Associate Director
Applied Research & Evaluation
Updated on 3/22/2024
Understood

51-200 employees

Provides resources for individuals with learning differences
Company Overview
Understood.org is a unique nonprofit organization that offers a wealth of resources to support individuals who learn and think differently, fostering an inclusive culture that values diverse thinking. Their competitive advantage lies in their specialized focus and comprehensive informational and educational resources, which are not typically offered by other organizations. As a leader in their field, they are shaping societal perceptions and creating a more accepting world for those with different learning and thinking styles.
Social Impact

Company Stage

N/A

Total Funding

$757K

Founded

2014

Headquarters

New York, New York

Growth & Insights
Headcount

6 month growth

-1%

1 year growth

10%

2 year growth

13%
Locations
New York, NY, USA
Experience Level
Entry
Junior
Mid
Senior
Expert
Desired Skills
Marketing
Data Analysis
CategoriesNew
Lab & Research
Interdisciplinary Research
Life Sciences
Requirements
  • Advanced degree in public health, psychology, education, or related. PhD preferred; rigorous master's with additional experience leading evaluation considered.
  • At least 4 years of experience conducting and leading program and intervention evaluation in applied industry settings such as start-ups or tech companies (non-academic settings)
  • Strong agility in adjusting methods and approaches based on time and resource constraints
  • An understanding of user experience, and the development of measurement strategies that don't diminish the experience of those we serve
  • Strong capacity for cross-functional partnership, working effectively and with humility, with interdisciplinary colleagues from data & analytics to marketing to product development to drive projects forward to completion
  • Expertise in managing time, commitments, and priorities–this role requires strong independence and ownership of deliverables
  • Committed to embodying and being a steward of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
Responsibilities
  • Lead impact and effectiveness evaluation across Understood’s portfolio of initiatives
  • Work closely with VP of Expertise & Strategic design to develop impact evaluation roadmap and strategy
  • Conduct evaluation, using qualitative and quantitative approaches, owning end-to-end execution, from study design to project management to analysis, to writing up results
  • Generate research-based insights that help the team evolve programs and products for increased impact
  • Ensure any new offering is designed for ease of impact measurement, without sacrificing user experience
  • Deliver clear, concise presentations on your findings including but not limited to written reports, visual decks, white papers, and prioritized top-line findings
  • Support the evaluation of external products and programs from other organizations, including apps, school-based interventions, and non-profit programs
  • Build guardrails and approaches to ensuring responsible, beneficial use of new technologies such as LLM
  • As needed, draft, collaborate on, and submit papers for publication
  • As needed, partner with our analytics team to ensure our data tells the story of impact, as well as engagement
  • As needed, collaborate on, or independently execute pilot studies on Understood initiatives from design to implementation to final submissions for publication
  • As needed, collaborate with external research partners on shared projects
  • Serve as subject-matter expert on effective approaches to impact for children, parents, and adults