California Community Foundation ,

Program Manager, Education Research & Special Projects

Posted
1 month ago
Employment type
Full Time - Exempt
Location
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

California Community Foundation's mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. We envision a future where all Angelenos have the opportunity to contribute to the productivity, health and well-being of our region. And we believe that our common fate will be determined by how successfully we improve the quality of life for all our residents. The impact we help create is of, by and for Los Angeles, because the community is our foundation.

CCF seeks to build a strong and diverse community. We strive to be an employer of choice – offering a competitive compensation package, development opportunities and a rewarding environment. CCF believes in equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or other protected status. We consider qualified applicants in a manner consistent with federal, state, and local laws.

About this job

Position Summary: This position manages the research, evaluation, and data elements of the California Community Foundation’s education team, focusing especially on the public-private partnership with the Los Angeles County Probation Department (a.k.a. Ready to Rise or R2R). This position manages CCF’s relationship with the evaluator for the public-private partnership by setting and maintaining contractual requirements – such as reporting and data proficiency services – provided by the evaluator. This position also provides internal data analysis and research services for the education team more generally, which includes Early Care and Education, K-12, and Postsecondary Transitions and Success focus areas. In addition, this position will support other education initiatives related to the education team’s grantmaking and convening activities.

Roles & responsibilities

Major Responsibilities:

Manage Research, Evaluation, and Data for Ready to Rise: Manage CCF’s relationship with the evaluator for the R2R. Sets expectations for reporting, grantee technical assistance, and data submission for the evaluator. Compile and share research from youth development and juvenile justice diversion work to share with project partners and evaluator.

Duties include:

  • Set expectations for key duties, address questions
  • Facilitate collaboration between evaluator and lead capacity-builder
  • Monitor progress for completion of key duties, notably:
  • - Monthly Youth Counts
  • - Quarterly Evaluation Reports
  • - Expenditure Reports
  • - Coaching grant recipients, facilitating data proficiency exercises
  • Support Ready to Rise Administration: Assist grant review process. Support planning and implementation of site visit process. Support final decision-making processes for grant applicants. Duties include:
  • Design and adapt decision-making rubric
  • Support and train application reviewers
  • Organize and analyze applicant data
  • Produce quantitative summary reports
  • Support Research and Data Analysis for Education Team: Gather, analyze, and visualize quantitative or qualitative data as needed to inform the efforts of program officers. Conduct research necessary to inform education team activities which includes but is not limited to researching educational trends in potential investment areas, designing effective grant cycles/administration (Request for Information, Request for Proposals, etc.), and learning from peers and demonstration projects of relevance. Produce reports or deliverables that reflect education team’s efforts and/or the indicators that convey the state of educational opportunity in Los Angeles County.
  • Support Grantmaking and Convening Activities for Education Team: In collaboration with program officers, support education initiatives related to the education team’s grantmaking and convening activities. This includes but is not limited to supporting the design of program strategies that are data-informed and research-based, collaborating with external groups, co-designing and supporting grantmaking processes, and assessing and reporting impact.

Qualifications

Applicants must submit a Cover Letter to be considered.

Applicants must reside in LA County.

Experience: Minimum of four years of experience working with or in the education, nonprofit and/or philanthropic sector, or with elected officials is preferred. Knowledge of and experience addressing issues impacting underserved communities, community organizing and a good understanding of local government policies and processes is preferred. Program management, strategy development experience and experience in managing consultants and project working teams to achieve results are essential. Previous experience with developing and working with program budgets is necessary.

Education: Bachelor’s degree is required. Major or specialization in education, criminal justice, administration of justice, psychology, sociology, public policy, political science, evaluation or a related field is preferred. Master’s degree preferred.

Community and Field of Interest Knowledge: Knowledge of the Los Angeles County nonprofit community, familiarity with target areas (South Los Angeles, San Gabriel, San Fernando, and Antelope Valley) of the initiative and diverse neighborhoods throughout the region, and experience in working effectively with diverse and broad-based community constituencies is required. Working knowledge of best practices in fields of interest to the foundation, familiarity with nonprofit financials, public and private funding streams related to the foundation’s domains of work is preferred. A working understanding of outcome measures and evaluation methodologies aimed at assessing program effectiveness is required.

Convening and Facilitation Skills: Able to facilitate meetings and group processes for the purposes of fact-finding, decision-making, peer learning and problem solving. Good meeting management skills.

Communication and Analytical Skills: Solid analytical skills, excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and excellent customer service skills required. Ability to prepare and give presentations, collaborate and comfortably interact with diverse audiences including donors and Board members as well as nonprofit, government officials and community groups is required. Ability to gather, analyze, and visualize quantitative and qualitative data is required.

Technology Skills: Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite and a familiarity with database software, is required. A willingness and ability to learn appropriate database, spreadsheet and other computer programs is required. Mapping/Global Information System (GIS) experience preferred.

Project Management Skills: Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands with consistent attention to timelines.

Teamwork & General Skills: Ability to work well independently and as team member. Ability to take initiative and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to lead a team toward CCF's goals, leveraging each team member's skill set.

Hiring and Background Check Clearance: This position is funded, in part, by a grant to CCF from L.A. County Probation through a Public-Private Partnership. Final candidate(s) will need to be approved for hire by the L.A. County Probation Department and must clear a background investigation through the Department of Justice, as managed by the L.A. County Probation Department.

To apply

Please apply through our direct job post link. Only applicants that submit a cover letter, along with their Resume, will be considered.

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