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Project Manager, School Partnerships

  • Date Posted
    • 10.31.17
  • Organization
    • EL Education
  • Region
    • New England
  • Role
    • National HQ
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time


LOCATION:  Amherst, MA preferred/Remote candidates considered (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 25 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. EL Education works with all kinds of public schools: district and charter, from pre-K through 12th grade, serving populations that reflect the diversity of our country. It creates powerful resources--including its open-access literacy curriculum--provides masterful coaching and professional development, and shares a portfolio of award-winning, educator-developed materials. One reason for its success: its work is informed by decades of learning in its national network of over 150 high-achieving public schools.  For more information, visit


The Project Manager, School Partnerships is a new position at EL Education whose primary objective is to support the ongoing use and refinement of the management systems used to track new and existing school partnerships. These systems include management of the partnership development process with existing schools, tracking the pipeline and status of new schools that are starting from scratch (both charter and district) and monitoring schools as they move through the credentialing process. The Project Manager, School Partnerships will report to the Chief Schools Officer.

This is a grant-funded position.


New School Development: EL Education partners with local community leaders to create new schools from scratch. These include both charter schools and new district schools. It typically takes 18-24 months for a founding team to move through the New School Development process and the Project Manager will establish and utilize systems for tracking each school’s progress. The Project Manager will spend approximately 60% of his/her time on the following responsibilities:

Maintain accurate information regarding charter school application timelines and processes in our eight focused geographies

Manage internal and external resources associated with New School Development, ensuring accuracy and availability across teams

Design systems to track partnerships with various local groups and organizations supporting new school creation in our eight focused geographies

Manage a database of school start-up activities with each prospective school including archiving key documents and resources

Periodically create summary reports for CSO and other leaders, including Board of Directors, regarding new school development trends

Support coordination and logistics of local, regional and national convenings of school founders and/or design teams

Coordinate and manage communications between CSO and founders/design teams

Partnership Development with Existing Schools: In addition to starting new schools, EL Education also partners with existing schools to engage in a multi-year school improvement process. We establish new partnerships with approximately 8-10 school each year and follow a partnership development process that these schools engage in prior to a decision to join the network. During this phase EL Education staff assesses the readiness of the school to partner and the school faculty build their understanding of the EL Education model. The Project Manager  will spend approximately 20% of his/her time on the following responsibilities:

Manage annual Request for Partners process including distribution of RFP, monitoring of responses, communication with partners and internal review process

Manage resources associated with Partnership Development Process

Develop systems to ensure tracking of each step of the Partnership Development Process

School Credentialing Process: After 4-5 years of partnership, most schools are eligible to apply to be recognized an EL Education Credentialed School. This evidence-based process is designed to provide schools with the opportunity to demonstrate growth across multiple dimensions of student achievement. The credentialing process includes several steps and the Project Manager will spend approximately 20% of his/her time on the following responsibilities:

Coordinate and track application eligibility in conjunction with Research Team and Regional Directors and support ongoing communication across stakeholders

Manage systems to monitor where each school partner is in the formal credentialing application process

Maintain credentialing database and share information internally as needed with other departments needing information about credentialed schools

Manage resources associated with the school credentialing process

Periodically create summary reports for CSO and other leaders, including Board of Directors, regarding credentialing trends



Highly proficient in technology tools including the Google Apps, MS Office Suite, project management platforms (e.g. Smartsheets). Familiarity with Salesforce preferred

Exceptional project management skills including creating and maintaining data systems/databases

Ability to use and troubleshoot 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


Understanding of school start-up and transformation including familiarity with charter school development process

Basic understanding of EL’s Education’s approach to teaching and learning

Awareness of key issues facing the education profession broadly

Background in K-12 education preferred


A minimum of 2 years work experience in project management, education or related fields

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%

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

Ability to work with a geographically dispersed organization

Ability to bring a spirit of joy and humor to challenges


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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