The National Business Officers Association (NBOA), the only national association focused exclusively on supporting independent school business officers and business operations staff, and fostering financial and operational excellence among independent PK-12 schools, is seeking a dynamic, creative and data-driven professional to serve as its Director, Research and Data Analysis.
This position provides leadership to NBOA’s research, data collection and analysis initiatives and works collaboratively with staff throughout the organization to deliver valuable, relevant and insightful analysis to NBOA member schools to inform decision-making, specifically as it relates to their business, finance and operations.
The Director, Research and Data Analysis, leads the development, planning and management of industry research collected in the association’s Business Intelligence for Independent Schools platform (BIIS, pronounced “biz”), in addition to other research activities as identified by the association’s strategic plan, that support NBOA’s mission to inform NBOA members and other external stakeholders and encourage data-driven decision making throughout the independent school community.
Essential responsibilities for this position include:
Lead association oversight of the BIIS platform to ensure ease of collection, integrity of data and dissemination of valuable, relevant and useful analysis to NBOA member schools.
Ensure that NBOA’s research activities are properly designed, and use appropriate methodologies, data collection practices and interpretations.
Identify a process for continuous improvement of data collection that ensures, resources and supports any modifications to current research initiatives, as well as emerging needs to augment research efforts to further NBOA’s mission. In doing so, identify new technologies and processes to achieve greater efficiency, enhanced collection, improved analysis and effective dissemination systems.
Serve as the primary point of contact and NBOA liaison to all third-party providers contracted with NBOA to support the association’s data collection, management, technical enhancements, analysis and reporting processes.
Represent NBOA’s research to internal and external audiences, including NBOA staff, the NBOA Board of Directors, NBOA volunteers and members, national/regional/state independent school associations, and the broader independent school community.
Provide research analysis in the form of reports, summaries, white papers and Net Assets articles to the NBOA membership and leverage these efforts to support association priorities and activities in collaboration with other NBOA staff.
Prepare materials for speeches and presentations made by NBOA staff.
Provide staff support to NBOA volunteer committees or councils that are identified to support and advance the association’s research agenda.
Serve as point of contact for member requests for information related to NBOA’s data collection efforts.
Prepare department budgets and monitor all budgeted research functions.
Develop, implement and achieve mutually agreed annual performance goals and objectives.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Vice President and President and CEO within the general scope of job responsibilities and support of organizational goals.
Key characteristics include:
Must be able to work successfully with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm and diplomacy, as a DC headquarters staff member in a partially virtual/distributed staff team environment.
Highly organized and flexible.
Must be committed to quality and accurate detail.
Demonstrate initiative and work with supervisor to prioritize and coordinate multiple projects.
Capability to manage time and meet deadlines to achieve desired outcomes.
Display high level of energy and thrive in a fast-paced, innovative environment.
Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive working relationships with all staff.
Dedicated telework space or work in a distributed staff capacity, in accordance with NBOA policy.
The successful Director will have:
A graduate degree and at least five years of full-time, professional experience in research and data analysis, or a related quantitative role, preferably in an association environment.
Well-developed quantitative and analytical skills, experience with PC-based analysis and reporting tools (i.e., Excel, SAS or SPSS), and extensive expertise in research design, survey design, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Strong communication and presentation skills, including the ability to communicate to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
Ability to translate research data into high-quality data products, as well as relevant reporting of industry resources and news.
Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously, with speed, accuracy and courtesy; show initiative and exhibit a high level of planning skills and understanding of abstract concepts.
Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage teams, as well as strong project management and staff supervision skills.
Must be able to work collaboratively and build trust with staff and other stakeholders at all levels and manage those relationships appropriately and professionally.
Must possess demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment to contribute to the successful completion of a variety of duties and further the mission of the association.
Proven customer service orientation with the skills and ability to positively interact with members, customers, service providers and staff.
Ability to travel as required to NBOA meetings and member events, with travel estimated at 15%.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About National Business Officers Association
Founded in 1998, the National Business Officers Association is the only national membership organization focused on the needs of the independent school business office and business operations staff in the country. Its mission is to develop, deliver and promote best business practices to advance independent schools. Through its Annual Meeting, magazine and newsletter, webinars, online courses, research initiatives and websites, NBOA advances business excellence to help independent schools achieve educational excellence in the 21st century. NBOA employs 17 full-time staff and operates an annual budget of $6 million. The association is headquartered in Washington, DC, with some staff serving the association from home offices located across the country. Since 1998, NBOA has grown and expanded its membership, programs and services, currently serving over1,400 member schools in the United States, 130+ corporate members, and more than 100 schools in Canada and across the globe.