Senior Vice President, Education Research & Strategy
City Year | Boston, Massachusetts
City Year invites nominations and applications for the role of Senior Vice President, Education Research & Strategy (SVP, ERS). Reporting to the organization’s Chief Transformation Officer Stephanie Wu, the SVP, ERS will lead the full Education Research & Strategy team, overseeing the organization’s research, evaluation, and learning work and playing a critical role in City Year’s efforts to continuously improve practices, understand impact, and inform systems change. This is an important role for City Year and an exciting opportunity for a strategic thinker and people-first leader to drive community-based action research and advance organizational innovation priorities in service to City Year’s mission and purpose.
Founded in 1988, City Year is an education-focused national service organization and a leader in the national service movement. Designed to dramatically increase participation in national service, City Year was an early model for the federal AmeriCorps program. Since the very beginning, City Year’s focus has been to develop and nurture young people under the belief that investing in youth builds strong and vibrant communities. Today, City Year contributes to a clearer and bolder vision of what public schools can and should be for all children: places of learning, exploration, and positive risk-taking where every student feels connected to the school community, data informs practices that promote student growth and achievement, and all students have access to positive relationships and personalized learning environments. The data clearly shows that City Year partner schools are up to two to three times more likely to improve in English and math assessments, and the more time students spend with AmeriCorps members, the more they improve on social, emotional, and academic skills — skills that help students thrive in school and contribute to their community.
Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, City Year operates with over 1,000 total staff members, a $180M operating budget, and locations in 29 cities across the country and two international affiliates. Each year, City Year deploys roughly 3,000 AmeriCorps members (aged 18-25) organized into diverse teams to serve over 226,000 students across more than 300 systemically under-resourced schools. Working as student success coaches, City Year Corps members provide support to students, classrooms, and whole school communities to help ensure that students in systemically under-resourced schools receive a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed academically and in life.
The Senior Vice President for Education Research & Strategy will ensure that City Year’s research enhances society’s understanding of human development as a strategy that advances educational equity and prepares changemakers who can work across lines of difference. The SVP will lead and manage a talented team to ensure that City Year is leveraging third-party research to understand its impact, integrating insights from internal and external stakeholders, especially students, partners, and communities in the design of the organization’s services, understanding emerging trends to adapt services provided to partners, and creating tools to allow internal and external stakeholders to make meaning of learnings from research. The successful candidate will be a human-centered, empathetic leader with deep experience implementing equitable research and evaluation practices. They will recognize that context matters and that doing this work requires humility, strategic partnerships, and a learner’s mindset. Additionally, the successful candidate will be a quick and curious learner who is comfortable applying learnings from one discipline to another.
City Year is committed to being an organization that actively promotes diversity, inclusivity, and equity, ensuring that every member of the City Year community experiences a deep sense of belonging. The SVP must demonstrate a deep and personal commitment to this critical work.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed to the search firm in confidence as indicated at the end of this document. City Year is committed to recruiting candidates from historically underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds and identities, as well as individuals who embrace the values, practices, and outcomes of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity personally and professionally. The target salary range for this role is $145,000-$170,000 and is based on experience and location. The location for this position is flexible; the SVP could be based out of City Year’s Boston headquarters, but they could also work remotely elsewhere in the U.S.
Katie Rockman is leading this search with Annah Wells and Maria Connor.