The Project on Mayoral Leadership in Education is a community of mayors and senior city leaders in cities where there is a portfolio of public schools including charters and other autonomous schools. The community is focused on the mayor's role in education reform, exploring better ways to navigate the political, policy, accountability, and equity considerations that cities face as the landscape of education innovation evolves. The Mayoral Leadership in Education network leverages the Ash Center's ongoing work on public sector innovation and deep connections to city leaders to provide frameworks, tools, and practices related to leadership and collaboration across sectors, mayoral mechanisms for accountability, building capacity for leveraging data and evidence, ensuring equity and fairness across the city, engaging members of the community, and more.
Reporting to the Associate Director for Practitioner Communities, the Project Manager provides high-level coordination of the Project on Mayoral Leadership in Education and other programs and research initiatives to help mayors and senior leaders drive innovation and change in their cities. The Project Manager's primary responsibility is to ensure that the Mayoral Leadership in Education community engages participants in timely and substantive discourse and in peer learning opportunities to build up the mayor's role in education reform and increase local capacity for greater innovation and performance in schools.
Specifically, the Project Manager coordinates the efforts of faculty and project collaborators to engage a senior-level advisory committee; to identify, invite and onboard mayors and others representing their city; and to develop a research agenda and content strategy. The Project Manager is responsible for planning, executing, and ensuring the quality of multiple high-level convenings per year, from building agendas to catering; maintaining regular communication with participating cities; and organizing between-convening activities (e.g. regular check-ins, gathering and sharing news/updates, webinars, conference calls, distributing helpful resources).
The Project Manager builds on trusted relationships and regular communication to capture best practices and lessons learned, working closely with Innovations Program colleagues to translate these learnings into high-quality knowledge products and broadly disseminate them through our existing platforms and channels. Written deliverables that the Project Manager plays a direct role in creating include case studies, analyses of key challenges and successes, and briefs on topics of high value to participants and the wider education community. The Project Manager develops and manages summer internships and other opportunities for students to engage with participating cities, build and maintain important relationships with scholars and others across the university studying related topics, and serve as the key liaison for collaboration with the donor. The Project Manager works closely with the Associate Director of Practitioner Communities to share information and contacts across the various networks and contributes to other workshops, conferences, and programming for city leaders and scholars, and other responsibilities as required.
This is a benefits eligible, term appointment for two years from date of hire, with possibility of renewal.
The Ash Center is a vibrant and values-driven community. We are committed to diversity and welcome people of varied backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and disciplines. We actively seek applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans, persons with disabilities and underrepresented backgrounds
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
BA/BS degree and 4+ years of progressively responsible experience.
The ideal candidate has experience and passion for urban governance, education innovation, and supporting elected officials or senior government leaders. Familiarity with literature on education reform. Demonstrated leadership, management, and organizational skills. Self-motivated, creative and passionate about building community, managing relationships, and planning events for high-level individuals and groups. Demonstrated capacity to manage multiple projects, tasks, and the associated budgets; set priorities and meet deadlines; and maintain high standards. Demonstrated ability to work well both independently with minimal supervision and on a collaborative team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills along with strong troubleshooting skills.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 47795BR
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