Program Manager - Kansas City

Use your communication and organizational skills to help end educational inequality!

TNTP seeks a full-time Program Manager for the Kansas City Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools. This position can be based from a home office in Kansas City or the surrounding areas and is available January 2017.

Who We Are

TNTP is a national nonprofit founded by teachers that believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

This year, TNTP launches Kansas City Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools, a school leader development program. Our goal is to create a dream team of effective leaders for Kansas City district and charter schools through a one-year training and job-placement program that prepares the next generation of visionary principals to make college and career success a reality for every student who walks through their doors.

What You’ll Do

The Program Manager will lead the strategy and execution of program operations and services and drive the analysis of program data. The Program Manager will work closely with the PLUS team to ensure all candidates, teachers, and clients have an exceptional experience. Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate PLUS leader recruitment and selection including participating in application review, drafting communications, and running operations and logistics for interviews and selection days.
  • Plan and coordinate logistics for a 6-week summer training, as well as monthly professional development sessions and meetings, including drafting schedules and agendas, sending participant pre-work, securing meeting space, making copies, securing materials, etc.
  • Work with the PLUS team to cultivate and manage partnerships with CMOs and local district and charter schools, including all outreach, attending or hosting events, and following up on all communications.
  • Develop and coordinate program surveys, including teacher and principal feedback in order to gather feedback on the program.
  • Analyze program data including recruitment data, PLUS leader performance and evaluation data, and student achievement data from our participating schools.
  • Create program materials, including PowerPoint decks, marketing materials, handouts, and talking points for training sessions, meetings and events.
  • Provide additional project support, where needed.

What You Bring

We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level (a sense of humor and passion for good food are welcome too).

We expect the Program Manager to:

  • Embrace a fast-moving organization. Deadlines, changing priorities and new projects don’t overwhelm you. Instead, they inspire you to rise to the occasion.
  • Plan and execute smooth operations. Your planning will be the backbone of an efficient and productive program. The team will look to you to establish systems, develop project plans, and support implementation.
  • Deliver crisp, clean messages. Whether in writing or on the phone, your communications are articulate and concise. You understand your audience and know how to deliver inspiring messages and tough news with ease and tactful finesse.
  • Partner with education leaders. You’ll regularly interact with a variety of stakeholders, motivating them to make incremental change and take quantum leaps.
  • Be willing to step up to the plate. You’re eager to contribute and learn, and willing to help identify solutions independently.
  • Have an unwavering belief that ALL children can learn. A passion for education is essential to being successful in this role.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, including the ability to communicate well with stakeholders at all levels, and collaborate, attain and grow effective partnerships to meet common goals
  • Strong program or project management experience with extraordinary attention to detail and professionalism, and the ability to organize, plan, and execute multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to adapt to changes quickly, proposing and implementing thoughtful solutions
  • Demonstrated success in analyzing and interpreting quantitative data and diverse information and to make recommendations based on the findings, specifically using Excel and/or Access
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint required; Wiki space management experience preferred (Confluence)
  • Experience working in high-need schools or with high-needs populations (preferred)

What We Offer

TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance based bonus. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering 100% of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work each day. TNTP may also offer a relocation stipend to help defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and tailored cover letter online.

It’s in your best interest to apply as soon as possible. We recommend including a cover letter in your application addressing why you are interested in TNTP and how your experience has prepared you for this position. Please note that an offer of employment will be subject to the successful completion of a background check.

TNTP is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. TNTP does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other personal characteristic protected by applicable law.

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