Mass IDEAS (Innovating Design in Education for All Students) is an over $5.5 million initiative designed to bring bold models of high-quality, innovative learning to the Commonwealth, in order to close achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in work and life. Massachusetts needs an effort to catalyze schools at the outer edges of design and redesign, in order to build our own cohort of truly innovative, high-quality school models to help communities, educators, and leaders across the state broaden our understanding of what public schools can do. Guided by our design principles and employing a variety of strategies created to support stakeholders at different stages of readiness for whole-school design and redesign, Mass IDEAS supports teams across the state so that together, we can create the great schools all Massachusetts students deserve.
Mass IDEAS is seeking a Program Manager to provide support in our efforts. The Program Manager will join a team intent on fostering equitable educational opportunities for all students, dedicated to collaborative adult learning, and committed to having a lot of fun along the way. This is a full-time, exempt position, working remotely from anywhere in Massachusetts. We actively encourage and welcome candidates who are diverse along multiple axes of identity (such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, and other identities).
The Program Manager is responsible for providing program and operational support for Mass IDEAS. The Program Manager assists the Program Officer with recruiting potential school design teams and assists in selection processes for team participation in various activities (e.g. School Design Institutes, School Model Design Studios). The Program Manager, Mass IDEAS will work with the the Program Officer, Mass IDEAS to provide program development, operational/technical, and administrative support and will engage in shared learning with school design teams. This position is currently grant funded and those funds are projected through August 2020. Mass IDEAS’ work is funded by the Barr Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Supporting the Program Officer to coach grantees in areas including planning, financial, and programmatic requirements; and monitoring grantee performance, including careful review of all reports and communication with principal investigators and financial administrators. May include both virtual and on-site support to school design teams.
Participating in the development and refinement of program strategy, including but not limited to capturing and disseminating content and community building.
Leading logistical planning and implementation of Mass IDEAS in-person and virtual convenings, such as School Design Institutes, School Model Design Studios, and convenings of grantee cohorts. These responsibilities will involve managing subcontractors, creating work-plans, and supervising work-flow on the implementation of this initiative.
Designing, developing and maintaining online tools, systems, and processes to ensure Mass IDEAS runs smoothly.
Coordinating grantee awards administration, including memoranda of understanding, payments, travel reimbursements, and reports. Tracking and managing invoices and budget related to Massachusetts IDEAS.
Scheduling external meetings (in person and virtual) involving multiple participants, including handling some travel and hotel bookings.
Providing a range of services to Program Officer, Mass IDEAS as needed.
Education and Experience
Requires a Bachelor’s degree. Master’s Degree in a related field is a plus.
Interest in or experience with innovative, high-quality school design and/or redesign. Knowledge in these areas is a plus.
Interest in or experience with the education system, the education reform/policy environment, and public school governance in Massachusetts. Knowledge in these areas is a plus.
Interest in or experience with community and/or family engagement in educational initiatives or programs. Knowledge in these areas is a plus.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Demonstrated commitment to working with public schools dedicated to serving diverse populations; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that all Massachusetts students may experience a high-quality, innovative education.
Understanding of the components of next gen learning (student-centered, competency-based, driving toward richer, deeper definitions of student success, enabling student agency, technology as an enabler, etc.)
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and project management. Ability to manage diverse and competing deadlines while maintaining high quality of work and professionalism.
Professional and effective written and spoken communication in multiple formats and settings.
Curious self-starter, with a growth mindset.
Ability to travel throughout Massachusetts, and to locations outside Massachusetts as needed to support Mass IDEAS’ school design strategies.
Ability to work collaboratively with both internal colleagues and external school design stakeholders, including students, educators, families, local business, community organizations, elected officials, and others.
Solid familiarity with and facility using core office productivity software tools independently, such as Google docs, Excel, Powerpoint, and social media platforms.
A background in managing online community mechanisms and online resource collections is a plus.
At EDUCAUSE, we recognize that the diverse backgrounds, talents, skills, and contributions of every individual improve and enhance the quality of the organization. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the members we serve.
Our benefit package includes medical and dental insurance, employer paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expense reimbursement, paid vacation, paid sick time, paid personal time, ten paid holidays, and a retirement plan with employer contribution and 100% vesting upon enrollment. EDUCAUSE promotes personal growth with tuition reimbursement and funds to support individual access to professional opportunities including conferences.
EDUCAUSE requires successful completion of background checks for all potential employees.
Please respond with cover letter and resume specifying "Program Manager, Mass IDEAS” in the e-mail subject line. Applicants are encouraged to use the cover letter to demonstrate their communication skills,identify the aspects of the position they are most passionate about, and highlight any skills and experiences that relate to the position.
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