The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Manager of Academic Programs will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is seeking a Manager of Academic Programs to lead our Project Management Team, a sub-team of the Academics Team. The Manager will supervise Associates serving in logistical support roles for the Partnership’s 30+ person Academics Team, and support the project management of multiple academic program work streams. The larger Academics Team spends the majority of its time working closely with teachers and school leaders, and is set up for success with the support of highly organized and proactive Academics Team Associates (i.e. the Project Management Team).

The Manager’s core duties and responsibilities will include leading Project Management Team work through the planning and delegation of academic program supports, coordinating consistent alignment across Project Management Team projects, and leading the execution of logistics support for team events, including large and small group professional development. The Manager will support Academics Team associates in developing project management skills necessary to develop and manage project plans, communicate effectively with school staff and vendors, and work closely with the Finance and Business Affairs team to manage purchasing, bookkeeping, and effective practices for accounting to ensure the Academics Team’s budgets are well utilized in service of our mission. The Manager will ensure high levels of service and satisfaction across a broad range of stakeholders, including school leaders, teachers, district officials, elected officials, vendors, funders, and the partnership home office team. This individual will serve as a key member of the Partnership staff and have a significant impact on the team’s capacity to meet its ambitious goals.



The Manager’s key responsibilities include the following:

  • Lead Project Management Team in the planning and execution of logistics, event management, and project management supports for the Academics Team. (60%)

    • In collaboration with the Sr. VP of Leadership Development, set the strategic direction for the Project Management Team’s work 

    • Oversee the Project Management Team’s execution of major events, such as the Partnership’s annual Summer and Winter Institutes, which serves over 300 attendees.

    • Oversee the Project Management Team’s systems for event logistics support, ensuring materials, venue, tools, catering, and communications are well managed and result in exceptional quality of audience experience for all scheduled Academics Team related meetings, professional development seminars, and events

    • Manage A Team and org accounting and budget management systems 

  • Coordinate alignment of the Project Management Team’s work streams. (20%)

    • Build psychological safety and strong team culture, and support the individual growth and development of Academics Team Associates through the coordination of weekly 1:1 check ins and regular Project Management team meetings.

  • Work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders, including Partnership home office staff, school staff across the Partnership’s 19 schools, LA Unified School District staff and leadership, funders, and other partners (15%)

    • Collaborate across teams, such as the Finance and Business Affairs Team, to innovate and develop project management systems that effectively support the work of the larger Academics Team and ensure high levels of stakeholder satisfaction

    • Manage communications with external audiences, and consistently serving as a strong ambassador for the organization

  • Maintain and act as an ambassador of the Partnership home office’s knowledge management systems to ensure codification and archiving of our collective work (5%)


The ideal candidate will have:

Shared Beliefs

  • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.

  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership students.

  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members

  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students

  • Reflective and a life-long learner

  • Strong work ethic

  • Highest level of integrity

  • Unwavering commitment to the advancement of opportunities for Black and Brown youth;
    belief that growing current and future teachers’ knowledge, skills, and social-emotional learning is one pathway to support young people in our schools to thrive

  • Belief that education transforms lives and that every student deserves the opportunity to go to college

  • A positive outlook, flexibility, and a sense of possibility in stressful situations




  • 3 years experience managing complex projects, managing resources and budgets, and achieving exceptional results  

  • 1-3 years experience as a manager, supervising at least 1 team member

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

  • Exposure to public schools, school systems, or education support organizations preferred (e.g. through work as a Teaching Assistant, City Year corps member, school staff member or teacher)

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university


Required Skills

  • Strong project management skills with the ability to produce and utilize project management tools, effectively managing many moving pieces at once

  • Drive for producing excellent results and innovating tools and systems when needed

  • Consistent interest in learning and developing new skills and ways of approaching the work

  • Excellent communication skills - i.e. verbal, written, and interpersonal

  • Ability to manage a team with a focus on creating a psychologically safe team culture through advocacy and support of supervisee’s building rapport, developing trust, and clearly communicating with empathy 

  • Collaborative; works well with a diverse, talented team of educators and colleagues

  • Ability to self-manage, balance competing demands, and determine top priorities independently

  • Great attention to detail and ability to consistently produce high quality work

  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as the suite of Google apps including Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides

  • Consistent access to a vehicle to use for work, including travel to and between school sites and the office, and transporting supplies for events.

  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred



The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization.

The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.



Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here.

For technical assistance or questions, please email Melanie Liu (melanie.liu@partnershipla.org).

Department: Academic
This is a full time position

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