Deputy Director, Outcomes, Assessments and Learning (OAL)

Background

For over 20 years, Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) has delivered long-term outcomes that improve life opportunities for children and young adults in Greater Washington, setting them on the path to learn, graduate, secure employment, and become successful, healthy adults. Our work began with strengthening individual non-profits across Greater Washington, which expanded to connecting them into networks. Then, we built upon those networks to include cross-sector collaborations with community members, governments, businesses, and the philanthropic community.

VPP has deployed management expertise and invested more than $110M in capital to strengthen executive leadership. We have increased the capacity of local nonprofits, helping them expand to 80 new sites and serve on average 57,000 young people each year, resulting in healthier newborns, improved childhood development, better academic achievement, and higher graduation rates.

As we looked ahead to the next 20 years, we recognized that we needed to do more, be bolder, and act faster to make changes at the systems level for our most vulnerable youth. In April of 2020, we formed a strategic alliance with Raise DC—a member of the national StriveTogether network— to build an investment organization capable of driving alignment among communities, nonprofit and business leaders, jurisdictional and regional leaders around a systems change agenda.

Opportunity

The Deputy Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning will assist in the oversight and management of VPP+Raise DC’s OAL Department. Specifically, the Deputy Director will directly supervise VPP+Raise DC’s three Data Analysts and will be responsible for creating and maintaining a vision of how regional and local data can be used to improve youth outcomes. The Deputy Director will also work closely with VPP+Raise DC’s Investment Practice Group to measure the effectiveness of VPP+Raise DC’s various investments and interventions throughout the Greater Washington region.

The Deputy Director of OAL reports to the Director of Outcomes, Assessment, and Learning and will work closely with VPP+Raise DC’s Investment Practice Group, External Affairs department, and senior staff.

Key Job Functions and Responsibilities

  • Oversee and supervise the work of VPP+Raise DC’s three data analysts (Educational Data Analyst, Race and Equity Data Analyst, Community Data Analyst).
  • Create and maintain vision of how regional and local data can be used to improve outcomes for children and youth in the Greater Washington region.
  • Establish relationships with regional and local decision-makers to generate buy-in for data sharing with VPP+Raise DC and other partners.
  • Negotiate and finalize data-sharing agreements with local agencies to obtain data for analyses while protecting data privacy.
  • Lead VPP+RAISE DC’s efforts to identify potential data-informed projects to address racial inequity.
  • Produce internal and external facing reports summarizing the current state of regional outcomes for youth and students, as well as information that explains how outcomes have changed over time.
  • Produce content for VPP+Raise DC’s fundraising and communications work, including (but not limited to) quick turnaround charts, tables, graphs, and maps that demonstrate the current state of youth and student outcomes regionwide (or in select geographic areas).
  • Provide technical assistance to external groups regarding defining, collecting, reporting, and analyzing common metrics and data.
  • Ensure data governance practices are compliant with relevant data security laws and regulations, such as FERPA, and as specified in data-sharing agreements with external parties.
  • Expand and manage data infrastructure by researching, procuring, and maintaining technologies to store, analyze, visualize, and share data securely.
  • Generate content to satisfy external reporting requirements or data requests in a timely manner.


Candidate Profile

Candidates considered for the position must reside in the DC Metropolitan area or willing to relocate to the region and possess a heartfelt connection to the social and community issues and causes that drive VPP+Raise DC’s mission.

VPP+Raise DC is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for its employees.  Therefore, new employees must be fully vaccinated before their start date.  Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons are eligible for exemption contingent upon formal request.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in research, evaluation, and outcome measurement. Strong preference for experience across multiple youth development issues areas such as education, health, housing, and safety.
  • Experience with data analysis and quantitative research, including statistical analysis (using SPSS, SAS, R, STATA, or other statistical packages), spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and data visualization software (such as Tableau or another software package).
  • Experience working with data sets and sources at various geographies, including (but not limited to): census blocks, census block groups, census tracts, zip codes, counties, and political geographies (like Washington DC’s Wards).
  • Experience and training working with personally identifiable information (PII) as well as experience with data security protocols and approaches.
  • Understanding of statistical techniques, data analysis methods, and data sources, which includes the theoretical and practical strengths and limitations of various statistical methodologies.
  • Ability to translate complex data, concepts, and analyses for mainstream audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience using Excel and PowerPoint to generate visual representations of data. (Or similar software such as Tableau.)
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal) and experience producing research reports, messaging, framing, and talking points.
  • Experience working with a variety of organizations (government agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations, etc.) to access and transfer data. Strong preference for experience negotiating and maintaining formal data sharing agreements with government agencies or school systems.
  • A positive, solution-oriented attitude, and an ability to be flexible and work under pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a self-starting member of a team.
  • Well-organized, hard worker, with good time management skills and an ability to work well under pressure and meet shifting deadlines.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, appreciation of the value of all kinds of diversity, and good interpersonal skills.


Compensation

Compensation is within the $120,000-$150,000 range and a generous benefits package is available to all staff.

To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to careers@vppartners.org, subject line: VPP – Deputy Director of OAL. In your cover letter, please indicate how you learned about the position.