Any of our Ed Partners office locations (Oakland, Central Valley, or Los Angeles)
California Education Partners is seeking a collaborative and improvement minded leader and strong relationship builder. Ed Partners Is looking for someone who is eager to help guide districts through a collaborative improvement process while working closely with a small group of colleagues as part of a team.
The Program Manager will be committed to Ed Partners’ organizational values, including the idea that traditional school districts can be important change agents, that the people within them are the experts on how to improve achievement for their students and that district leaders working collectively can learn from one another and solve problems in creative and impactful ways. S/he will have worked as a lead classroom educator and/or leader within an education-facing nonprofit or school organization and will be a seasoned professional with experience in group facilitation. Excellent communication skills are essential.
Under the direction of the Director of District to District Programs, the Program Manager acts as the lead for 1-2 district to district collaborations.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
Develop confidence and skill for leading improvement work in districts
Lead and or/participate in two-day Improvement Convenings (conferences) three times a year, plus an Annual Summit
Regularly share resources with district teams and connect districts to field experts
Translate best practices in continuous improvement work (including but not limited to improvement science) for district participants
Develop relationships with, and a deep understanding of, the districts we support in order to best meet their individual needs in service of system improvement and collaboration Aims
Lead and/or participate in in-person and virtual opportunities that support individual districts
Work collaboratively with operations and program staff to manage and design meeting planning and logistics, both internal and external (this includes meeting agendas, materials, attendance, online updates, and serve as a point of contact for collaboration specific outside partners
Regularly share and connect districts to resources, other district teams, and field experts, both in and across Ed Partners’ collaborations
Use evidence from coaching engagements, improvement plans, and other district or collaboration data to determine meeting and programmatic requirements, pre-work synthesis and post-meeting assessments in order to ensure differentiated support and alignment with the District to District Model and Approach
Maintain program information, including users and contacts, meeting documentation, program calendars, district improvement progress, and other relevant data through monthly coaching engagements and support with district Leads and teams
Support district collaborative and continuous improvement work through Change Ideas and proven practices that have been identified by collaboration thought partners and research to accelerate systems and student improvement
Assist with the development, use, and analysis of program outcome data and surveys
Use technologies to advance program goals in alignment with organizational mission and standards
Work collaboratively with the Director of District to District Program and District to District program staff to iterate and improve our Model and Approach in a way that best meets the needs of individual districts, collaborations, and our organizational mission.
Work with all Ed Partners’ staff to support collaboration and internal program needs as they arise
Effectively represent the organization in multiple professional settings
*Duties and responsibilities may change. All California Education Partners employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Program Manager will be:
District level experience preferred
Passionate about the mission and vision of the organization
Able to plan from the participant’s perspective, fostering an environment that encourages growth through working together by creating an inclusive space for conversation and mutual understanding.
Able to coach others to learn from one another by helping individuals and teams define their own learning questions and by using tools and techniques that support others in reflecting on progress.
Able to use the power of the written and spoken word, along with nonverbal communication to ensure mutual understanding
Motivated by a mindset centered around improvement, innovation and creative problem solving.
Focused on impact by helping define success criteria and measures of project success.
Culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands the effects of race, class, ethnicity, income, and other issues of difference in our society and has personally worked in similar communities to those Ed Partners’ districts serve.
Confident and credible while exhibiting composure and humility even when under pressure.
Dynamic and versatile, able to engage a variety of individuals and work in a clear, compelling, and authentic manner about the organization’s vision and priorities.
Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
About California Education Partners
California Education Partners (Ed Partners) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that supports leadership teams from district school systems across California in a process that allows them to learn from one another and address their common challenges in new and powerful ways, and, in doing so, to build a lasting culture of improvement. Ed Partners brings together leaders to innovate, improve and build internal capacity as learning organizations so they can serve all students well today and into the future. Ed Partners’ role is to facilitate and empower educators to work together and learn from each other as they work to improve their effectiveness for the children they serve.