Aug 03, 2021

Evaluator (Immediate Opening)

  • IDEA Public Schools
  • Weslaco, TX, USA
Executive Leadership

Job Description

Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in Tampa Bay , FL (2021) , and Jacksonville, FL (2022) !

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video .

Role Mission: At IDEA Public Schools we believe that high-quality evaluation leads to new insights on how to best serve our students, families, staff, and leaders. Additionally, high-quality evaluation helps identify and solve persistent challenges to improve organizational and student outcomes.

IDEA Public Schools' Evaluator will design and build practical, timely, and rigorous evaluation programs and initiatives that provide valuable information to IDEA leadership, staff and schools in support of our mission. Evaluators at IDEA Public Schools are responsible for engaging in evidence-based practices to demonstrate which activities and initiatives are meeting intended outcomes. In partnership with key stakeholders, evaluators build the overall evaluation approach, ensuring alignment to IDEA's mission and goals. Evaluators select evidence-based instruments and procedures, and are responsible for completing both formative and summative evaluations of programs and initiatives across all IDEA Public Schools teams. Evaluators lead the communication and presentation of evaluation results and recommendations to multiple audiences, including school leaders, teachers, staff and members of the Academic Services Team, Advancement Team, and the Executive Leadership Council.

Evaluators guide the analysis of data and information, reporting back to project partners to develop and convey key insights and findings in compelling language, extracting meaning and recommendations, that support the IDEA mission. Evaluators also assist the Advancement team in writing grants that include an evaluation requirement.

As a member the Research and Analysis Team, evaluators work with team data analysts and statisticians to maintain and develop the highest quality quantitative and qualitative research methods used at IDEA Public Schools.

IDEA Public Schools achieves the highest available state rating in reach of its operating states.
  • Partner with Advancement, Schools, Programming, and Human Assets teams to develop a strategic evaluation plan that identifies and prioritizes evaluation activities to be completed each year as well as over the life of multi-year evaluations (e.g. Charter School Program and Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant awards).
  • Work with stakeholders to develop and implement individual evaluation plans for prioritized program areas.
  • Ensure that evaluation activities align with IDEA Public Schools' mission and vision.
  • Identify and communicate opportunities to replicate effective programming.
  • Support R&A survey activities including instrument selection and design, methods, sampling strategies, post-sampling processing, and quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Successful procurement of grant proposals through development of highest quality evaluation
    • Analyze information and organizational administrative data to convey key insights and research opportunities in accessible and compelling narrative language.
    • Coordinate with Advancement team to lead drafting and development of final grant proposal evaluation documents, providing visual charts and graphs to support narrative sections.
    • Identify best and most reasonable evaluation methods, data collection processes, and causal identification strategies to meet organizational goals. .

  • Develop evaluation reports that lead to immediate, short-, and long-term actionable recommendations
    • 100% of evaluations and reports include actionable recommendations for pertinent IDEA stakeholders.
    • Understand and document contextual factors in order to provide actionable recommendations.
    • At least 2 recommendations are adopted by a majority of pertinent stakeholders.
    • 100% of recommendations tracked by partner/stakeholder survey.

  • Provide outstanding service to IDEA teammates
    • Support IDEA leaders in developing understanding of evaluation information, outcomes, and actionable recommendations.
    • 80% of evaluation partners report two highest ratings on evaluation satisfaction survey (sent to partners in the month a project or evaluation is completed) Establish and maintain a clear operating communication channels and operating mechanisms with collecting relevant information, context, data, and feedback from partners/stakeholders to best guide and execute evaluation activities.

  • Live Values of IDEA
    • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
    • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
    • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
    • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
    • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
    • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
    • Embodies IDEA's core values

  • Competencies:
    • Commitment to ensuring that evaluation activities are conducted in a fully inclusive, culturally sensitive and thoughtful manner.
    • Knowledge of appropriate quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods.
    • Ability to conduct analyses using appropriate analytic tools for quantitative data (e.g., R, Python, Stata, SPSS) and/or qualitative data (e.g., Nvivo, Atlas.ti, MaxQDA).
    • Ability to develop criteria and standards reflective of the values held by key evaluation stakeholders.
    • Experience synthesizing information generated through an evaluation to produce findings that are clearly linked to the data collected.
    • Knowledge of or familiarity with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Framework for Program Evaluation
    • Working knowledge of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation's program evaluation standards (e.g., utility, feasibility, propriety, accuracy, and accountability).
    • Knowledge of or familiarity with the American Evaluation Association's Guiding Principles for Evaluators.
    • Ability to engage with, listen to, and learn from a broad range of evaluation stakeholders, encouraging their meaningful participation.
    • Knowledge of the distinctions between evaluation and research.
    • Ability to identify limitations of one's evaluation expertise and devise methods for acquiring additional evaluation knowledge when necessary.
    • Knowledge of various evaluation designs (e.g., non-experimental, experimental, quasi-experimental).
    • Experience with evaluations using mixed method approaches.
    • Knowledge of approaches for generating, revising, and prioritizing evaluation questions.
    • Ability to prepare and present evaluation results for multiple audiences, including technical and non-technical audiences in a manner that increases understanding, use and acceptance of evaluation findings and recommendations.
    • Ability to develop action plans and systems to facilitate and track implementation of evaluation findings and recommendations.
    • Ability to work with stakeholders to interpret evaluation outcomes in , present analyses, find common themes, and identify relevant and actionable findings from evaluations.


    The ideal candidate will possess: (1) a track record of completing rigorous program evaluation, with at least three years of practice in the education and/or social sciences sector; (2) experience successfully translating research to practice for multiple audiences; (3) excellent writing skills and client relationship capacities; (4) demonstrated quantitative and qualitative analysis experience; and (5) clear and demonstrable understanding of the differences between basic and applied research, evaluation, analysis, and reporting.
    • Education: Master's degree (Ph.D. preferred) in evaluation, behavioral and social sciences, education, and other disciplines relevant to program evaluation.
    • Experience: 3+ years' experience in applied evaluation setting (evaluation experience within education or educational policy sector is preferred)

    Knowledge and Skills:
    • Communicate effectively in Written, Oral and Visual Form
    • Experience with data analytical languages or platforms (R, Python, Stata, SPSS)
    • Communicate findings effectively in spoken, written, and visual form
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • MS SharePoint Online
    • Survey/polling administration and analysis

    Compensation: Salaries for people entering this role typically start between $73,900 and $90,200, commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.

    IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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