Aug 03, 2021

Data and Assessment Manager

$45,000 - $60,000 yearly
  • Independence Mission Schools
  • 1012 West Thompson Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Full-time Product and Program Management Other School Support

Job Description

About IMS: Independence Mission Schools (IMS) educate students of all faiths living throughout Philadelphia. Our inspiring new network of 14 schools blends the best of Catholic education with innovative teaching strategies designed to meet the unique learning needs of all students.

Since our inception in 2012, our enrollment has grown over 20%, our students are outperforming 80% of their neighboring public and charter schools in Reading, and we have received increasing recognition as a network that successfully integrates faith, character, and academics to create warm, energizing schools that are sustainable for students, staff, and community. Ultimately, IMS recognizes  that our students are on track to make their own choices in pursuit of college and career opportunities because they are on grade level academically and enrolled in a high-quality high school.


Perks of IMS: Full-Time staff at IMS enjoy ongoing development through coaching, mentorship, and professional development and a benefits package that matches 403b contributions, provides low-cost healthcare, and guarantees paid sick time and personal time. Learn more here.

Data and Assessment Manager

The Data and Assessment Manager will be a key member of the IMS central office team and will manage student achievement and school performance data in order to identify trends, improve outcomes, and inform critical decision-making. The Data and Assessment Manager will provide critical information to IMS principals, assistant principals, teachers, and central office staff that will contribute to innovative practices to improve teacher practice and student outcomes. The Manager will oversee student assessment (e.g., NWEA MAP, TerraNova) and student information data systems in order to ensure the collection accurate data, identify trends in school performance, and conduct analysis to drive school and network decision-making. Additionally, the Manager will provide operational support to schools and the Academic team across a few areas, including curriculum materials ordering, grant compliance/reporting and other academic team data collection initiatives. The Data and Assesment Manager will report to the Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Student Assessment

  • Collaborate with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction to define network testing policy and practice as well as execute a network testing calendar. Support test administration and data collection for all schools and determine other data sets if needed.
  • Support implementation and administration of all network-wide assessments, which currently include MAP and TerraNova.
  • Collaborate with Academic team to analyze data, identify strengths and areas for improvement; gather and disseminate best practices between schools and from other organizations in the areas of assessment, data analysis and decision-making.
  • Work with IMS leadership to identify key metrics to monitor student, school, and network-wide progress towards goals and inform decision-making.
  • Codify best practices on creating positive a positive assessment culture in schools and support school leaders to implement those practice and collaborate in designing systems that promote efficiency of and engagement with analytics.

Student Information System (SIS)

  • Train and support network and school staff in the use of the network’s student information systems
  • Recommend and coordinate implementation of network SIS policies and practices around data entry, attendance, report cards, etc.
  • Collaborate with Academic team to analyze data, identify strengths and areas for improvement; gather and disseminate best practices between schools

Analysis & Reporting

  • Conduct statistical analysis of student achievement data and school information, including supporting surveying initiatives (surveys of families, students, teachers, leaders, etc.) Coordinate the development and maintenance of a data warehouse of all student assessment results.
  • Manage the development and design of dashboards and other regular achievement reports or analysis that answer questions for key stakeholders, provide insight on student, school, and network performance trends and patterns; and inform discussions and strategic decisions.
  • Work cross-functionally with other IMS teams to collect, analyze, synthesize, and report on key data indicators that affect the health of our schools, including indicators on teacher and leader recruitment, retention, and development; student enrollment; and other key metrics.
  • Serve as the primary contact for all external data requests (e.g., grant reporting, board presentations) and provide needed data to network and school-based staff. 

Academic Operations

  • Work across academic team and schools to manage annual materials ordering process through NPIS (state materials ordering system)
  • Manage Act 48 teacher PD credit approval process in collaboration with academic team staff and our external partners
  • Manage paperwork and timesheets related to network academic initiatives (e.g., steering committees, teacher leader programs, etc.)
  • Oversee the implementation and report dissemination of twice annual IMS Core Instructional Framework Data Collection and Teacher Coaching Survey
  • Organize the selection process for teacher leadership and incentive opportunities

Technology Integration

  • Collaborate with the central office Academic team and School Operations team, school administrators and staff to ensure infrastructure and tools are available to carry out educational technology initiatives
  • Manage integration of the network SIS and Learning Management Systems (LMSs)
  • Manage licenses for digital learning tools, such as Seesaw, Zoom Pro, Class Dojo and Clever (or other Single Sign-on, SSO, platform)
  • Ensure that all educational technology software used is in compliance with laws and regulations such as FERPA and COPPA
  • Manage the process to obtain parent/guardian consent to the network AUP
  • Develop and maintain a website (Google Site or similar) for parents and teachers to access resources related to digital learning
  • Work cooperatively with the tech team to triage and address teacher concerns related to digital learning, the learning management system and Web based applications
  • Assist teachers in becoming technologically proficient, as needed
  • Create training resources for students and families to support the use of digital learning tools, as needed
  • Identify and distribute high-quality resources for student digital citizenship trainings to teachers
  • Conduct research about advancements in digital learning tools and resources to inform decision-making
  • Develop/adapt resources, tools and training materials for schools in support of these efforts

Qualifications

  • An individual who possesses a growth mindset, mission-driven, and committed to serving children of all backgrounds through culturally competent practices
  • The ability to build, develop and maintain relationships with internal and external constituents including school leaders, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders
  • An orientation towards outcomes and the flexibility and willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve them – which includes the need for patience in times of change
  • Strong project management skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills with high attention to detail
  • Knowledge of the education field, including familiarity with current student assessment practices
  • Experience in quantitative data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting with strong focus on data quality and continuous improvement processes
  • Ability to make data accessible to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Excel, Access, and PowerPoint; comfort evaluating and learning new data and software systems (as needed)
  • Ability to manage the ambiguity and multiple priorities inherent in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Proactive problem solver who demonstrates initiative
  • Strong work ethic coupled with an enthusiastic and passionate approach to one’s work
  • Proficiency and ability to learn advanced features of the network SIS, SSO, LMS, Zoom, GSuite for Education (including Classroom and Sites), ClassDojo Portfolio (or similar) is strongly preferred
  • Proficiency with other learning tools and resources, like Zearn, Khan Academy, Formative, Screencastify, Nearpod, Edpuzzle, and the ability to learn unfamiliar tools quickly.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!

Want to learn more about IMS and our school locations? Please visit: https://independencemissionschools.org/schools/


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