Philadelphia School Partnership: Operations and Data Analyst, Apply Philly Charter (Full-time)

Posted by Philadelphia School Partnership on August 18, 2020

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY: The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunities for 21,000 students. PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) believes that helping to empower parents to find, choose, and advocate for higher quality schools of all types (district, charter, and private) is a critical part of our strategy to ensure every child in Philadelphia is enrolled in a great school. Specifically, we are working to better equip families with information to find and choose great schools for their children. In 2018, PSP launched Apply Philly Charter, an online application system that now has grown to serve over 80 charter schools in the city and is the predominant way in which families apply to Philadelphia charter schools. Apply Philly Charter allows families to apply to charter schools from a single website, and all participating charter schools abide by the same application, lottery and notification timeline. Participating charter schools conduct their lotteries on Apply Philly Charter, send seat offers to applicants and manage their waitlists on the system. Families are able to accept seat offers and monitor their placement on waitlists using the system. Last year, over 30,000 applicants from every zip code in Philadelphia used Apply Philly Charter to submit 170,000 applications to participating charter schools. Apply Philly Charter is run on a Salesforce platform.

The Operations and Data Analyst will serve as the system administrator for Apply Philly Charter and will be responsible for providing technical support to participating schools. The Operations and Data Analyst will be responsible for the successful operation of the system, including, but not limited to: intake of applications, oversight of the lottery, waitlist, and seat offer functionality, and general support to schools and families as needed. The Operations and Data Analyst will also serve as the project lead for any technical enhancements made to the system, working closely with our Salesforce developers and vendor(s) to create the project scope and test functionality. Outside of system responsibilities, the Operations and Data Analyst will be responsible for managing, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting on school-level and city-wide application data for both internal and external initiatives. This position includes creative opportunities to use technical programs or software to advance the policy initiatives and efficacy of Apply Philly Charter and to support other PSP teams in their data management, analysis and use of Salesforce systems.

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