Impact Assessment Manager

Impact Assessment Manager

Overdeck Family Foundation

New York, NY   |   January 3, 2020

About Overdeck Family Foundation

The Overdeck Family Foundation believes that unlocking every child’s potential is the key to a better future – for all of us. Founded in 2011 by entrepreneurs John and Laura Overdeck, the Foundation focuses exclusively on education, supporting research and organizations that seek to open doors for every child in the U.S. by measurably enhancing education both inside and outside the classroom. Using a data-driven and evidence-based approach, the Foundation’s investments enhance each stage of learning, from birth to graduation, and are grounded in five focus areas: early childhood; educators; schools; out-of-school STEM opportunities; and the use of data to improve policy and practice. The Foundation’s grantmaking is guided by a ROI approach, with data /research investments supporting R+D and new insights and programmatic investments following a venture philanthropy model. This year, the Foundation will distribute approximately $40M in funding, and with growth of its assets forecasted, annual distributions will increase over the next 5 years.

The Foundation’s grantees have included leading organizations such as Parent Corps, Centering Healthcare Institute, ILabs, Springboard Collaborative, EdReports, Public Impact, Highlander Institute, New Schools Venture Fund, Khan Academy, FIRST Robotics, and many others. Please visit https://overdeck.org/grantmaking/grantee-listing/ to see a full grantee list.

For more information about the Foundation’s work, impact, and values please visit www.overdeck.org.

The Overdeck Family Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.

About The Impact Assessment Manager Opportunity

The Strategic Impact and Learning (SIL) team guides strategy and investment decision-making at the Foundation by supporting impact assessment and learning. SIL enables the Foundation and its portfolios to:

  • Invest in the highest ROI grants for achieving strategy goals
  • Pursue foundation and portfolio strategies based on evidence and continuous learning
  • Influence education practitioners, funders, and policymakers by contributing new knowledge
  • Build grantee capacity to measure and achieve impact cost-effectively

The Impact Assessment Manager (the “Manager”) is a newly-created position on the SIL team that will lead the Foundation’s efforts to pioneer new models for assessing ROI. Reporting to the Strategic Impact and Learning Director, the Manager will design and oversee strategies for estimating and evaluating the impact and cost effectiveness of Foundation grantmaking. The Manager will collaborate closely with portfolio teams to guide impact measurement and research for their grantmaking. The position will also partner with the Communications team to disseminate learning and build the Foundation’s influence as a leader in ROI assessment in education.

Specifically, the Impact Assessment Manager will:

ROI Strategy

  • Co-design and oversee foundation methodology and cohesive internal approach to estimating and evaluating the ROI of grant investments
  • Collaborate with portfolio teams to identify and collect streamlined outcome indicators for assessing the impact of their grantmaking
  • Revise design of components of foundation’s grantmaking process and documents (e.g., due diligence forms, budget templates, grant reporting forms) to gather data to facilitate ROI analysis
  • Develop and execute strategy for gathering benchmarking data about the cost effectiveness of education interventions
  • Train Program staff and serve an internal expert for impact estimation, evaluation, cost analysis and other components of the ROI strategy

Impact Assessment & Research

  • Partner with portfolios on the selection and evaluation of grant outcomes and indicators
  • Support portfolio teams with analyzing and presenting ROI estimates for grants recommended to Foundation trustees
  • Design and scope third-party grant evaluations, and support partner sourcing including managing RFP processes
  • Collaborate with portfolios to review grant reports and evaluations, analyze findings, and utilize insights to inform strategic planning and grantmaking decisions
  • Monitor and communicate insights internally and contribute to portfolio reviews and board discussions about grant progress and impact

Field Influence

  • Develop field-facing products and resources that facilitate more widespread and consistent implementation of ROI among education funders
  • Provide thought leadership to the impact investment community about the foundation’s approach to impact assessment and lessons learned (conferences, publications/blog posts, etc.)
  • Stay current with and learn from emerging impact assessment practices in the field
Candidate Profile and Qualifications

As the incoming Impact Assessment Manager, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:

  • 7+ years of relevant experience in impact/performance measurement, monitoring, and evaluation; experience in finance and/or consulting is preferred but not required; social impact experience strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative analysis, statistics, and/or data modeling, with the ability to use data for learning and knowledge capture; experience with data from the education space is strongly preferred
  • Outstanding attention to detail combined with creativity and initiative, with the ability to thrive in an environment of high expectations and driven by a growth mindset
  • Proven success in a cross-functional position, including strong interpersonal and relationship management skills to ensure collaboration and continuous learning
  • Deep commitment to the mission and approach of the Foundation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization that prioritizes continuous learning, innovation, data-driven decision-making, and a bias towards action
  • Disposition toward seeing options and opportunities within ambiguity and taking calculated risks in order to challenge the status quo and achieve ambitious results
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; advanced degree in business, economics, statistics, or other highly quantitative field preferred
Compensation & Benefits

The Overdeck Family Foundation offers a competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. Benefits include:

  • Fully paid medical and dental insurance premiums for employees and dependents, competitive 401k match, employer-paid life & disability insurance
  • Onsite gym with laundry service, wellness activities, casual dress, snacks, game rooms
  • Generous vacation and unlimited sick days, competitive paid caregiver leaves

Learn more about working at the Foundation here.

Contact

The Overdeck Family Foundation has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume, addressed to Jon Sotsky, here. All inquiries should be directed to Koya Leadership Partners.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member 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.

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.

For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.