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Company: IDEA Public Schools
Location: San Antonio, TX
Career Level: Executive
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


Position at IDEA Public Schools

At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all of our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 58% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!

IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve nearly 45,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. By 2022, IDEA will serve 100,000 students. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you—with continued growth in our current regions and new launches in Tarrant County (Fort Worth/Arlington), New Orleans, Houston (2020), Permian Basin (2020), and Tampa Bay (2021)!

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.

To learn more about IDEA, check out this video.

Role Mission: The VP of Data Analytics is primarily responsible for influencing network strategy by successfully drawing meaningful insights from organizational data and solve problems at scale. By developing and managing a team of analytical superstars, the VP of Data Analytics operationalizes annual and ongoing needs assessments to effectively build efficiencies towards a more data informed decision-making support system at all levels of the organization. At the forefront of applying growing fields in data science and prediction, this individual will be the primary leader in introducing new technologies and statistical methods to IDEA's rapid growth and focus on academic excellence for the benefit of all students through college.


1. IDEA Public Schools achieves the highest available state rating in each of its operating states

  • Lead the organization in disseminating specifics and trends of state accountability systems to inform analytical and predictive models
  • Partner with senior instructional leaders to develop strategies for mitigating risk, capitalizing on short- and long-term opportunities, and probing for new areas of potential insight
  • Develop and implement ongoing risk profiles for students, teachers, schools, and regions to empower timely interventions from partners
  • Lead discovery and identification of accountability systems in new markets, including strong identification of key success metrics in new regions
  • Informs annual organizational goal setting (Bathroom Goals) process by improving KPIs to achieve IDEA's mission at scale

2. 50% reading and 60% math CSI students achieving 2 years of growth

  • Conduct analysis and data modeling to measure and monitor student progress and growth
  • Identify trends at the national, regional, and school level to inform program innovation and improvements
  • Lead further personalization of goals and key metrics across Schools & ACT to best drive growth according to local context

3. Senior cohorts graduate with an average ACT score of 21

  • Investigate and surface trends of graduating and rising grades to identify key decision supports for curriculum, counseling, and rigor of individual schools in order to propagate best practices and spur timely interventions
  • Partner with Schools and Academic Services to make short- and long-term investments in course options and programs, including AP and IB, to achieve increasing percentages (30%+) of AP Scholars and 25% of IB participants graduating with an IB diploma
  • Provide ongoing analysis and decision support to college counselors, principals, and directors of college counseling to maximize opportunities for all scholars, leading to 25% matriculating to a Tier I or Tier II university

4. Achieve and maintain a 60+ Net Promoter Score (NPS) as a measure of value added through analytics with Executive Leadership Council (Chiefs, EDs, VPs, Principals)

  • Partner with Information Systems/Software Development to operationalize incorporation of strong analytics in new product development
  • Consult and inform design of KPIs for internal and external reports
  • Develop modalities for sharing key insights and deliverables with organizational leaders
  • Build and maintain a transparent service model for data and/or research related requests, with clear SLAs resulting in successful delivery and value
  • Integrate data privacy, security and ethical best practices to minimize risk of data loss, student data access, and improper use
  • Solicit buy-in from senior leaders around an annual roadmap for major analytical problems

5. Achieve 121 schools in operation through successful financial, instructional, and operational modeling to inform launch patterns across multiple states and regions

  • Partner with budget and finance to build analytical tools for new region pro forma and operating models to accurately predict costs and needs
  • Inform Advancement/Growth team with key metrics and KPIs to properly assess risk of potential regions
  • Unify local demographic trends, student persistence, attendance, and academic success to set ambitious targets for expansion and early scaling success
  • Provide rich analysis for national and regional boards to inform growth with quality and future actions

6. We look for Team and Family who embody the following values and characteristics:

  • Believes and is committed to our mission and being an agent of change: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Has demonstrated effective outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Works with urgency and purpose to drive student outcomes
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
  • We believe in education as a profession and hold ourselves to high level of conduct, professionalism and behaviors as models for our colleagues and students.


  • R (or industry accepted equivalent)
  • SQL
  • MS Excel
  • Training design and development
  • Data analysis
  • Project management
  • Product management
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • MS SharePoint Online
  • Survey/polling administration and analysis
  • Leading and developing specialist teams

Information Technology and Software Engineering Competencies

  • Processes, Methodologies, and Tools
  • Quality Management and Assurance
  • Systems Design


  • Education: Master's degree in statistics or equivalent
  • Advanced knowledge and application of R in research-based setting (Stata, SPSS, SAS welcome)
  • Intermediate to advanced mastery of AGILE and/or Waterfall project methodologies
  • Exceptional quantitative and technical skills
  • Strong SQL skills
  • Some BI tool familiarization welcome but not required (Logi, PowerBI, Tableau)
  • Minimum 4 years in advanced data analysis with proven portfolio of real world application in an education setting
  • Minimum 5 years leading growing teams with a strong record of results
  • Teaching experience strongly preferred


IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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