Program Manager, State Solution Delivery

Portland, OR, US
Feb 17, 2021
Program Manager , State Solution Delivery

About this role...

As a Program Manager, you are responsible for executing state level programs by leading across functional teams in a loosely matrixed environment . Utilizing industry best practices, y ou will be responsible for planning and implementing complex and large-scale activities. This position works with other partner-facing members of the organization to include sales, technical support, custom reporting, and professional learning. This is an individual contributor role that requires a commitment to personal professional growth in both program management and leadership. NWEA offers a competitive compensation and outstanding benefits package for this full-time position. Candidates may work remotely from any location within the U.S.

About the Program and Contract Management Team...

The Program and Contract Management team is responsible for the vision and communication surrounding the execution of all program and contractual components. With demonstrated knowledge in project and program management, with a focus on sustainability and profitability, this team leverages tact and organization to ensure the program deliverables stay aligned with the expectations of our stakeholders. T he Program and Contract Management team comprised of dedicated PMP-certified and program-focused individuals located across the United States. They are dedicated to both the partners we serve and the work that we do and strive for excellence and raising the bar in delivery of our products and services. They are collaborators, problem-solvers, leaders and strong communicators. The Program Management Team is responsible for leading the contracts for partners at the State level.

Must haves...

  • Demonstrated program management skills in accordance with those outlined by PMI
  • Demonstrated experience working with and leading matrixed teams
  • Strong verbal , presentation, and written communication skills
  • Must possess passion for education and partner-focused attitude
  • W illing to learn and seek out new information quickly and apply to program
  • Define, plan and manage the program from end to end , to include produc ing thorough, complete, and timely documentation, including agendas, meeting notes, and customized partner content maintained in a shared document repository (e.g., SharePoint)
  • Collaborate with program stakeholders to create/maintain program schedule
  • Ability to track and ensure completion of open actions
  • K eep program management leadership informed of potential risks, active issues, missed deadlines, or partner dissatisfaction
  • Coordinate status of projects into program reporting to internal and external stakeholders, including custom contractual reports
  • Hold face to face status meetings , providing supporting documentation as appropriate
  • A bility to be a self-starter and manage work and establish relationships from a remote location and while traveling
  • If a remote worker, m ust have dedicated office spac e
  • Ability to embrace and lead change in a growing organizatio n
  • Must have the ability to travel, up to 2 5% , sometimes at irregular intervals

Traits for success...

  • Plan and align: Plan an d prioritizes work to meet commitments aligned with organizational and program goals
  • Manage complexity: Make sense of complex high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems to include process analysis and improvement
  • Action oriented: Take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
  • Communicate effectively: Develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding
  • Customer focus: Build strong internal and external relationships to deliver partner-centric solutions
  • Drive results: Consistent achieve results even under tough circumstances
  • Collaborate: Build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • Instill trust: Gain the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Demonstrate self-awareness: Use a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Manage ambiguity: Operate efficiently when things are not certain, or the way forward is not clear

Education and experience...

  • Bachelor's degree is required
  • PMP preferred
  • Familiarity with NWEA products and services preferred
  • Strong knowledge of the K-12 education market
  • Minimum 3 years practical experience in program management with demonstrated results
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite including SharePoint ; MS Project required
  • Experience in using Salesforce preferred
  • Experience working with on-line, secure assessment delivery systems

About us...

NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency-and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K-12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 146 countries.

What we can offer you...

At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15% contribution of eligible employees' base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees' holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.

NWEA strives to make diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) practices the center of our work. Our organization's mission, Partnering to Help All Kids Learn, is the foundation for our DEIA commitment as we work to reflect, value, and support the educators, students, colleagues, and communities we serve. We seek to empower and engage all stakeholders in the research, services, solutions and products we provide, our organizational culture, and the partnerships we establish with schools, districts, states, and countries.

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NWEA™ is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please visit our website.
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