+ Manager, Research and Impact


LEANLAB envisions a world where all children have access to effective and excellent educational solutions and are well-equipped for the future. To realize this vision, the following is necessary:

  • The invention of visionary, new solutions for public education.
  • Deep and productive partnerships with school communities—students, educators and administrators.
  • A process that elevates community voices in the co-creation of new solutions and the measurement of their effectiveness.

LEANLAB Education believes the attainment of educational outcomes for all students will be accelerated when those most impacted by education issues—parents, students, and educators—become active participants in the design and innovation process, working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs and researchers to identify, influence, and launch breakthrough educational innovations in the form of technologies and services.

Our mission is to launch breakthrough education solutions, while building a dynamic, community infrastructure required to support the scale of effective innovations. To realize this mission, LEANLAB Education facilitates research pilots between schools (pilot-site partners) and education startups (Fellows in the K12 Fellowship Program) to engage in the co-design process, actively testing solutions in collaboration with innovators, who collaboratively work toward creating new solutions that accelerate student outcomes.


LEANLAB Education is seeking a full-time Manager, Impact and Research to elevate LEANLAB’s research methods, build superior impact and data tracking systems, and to oversee the implementation of all school pilot research programs. This person thrives on data-based decision-making, and believes in a world where all tools utilized by schools are evidence-based and working towards improved student outcomes.

Mission: Develop and implement a process that captures educator and student feedback to inform the development of new innovations, and measures their impact in real classrooms. Develop evaluation criteria and methods to measure the impact of LEANLAB Education as an organization.

In the first 12 months, this position will:

  • Increase or strengthen knowledge in Design Based Implementation Research, Design Based Research, Rapid Cycle Evaluation and Improvement Science methods.
  • Develop an evaluation process to capture end-user feedback, use it to inform innovations’ developments, and measure the impact of the innovation over a 6-month period, or “mini-study.”
  • Facilitate and publish at last 6 mini-studies across 6 pilot school sites with 6 innovations over a 6 month period.
  • Document and further refine the LEANLAB co-design processes, and develop structures and systems that can spread the impact of proven solutions more efficiently across schools with similar contexts.
  • Make the research and development process cheaper, more efficient, and more inclusive of school community voice.
  • Facilitate additional research partnerships with R1 universities interested in rapid-cycle evaluation, design based implementation research, design based research and education technology.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive dashboard for impact and success metrics for LEANLAB and the fellows who participate in the LEANLAB program.
  • Review and strengthen internal LEANLAB evaluation metrics, and create systems to track and maintain key LEANLAB data.
  • Develop impact reports to key stakeholders, funders, and LEANLAB’s board of directors.
  • Manage a team of research assistants, as needed to support with methods, data collection and analysis.

This position is driven by outcomes, working tirelessly to meet the following goals within the first 12 months of this position:

Outcome 1 Design and Execute a world-class, rapid-cycle process for piloted education innovations.

  • Within first 90 days, internalize the existing and prior Fellowship research workbook and corresponding workbook tools for the 2019 K12 Fellowship.
  • Within the first 180 days, execute the second iteration of the K12 Fellowship pilot research program.

Outcome 2 Develop internal evaluation metrics, tools, and processes to effectively measure, quantify, and report the impact of LEANLAB programs.

Outcome 3 Be a successful brand ambassador for our organization, securing important regional and national research partnerships and elevate LEANLAB’s brand among education research communities

View the complete breakdown of outcomes and deliverables required for this role.


The ideal candidate unabashedly believes in a Kansas City where all children have access to amazing learning opportunities. They believe that innovation is a key driver in accelerating student outcomes, eliminating barriers for our underserved student populations, and achieving and maintaining equity once and for all for our city’s children. They are able to maintain detailed records, building and using data management systems to analyze relevant data and ascertain trends that will influence future work. They are both an “artist” and an “engineer,” able to authentically empathize and listen to our community, while also engineering agile systems to best coordinate and catalyze the community to propel education innovations forward. They are able to build united and effective coalitions of schools that work toward implementing change. In doing so, they exhibit the following core values and competencies of LEANLAB:

Relevant Experience

  • At least 3 years of proven experience as a data analyst, data scientist, and/or researcher in a related field
  • An advanced degree in Data Science, Education, Evaluation, Statistics,, Neuroscience, Learning Science or a related field; MS or PhD preferred
  • Advanced knowledge of research methods, procedures, techniques, and terminology used in the more complex aspects of research projects
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate complex data with attention to detail and accuracy

Core Values

  • Boldness. We are fearless, unafraid to push boundaries and chart new territory to transform outcomes for kids.
  • Human-Centered Design. We design with parents, students, teachers—the humans at the center of education.
  • Equity. Inequities in education persist. We work unapologetically to create just circumstances from which innovations are born.

Core Competencies

  • Initiative & Ownership. We take ownership of our work and the mission. We initiate new approaches, identify new opportunities and don't wait to be "told what to do."
  • Meticulous Preparation & Professionalism. We plan, practice and prepare well in advance. We are proactive and anticipate barriers/challenges to mitigate. We sweat the small stuff. We are professional in our interactions and execution. We set a new standard for this work.
  • Flawless Execution. We deliver high-quality interactions. We follow through. Our events and services are flawless. We thrive in high-stakes moments. We play to win.

Timeline Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume stating your interest to, and cc by July 21, 2019.

Compensation This is full time position and includes a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package. LEANLAB Education is an equal opportunity employer. Anticipated start date would be August, 2019.