Program Manager

Foundation for California Community Colleges | REMOTE

About Job

100% Remote within California; Must reside in California

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is on a mission to double its impact in the next 10 years. We are a group of relentless optimists and innovators in education, working collaboratively with public and private partners to help improve the student experience and expand pathways to economic and social mobility in communities across California. We are seeking a Program Manager to join the Foundation in its mission of benefitting, supporting, and enhancing the California Community Colleges—the largest and most diverse system of higher education in the nation.

What You’ll Do

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Program Manager (Program Development Officer) will have primary responsibility for providing key technical development assistance to approximately 20-30 Learning Lab-funded projects. The Program Development Officer will also assist with development of new grant opportunities, communication and outreach strategies, conferences/convenings, and professional networks and communities integral to the success of the Learning Lab. The Program Development Officer will perform research and analysis relating to California higher education, including higher education innovation, technology use and opportunities, effective and culturally responsive pedagogy, and assessment.

What You Bring

  • Serve as the primary contact for a portfolio of 20-30 Learning Lab funded projects, providing grantees technical assistance and increasing their project’s potential.
  • Identify and develop additional tools and/or resources to help grantees effectively document their project progress and outcomes, and provide feedback to grantees on progress and outcomes.
  • Review bi-annual progress reports and quarterly expenditure reports submitted by the project teams to ensure progress and compliance, and work collaboratively with grantees to identify solutions to budget and nonbudget-related issues.
  • Synthesize the status of projects within the portfolio and disseminate results through reports—such as Learning Lab’s annual report to the legislature—presentations, briefings, and other forms of communication.
  • Conduct research and interviews related to and in support of the development of new grant opportunities; and document the findings of this research.
  • Work with staff and the Learning Lab Advisory Council to develop requests for proposals and further Learning Lab’s goals.
  • Develop communication and outreach strategies to engage professional networks and communities integral to Learning Lab’s success.

Attributes for Success

  • Understanding of or interest in higher education technology systems and tools.
  • Understanding of or interest in online/hybrid education.
  • Understanding of or interest in pedagogical/education-based research.
  • Understanding of California’s public higher education system preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent work ethic/entrepreneurial ethic.
  • Ability to work remotely and navigate various technology platforms (Zoom, MS Office Suite, Teams, Outlook, Asana, Google Suite, database programs, etc.).
  • Passionate about providing students with stronger pathways to education and building a more just and equitable California overall.
  • A self-starter and quick learner who is highly motivated and outcome-oriented, always seeking innovative approaches to project execution.
  • A strategic and creative thinker who can problem-solve, working within and across teams to swiftly respond to needs identified across the California Community Colleges.
  • Practices ownership, takes accountability, and has the ability to project manage, prioritize tasks, and deliver quality products on time with limited supervision.
  • Ability to work on a fast-paced team and build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, the California Community College system and the Foundation’s mission.