POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Partnership is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented, and experienced individual to join the Partnership’s K-12 Mathematics and Project Management teams. The primary responsibilities for this role will be supporting the Partnership’s systems change efforts to support high-need schools in Los Angeles, with a particular focus on the scaling of effective curriculum implementation systems to LAUSD schools outside of the Partnership network. 

The Project Manager, Curriculum Systems Advising will play an important role in our systems change work, which is focused on removing barriers and scaling successes for school transformation. The ideal candidate for the Project Manager, Curriculum Systems Advising role would be an extremely well-organized, experienced and competent project manager, who will serve as the lead in coordinating all meetings, events, and logistics related to the Partnership’s curriculum scaling workstream. Working alongside the Director of Curriculum Systems Advising, the Project Manager will be responsible for managing a multi‐year grant funded project to support implementation of high‐quality middle grades mathematics curricula in Los Angeles Unified. 

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 Project Manager, Curriculum Systems Advising will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

This position will require being in schools occasionally throughout the fall when they reopen, but working remotely otherwise, as the Partnership home office remains closed. That said, given the Curriculum Systems Advising’s work deep ties to Los Angeles Unified and likely need for in-person meetings in the future, this position requires living in the Los Angeles area.
 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Project Manager of Curriculum Systems Advising’s key duties and responsibilities include the following areas: 

  • Co-develop and execute on project plans with Director of Curriculum Systems Advising and Vice President of School Transformation (5%)

  • Makes connections across meetings, coordinates actions appropriately, and leads/initiates action steps in alignment with project plan (10%)

  • Lead project management, including managing budget and resources, communicating with key stakeholders, planning and executing logistics, creating and managing an organized knowledge management system, and event management, in coordination with grant partners (40%)

    • Manage calendaring and logistics for senior project staff 

    • Oversee execution of events, including large-scale professional development sessions, partner meetings, and support of other Partnership-led annual events 

  • Coordinate alignment and direct communications between Partnership staff and partners involved in curriculum implementation projects (LAUSD leadership, LD staff, school sites, home office, curriculum providers, consultants, Gates Foundation)  (30%)

    • Manage communications with external audiences and serve as a strong ambassador for the organization

    • Serve as lead facilitator for meetings associated with the grant project, facilitating meetings between external partners and internal Partnership staff

  • Work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders inside and outside the Partnership, including home office staff, school staff, LA Unified staff and leadership, funders, and partner organizations (15%)

 

QUALIFICATIONS

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

  • Unmatched work ethic

  • Highest level of integrity

 

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university 

  • 3-5 years of project management (or related work) experience (education organization or other professional setting preferred)

  • Prior knowledge  and work within the K-12 education space 

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment

  • Experience working closely with senior leaders, including pushing toward ambitious deadlines and laterally managing toward shared goals

  • 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)

  • Familiarity with high-quality mathematics and ELA curriculum is a plus

 

Skills:

  • Someone who thrives in a start-up and entrepreneurial environment, who loves setting up systems, and thrives in uncertainty 

  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail: stays on top of multiple projects and complex workstreams, plans backwards, anticipates obstacles, identifies and involves stakeholders appropriately

  • Relationship-building: proven track record of connecting with individuals and building alliances with senior leaders, colleagues, partners, and community members 

  • Strong communication skills: exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Results-orientation: track record of producing results and persevering despite obstacles 

  • Strategic thinking: will be important helper in identifying opportunities, but will not necessarily drive strategic direction

  • Research skills: able to monitor trends and develop fluency in curriculum and related issues

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

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 note: This role is funded through a grant, and as mentioned above, is helping us to explore the long-term possibilities of fee-for-service work. As such, this position has guaranteed funding for three years, and will be re-evaluated at the close of the grant.

 

TO APPLY

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 Francisco Villegas francisco.villegas@partnershipla.org.

Department: Academic
This is a full time position

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