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Braven, Inc

Director of Data

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Possible Locations: Chicago, IL | New York City, NY - apply here | Newark, NJ - apply here

Start Date: April 13, 2020



In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Despite 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students enrolling in college each year, only one in four will attain a strong first job or enroll in graduate school upon graduating.


In partnership with universities and employers, the Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. Alongside educational institutions, Braven provides a scalable model to discover, develop, and connect extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people to high-quality skill building, opportunities, and networks. From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.


To date, 69% of Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job or quality outcome within 6 months of graduation, as compared with the average of 54% for all students nationally.  Braven Fellows outpace their peers in internship attainment, non-cognitive skill growth, and college persistence. Braven currently operates in Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, and San Jose, CA, and is launching in New York City. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting 100,000 emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data-driven around the outcomes of college graduation; workforce readiness skills-based proficiency; employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.


We believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream.


The Role:

Braven is seeking a Director of Data to join us in setting the vision for how Braven uses data to achieve and measure impact. To be successful in this role you’ll need to be an effective team-builder and vision-setter while also able to get your hands dirty and work with data yourself. Braven is a highly data-driven organization so your role and your team will have a significant impact on the success of the organization. The organization is young (founded in 2014) and while we have refined our model and produce consistent, strong results, there are still big nuts to crack.  We are looking for someone who thrives in ambiguity, is facile at structuring unwieldy problems, and has an appetite to learn and drive learning across the team. If you are Braven’s next Director of Data, you have a strong bias to action and enjoy making the complex simple, all while driving and owning all aspects of your projects from conception to completion.


What You’ll Do:

Organizational and Team Leadership (15%):

  • Set and manage the vision, strategy, and processes for how Braven uses data to quantify impact, inform strategic decisions, and drive programmatic innovation and continuous improvement. Manage a team of 2-4 team members to achieve goals; coach and develop team members; select and manage additional contract capacity as needed

  • Manage data team operations, including leading the quarterly planning process, accountability around project execution, leading weekly team calls,etc.

  • Manage data team budget, including advocating for resources internally during our annual planning and budgeting process

  • Improve cross-team operational efficiency between the data team and other units by creating spaces and processes for collaboration and coordinating with other team leads 


Metric Design and Management (15%):

  • Recommend org-wide and subteam goals and KPIs grounded in external research, historical data, and organizational metric design and best practices

  • Create intuitive and easy-to-use dashboards for subteams and the whole organization to track progress against metrics using excel formulas, SQL queries, Salesforce reports, and/or other business intelligence software as needed

  • Analyze historical data to forecast outcomes and inform setting of time-based benchmarks  


Data Tools and Systems (30%):

  • Manage the selection and development of Braven’s suite of data technology, including Salesforce, Periscope, Qualtrics, and Google Sheets tools and integrations

  • Own the development and maintenance of the data model that represents Fellows’, volunteers’, and others’ engagement and outcomes related to Braven (largely codified in Salesforce)

  • Partner closely with the software engineering team to ensure seamless integration between data systems and the systems they build

  • Set the vision for data tools and data fluency training and support for the entire organization and support the execution of training and support

  • Set the vision for cycles of data collection (both at the org-wide level and in a Fellow or volunteer’s journey through time) and support team members in execution

  • Create (and as needed train users on) data collection protocols, including survey design, email/text message data collection, and LinkedIn profile data scraping

  • Explore and test using predictive analytics to help Braven operate more efficiently at scale, e.g., build and iterate on a classification model in Python to predict the post-graduate employment outcomes of students


Thought Leadership & Research Agenda (25%):

  • Refine, maintain, and socialize Braven’s logic models for all of our constituents

  • Partner with external consultants on the development of a 5-year research roadmap grounded in our logic models and our long term ambition as an organization

  • Partner collaboratively on research projects with external researchers and evaluators, including those at Braven’s university partners

  • Conduct literature reviews on research related to the college to career transition to inform program design, research strategy, organizational goal-setting, and development of marketing collateral.

  • Contribute to bi-annual impact report, grant proposals and grant reporting as they pertain to research initiatives or impact evaluation


Continuous Learning and Improvement (15%):

  • Work with program execution and design teams among others to identify highest-priority questions about Braven’s model and/or impact, identify the best way to approach the question, run analyses, produce easily digestible results summaries, and facilitate discussions around results with internal or external stakeholders


Experiences, Skills, and Traits:

  • 7-10 years of work experience in evaluation, consulting, or another quantitative analytical role; at least 3 years of managing teams

  • BA or equivalent degree required; in a quantitative field and/or with significant statistics coursework

  • Strong proficiency with Excel

  • Experience with SQL (preferred)

  • Proficiency working with Salesforce or other database systems and business intelligence software (e.g. Periscope, Tableau, Looker)

  • Experience with Python, R, or other statistical package preferred

  • Proven experience hiring, building, and managing teams

  • Ability to plan and manage the execution of several projects simultaneously and adapt to a fast-paced, changing environment

  • Strong and clear written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to make complicated topics understandable, relevant, and actionable to a non-expert audience

  • Lover of technology; can quickly learn new software and leverage them effectively to solve problems

  • Highly motivated, self-directed, results-oriented, data-driven, and curious

  • Willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to meet team goals and achieve impact

  • Entrepreneurial and excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented, start-up environment

  • Experience working with diverse populations

  • Ability to travel 4-8 times per year


Total Rewards Philosophy:

Braven is committed to attracting and retaining extraordinary, diverse leaders who believe deeply in our mission and uphold our core values as organizational leaders and stewards within and outside of the organization. Braven provides a “total rewards package” that encompasses comprehensive and competitive benefits, compensation, recognition, and career development. Current benefits include: Braven covers 85% of health care costs, has unlimited vacation time, matches up to 5% of your 401K contribution starting your first full month, a paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff, and competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization and take internal equity seriously. Staff who are meeting expectations generally receive an annual 3% increase. Braven conducts benchmarking every other year; based on this external data, some salaries may also receive market adjustments to keep pace with relevant competition in similar roles. Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time.


The salary for this position depends on your prior work experience. Please be advised, you will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.


Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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