The Program Manager will be responsible for managing and collaborating on grant related activities associated with middle and high school partnerships in the humanities at Lucas Education Research. Primary responsibilities include serving as an LER liaison and project manager for selected partnerships in the humanities, reviewing curriculum and professional development programs, and contributing to strategy and protocol around research methodology and scaling educational initiatives. The ideal candidate will have prerequisite knowledge of research methods to support each phase of research (design, replication, and validation) in addition to teaching experience. In this position, the Program Manager will provide conceptual, technical, and project leadership related to partnerships as well as managing workflow toward an aggressive timeline and solving problems as they arise. The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director and engage in projects with other LER staff.
- Manage the daily workflow of projects, including utilizing processes and protocols to support grant making activities, including problem-solving as challenges arise
- Create protocols and processes for data collection, curriculum revision, and professional development revision to support project improvement work
- Collaborate with internal and external partners, including technology integration advisors, portal development team, teachers, district leaders, and researchers
- Provide strategy around research methods, specifically educational improvement science (i.e. networked improvement communities)
- Review curriculum and professional development programs across LER projects
- Support the continuous improvement of curriculum and professional development programs across LER projects. In doing so, contribute educational expertise and advise on the implementation of programs
- Research opportunities for the integration of technology in project-based learning
- Design and manage focus groups, interviews and surveys to collect data on projects
- Analyze data from the LER online curriculum portal
- Provide feedback on team projects and recommend revisions to LER projects
- Provide regular updates with the Executive Director of Lucas Education Research
- Opportunities to present to the Board of the Foundation 1-2 times each year
- Present out on LER’s work at internal and external conferences, convenings, and meetings
- Plan internal and external meetings as appropriate. Examples have included recommending advisors on technology integration or social and emotional learning in project-based learning, designing an agenda, and managing logistics associated with the advisory group.
- Represent LER at meetings, conferences, discussions with partners, and professional development sessions. Examples have included representing LER at education conferences, meeting with researchers on improvement science and project-based learning, presenting to the Board about the LER online curriculum portal, and presenting to Edutopia for a brownbag lunch session.
- Recommend potential teacher participants in research studies and manage communications with teachers. Examples have included leading the coordination of focus groups and user testing for the LER online curriculum portal and identifying and onboarding teachers for one of the user groups on the portal.
- Research and share information with the team relating to improvement science and project-based learning. This involves the exercise of discretion and judgment about which studies and opportunities are most relevant to furthering LER projects by leveraging specialized knowledge about research and education.
Education & Experience:
- Master’s in Education
- At least two years of teaching experience, preferably in the humanities
- At least two years of experience with research related to best practices in education, and understanding of relevant issues and current trends in schools related to the humanities and civic engagement.
- At least two years of experience in project management.
- Experience with a range of research methodologies, including: improvement science or design-based implementation research (DBIR), experimental and quasi-experimental designs, mixed methods research, survey development, interviews, and focus grouping.
- Ideal candidates will have exposure to teacher leadership and/or administration of educational programs as well as experience with the administration of research programs.
- Superior writing, editing, research, analysis, and presentation skills in a jargon-free and accessible format.
- Excellent project management skills in individual and group work situations, including demonstrated ability to manage multiple short-range and long-term projects simultaneously and meet all deadlines.
- Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of groups including technical, professional, and executive audiences.
Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Commuter, Life, 403b with match.