Feb 23, 2022

Senior Manager of Program

  • Massachusetts Alliance for Early College
  • Remote (Massachusetts, USA)
Full-time Consulting Education

Job Description

Who We Are

Founded in January 2022, the Massachusetts Alliance for Early College (MA4EC) is a cross-sector coalition focused on dramatically increasing the number of students with access to high-quality Early College in Massachusetts. The Alliance believes that increasing access to Early College is key to promoting college and career success and closing equity gaps. Learn more about the Alliance on our website here.

Position Summary

Be a member of the Alliance’s founding team to support the growth of high quality Early College programming throughout Massachusetts. Early College is a proven effective practice for significantly improving students’ likelihood to earn college degrees, in particular for students from historically underserved populations. Early College is gaining momentum in MA and  shows early evidence of significant student success, but it’s not yet reaching enough students to make a meaningful dent in the state’s yawning college success equity gap for students of color and students from low income homes.

In this role, you will help lead the Alliance’s efforts to support program development through high quality capacity building and program quality support with new and growing programs. Your leadership in driving strong programs is a key piece of achieving the Alliance’s ambitious goal: Early College will double the college degree attainment rate for students of color and from low income homes, and benefit thousands of students beyond that. We will look for candidates who bring excellent project management and consulting-type skill sets. While experience in Early College settings would be helpful, it is not required - you will work with others who have significant Early College experience to fill in technical capabilities. As part of this role, you will receive coaching and mentorship from experienced leaders and interact with a wide range of leaders, practitioners, and stakeholders in the field.

The location for this position is flexible within Massachusetts. In this position, and pending public health conditions, this role will include travel to visit Early College sites throughout the

Commonwealth.

How You’ll Help

In this role, you will play a key role in advancing the work of the Massachusetts Alliance for Early College by working across key priority projects aligned to our capacity building and program quality strategy.  Your work will vary based on the needs of the Alliance and will include the following:

Strategy Development: Work with Alliance Leadership

  • Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and key internal and external partners to implement and continually revise a capacity building and program quality plan with related goals as part of a multi-year strategy

Program Support: Work Directly with Existing and Emerging Early College Programs

  • Play a lead role in supporting districts, higher education institutions, and programs with whom the Alliance plays a capacity building and program quality support role

  • Provide project planning, project management, analytical support, and hands-on consulting to new and growing Early College programs

  • Support new Early Colleges in the design, launch, and implementation phases; support existing Early Colleges deepen and grow; support innovative practices across schools

  • Project manage these engagements, including the development of project plans, setting of project goals and evaluation, regular meetings with program teams, problem solving, and tracking toward key deliverables

  • Partner with other Alliance members in these efforts

Knowledge Management: Learning About, Codifying, and Sharing Best Practices

  • Understand the Early College landscape and context in Massachusetts, including enablers and barriers to successful programs and strong student outcomes

  • Support the creation of key, high quality one-pagers and decks for Early College efforts to be used for a variety of stakeholder efforts

  • Keep up to date and informed on national and local research and press; effectively tracking and managing resources for knowledge management and team resources

  • Compile research briefs and memos on relevant topics to inform the Alliance’s point of view on effective and emerging best practices and innovations

  • Partner with the Senior Manager of Community and Engagement in creating content for traditional and social media efforts aimed at informing and engaging the Alliance’s membership base

Being a key member of the Alliance team

  • Participate as a key member of the Alliance team and take part in all aspects of Alliance work as appropriate

  • Provide leverage and capacity to the Alliance on other initiatives as needed

Who You Are

  • You are knowledgeable about the intersection of education and equity, and deeply committed to supporting transformational outcomes for students across race and class

  • You are highly organized, and your strong project management skills allow you to manage complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and tight deadlines to high standards

  • You thrive in a rapidly-evolving entrepreneurial environment, and recognize that resourcefulness and effective communication skills are key to your success in driving towards high-quality outcomes

  • You enjoy being an individual contributor, but also part of a nimble team and are able to quickly and effectively build strong relationships and influence others

  • You make time to reflect on your work in order to continually improve your effectiveness and know how to self-advocate in order to get the support you need

  • You are excited about joining a new entity, and are ready to use your broad skill-set to help further establish the Alliance in Massachusetts

Qualifications

  • Experience in strategic consulting or education consulting preferred but not required

  • Experience with change management, college success programming, and/or high school redesign preferred but not required

  • Excellence project management skills

  • Track record of taking initiative to successfully manage ambiguous and complex projects involving multiple components and stakeholders

  • Demonstrated interest in educational equity and passion for racial equity and social justice

  • Experience working within diverse communities and building relationships with a variety of key stakeholders

  • Demonstrated ability to build successful relationships with teammates, partners, external organizations, and education leaders

  • Dynamic and effective prioritization skills, enabling strong, on-time completion of multiple projects with shifting timelines

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to translate ideas into clear, compelling documents for multiple audiences and multiple levels of decision-making (e.g., in PowerPoint and Word formats)

  • BA/BS or advanced degree preferred

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this role is $80,000 per year. The Massachusetts Alliance for Early College offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, and life and disability insurance.

We support equal opportunity and value building the diversity of our team as we grow. We seek individuals of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and creeds to support our organization’s work and encourage individuals from historically under-represented backgrounds to apply.


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