Background for the Position:
SAGE has been working for more than 40 years to improve the lives of LGBT+ older adults. In that time, SAGE has become the world’s largest repository of expertise on LGBT+ aging issues and the lived experiences of LGBT+ older adults. To date, however, the vast array of data and knowledge accumulated by SAGE is spread across multiple parts of our agency and is therefore not easily accessed and harnessed either by SAGE or by stakeholders across the U.S. and globe who seek to benefit from our learnings in order to improve the quality of life for LGBT+ older adults in diverse settings. Similarly, SAGE’s partnerships with outside researchers to produce high-quality and desperately needed data on LGBT+ aging have been dispersed and uncoordinated. In addition, as a complex and growing organization, it is becoming imperative that SAGE is able to quantitatively measure and demonstrate the impact that our interventions have had and to make informed decisions about how to amplify that effect moving forward. Of particular focus are SAGE’s commitments to DEI principles, as defined in our core values, including the importance of the representation of intersectional identities in research about LGBT+ people. Developing and disseminating knowledge is crucial to supporting a growing national and worldwide movement on behalf of LGBT+ older adults. And, measuring and understanding SAGE’s impact is crucial to our organization’s continued and growing efficacy as the world’s leading advocate with, and for, LGBT+ elders.
Recognizing the critical importance of data in achieving these goals, SAGE laid out in the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan a commitment to building the infrastructure necessary to become a truly data-informed, data-driven, and data-sharing organization. Over the last five years, we have built our readiness such that SAGE is now positioned to advance a comprehensive strategy to effectively and comprehensively collect, manage, protect, analyze, utilize and share data and research. To house these efforts, SAGE will launch a SAGE Center of Excellence (“COE” or “Center”) – a consolidation of the organization’s data, research, learning, and evaluation efforts into one repository that will dramatically expand SAGE’s capacity for innovation, improvement, and dissemination. Included in the SAGE Center of Excellence is a new program, the Equity Innovation Lab, which is a micro-grants program, transferring resources (expertise and money) to organizations, grassroots groups, and individuals proposing innovative solutions to challenges facing particularly marginalized LGBT+ older people.
This position will be the founding Senior Director, who will lead in the creation, launch, operationalization, and day-to-day management of SAGE’s Center of Excellence, and all of its components.
The Senior Director of Learning, Data, and Impact will either directly, or through managing work with Center staff and/or consultants:
- Chart the Center’s short-, medium- and long-term goals
- Implement all aspects of the Center, including activities, workflows, and cross-department communications and training
- Be an active change agent in inspiring staff across the organization to collect, manage and make data-informed decisions in their various workstreams
- Create and manage the Center’s budget
- Represent SAGE at conferences, in public speaking, and other externally-facing venues
- Formulate, and eventually activate, ideas around Center’s financial sustainability, including revenue-generating Center activities
Equity Innovation Lab:
- Launch SAGE’s first Equity Innovation Lab (EIL), a micro-grant program designed to fund program ideas developed to affect some of the most marginalized LGBT+ elders
- Hire and directly supervise staff to oversee the implementation of the EIL
- Improve organizational data quality and practices, by overseeing activities including setting organizational standards for data collection, tools, management, and data privacy
- Increase staff accessibility to, and comfort with, existing data, including that which lives in Salesforce and the myriad other data collection methods across the organization
- Oversee the continued efforts to ensure all data collected at SAGE is held in SalesForce
- Oversee SAGE’s Data Governance portfolio
Impact & Evaluation:
- Oversee all organizational impact and evaluation assessment activities, including the Center’s providing direct consultation to staff in all departments as they develop evaluation and measurement goals
- Oversee and project manage the continued development of an organization-wide dashboard
- Manage the annual strategic plan dashboard reporting to the Board of Directors
Learning & Research:
- Support the growth of the body of research around LGBT+ aging, with an intentional focus on the representation of those with intersectional identities
- Determine research priorities (through external and internal recommendations) in LGBT+ aging and proactively pursue partnerships and opportunities
- Provide data on LGBT older adults to academic and community partners who can use it for advancements in the field (research, service delivery, etc.)
- Actively advocate for the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity data collection and cross analysis in existing aging research
Deputy for the National Projects Department:
- Represent the National Projects department at the senior director level. This department includes SAGE’s: National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, SAGECare, Long-Term Care Equality Index, and Strategy & Impact portfolio
- Provide thought leadership and act as deputy on internal matters and external strategic direction to SAGE’s Chief Innovation and Impact Officer (department lead)
Consistent with the expectations of all Senior Directors at SAGE, this position will:
- help build an organization and culture that is shaped by SAGE’s fundamental values of diversity and equity, collaborative teamwork and partnership (internal and external), top performance, innovation, LGBT older voices come first, and dignity and respect;
- participate in regularly scheduled meetings of the Senior Leadership Team, comprised of the Executive Team and Senior Directors, and regular meetings of the Senior Directors;
- liaise between Executive Team and Directors in communicating information related to their portfolio, and more broadly, shaping and delivering communications to staff, ensuring greater transparency and buy-in across the organization; and,
- champion SAGE’s strategic priorities and SAGE’s organizational values
Knowledge, skills, and abilities required:
- Understand general principles of managing impact evaluation, data collection practices and data management, and social science research in order to lead a team responsible for these areas
- Have strategic-level ideas, and understand how to move them to full operationalization
- Be able to translate internal learnings to external, field-leading information
- Have 5-10 years of experience leading cross-departmental teams toward defined and measurable goals
While not required, additional skills related to the following would be advantageous:
- Microgranting experience
- Experience in designing revenue-generating projects that enhance the field of the social justice movement
Department: National Projects
Compensation: SAGE offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
Reports to: Hilary Meyer, Chief Innovation and Impact Officer*
*In July 2022, SAGE will launch our next strategic plan. As part of that plan, there may be shifts in leadership structure at SAGE. The department and reporting structure is therefore subject to shift, depending on the new plan.
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Senior Director of Learning and Impact” in the subject line. Resumes without a cover letter will not be reviewed. No phone calls, please.
Equal Opportunity Employer: SAGE believes in equal opportunity in employment. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, HIV serostatus, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.