Institutional Research Coordinator
About The Possible Project
The Possible Project (TPP) is a multi-year, youth entrepreneurship program offering students exciting project-based experiences:
- the creation and running of student-directed, passion-based ventures
- hands-on experiences within TPP Social Enterprises
- work-based learning opportunities through internships and fellowships
- learning about and use of high-technology maker equipment, such as laser cutters, 3-D printers and clothing printers/presses
- personalized college and/or career advising
Throughout their TPP journey, students work with dedicated educators, advisors, peers, and field experts; earn stipends; design products and services in a state-of-the-art makerspace; attend pitch panels and marketplaces; build and apply essential skills, mindsets, and social capital; and explore the exciting opportunities that exist post-high school. Students have fun learning, growing and interacting with peers as they design their futures.
TPP is in its second decade of operations, having served nearly 1000 students in the greater Boston area. The organization employs 30+ professionals with plans to grow significantly in Boston over the next 4 years, as well as other cities beyond 2025. TPP offers a strong professional development ethos, a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture, innovative curriculum & pedagogy, and a commitment to excellence and student impact. Importantly, TPP is highly committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in everything we do. Currently in an expansion mode, TPP plans to open a 35,000 sq ft Boston Innovation Center serving 1000 students a year, launching in late 2021.
About the Role
The Institutional Research Coordinator will serve as a strategy partner, providing research support across multiple functional teams at the Possible Project, with a particular focus on development, communications, and business development/partnerships. This person will remain informed on the bigger landscape while taking deep dives into relevant areas of research, and also serve as a liaison to strengthen collaboration and coordination between the Evaluation & Learning (E&L) team and other functional areas to which they provide support. While working across teams, this person will help create infrastructure to support collaboration between departments. This role reports to the Senior Director of Research & Analytics, and indirectly to the Chief of Evaluation and Learning officer, but will also work closely with leaders of teams to which they provide support.
This person will be responsible for conducting institutional research across functional areas/teams within TPP, including: development, communications, and business development/partnerships.
Research will include:
- Donor & foundation prospect research (e.g., giving history, interests, trends in giving, connections, evidence of priorities, etc).
- Research and track philanthropic trends, network expansion opportunities.
- Research on potential reputational risk related to funding partnerships
- Coordinate development and evaluation teams to track grant metrics and timelines, ensure timely and thorough data for reporting.
- Collect, manage, and report on data: Capital/fundraising success metrics, effectiveness of strategies, communications/development events attendee experience, alumni surveys
- Social media & web analytics - trends and indicators of reach, influence, and opportunity
- Network analysis to identify TPP’s web-of-connections (e.g., donors, collaborators, policy-makers, board members, TPP leadership, alumni, etc).
- Collect, analyze and share (internally) stakeholder/attendee experience data for events and engagements.
- Use all available data sources to monitor effectiveness of communication strategies and support efforts for continuous improvement.
- Support design and dissemination of TPP’s annual Impact & Learning report.
- Support E&L team to continuously identify and leverage opportunities (from past, current, or future work) to codify ongoing work to share it on TPP’s website and social media; help with developing a track record of rigorous evaluation and thought leadership.
- Conduct background research on prospective partnerships.
- Research on potential reputational risk related to programmatic partnerships
- Conduct periodic landscape analysis of peer organizations (maintaining collaborator/competitor database);
- As needed, compile data to develop profiles of local entrepreneurs and small business, to support potential partnerships and/or community engagement efforts.
- Conduct background research on prospective TPP board members; support efforts to summarize progress and report to TPP’s Board of Directors.
And other duties as required
- 3-5 years experience in development or fundraising
- Entrepreneurial mindset - comfort with taking educated risks, excitement to pilot new ideas, research best practices, and reflect on experience for continuous improvement
- Creative spirit and collaborative nature
- Ability to take initiative, work independently, and troubleshoot in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial work environment
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Passion for and understanding of the mission and vision of TPP
- Demonstration and alignment to our core values and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Demonstrated proficiency and eagerness to learn and grow in TPPs core and leadership competencies: Communication, Cultural Curiosity, Commitment to Excellence, Growth Mindset, Service Mindset, Teamwork & Collaboration, Results, Relationships, Talent
Compensation & Benefits:
The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefits package including high-quality health benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.
We believe every member of our team and student body deserves opportunities for growth, success and inclusion. We recognize that for many of our students, staff and communities, their life journeys run through oppressive structures and systems (e.g. classism, racism, sexism) — and that’s what makes our organizational culture and work so necessary and important.
We believe that diversity in perspective, backgrounds, ethnicities and lived experience is a strength, and from that strength, we can accomplish great things with the students we serve. Together as students, staff, organizations, communities, volunteers, and partners, we are intentional about creating safe spaces where all members can speak authentically and be themselves.
We are committed to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. As members of The Possible Project community, our progression along this ongoing journey raises thoughtful questions, reveals biases, and opens conversations. We celebrate one another and are unified in our commitment to young people, excellence, and innovation. This work is our shared responsibility and our opportunity to welcome all members who share in our mission and strive to provide pathways that further prepare students in achieving their desired success.