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Job Title: Strategy Director, Data and Measurement
Department: Impact and Planning
Reports to: Vice President, Impact and Planning
FLSA Status: Exempt
The strategy director for data and measurement is responsible for leading, developing and implementing organizational initiatives to measure, monitor, and report performance regarding post-high school attainment and related measures (e.g. Today’s Student, credentials, labor market outcomes, etc.) The Director will oversee the measurement and synthesis of new and existing data to advise Lumina’s strategic direction, make continuous improvement, document effective practices, inform Lumina and the field, and measure progress and success against key metrics, with specific emphasis on Lumina’s equity populations and strategic plan. The director must also possess detailed knowledge of Lumina’s mission-related work, goals, processes, and interdependencies in order to effectively execute a comprehensive data strategy.
Provide leadership for Lumina’s data and measurement agenda by conceptualizing, setting a clear direction, executing, and directing a data and measurement plan for Lumina that represents our Equity Populations and concentration areas. Deliver frequent and open communications, leverage the strengths of team members while also providing development opportunities within the team. Work in collaboration with directors and officers across the foundation to develop methodologies and strategies to inform grant and contract development across departments and concentration areas. Work with Lumina’s partners and grantees to ensure that data collection activities are being implemented with integrity and produce results with high internal validity. Oversee and manage the process of extracting, synthesizing, sharing, organizing, and applying key data results and lessons. Develop and manage relationships across the Foundation to advance the utilization of findings and results for ongoing strategy refinement, development of new work, and decision making. Make interpretive judgments about data, targets, and trends to provide recommendations and assist in decision-making at the strategy and executive level.
Conceptualize the national data and databases that will be needed to report on the strategic plan with an emphasis on Lumina’s equity imperative, concentration areas, and the merging of postsecondary and workforce data to report on attainment and inform the 60% goal. Monitor the national landscape of federal, national, and statewide data sources and systems that could inform Lumina’s current and future work. Pull and examine existing opportunities for the creation of new sources from institutional and national surveys and sources on postsecondary education and workforce to inform Lumina’s work, research agenda, and creation of effective practices. Oversee the continuous development and reporting of Stronger Nation, Lumina’s online tool providing various data and visualizations toward national and state attainment goals.
Develop and execute a strategy to help staff collect, report and understand accurate, reliable, meaningful data that help them with their strategic priorities. Create dashboards and summaries on data and trends related to our work for Lumina’s staff, executive team, and board of directors. Work across the foundation to share and apply lessons from data and metrics that can inform our current work and ongoing strategic planning. Validate data and research used in Lumina’s communications.
Develop, monitor, and report progress on the annual work plan that incorporates multiple foundation tools. Collaborate with other stakeholders and leverage resources that support the foundation’s strategies. Assume significant, shared responsibility for managing the foundation’s related grantmaking work including preparing for and actively engaging in grant review meetings, drafting grant and contract-related information, monitoring grant progress, and working with staff and grantees to identify and troubleshoot problems in funded programs. Draft concept papers and develop requests for proposals and grant/contract guidelines to support new work. Regularly revisit the portfolio to assure efforts remain responsive to emerging issues and information. Prepare materials for, attend, present, and respond to questions in executive team and board meetings. Perform writing or analytical activities concerning grantmaking programs, the research and public policy agenda, and communications that support organizational learning and lessons learned to the field.
Support direct reports in their work by serving as an experienced, objective adviser and mentor. Provide administrative oversight on expenses, travel, grantmaking, contracting, and other functional processes. On-board new hires to ensure they have the introductions, resources, training, and productivity tools necessary to be effective as quickly as possible.
Provide work assignments and mentoring opportunities to facilitate growth and development. Review individual and collective performance and provide clarifying examples where necessary. Support professional and career development by discussing and documenting with direct reports their professional development interests, strengths, and gaps.
Act as a spokesperson to the postsecondary education community, public policymakers, and others outside the foundation about achieving Lumina’s 60% attainment goal. Collaborate with convening staff to identify, plan, and execute convenings, meetings, and conferences of grantees and leaders in postsecondary education. Attend and/or make professional presentations at meetings of national associations and other groups that the foundation is interested in influencing. Identify and maintain relationships with researchers, public policy analysts, and others who might contract with Lumina or receive grant funding.
Advance Lumina’s commitment to ending systemic racism and barriers to learning beyond high school for Black, Latino, and Native American individuals. Further Impact and Planning’s specific practices that promote racial and ethnic diversity in hiring, contracting, grantmaking, inclusive decision making, and achieving fair and just outcomes arising from the department’s exercise of its duties and responsibilities. Effectively communicate Lumina’s commitment to internal and external partners
This description is only a summary of the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities, and may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
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Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
Lumina is working with partners to design a learning system that gives every person—regardless of race and ethnicity, income, or other socioeconomic factors—the opportunities that only education and training after high school can provide. To achieve our mission, we work with governmental, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations to bring about widespread change. Our work relies on strategic communication, empowering leaders who can bring about change, policy outreach to state and federal officials, investments in proven and promising practices, and targeted efforts to measure and evaluate progress.
Lumina Foundation has a passionate and committed staff and is among the nation’s top private foundations, with an endowment in excess of $1.2 billion.
Lumina also maintains a satellite office in Washington, D.C.
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