Director of Research and Impact

Oakland, CA
Full Time

About Kingmakers of Oakland

At Kingmakers of Oakland, we fundamentally believe that all Black males are brilliant, beautiful, and possess innate greatness. Because our society and educational systems aren't set up to help Black boys reach their potential, our collective opportunity and responsibility are to co-create the school environment every child deserves. The Kingmakers of Oakland approach proves that it is possible to rebuild school systems, structures, culture, and conditions so Black boys can thrive.

KOO is comprised of a multicultural, intergenerational team of people committed to transforming education systems to improve educational and life outcomes for Black students. We do this through partnerships with school districts across the country to offer leadership development and systems change initiatives that ‘heal the fish while treating the toxic ecosystem.’  Acknowledging that systemic change occurs outside the classroom as well, Kingmakers invested in a brick-and-mortar building in Oakland, CA that will serve as a place-based community program hub that empowers youth and community members with opportunities to develop marketable skills across multiple industries, including music, video, and clothing manufacturing.

Position Summary 

Kingmakers of Oakland seeks a data professional with experience in tracking organizational growth, success, and impact using both formative and summative assessments and communicating the data’s implications to leadership in order to improve our services and programs over time.

The successful candidate brings emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills to the art and science of impact evaluation and data storytelling. They are ready to collaborate with various members of the team while independently developing quantitative and qualitative tools to capture Kingmakers’ impact.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a committed, collaborative, forward-thinking team of passionate, fun, intelligent professionals committed to engaging, encouraging, and empowering the next generation of Black leaders and changemakers.

This is a hybrid position, requiring some on-site work in Oakland, CA.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Data Management and Evaluation

  1. Analyze existing qualitative and quantitative data for Kingmakers of Oakland and its partner districts to:
    1. evaluate alignment with desired metrics across program areas
    2. drive programmatic improvements and business strategies
  2. Lead and work with staff throughout the organization to identify opportunities for leveraging data to drive organizational improvements.
  3. Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of new data sources and data gathering techniques.
  4. Coordinate with different departments to implement models and monitor outcomes.

Data Systems and Design

  1. Collaborate with Senior Leadership, Program Managers and event staff  to design instruments  for internal and external initiatives.  This  included  but not limited to evaluations,  dashboards, facilitated work sessions  and providing technical assistance.
  2. Design data collection and evaluation systems that measure knowledge transfer and impact across participating school districts.
  3. Formulate techniques for managing quality data collection to ensure the data's accuracy, reliability, and validity
  4. Develop custom data models and algorithms to apply to data sets.


  1.  Develop reports demonstrating the impact of KOO for students and districts served and return on investment for district partners and funders. 
  2. Create weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual visual and statistical reports that help shape the narrative of Kingmakers of Oakland to be used in marketing, communications, fundraising, grant writing, strategic planning, and business development.
  3. Support the Managing Director of Business Development with data needs related to grant applications and reporting to donors.


  1. Attend meetings and retreats as scheduled.
  2. Additional duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Mission alignment as it relates to engaging, encouraging, and empowering youth of color and towards systemic change in education
  • Minimum 2 years experience in data science / data analytics
  • Minimum 1 year experience with education data
  • Proven ability to inspire confidence, create executive presentations and guide strategic discussions with senior management.
  • Ambitious problem-solver who can multitask and prioritize while working in an energetic environment
  • Strength in working independently and in collaboration with small and large teams
  • Ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, stakeholders, vendors, etc.
  • Proficiency in data management software, and online communications platforms; experience with UpMetrics, Tableau, Salesforce, MySQL or other relational databases.
  • Mastery of standard office software programs including GSuite, Microsoft Office, Zoom and video conferencing, and a variety of web-based platforms
  • Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability to adjust as needed
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all matters
  • Maintain working knowledge of Industry, systems, process, and products
  • Ability to understand and adapt to changing business priorities and technology advancements
  • Demonstrate intercultural competence for diverse populations
  • Value and contribute to sustaining a workplace culture based on trust, collaboration, respect, and honesty

Additional Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Expertise in data management best practices such as data integration, data security, data warehousing, data analytics, metadata management and data quality
  • Mastery using data related software tools, experience with UpMetrics is a plus
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to successfully navigate within a young start-up nonprofit environment
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with all levels of staff, stakeholders and Board members

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