About the Organization
Mission: Pivot Learning is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with educators to design and implement solutions to their greatest challenges in achieving educational justice.
Vision: We envision a future where our public schools provide our most underserved students with an outstanding education.
Our Work: In partnership with our subsidiary the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE), we work with educators to co-design strategies for great teaching and learning that are rooted in evidence; support implementation through high-quality, evidence-based, and experienced professional services and project management; and design scalable solutions to develop sustainable practices for continuous improvement, and effective, ongoing management.
Theory of Change: We believe that in order to achieve real improvement in student outcomes, we must collaborate with educators to design agile solutions, measure their effectiveness and potential for sustainability and scalability and deploy them in our nation’s neediest schools.
About the Position
At Pivot, we look for talented and inspiring colleagues who believe in public education and the imperative to support schools to innovate and improve. We are currently seeking a Research Director to join the Pivot team. This is a new position that will oversee a portfolio of applied research projects, lead Pivot’s broader efforts to measure our impact and learn from others, and manage a 3-person team.
As the organization’s senior-most research expert, this position will be responsible for shaping a vision for research and evaluation at Pivot, executing that vision, and overseeing a set of applied research projects. Pivot is in the process of finalizing our new theory of change, which includes an increased focus on assessing the impact of our own programs; the Research Director will be involved in setting those metrics and operationalizing the new theory of change. The main responsibilities for this position are:
- Leading the development of an internal learning agenda for the overall organization, measuring progress, and identifying opportunities to enhance Pivot’s services.
- Ensuring Pivot has robust systems in place to measure efficacy of Pivot’s programming, and to make the necessary programmatic adjustments.
- Overseeing data collection and analysis for a small portfolio of grant-funded applied research projects, primarily focused on curriculum implementation.
- “Translating” extant and emerging evidence of effective education practices into Pivot’s programming.
This is a full-time, Exempt position, reporting to the Chief Growth and Impact Officer. Candidates for this position can be based anywhere in the US. Pivot is headquartered in Oakland, CA, however all staff are currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We anticipate Bay Area staff having the option to return to an in-office setting at a future date.
Travel (car and air) will be required for this role, including regular travel, once regular travel resumes post-pandemic.
Compensation and Benefits
Pivot Learning offers a generous compensation package, including medical/dental/vision insurance, 403b, vacation leave, sick leave, paid parental leave, and 15 paid holidays.
If you would like to apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit it using the form below. Please indicate the position title in the email subject line. In your cover letter, please comment on how your skills and experience align with this position, and how you heard about this opportunity.
Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we welcome applications from persons of every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, and for whom English is not their first language.