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  • Date Posted
    • 10.17.17
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • New England
  • Role
    • National HQ
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Amherst, MA or Remote (Eastern or Central Time Zones)


EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) is expanding the definition of student achievement in diverse communities across the country, ensuring that all students master rigorous content, develop positive character, and produce high-quality work. We create great public schools where they are needed most, inspiring teachers and students to achieve more than they thought possible. Created over 20 years ago through the collaboration of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Outward Bound, EL Education’s research-based approach challenges and empowers teachers and students, transforming education in thousands of schools and districts across the country through a unique combination of rigor and joy in learning. Students’ impressive results encompass high academic achievement and college readiness, pride in the mastery of complex, authentic work, and a passion for contributing to a better world. As a mission-driven nonprofit organization, we work with all kinds of schools: district and charter from pre-K through 12th grade, serving populations that reflect the diversity of our country. We create powerful resources--including a literacy curriculum that has already been downloaded by teachers over six million times--and share an award-winning portfolio of educator-developed materials and masterful coaching with our 150+ school partners serving over 50,000 students in 30 states.  For more information, visit


Reporting to the Director of Leadership Development this role is part of the launch of a new initiative to support leadership development across  EL Education’s national network of schools. This initiative will cultivate a pipeline of highly qualified leaders ready to lead existing and new EL schools. The initiative does this by providing job-embedded professional learning for teachers, coaches, and administrators to develop and strengthen their leadership skills within the context of their current work. The initiative also places highly-qualified Fellows into year-long residencies at host schools. The Project Manager  will also support the Mentor School Initiative which pairs principals who are new to leading an EL Education school with highly-skilled leaders with partner schools.

The Project Manager’s responsibilities include supporting the development of the systems needed to launch and sustain this new initiative, from recruitment efforts to application and interview processes to data systems to partnerships with network schools.  The Project Manager will work most closely with the Director of Leadership Development but will also work with people across departments in EL Education to coordinate across a range of needs from communication and marketing to logistics planning, program development and evaluation, and recruitment.   This is a grant-funded position.

Recruitment, Application, and Selection Processes
Manage the logistics of recruitment, application, and selection processes for the Fellowship and Mentor School Initiatives. Maintain recruitment records and application documents.

Support the Director of Leadership Development in managing partnerships and the induction experience of new schools and their mentor schools.

Respond to inquiries from the field about new and ongoing initiatives. Be the first line of communication in answering questions and helping people learn about program offerings .

Data Management

Manage the logistics of data collection, maintenance, and customized reports related to leadership development initiatives.

Manage data systems to track developing leaders, existing leaders, and to support evaluation of the program over time.

Manage data systems to track experience and training needs of staff members.

Attend to data entry tasks and managerial details (e.g.., updating school contact information, school achievement data, sending out follow-up reminders to schools and institute participants and Fellows)

Communications and Marketing

Coordinate with Communications and Marketing departments to project manage marketing, recruitment and selection processes for the Fellowship.

Support the Director of Leadership Development in creating partner-facing Leadership Development Progression program materials in print, digital (e.g. PowerPoint, PDF), and online formats.

Coordinate systems to support communication with Mentor and Mentee schools, their school designers, and the Director of Leadership Development.

Program development and support

Support the Director of Leadership Development in developing case studies, videos, and other instructional materials for use in the Leadership Development Progression.

Coordinate the curation of a library of public and internal resources regarding leadership development.

Coordinate Program Partnerships and Grant Relationships

Project manage the tracking of all grant deliverables.

Support the Director of Leadership Development in coordinating relationships with peer leadership development organizations by identifying them in our target geographies, monitoring their practices, keeping them informed of relevant opportunities for their members. (i.e. send Fellowship recruitment materials, information about new programming, etc.)

Event Support

Provide logistical leadership for events and meetings including institutes, site visits, Fellowship mini-residencies, and other related programming:

Research and vet potential venues for meetings with internal staff and external partners

Handle details during negotiations with host schools, institute venues, recruiting events, and finalize details on event planning

Coordinate travel and lodging for national staff attending events as needed

Handle logistics on-site for occasional internal and external meetings

Coordinate with the director of online learning regarding Fellows digital performance assessments and ongoing virtual cohort meetings

Prepare materials to support the full range of program offerings , including institutes, site visits, quarterly performance evaluations for Fellows, surveys to participants in all programming, and all recruitment, application, and selection activities.

Coordinate dates for internal meetings as needed.

Administrative Support

Other duties as assigned.



Highly proficient in technology tools including the Google Apps, use of online calendar, MS Office Suite, Salesforce

Project management skills

Ability to use web-based collaboration tools (e.g., Google Hangout, Adobe Connect)

Strong communication skills including internal and external audiences

Logistical event planning for participants from a variety of settings

Familiarity with Salesforce preferred

Creating data systems/databases


Basic understanding of the education profession, workings of school districts, etc.

Background in K-12 education preferred


A minimum of 2 years work experience

High detail-orientation

A self-starter with demonstrated ability to take initiative

Ability to prioritize a number of concurrent tasks

Capacity for occasional travel - around 20% - including but not limited to 4 nights for October National Conference, 4 nights for May Staff Gathering, 4 nights for Mentor Institute/Leadership Induction Institute

Ability to set own daily schedule, prioritize a number of tasks

Service-oriented mindset

Ability to collaborate and match collaboration style to support dynamic and diverse team members

Comfort with working remotely by oneself and also being a part of highly interactive face-to-face events

Ability to work with a geographically dispersed organization

Professional demeanor

Ability to bring a spirit of joy and humor to challenges

Above all, compassion


Bachelor’s degree in communications, business administration or education preferred.

Work Location:

Candidate will preferably reside in the Amherst, MA area, however, qualified candidates residing in the Eastern Time or Central Time Zones will be considered.


We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a wide variety of benefits, including paid-time- off, 403b plan with employer match, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, and more.

Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.  Please submit your resume and one page cover letter in MS Word or PDF format by applying on our website.  In your cover letter, identify the position you are applying for “Project Manager for Leadership Development”  and how you heard of the job opening and EL Education.

No phone calls please. EL Education will respond only to finalist candidates.


EL Education seeks individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

EL Education provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.   EOE

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