Project Manager of STEM Investments

Boston, MA, US
Aug 30, 2019
***This position is an anticipated vacancy. It is expected to be vacant by 8/30/2019. However, the current incumbent has a right to rescind their retirement, leave, or resignation up until the day of the expected vacancy date. Your hire will not be confirmed until the position is vacated, and you may start the year as a Long-Term Substitute if the position does not become vacant by the start of the school year.***

BPS Office of Academics is seeking a Project Manager of STEM Investments

REPORTS TO : Executive Director of STEM Programming


Founded in 1647, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is the oldest public school district in the country. With approximately 57,000 students from more than 114 different countries, nearly 10,000 employees (including 4,800 teachers) and an annual budget of $1 Billion, BPS is the largest school district in Massachusetts and one of the most diverse as well.


Boston Public Schools' Office of Academics seeks a talented and versatile professional to contribute to advancing the district's priorities - expanding excellence and eliminating opportunity gaps. This position will support the Executive Director in communication with donors as well stakeholders; facilitate the development, execution, or delegation of a wide variety of projects; and support the Academics team in daily operations. The Project Manager delivers project management and implementation support for key organizational initiatives as assigned by the Executive Director of STEM Programming. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written; have excellent judgment; and have the ability to manage a fast-paced and multi-faceted workload with attention to detail. This individual should be a self-starter with the ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and projects. The Project Manager of STEM Investments will be expected to maintain confidentiality and exhibit discretion and professionalism in all activities.


Team Operations
  • Support key STEM initiatives and projects from the Office of Academics, selected special projects that require cross-functional engagement with key staff across the organization, and with external stakeholders, as appropriate

Project Management
  • As project manager, your job would be to plan, budget, oversee and document all aspects of the project. You would also be required to work with the various stakeholders involved to make sure that the scope and direction of the project is on schedule and required support is taken care of.
  • Coordinate internal resources and third parties for flawless execution.
  • Ensure deliverables are on time, within scope and within budget.
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Develop a detailed project plan to track progress
  • Manage changes in scope, schedule, costs etc.
  • Manage the relationship with all stakeholders and third parties/vendors
  • Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation

  • Contribute towards achieving maximum productivity by providing high level administrative support to the Executive Director of STEM Programming including managing a complex and detailed calendar, coordinating travel arrangements, drafting presentations, drafting briefing papers and/or compiling pertinent background materials, and ensuring appropriate and effective communications with BPS and external stakeholders
  • Candidates with good leadership, time management, budgeting, analytical skills.
  • Solid organizational skills, attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills
Qualifications - Required:
  • Bachelor's Degree or 2-3 years experience in related field
  • Track record of thinking conceptually and mastering complex subject matter quickly
  • Track record of taking initiative in managing competing organizational and departmental priorities and to work effectively under pressure when facing short deadlines.
  • Research, writing, analytical and organizational skills, and the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear, concise and logical manner.
  • Capable of maintaining confidentiality
  • Good judgment, discretion, tact and the ability to work easily with senior leaders within the charitable, government, and business sectors.
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and ability to converse easily with prominent academics and significant leaders in the nonprofit and philanthropic community.
  • Ability to partner well with colleagues both in and outside of the organization.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with central office staff to expedite work
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain positive relationships with investors and key stakeholders
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publishing software, and database management
  • Work cross-functionally and collaboratively with the Executive Director in the coordination of major projects within BPS and between BPS and the City of Boston
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Superintendent, Chief of Academics, and Executive Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities
  • Current authorization to work in the United States - Candidates must have such authorization by their first day of employment
Qualifications- Preferred:
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Knowledge of the charitable and philanthropic sector

TERMS: Managerial Tier C. This position is subject to the City of Boston residency requirement.

The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals' dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.

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