Director, Evaluation and Impact
Boston, Massachusetts New York, New York
Room to Grow (RtG) is a multi-location organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. The two-generation research- informed program focuses on eradicating the developmental and achievement gaps that hinder children throughout their lives. RtG seeks an entrepreneurial, insightful, and collaborative leader to fill the newly-created role of Director of Evaluation and Impact. A position created to support the organization's continued efforts in evaluation, learning, and programmatic improvement, the Director will lead the design and implementation of a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for measuring the impact of its flagship programs (Boston and New York) to ensure that the organization deepens and broadens its influence on the lives of children and families from low- income backgrounds.
The Director, in concert with other RtG leaders, will identify key areas for evaluation, build capacity for ongoing self-assessment, and lead efforts to conceptualize and implement a strategic evaluation plan designed to improve internal program practices. The Director will also work with key stakeholders and constituents to articulate RtG’s impact in an evidence-based manner, accessible and attractive to various audiences. Working collaboratively with staff, this role provides an exciting opportunity for someone with a deep background in research and evaluation, and a demonstrated commitment to family support services and programming, to contribute to the continued growth and success of the organization.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced, results-oriented, and creative thinker and communicator who is able to work directly with internal and external stakeholders to build supportive monitoring and evaluation plans that are attuned to the program design and mission. S/he will be an exceptional listener, with a deep commitment to the strength-based philosophy and core beliefs of RtG, and will have a proven ability to work effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
Strong candidates will have significant expertise in early childhood development; demonstrated success in social impact and programmatic measurement and evaluation to support organizational change and improved outcomes; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and hands-on experience in the design, implementation, and presentation of both quantitative and qualitative evaluation models. S/he will have a minimum of six years of measurement and evaluation and research in the areas of child development (or related field) with demonstrated success in translating data and information to impact and improvement opportunities. A doctorate degree in a relevant field (psychology, statistics, education) is strongly preferred. Experience in child development or family services environments is essential.
RtG has retained Tamar Datan and Connor Daley of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group to assist in the recruitment of this Director. More information about how to apply or nominate individuals can be found at the end of this document.
ROOM TO GROW PROGRAM
Parents are referred to RtG through a network of prenatal programs assisting families living in low- income communities across New York City and Boston. Upon referral, families begin building a three-year long relationship with a dedicated social work clinician through a combination of in- person visits to RtG's warm and inviting family center and ongoing virtual communications. Throughout the three-year curriculum, parents receive extensive education about a broad array of child development topics, material items for their baby including books, toys, clothing and equipment – a $10,000 value over time – and customized support in navigating additional services. Each year, RtG serves more than 700 babies and their families.
Research shows that nurturing, responsive parenting in a stimulating and language-rich environment – the very environment RtG helps families create – can mitigate the harmful effects of poverty. Babies who are raised with engaging and responsive caregivers, within a secure and stimulating environment, have the best chance for healthy brain development and ongoing success in life. RtG’s unique, therapeutic approach cultivates long-term change in families, targeting three key areas: child development, parenting knowledge, and family stability – increasing the probability that children will later enter school ready to learn and continue on to meet their full potential in education, work, and citizenship.
Poverty has a deeply profound and crippling impact on children. It has become increasingly clear that high-quality parenting support, especially in the first three years of development, is the most effective and affordable way to change the life trajectory of a baby born into poverty - both now and in the future. RtG focuses on impact and effectiveness in three critical areas, all of which are important factors in the long-term success of children:
Early Literacy & School Readiness
Parents in RtG’s program are twice as likely to read aloud with their children daily, establishing early literacy habits and positive parent-child relationships.
Ninety-nine percent of participating parents report having an increased knowledge of their child’s social and emotional needs since joining the program.
Health & Wellness
Ninety percent of children are meeting developmental benchmarks on time, and one hundred percent of parents needing intervening support are receiving timely referrals.
More information about RtG may be found at: www.roomtogrow.org.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING THE DIRECTOR, EVALUATION AND IMPACT
! Provide leadership on data collection and results analysis with co-Executive Directors
! Improve efficiency of data analysis, database management, and systems integration
! Oversee internal management of quality assurance in data collection, including managing and tracking input to assure that data is being properly entered
! Implement externally-validated assessment and screening methodologies and support adoption and refinement of curricula designed to maximize impact
! Help to articulate impact to internal and external audiences, including Board, staff, funders, media, referral partners, evaluators, other collaborators, and the public at large
! Stay abreast of current research and activities in the early childhood field
! Use internal data and current field research to inform programmatic improvements and
! Develop and maintain relationships with university partners for assessment projects as well as formal research opportunities
! Initiate and stay connected to relevant working groups, thought leaders, and policy makers in New York City, Boston, and nationally
! Contribute content to grant applications, external meetings and presentations, and other communication venues
! Examine policy, advocacy and public funding landscape; identify and pursue opportunities The Director will be located in either New York City or Boston and will be expected to travel
between these locations and to other destinations approximately 20% of the time.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
! A demonstrable passion for the mission, vision, and values of RtG;
! Deep expertise in early childhood development, from birth to three years of age;
! Sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of low-income populations, recent immigrants, and/or others who face barriers to success. Cultural competence is a must;
! A minimum of six years’ experience in data analysis, program evaluation, or related research practices, in which at least two of the years were spent in analytics;
! Proven track record of utilizing data to successfully procure funding;
! Experience working with databases, performance management systems, or other data
collection systems (Salesforce preferred);
! Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research and/or impact evaluation studies, including a demonstrated knowledge of how to perform statistical analyses and interpret results;
! Proficiency with a statistical software package preferred, such as STATA, SAS, or SPSS;
! Disciplined, structured, and data driven approach to decision-making and problem solving with a sharp focus on metrics, outcomes, and results;
! An exceptionally high level of integrity, accountability, and superior judgment;
! Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills – articulate and
persuasive with the ability to craft resonant messaging;
! Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to work;
! Exemplary leadership skills, including the ability to collaborate and lead in a team-oriented environment;
! Proactive attitude coupled with an upbeat personality and a good sense of humor; and
! Advanced degree required, with Ph.D. strongly preferred, in early childhood education or closely related field, including a minimum of two graduate-level statistics, research, or program evaluation courses.
Room to Grow has retained Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group to assist in this recruitment; Senior Advisor Tamar Datan and Associate Connor Daley are leading the search.
Applications, including a cover letter, describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history, and where you learned of the position should be sent to rtg- email@example.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
Room to Grow is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.