The BELL Foundation Inc Data Systems Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts
BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) is the largest evidence-based summer learning provider in the United States and a national leader in PK-8th grade out-of-school education. Founded in 1992, BELL closes the achievement gap in underserved communities through its partnerships with schools, school districts, and other youth-serving organizations to reach 15,000 students annually across the country.
BELL partners design and deploy holistic, scalable summer and afterschool learning experiences utilizing BELL's comprehensive, evidence-based out-of-school-time education solution. Refined and replicated for over 25 years, BELL-powered programs blend rigorous literacy and math instruction with hands-on enrichment, social, emotional development, and community engagement.
BELL strives to make a difference in the lives of children—called BELL Scholars—along with their families and teachers. Standardized tests indicate that BELL scholars consistently gain the equivalent of two months of classroom instruction in literacy and three months in math skills during the summer program. BELL's summer programs help prevent summer slide, which reverses achievement gains students make during the school year. In addition to academic benefits, BELL scholars experience increases in self-confidence and expectations for the future.
Position Impact on the Organization
The Data Systems Specialist will be responsible for implementing key evaluation technology platforms under the supervision of BELL’s Senior Director, Evaluation during the summer of 2018. This role is critical to BELL’s ability to demonstrate impact for the scholars, families, and teachers. The Specialist collaborates with Product Implementation colleagues in implementing and supporting key evaluation data systems around scholar assessment, quality assurance, and survey research. This role is expected to be virtual. The Specialist reports to the Senior Director, Evaluation and Evaluation Manager and manages assigned projects and activities.
Accountable for implementing BELL’s key evaluation technology platforms during BELL’s 2018 summer program, the Specialist manages and supports data systems needed to tell the story of BELL’s implementation and impact. His/her performance targets focus on use of key evaluation technology platforms to demonstrate outcomes and impact. Specific accountabilities include:
Lead implementation and management of key assessment and evaluation technology platforms across the organization, such as STAR, Salesforce, SurveyMonkey and others
Collaborate to implement evaluation tools, such as surveys and rubrics
Collaborate with colleagues across the organization, including Product Development, Implementation, and Business Development, to understand and implement evaluation needs
Collaborate with external data systems vendors as needed
Demonstrate strong cultural stewardship within the Learning & Innovation Team—translating BELL’s mission and strategic goals into your work
Committed to making an impact in the lives of people that BELL serves and developing the innovative ways that BELL proves impact, specifically the Specialist is:
A quick and efficient learner of new technologies and processes
A savvy technology wizard who can learn new systems quickly
Communicates well with a variety of different internal and external stakeholders
Adept at a variety of data systems and technology tools
Able to adapt to changing conditions and requirements
A strong team player and committed to ‘doing what it takes’ to help your colleagues
Able to excel in a virtual work environment—knowing how to self-manage and leverage collaboration tools effectively!
A rock-star collaborator and listener
A rock star at ‘cracking the code’ in the data behind the incredible story of BELL’s Scholars
As the pivotal role in BELL’s evaluation approach, at least 1+ years of experience in the evaluation field is preferred. Including:
Bachelor’s Degree required. Strong preference is given to candidates with degrees in Education or Information Systems.
1-3 years of professional experience preferred
Strong technology skills and experience with online systems management (such as Salesforce, SurveyMonkey, Box.com, etc.).
Experience using Microsoft Excel to manage and analyze data
Customer service experienced
Exceptional time management and communication skills.
Experience adapting and translating evidence into impact stories and results
This position is presently a temporary part-time hourly position which will begin in May and will conclude in August 2018. This position does have the potential to become a full-time role for the candidate who can best demonstrate the value of the function to the organization.
‘Oh, the places you’ll go’ …
BELL is committed to creating amazing experiences for its employees—believing that an employee’s satisfaction directly reflects on their ability to make a difference in the lives of BELL Scholars and those who serve them. We endeavor to consistently and thoughtfully ensure every employee knows the expectations of his/her role, including how his/her successful performance impacts our mission, and the future growth and development opportunities available at BELL.
‘Oh, the places you can go’ as together we fulfill our mission to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced communities.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.