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JOB TITLE: Director of Data Insights

REPORTS TO:  Executive Director

POSTED: Monday, February 12, 2024

CLOSING DATE: Friday, March 15, 2024                         

Director of Data Insights Summary:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing seeks a highly motivated and adept analytics leader with a passion for food policy, food justice, and how data can be used as a tool to drive systems change. Individuals with a strong interest in and/or understanding of how large-scale food procurement can create equitable food systems and improve conditions along food supply chains are preferred.

The Director of Data Insights will lead the team that manages Program data, produces analyses for enrolled institutions, communicates Program impact, and leverages data to advance the field. The Director of Data Insights advises Center staff, participating institutions, and local and national partners on using data to communicate impact and inform Good Food purchasing shifts within participating institutions and across regions nationally. 

The Assessment & Analytics department is part of a cross-functional team, working in close coordination with our departments of Engagement, Impact, Policy, and Communications. Together, these teams empower leaders within institutions to become changemakers and collaborate with community partners to build sustainable, just food systems, using procurement as a primary lever to advance local priorities. The Director of Data Insights is also uniquely positioned to develop a variety of tools to help translate data into action.

This is a remote role that requires occasional travel. The Center for Good Food Purchasing is based in the Bay Area of California. 

Essential Functions

  • Management

    • Supervise and mentor the Assessment + Analytics Manager and Senior Analyst(s), ensuring their professional development and effectiveness

    • Manage project timelines and resource loading across the department

    • Contribute to the overall strategic direction of the organization as a member of the senior staff team

    • Manage relationships with key Program partners such as operators, city and county-based staff, policymakers, and coalition leadership to cultivate confidence in the Center’s assessment and analytics process

  • Assessments

    • Consult with the Assessment + Analytics Manager to ensure assessments are completed with high quality in accordance with the Good Food Purchasing Standards and delivered according to contractual requirements

    • Advise on how data can be leveraged to develop or enhance technical assistance tools that enable institutions and vendors to make shifts in the Program

    • Work with the Assessment + Analytics team to identify and implement areas for process improvements in the data management and assessments process

    • Understand and be knowledgeable on the full assessments process in order to identify opportunities for internal process improvements, answer questions from stakeholders, and evaluate new tools and data sources to leverage

  • Data Management & Strategy

    • Oversee strategy for the organization’s data management, including assessment data, enrollment figures, and Program impact

    • Manage data inquiries from program partners

    • Support organizational strategy to translate data into action

    • Support growth of data strategy, including data governance and data sharing policies, tools development, and evaluation of the actionability of data

    • Evaluate organizational growth, staffing, and technology needs to effectively implement improved data management

    • Oversee all data collected and reported about the Program

    • Communicate organizational needs at various levels, such as distilling details up to high-level summaries, and translating high-level vision and strategy into technical procedures

  • Technology

    • Evaluate and identify tools needed for the Assessments + Analytics team to more efficiently and effectively conduct assessments and manage the implementation

    • Oversee strategy for and support buildout of the technology platform, including input to design, testing, and requirements tracking

    • Support ongoing maintenance and support to technology platform, working with technology partner(s)

    • Implement internal tools to enable self-service analytics across the organization

  • Research and Evaluation

    • Oversee communication of metrics on Program performance, including, but not limited to development/refinement of a Program dashboard for use by partners

    • Develop system to regularly evaluate impact to inform strategy and contribute to reporting to funders, board, and other stakeholders

    • In collaboration with Assessment + Analytics Manager, support communications collateral by identifying and highlighting individual institution accomplishments, trends, and aggregate impacts by participating institutions

    • Facilitate evaluation efforts in partnership with external evaluation partners

    • Coordinate research of special topics of value to the Center (research that the Center can take on internally as well as external partnerships, i.e. with universities)

Required qualifications:

  • At least eight years of relevant work experience in data analytics, managing a team, and/or food systems work

  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative research skills and experience, as well as the ability to organize and communicate research findings

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to explain complex concepts in a straightforward manner

  • Proficiency in data management, including knowledge of relational databases, programming language(s) for data querying and cleaning, and data visualization software

  • Knowledge and experience with statistical modeling and data science concepts

  • Experience supervising a high performing team

  • Detail-oriented with strong appreciation for the ways in which high quality data and analysis can be a powerful tool for social change

  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience working in areas that contribute to social, environmental, racial and economic equity

  • Collaborative team player who has an appreciation for diverse perspectives

  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a virtual environment

  • Experience in project management, managing multiple tasks, and meeting deadlines

  • Excellent facility with Excel and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in program management, including systems implementation

  • Experience using Salesforce or another CRM tool

  • Experience with graphic design, including the Adobe suite or comparable software

  • Experience in, or passion for, building sustainable, equitable, fair, and humane food systems 

  • Experience working with a variety of partners on complex projects, including public sector officials (elected and administrative), community-based (grassroots) organizations, large non­ profit organizations, and the private sector/industry

  • Willingness to explore and integrate new and innovative modes of data analysis and communications (e.g. machine learning) 

Salary & Benefits:

The Director of Data Insights is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $98,000. The Center for Good Food Purchasing, a fiscally-sponsored project of Community Partners, is a people-first workplace that values flexibility, work-life balance, and restoration. In addition to offering competitive benefits (i.e. medical/dental/vision, disability/life insurance, vacation, and a 403(b) plan with employer match after two years), we also offer generous paid holidays (25 days in 2024, in addition to vacation time) and two flexible working Fridays monthly.

Community Partners® is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as women, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

How to Apply

Submit your application by Friday, March 15th, 2024 via this form. The form will ask for your contact information, a brief cover letter in pdf format that describes relevant experience, your resume in pdf format, and two to three professional references.

If selected, the interview process will consist of one initial video interview (30-45 minutes), with the potential for a second video interview (60 minutes).

You will receive a response within 2 weeks of the application close date. We respectfully request no calls or emails.

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Organizational Summary: 

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement and partnerships to create a transparent and equitable food system for people, animals, and the environment. We do this by helping major institutions nationwide adopt and implement the Good Food Purchasing Program.

Over 65 institutions in 25 major US cities have enrolled in the Program. With a collective annual food spend surpassing $1 billion, these institutions and cities are committed to directing their purchasing power toward the five Program values: local and community-based economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and community health and nutrition centered around the principles of equity, transparency, and accountability. Using the Program’s metric- and data-driven framework, they measure and improve food purchasing practices over time.

We also work with national partners, local grassroots coalitions, and institutions to shift toward values-based purchasing from farm to fork, and to build a cohesive movement in support of more resilient and equitable food systems.

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