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Learning and Impact Officer
Ascendium Education Group, Inc. is seeking a Learning and Impact Officer with evaluation expertise and commitment to equity needed to join a growing grant-making team at a mission-driven organization. The organization is looking for an experienced professional to contribute to our growing learning and impact practice. The Learning and Impact Officer will contribute functional expertise in evaluation, research and data measurement to the philanthropic team and will be responsible for designing and leading complex evaluations and related projects that support our and our grantees’ learning and understanding of impact.

Ascendium Education Group (Ascendium) has helped millions of learners pursue postsecondary education since 1967, when it was formed to help fulfill the promise of the landmark Higher Education Act of 1965. Over the years, Ascendium has grown to become the nation’s largest federal student loan guarantor, providing information, tools and counseling to help millions of borrowers nationwide avoid default and keep the door to re-enrollment open. We guarantee federal student loans, conceive and develop innovative products and services that support student success and loan repayment, and invest in studying and improving postsecondary education practices through our philanthropy.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, net proceeds from Ascendium’s guaranty and other operations are used to fund Ascendium’s philanthropy. The philanthropy team is comprised of program, grants management, and learning and impact staff who all have a shared commitment to advancing our mission. As a national funder, our mission is to elevate opportunities for learners from low-income backgrounds so they can achieve postsecondary educational and career success. Our grantmaking focuses on transforming systems of postsecondary education and workforce so they can support low-income populations, especially those in historically underrepresented groups: first-generation students, incarcerated adults, rural community members, students of color and veterans. The philanthropy team currently makes grants in four focus areas:
  • Remove Structural Barriers to Success
  • Streamline Key Learner Transitions
  • Expand Postsecondary Education in Prison
  • Support Rural Postsecondary Education and Workforce Training.
Across our four focus areas, our funding supports innovative ideas, the creation of an evidence base, and the expansion and replication of effective practices.

To apply for this position, visit: https://recruiting2.ultipro.com/GRE1001GLELS/JobBoard/8c2a9195-a744-4d37-85dd-2765d36dda1f/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=0e75cf4e-cb27-4e21-af43-313d3103caa2
Position: Learning and Impact Officer
Organization: Ascendium Education Group, Inc.
Location: Madison, WI,  WI 
United States
Posting Start Date: 8/12/2021
Date Posted: 6/11/2021
Requirements These are some of the qualifications we’re looking for:
  • Master’s or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of evaluation, research and performance measurement experience
  • Excellent skills in relationship management, qualitative methods, and quantitative methods, including designs that support causal inference
  • Excellent organizational, problem solving and coordination skills, with demonstrated ability to manage a demanding workload and work with diverse staff
  • Commitment to using evaluation and research to advance equity
  • Ascendium staff are temporarily working remotely from their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic; this role is a Madison-based position. Candidates outside of Madison area will be expected to relocate within a year of hiring.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/12/2021
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Ascendium Education Group, Inc.

Madison, WI,  WI 53704
United States
(866) 511-0477
Ascendium Education Group, Inc.

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