, in particular, shows up in many ways - but is often most palatable in the practices and policies an organization pursues. We believe our approach to compensation is one way to demonstrate our commitment to equity. Our staff all have salaries that are aligned by level and tenure with the organization in order to achieve compensation equity. The salary for this role reflects that philosophy.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package for all full-time employees, including medical, dental, and vision plans. Other benefits include disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options, a generous vacation and holiday schedule, and a Simple IRA retirement plan with employer matching.

Teaching Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Teaching Trust evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital or familial status, family responsibilities, veteran status, personal appearance, political affiliation, matriculation, or any other characteristic protected by law. All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of such status.