THE COMPANY National Heritage Academies (NHA), one of the
nation’s leading charter school management organizations, currently
operates 88 schools across nine states serving over 60,000 students
in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Founded in 1995 and based in
Grand Rapids, Michigan, NHA is a for-profit organization with more
than 5,000 employees. NHA’s system of schools is designed to
eliminate the achievement gap and provide a public school choice to
families so that their children are prepared for success in high
school, college, and beyond. NHA has the highest renewal rate among
charter schools, a key indicator of value and prominence in the
market. A passion and dedication to the mission of serving children
and partnering with communities to provide an excellent educational
experience permeates the culture of the organization. POSITION
SUMMARY The Vice President of Analytics and Accountability plays a
critical role in supporting and improving operations through a
deeper understanding and analysis of key performance and
operational data. This role is a key member of NHA’s executive team
and is responsible for strategic competitive analysis, educational
research, learning measurement and analytics, state accountability,
business intelligence and data visualization. This role manages a
comprehensive, talented team of professionals and reports directly
to the President and Chief Executive Officer.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Hire, develop, and lead a 20+ member
analytics group including data warehousing, reporting, research,
Oversee the development of core analytical models for the
organization including descriptive, predictive, and causal
Create a roadmap for actionable intelligence and reporting
impacting the organization’s learning and enrollment outcomes.
Curate NHA’s research agenda, align it to organizational
objectives, prioritize and refine its scope, and oversee the
statistical analysis to support reliable insights.
Review school evaluation models and frameworks employed by state
agencies, describe their technical characteristics, and provide
operational guidance to maximize school performance against these
Oversee the development and operations of NHA’s quality audit
Manage NHA’s strategic analysis function including competitive
analysis, external research, and partnerships.
Liaise as necessary with state agencies regarding the
statistical analysis of school performance, the technical
characteristics of evaluation of models, and best practices in
Support the organization through the development of its data
warehouse as a strategic asset.
Provide innovative analysis and approaches to support NHA’s
human capital and enrollment analytics functions.
In concert with the CEO and the Executive Team, participate in
the development of the Company’s strategic plan; implement change
necessary to support strategic initiatives while
preserving/cultivating the company’s unique, positive culture.
QUALIFICATIONS Experienced leadership providing strategic
direction to a large, integrated growth-oriented organization
Experience in a complex highly regulated environment
Exceptional business judgement and analytical skills
Collaborative with demonstrated ability to work with both
internal staff and external stakeholders
Strong written and verbal communication skills
BEHAVIORAL CHARACTERISTICS Independent, consultative thinking;
including, a collaborative approach to problem solving
Creative and innovative thinker, unconstrained by existing
systems or paradigms
An optimist who sees the potential in others and current
Organized and capable of setting and achieving goals
Personifies grace under pressure and exemplifies confidence
through executive presence
Values the free market and is passionate about the purpose and
vision of NHA
Personally, invests himself/herself into the team, then trusts
them to do the right thing
Actively works to build trust within the team and provides
autonomy for their actions through accountability and respect
Positive winning spirit
Believes in and exemplifies NHA’s core values
High expectations, growth mind set, works with urgency, high
standards for quality
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Graduate degree in
qualitative and quantitative measurement, educational statistics,
or learning sciences, required (Ph.D. preferred)
Business background and training preferred.
At least eight years prior experience leading a team with
responsibility for the full continuum of business intelligence
(measurement, data warehousing, data visualization, analysis,
prescription, and prediction) in the private or public sector.
Expertise in the attributes of various statistical models
including value-added models, growth models, common variations of
regression analysis (OLS, logistic, spline, etc.), factor analysis,
Technical proficiency in statistical programming (Python, SAS,
etc.), data visualization (Tableau), and statistical analysis
platforms (SAS, Python, R, Stata, etc.).
A point-of-view on the systematic collection, analysis,
reporting and application of data to improve organizational
processes and outcomes.
Experience with application of data in an educational setting,
and strongly preferred experience in a charter school setting
(state agencies, authorizers, educational management
Familiarity with the field of learning measurement, including
current offerings in standardized assessments (formative,
summative, and diagnostic assessments).
Experience and/or familiarity with applied social science
research specifically methods, models, and advances made in the
research of education and learning outcomes.
Demonstrated experience partnering with businesspeople and
educators and systematically using data to drive educational or
Is financially savvy and politically astute, with the ability to
set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and
Keen analytic, organization and problem-solving skills, which
support and enable sound decision making.
Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to
communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and
external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve
consensus amongst differing opinions.
Outstanding presentation and communication skills with the
experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson and
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