Director, Learning and Impact

R&E · Austin, Texas
Department R&E
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About the Organization 

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company.Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders.We are guided by three core values—Be of Service, Believe in People, and Drive for Excellence & Equity. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus andprograms are being developed in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist and a lifelong champion for social justice. 


We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom.At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles.We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues. 


We are seeking a Director to join the Learning and Impact Team who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we strive to serve public school districts across the state of Texas. At Holdsworth, we believe that good work starts with good people, and we value team members that thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration and iteration. 


About the Position 

The Director, reporting to the Managing Director of the Learning and Impact Team, will ensure that Holdsworth’s annual data collection and analysis process provides high-quality, timely, and accessible data and insights to support ongoing learning and evidence of impact. Specifically, the Director will apply demonstrated proficiency working with student achievement and school/district accountability data; manage the annual Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Impact Review Cycle and associated data collection, analysis, and reporting; improve data quality for KPIs and other key data outputs; establish protocols for data governance; and manage analytical staff on the Team.


Along with working in the capacity of the role, the incumbent will engage alongside Holdsworth staff in leadership development activities and training including but not limited to equity work.  


In alignment with strengths and skills, the Director will: 

  • Oversee annual data collection process for key data, including KPI data, that informs continuous improvement, current impact, and long-term program evaluation.
    • Oversee annual KPI data collection and impact review cycles.
    • Collaborate on cross functional teams to conduct data analyses.
    • Monitor approved data sharing agreement for each district; systematize timing and process for data collection from districts / campuses as per data sharing agreements. 
    • Oversee implementation of activities to collect, analyze, and report data for longitudinal program evaluation.
    • Manage the integration of new and updated data into the warehouse and dashboards 
  • Lead initiatives to improve data quality including:
    • Determine criteria for data quality, including data equity, that are aligned with types of Holdsworth data and data use
    • Oversee team after action review process 
    • Design and execute regular data quality audits to ensure that data is being accurately handled through all phases of the data cycle
    • Ensure KPI data dictionary is current and that protocols, format, and calculations are confirmed and/or established.
    • Design and document an institutional data governance system, in collaboration with IT and other relevant stakeholders, that includes documented data definitions, data steward guidelines, and other appropriate documentation.
  • Improve data sources and methodology used to determine impact in the stronger results category.
    • Disaggregate data to support better understanding of partner districts and their campuses, including data that informs equity and equitable approaches
    • Ensure that student engagement and SEL data is collected from districts and used to model options for KPI calculations.
    • Ensure systems are in place to collect relevant student data from TEA and/or districts; provide leadership in the development of statistical models for student performance indicators; increase organizational understanding of student assessment systems and state accountability frameworks.
  • Collaborate on internal and external written reports and presentations; present findings of analyses in non-technical, actionable terms that can be understood by a wider audience; interpret and summarize findings.
  • Manage a team of two-three Learning and Impact staff, supporting their development and ensuring they deliver high-quality work.

Desirable candidates will have a range of prior experience and competencies to include: 

  • Master’s degree (doctoral degree preferred) from an accredited university in educational research, educational psychology, or related field. 
  • Eight years of experience in roles that involved analyzing student outcome and district/campus accountability data to provide institutional insights in an education setting; experience with models for measuring student growth and school improvement. 
  • Highly developed analytical skills with a strong background in quantitative data analysis and familiarity with qualitative or mixed methods approaches; experience overseeing data collection and quality, data management, and dashboard design and development.
  • Committed to supporting an organization that works relentlessly to create efficient, measurable, and sustainable (scalable) results in both continuous improvement and impact.
  • Committed to data equity in data collection, analysis, and insights; meaningfully disaggregates data to surface patterns and results that may not be apparent in the full dataset.
  • Experienced in implementing program evaluation frameworks and methodology.
  • Effectively communicates findings through strong verbal, written, and presentation skills; synthesizes key takeaways from large datasets and across data sources so that implications are clear to non-researchers.
  • Exhibits strong detail orientation, initiative, and project planning; experienced in project management. 
  • Demonstrates agility and comfort with ambiguity; thrives in an environment of fast/frequent iteration.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, web-enabled survey platforms such as Qualtrics and Survey Monkey, expertise in one or more of the following (or similar): SPSS/SAS/STATA, Python, R/R-Studio, NVIVO.

How to Apply 

Interested candidates can apply by submitting a current resume, cover letter detailing their interest in this position and how their experience will contribute to the work of The Holdsworth Center at the following link: Director, Learning and Impact application


Applications submittedwithout a cover letter will not be reviewed.Applications will be screened regularly until a sufficient pool of candidates is identified. 


Please note that we may contact candidates after initial application screening to request a work sample generated from a task we send out by invitation. We will review the work sample prior to proceeding to the next phase of the interview process. 


The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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