Research Director – Jewish Impact Genome

 

 

The Company

Since 2005, Mission Measurement has been a recognized leader in measuring and improving social outcomes for the world’s leading philanthropies, non-profits, governments, and corporations, including Google, Disney, Coca Cola, The Gates Foundation, Ashoka, and more. Through our custom consulting and thought leadership, we created the Impact Genome Project – the largest social sector evidence base in the world – to enable a data-driven approach to uncover what works to drive social change. This pioneering effort has led to advances in our product offerings and the creation of standardized approaches to measurement and reporting to help advance and develop key benchmarks across the social sector. The end results of our work – more lives improved, more effective organizations, higher return on social investment – are incredibly rewarding.

 

The Position

Mission Measurement seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial individual with a passion for impact, field building, and Jewish enrichment for the role of Research Director: Jewish Impact Genome. This role provides a unique opportunity for a senior researcher to design and establish sector-wide benchmarks for effective Jewish philanthropy.

 

The Research Director: Jewish Impact Genome, in conjunction with Mission Measurement’s Jewish Impact Genome Director, Jewish Impact Genome Advisory Board, and senior research team will create a standardized language of impact across the Jewish philanthropic sector. In building the core of the Jewish Impact Genome, this individual will create a standardized taxonomy of outcomes and “genes,” or program elements, which are universal to all organizations and funders operating within the sector.

 

By collecting, analyzing, and decoding thousands of studies, reports, and program evaluations, this individual will create a platform through which organizations, funders, and stakeholders can reliably, consistently, and effectively measure and report on the impact of their programs.  Mission Measurement is seeking an entrepreneurial, forward-thinking individual who can work independently, manage complex projects, and use design-thinking principles to architect solutions which will forever change the landscape of the field.

 

 

The Jewish Impact Genome: Opportunity for Impact

In 2014, Mission Measurement launched the Impact Genome Project®, the world’s most comprehensive evidence base of “what works” in social change. The Impact Genome Project systematically codes and meta-analyzes all relevant research, program evaluations, and academic studies to build field-wide benchmarks and standards for effective philanthropy. Mission Measurement’s goal is to identify which program “genes,” i.e. activities and mechanisms, produce the highest degree of impact—helping organizations and funders leverage big data solutions to increase the impact of any program. To-date, the Impact Genome Project has coded and taxonomized some of the world’s most advanced and important impact areas, including STEM education, financial independence, college and career readiness, and more.

 

With support from some of the field’s most respected funders and practitioners, including the Schusterman Foundation, the Jim Joseph Foundation, and the Marcus Foundation, Mission Measurement—led by the efforts of the Research Director—will aim to analyze, decode, and taxonomize the Jewish philanthropic sector. In doing so, Mission Measurement aims to revolutionize the field, creating a common language of impact utilized by organizations, funders, governments, and all those interested in building a stronger Jewish future.

 

What You’ll Bring to the Job

  • Entrepreneurial instincts and interest in analytical, research-based program design
  • Passion for Jewish enrichment and continuity, as well as a strong familiarity with trends, challenges, and cutting-edge innovations within the field of Jewish philanthropy
  • Advanced degree involving significant research and analysis
  • 5+ years of relevant research experience
  • Expertise in interpreting literature reviews, program evaluations, and/or meta-analyses
  • Published work in a peer-reviewed journal or other esteemed outlets
  • Passion for applying research to practice in order to increase program impact
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Track record of taking initiative and delivering in a dynamic and fast-paced professional environment
  • Willingness to employ flexible hours necessary to complete tasks;
  • Comfort in a dynamic, rapidly-changing work environment

 

While advanced research experience is a pre-requisite, Mission Measurement is looking for an individual comfortable with the bold nature of this endeavor. As such, entrepreneurial instinct and talent may be considered above field experience. As a rapidly-expanding and field-building organization, Mission Measurement is seeking leaders who are interested in growing alongside the organization.

 

What You’ll Own and How You’ll Grow:

 

Building an Evidence Base (25%)

  • Work with a team of professional bibliographers to compile a comprehensive bibliography of program evaluations from academic and gray literature related to Jewish philanthropy
  • Collaborate with the Director: Jewish Impact Genome to recruit a select group of early adopter organizations to submit years of program evaluations, impact studies, and research on program effectiveness
  • Establish a standard process for ongoing submissions and entries from the field in preparation for gene coding and meta-analysis

 

Gene Coding and Meta-Analysis (50%)

  • Codify and standardize results from program evaluations and related research studies
  • Evaluate self-reported outcomes data from practitioners and organizations representing the full spectrum of Jewish life in the United States
  • Perform a complete meta-analysis of all available impact data in the Jewish philanthropic sector, creating to a full taxonomy of program impact
  • Lead the design and on-going curation of taxonomies defining and standardizing common outcomes, activities, contexts, and beneficiaries for use by all organizations, funders, and stakeholders in the fields of:
    • Jewish culture and identity
    • Investment and support for Israel
    • Combatting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment
    • Health and human services in the Jewish community

 

Field Building (15%)

  • Work in tandem with the Director: Jewish Impact Genome to engage, collect feedback, and generate buy-in with academics, external subject matter experts, funders, researchers, practitioners, and others in the sector who can benefit from the tools and research
  • Write research reports and sector trend analyses for clients and for broader sector syndication
  • Represent field-wide learnings and establish yourself as a field-leader in defining Jewish philanthropic impact by participating in panels and conferences, as well as through hands-on consultations with clients

 

Fundraising (10%)

  • Source grant opportunities, write proposals, and secure grant funding to underwrite ongoing Jewish Impact Genome research efforts.

 

What You Will Gain:

The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. Mission Measurement is determined to find the best person for this role and is willing to accommodate flexible work schedules and styles as necessary. In addition, Mission Measurement provides employees with a range of benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive medical coverage
  • Unlimited PTO
  • 401k

 

In addition, the Research Director: Jewish Impact Genome will receive:

  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill-building opportunities
  • Culture that values innovation, entrepreneurship, rigor, and intellectual creativity
  • First hand access to a unique dataset for research and publication
  • Opportunity to build and help steer a sector-changing initiative

 

This position requires flexible hours needed to complete job requirements, including some evenings and weekends. Infrequent travel may be required.

 

To Apply
Please send expressions of interest and resumes to apply@missionmeasurement.com, with “Research Director of Jewish Impact Genome” in the subject line.

 

Learn more about Mission Measurement at http://www.missionmeasurement.com/
Learn more about the Impact Genome® at https://www.impactgenome.org/