Project Manager, Content and Partnerships teams

Teaching Lab seeks a full-time Project Manager-Content and Partnerships to join our team to support the Content and Partnerships teams in developing and  maintaining scalable systems and procedures.

Type of Vacancy: Salaried full-time, starting January 2021 for the duration of SY 2020-21. Continuation of the position beyond SY20-21 is contingent on business needs. 

Location: This position is eligible for remote work anywhere in the continental United States

Reports to: Managing Director, Content Design and Managing Director, Partnerships 

Travel Required: Travel is currently suspended due to COVID-19 and will resume at a future date dependent on the implications of COVID-19. This position may require some travel (1-2 times a year)

Compensation: The compensation for this position starts at $80,000 and is commensurate with education and experience.  Teaching Lab values equity and does not negotiate salaries.

Teaching Lab is an equal-opportunity employer committed to reflecting the diversity of the students we serve. We pursue equity as both a means and an end and enthusiastically welcome candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Who We Are

Teaching Lab is a nonprofit organization with a mission to fundamentally shift the paradigm of teacher professional learning to achieve educational equity. We envision a world where teachers and students thrive together in communities that enable life-long learning and meaningful lives. In partnership with teachers, we transform professional learning from the ground up to dramatically improve student outcomes. We also work with school, district, and state leaders to create the instructional systems necessary to support these changes.

Our model is based on the best educational research and years of experience using exceptional instructional materials with teachers. Our team of experienced educators is committed to ensuring all students—especially students traditionally underserved by our school systems—meet the academic expectations necessary to succeed now and in the future. Our partners believe in the power of great teaching to inspire students at all levels to learn and grow. Together, we are building a nationwide movement for evidence-based teacher professional learning.

Our Model

The core of Teaching Lab’s work is a belief that stronger professional learning for teachers can radically improve student opportunities and equity. Research suggests that effective professional learning incorporates four critical components:

We integrate Head, Heart, Habits, and Equity through the creation of “Labs” in schools and districts:

Summary of Position

Teaching Lab is seeking a Project Manager-Content and Partnerships (PM-CP) to join our team to manage the design and implementation of sustainable and scalable systems for both the design of content and the execution of partner services.

The PM-CP will be responsible for 1) Cross-team project management 2) Culturally Responsive Teaching project management, 3) Cross-team communication; and 4) Collaboration.

Specifically, the Project Manager-Content and Partnerships will engage in four major workstreams:

  1. Cross-team Project Management: Co-plan, oversee and lead projects from ideation through to completion requiring interaction with a range of internal stakeholders and management of several moving project parts simultaneously. Communicate effectively with internal stakeholders to ensure clarity of processes, systems and structures. Manage current systems for project planning and execution, maintaining and enhancing current systems, tools, and structures.
  2. Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) Project Management: Develop and maintain project plans and timelines for Teaching Lab’s focused work to integrate Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) with our curriculum aligned professional learning. Communicating effectively with internal stakeholders to ensure clarity of processes, systems and structures.
  3. Knowledge & Information Sharing and Management: Plan and execute cross team collaboration opportunities to share information. Clearly communicating timelines and processes to strengthen and build project management systems. 
  4. Collaboration: Engaging in learning and community experiences, and team meetings with the Teaching Lab Community. Contributing to a culture of collaboration with internal stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of content, and implementation of partner facing services for our school system partners and the students they serve. 

As a rapidly growing nonprofit, we seek an entrepreneurial individual excited about launching and implementing groundbreaking partnerships.  These positions have high potential for both large-scale impact.

Eligible candidates must have a commitment to racial and educational equity, desire to work at an organization striving to be antiracist, strong expertise project management, strong communication skills, and a desire to collaborate with diverse team members. Ideal candidates will have the unique combination of intellectual curiosity and established skill in each of these areas.  Teaching Lab is a mission and values driven organization. 

We seek outstanding leaders who have demonstrated a commitment toward becoming antiracist.

Key Responsibilities & Workstreams

Cross-team Project Management - To ensure smooth operations and alignment across the content and partnerships team, the PM-CP will: 

  • Co-design scalable systems for content design and partnership implementation with Managing Directors and Directors of Content Design and Partnerships, and Directors of Special Projects.
  • Lead high-level project planning and management across Teaching Lab’s portfolio of high-quality curriculum projects, including working with the Directors of Content Design, Partnerships, and Special Projects to build on current project management systems and tools, and to develop new systems and structures to support the Content and Partnerships teams in executing against timelines for partnership launch. 
  • Research and make recommendations for project management tools and platforms in collaboration with Managing Directors, and Director of Special Projects to suit the widespread needs of both the Content and Partnerships teams. 
  • Support the adoption and launch of a project management platform to enable the work of the Content and Partnerships teams. Maintain this tool by working closely with Managing Directors, Directors of Content Design and Partnerships, and Content and Partnerships Managers. 

Culturally Responsive Teaching Project Management - To support the Content Development team as it  integrates Culturally Responsive Teaching practices into our curriculum-aligned professional learning, the PM-CP will:

  • Develop and maintain comprehensive project documentation including detailed scopes, timelines and objectives; track progress toward project milestones; involve all relevant stakeholders.
  • Synthesize and share learning across teams as they implement work related to the integration of culturally responsive teaching practice into curriculum aligned professional learning.
  • Organize and manage logistics for internal and external meetings including teacher focus groups, internal content team trainings, and regular project team check ins.
  • Draft external facing materials including “Lessons Learned” documents, external and internal newsletter briefings, and funder updates.

Knowledge & Information Sharing and Management - To effectively launch and maintain project management systems and promote cross-team communication, the PM-CP will:

  • Co-design and execute on systems to share and manage information and knowledge across Content and Partnerships teams.
  • Clearly articulate timelines and processes for executing work against these timelines with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Create opportunities for knowledge sharing and information management that ensure scalability and longevity of project management systems. 
  • Plan and facilitate collaborative weekly meetings (Partnerships, Program, and Content team meetings), with support and collaboration from relevant stakeholders to build coherent systems across teams, troubleshoot challenges, adhere to project timelines, and to support teams in building a culture of collaboration and information sharing.

Collaboration - To foster a culture of collaboration, the PM-CP will:

  • Support Teaching Lab’s effort to scale current partner work by collaborating with Managing Directors to co-design systems to meet organizational long-term goals.
  • Collaborate with Managing Directors, Directors of Partnerships, Directors of Content Design, and/or Content and Partnership Managers to understand current systems and team needs in order to build new systems and increase efficiency and clarity of projects, tasks, and timelines. 
  • Cultivate strong relationships with Teaching Lab team members to foster a team culture rooted in Head, Heart, and Habits.

Areas for Growth 

Teaching Lab is committed to practicing what we preach, which means that development of our team is a key organizational priority. As a community of learners, we support one another through thought partnership, direct assistance, and opportunities to expand our own knowledge. The Partnership Manager will have the following growth opportunities: 

  • Unparalleled networking and learning opportunities with Teaching Lab staff, board members, and experts in the field, including Student Achievement Partners, UnboundEd, Departments of Education, and others.
  • A peer community of other Partnership Managers focused on collaborating and supporting each other in their core areas of responsibility.
  • Internal cycles of inquiry on core topics that mirror our client-facing, external professional learning sequences.

Qualifications

We seek team members who bring relevant experience, knowledge, and skills, as well as a commitment to shared values and norms. Prospective Project Manager-Content and Partnerships candidates should be able to demonstrate experience or background in the following categories:

Educational & Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum five years experience working in PK-12 education
  • Minimum of 2 years experience supporting and managing project planning and execution in an education or related non-profit setting
  • Minimum of 2 years experience leading complex project across teams
  • Experience building relationships with stakeholders in an education context

Knowledge 

  • Knowledge of project management tools and systems for project planning, information management, and knowledge sharing 
  • Knowledge of Google Suite products (Google Docs, Google Sheets) and Microsoft Excel 

Skills

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, able to build rapport quickly
  • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and workflow management while attending to the diverse needs of partners.
  • Superior critical thinking and creative problem-solving capabilities, including a self-starting entrepreneurial approach to difficult problems
  • Ability to form credible and lasting relationships with colleagues
  • Compelling communication and influence skills

Values

  • Deep commitment to Teaching Lab’s organizational mission and Values, racial equity, and educational equity for traditionally underserved students 
  • Strong commitment to growth mindset for both adults and students, and a desire to work collaboratively to grow team skills and capabilities 
  • Belief in the power of relationships to drive collaboration
  • Relentless focus on results for traditionally underserved students, including a high bar for quality work

Working at Teaching Lab 

This position is for School Year 2020-2021, and renewal of this role is contingent upon business needs for School Year 2021-2022. This position is eligible for remote work anywhere in the continental United States. This position will not require travel for the 2020-2021 school year. Teaching Lab may resume travel in June 2021.  At that time, this role may require travel (20-30%) based on organizational needs and time of year. 

Salary for this position starts at $80,000 and is commensurate with education and experience. Teaching Lab offers a comprehensive benefits package, including organizational contribution of 100% of employee costs and 50% of dependent costs for health/dental/vision insurance, a 401(k) program with a 4% employer match and diverse investment options, monthly technology reimbursement, and generous time off and leave policies.

We are committed to building a sustainable organization. We love our work and want to be able to do it for years to come. This means that despite our relentless focus on impact and results for educators and students, we commit to maintaining a balance between work and other parts of our lives.

To Learn More About Teaching Lab 

To Apply

You can apply for the Project Manager (Content and Partnerships teams) role here.  Additional questions may be directed to jobs@teachinglab.org

Teaching Lab is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all team members.

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