Program Evaluation Director

Location: San Francisco, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Partners in School Innovation is transforming education in profound ways by training and empowering change agents to close the gap in school and student achievement. Through our collaboration with teachers and schools, Partners has impacted over 30,000 students by providing an enriching and thriving environment for every student, regardless of background. Partners is looking for exceptional people to scale our transformative approach, reaching more than 50% of US students of color living in poverty by 2022.

The Program  Evaluation Director will lead Partners’ in evaluating program effectiveness and supporting an informed decision-making process. Through refining evaluation frameworks, managing data cycles, promoting strategic learning and knowledge sharing - both internally and externally - this role is vital to understanding and growing our impact.

While this role is a key leadership role, it’s a small and mighty team of one (you!), so you’ll need to be comfortable with utility tasks, too. You’ll be survey formatting through strategically analyzing.


  • Providing meaningful (primarily diagnostic and formative) analysis and measures to our teams, guiding the implementation of our work.
  • Developing, testing, and refining measures of new service models.
  • Training and supporting staff in data collection and analysis.
  • Adapting measures as our approach evolves and continually testing the validity of existing measures.
  • Providing the leadership team with just-in-time data and metrics to support continuous learning.
  • Monitoring the landscape of education data and measurement to keep the organization up-to-date on developments and best practices.
  • Partnering with key leaders to measure the  impact of the organization as a whole (inputs, outputs; outcomes aligned with the Theory of Action,ROI,etc.).
  • Occasional travel to our school sites and field offices.
  • Disseminating knowledge to the field through conferences and publications (juried and non) to increase organizational reach.


  • Seven to ten years of experience in a data/evaluation role in the education, nonprofit or public sector.
  • Formal training in quantitative and qualitative social science research methods and an understanding of basic statistical concepts (undergraduate level required, masters preferred).
  • A proven commitment to equity, an understanding of how public systems drive social outcomes, and a desire to deepen your awareness and competency across racial, cultural and economic lines.  
  • Proficiency with data management across platforms (exporting from one application, importing to another, with reliable results).
  • Proficiency with common data software programs including Excel spreadsheets, SurveyMonkey, SPSS, Google Forms, Google Data Studio, Tableau.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks and work collaboratively, as well as independently.
  • Ability to problem solve and to learn and apply new technologies.
  • Experience building others’ capacity to analyze data and determine next steps.
  • Experience training others on data collection procedures and best practices.


  • A data geek; you love using data and logic for maximum impact. You take a measured, disciplined approach to learning and making decisions. You get really excited about cool ways to collect, analyze and apply data to deepen the impact of work that is transforming public education outcomes.
  • A conscientious, methodical processor. Details matter to you, and you want to balance speed and quality with a bent toward sustainability.
  • A great influencer and coach. You actively listen and ask smart questions - you know that’s the first step to building credibility. You’re an articulate speaker and have a great way of explaining technical concepts in accessible ways that people get; you know how to win folks over to the data side . You know how to be candid and kind at the same time, and bravely tackle conflicts with a solution-based approach built on facts, empathy and win/win outcomes. You’re able to hold accountability and be supportive at the same time.
  • A natural problem solver. You love challenges and aren't easily discouraged. You’re a resilient, proactive
  • strategist; you see roadblocks before you hit them, and look for creative solutions to get the job done. You rely on logic and facts while honoring the behavioral and emotional dynamics of problems.
  • An awesome team member.  A natural at collaborating with a variety of personalities, you get the interrelatedness of what we all do. You enlist your problem solving and communications skills – sprinkling in your high EQ and fun personality- to build strong relationships. You know the importance of leveraging divergent viewpoints for the betterment of the work, and also know when it’s time to graciously move on. You show up strong when your team members need you. You hold your colleagues accountable, and you’re receptive and humble when they hold you accountable.
  • An agile, lifelong learner with a growth mindset. You pick things up quickly and think critically; you’re intellectually curious and deeply committed to learning and growing, even when it’s tough-going – you persevere through mistakes and failure.
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