Managing Director, Research & Evaluation

Managing Director, Research & Evaluation

Harlem Children's Zone

New York, NY   |   September 28, 2021

About Harlem Children’s Zone

Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) is a world-renowned non-profit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty for more than 28,000 children and adults in Central Harlem and millions more well beyond. HCZ walks hand in hand with young people and their families from cradle to college to career. From our work with public school students and our Promise Academy charter schools to our Healthy Harlem wellness initiative to our family support programs, HCZ goes beyond education to provide children with the academic, personal and career support they need to stay on the path to becoming self-sustaining, successful adults. No other organization uses such a comprehensive approach to fighting poverty, at such a scale or with as much impact. With a generation of proof, our innovative work over the decades has achieved unprecedented results with measurable economic and social impact in Harlem and beyond. We are the preeminent thought leader in the education, youth development and poverty fighting fields, informing policy and advocating for change at the local, state and national levels. Called by President Obama “one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in history,” we are sharing what we have learned with communities around the country and the world, inspiring widespread replication and changing the lives of millions beyond Harlem.

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The Opportunity

Harlem Children’s Zone is currently seeking an experienced professional to lead the Research and Evaluation Department. The Managing Director of Research and Evaluation is responsible for developing, building, and maintaining evaluation systems and infrastructure so that it supports efficient data gathering, analysis, and information dissemination within the organization and with our external partners. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Managing Director of Research and Evaluation is a key member of the senior management team and works closely with other key senior staff in establishing research priorities and determining the resources (internal and/or external) required to engage in the desired work. Critically, the Managing Director of Research and Evaluation ensures that the organization uses its data to maximize program delivery and understands its impact.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a deep background in research and evaluation, management, and strong qualitative and quantitative analytic skills, to contribute to the continued growth, learning, and success of a frontline organization with comprehensive services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include: 


  • Prioritize and distribute projects and responsibilities
  • Continually promote and help create a learning environment to develop team and ultimately provide increasingly effective services
  • Plan and administer department budget

Program Evaluation

  • Oversee data collection, entry, and quality
  • Analyze and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data and create systems for using data to provide ongoing feedback and support to program leadership for the improvement of program practices
  • Conduct program observations, interviews, surveys, and focus groups
  • Implement and manage internal systems for conducting ongoing outcomes measurement and assessment
  • Design and develop evaluation plans, choosing the most effective methodologies, instruments, and resources, and summarize and present findings
  • Manage collaborative research efforts with research partners

Salesforce Data System (ZORA)

  • Oversee system structure, capacities, and architecture, and train staff using the system
  • Work closely with the Information Technology Department to plan database expansions and modifications
  • Manage consultant engagements


  • Keep abreast of emerging research that best supports existing work or development of new projects
  • Support writing grant proposals, reports, and other documents
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to funders, other non-profit organizations, policymakers, academic audiences, community members, and staff
Candidate Profile

The Managing Director, Research & Evaluation of Harlem Children’s Zone will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology, Education, Social Policy, or related subject
  • 10+ years of management and leadership in non-profit research
  • 5+ years of experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, tool design, and validation
  • Deep content knowledge in the areas of program design, early childhood development, K-12 education, college access and success, community development, and health interventions
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven environment
  • Outstanding analytical ability and advanced statistical knowledge
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables on time and within budget
  • Willingness to respect and learn from colleagues with varying backgrounds and skillsets; ability to work effectively with colleagues across the organization with varying degrees of experience
  • Experience with community building, youth development, or related work preferred
  • Prior experience with youth and adults of diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to ability to engage and inspire others to achieve shared goals
Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Erin Reedy and Sarah Wilson of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email us at [email protected] or [email protected].  All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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