Organization The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. CCSSO seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
Summary The Senior Project Manager will serve as the primary lead to oversee and manage CCSSO’s role in the Coalition to Advance Future Student Success, from planning and budgeting to execution of deliverables. The challenges of the global health crisis over the past year laid bare the need for fundamental changes in K-12 education. The unprecedented injection of federal emergency relief funds presents an opportunity to transform the U.S. school system. To chart a path forward, CCSSO helped launched the Coalition to Advance Future Student Success, bringing together 12 leading education organizations that represent leaders from practitioners in the classroom to the state capitol working together to ensure this moment of transformation brings about greater equity and outcomes for students in the U.S. CCSSO seeks an individual with extensive experience in project management and the skill set necessary to manage, communicate, and budget across multiple external organizations and internal CCSSO teams. The Senior Project Manager will serve as the primary lead to execute on the goals set for the Coalition over the next three years, track progress against those goals, and communicate across various stakeholder groups to ensure success.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities Project Management and Oversight
Develop project plan(s) to manage and execute on the goals, deliverables and outcomes aligned with the success of the Coalition for Future Student Success.
Host project meetings with internal CCSSO team, external stakeholders supporting the work, and schedule and host all meetings for the Coalition and related advisory group.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with representatives of Coalition organizations.
Provide frequent feedback and project updates verbally and in writing to ensure internal and external team members remain on track to deliver against the project goals, deliverables and outcomes.
Oversee the project deliverables and manage all deadlines to ensure the project stays on budget and in keeping with the goals and objectives. Ensure all other team members assigned to this project stay on task and meet deliverables.
Create processes and protocols to manage with internal CCSSO team, external stakeholders supporting the work, and to provide regular communications and feedback loops with members of the Coalition and related advisory group.
Lead the effort to create streamlined processes to collect, share and disseminate resources among Coalition members and other organizations that are aligned with the 10-point framework.
Supervise two project managers to support the successful execution of the project over the next three years. Oversee regular feedback and performance reviews.
Serve as the primary point of contact for the Coalition project internally and collaborate with teams across the Council, including but not limited to working with executive, communications, federal relations, equity, meetings, and income development teams, to ensure the project remains aligned with organizational goals and priorities.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of seven (7) years’ work experience.
5+ years of project management experience.
PMP certification preferred
3+ years in a supervisory role. Experience managing or supervising in a remote environment preferred.
Experience in planning projects with large data sets and making decisions for data-driven analytics.
Demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate ideas.
Proven leadership skills.
Ability to balance and prioritize multiple projects and priorities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be able to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have created or used charts, spreadsheets, and databases. The individual must have experience with project management platforms, such as Asana or similar. Successful incumbents are proficient at using Zoom, Outlook, and Intranet/Internet tools.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Teleworking is allowed but essential job duties will include occasional visits to the DC office; therefore, the individual holding this position must be available, as needed, to travel to the DC metropolitan area. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
This position is grant funded for three years from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2024.
Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individual with Disabilities
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.