Big Shoulders Fund
Big Shoulders Fund is an independent tax exempt charitable organization that serves inner-city schools which provide a quality, values-based education for Chicago’s children, thereby contributing to stronger communities. We serve students in 61 Catholic elementary schools and 14 high schools in Chicago. Each school is a vital resource for students, families and communities, with research showing that when a Big Shoulders Fund school closes, the surrounding area experiences an increase in violence and a decrease in social cohesion.
For more than thirty-three years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education. We accomplish this by investing more than $20 million annually in scholarship support and enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, talent pipeline development from new teachers through veteran principals, and academic programs and professional development for teachers.
Big Shoulders Fund supports schools and programs that ensure students receive a strong academic foundation in elementary school; enroll in quality college-prep high schools; matriculate into and persist through college; and lead productive lives as contributors to communities and the workforce. A recent survey of a sample of alumni of Big Shoulders Fund schools showed African-American alumni graduated from college at a rate more than twice the national average and Hispanic alumni graduated at a rate more than three times the national average.
Big Shoulders Fund has a strong and enduring commitment to data-driven decision-making in the allocation of our time and resources. The Strategy and Communication team plays a critical role in ensuring that data is at the heart of strategic decisions made across the organization. Reporting to Big Shoulders Fund’s Senior Director, Strategy and Communication, the Data Manager will be responsible for helping the organization collect, analyze, and apply data to our daily operations in order to report and analyze impact outcomes, effectively allocate resources, and increase fundraising. This position has a special emphasis on creating the systems necessary to fully understand the long-term impact of Big Shoulders Fund and the schools we support, and ensuring that team members can access and utilize data to drive outcomes in their work.
Essential Job Functions (please note: this list will likely evolve and change over time)
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization and the students/schools it serves.
The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. 100% of the funds raised by the Big Shoulders Fund are used to support children through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. The Big Shoulders Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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