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Project Manager

for Capitol Impact in Sacramento, CA USA


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CORE Districts

  • Location: California (work from home in California)

  • Type: Full time



CORE Districts is a nonprofit organization focused on raising student achievement through collaboration between eight California school districts.  CORE is in an exciting phase of program growth and development, and we are seeking a Project Manager to manage a portfolio of projects whose successful execution will support CORE?s in advancing the understanding and use of Improvement Science in CORE?s Improvement Communities. The Project Manager will leverage people, processes, and technologies to develop and monitor project plans in collaboration with CORE staff and stakeholders to conduct analysis, identify challenges, and present solutions that result in delivery of program requirements in a timely manner. 


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Manager will work collaboratively with CORE program leads, CORE staff, and school district and research partners.  We are seeking a proactive learner who is passionate about CORE?s mission, has project management and analytic experience, and who will thrive in our dynamic startup environment.  The Project Manager must effectively manage numerous responsibilities at a given time, work effectively at all levels of an organization and be available for occasional travel.  


Interview Process: 1<sup>st</sup> Round?CORE reviews resumes; 2<sup>nd</sup> Round?Chosen applicants complete virtual interview where they record answers to set questions (virtual platform is Sparkhire); 3<sup>rd</sup> & Final Round?Those moving to the final round will be scheduled for a LIVE virtual interview with a panel of 5 CORE Districts staff members. 


Key Skills and Dispositions

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and connect to individuals at all levels of an organization, including the gravitas to relate to senior leaders on a peer basis and hold them accountable for progress.

  • Demonstrated ability to learn quickly and apply new methodology to old problems.

  • Discernment to bring ideas, research, expert support, and peer collaboration to an organization, helping them advance in a coherent manner.

  • Ability to understand the context, challenges, and quirks of an organization.

  • Knowledge of and experience in adult learning in practical settings.

  • Strong analytic, strategic thinking, and planning skills.

  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently and communicate transparently across the organization.

  • Ability to take initiative and manage assignments from conceptualization to completion.

  • Demonstrated success operating with flexibility in a fast paced and dynamic work environment.

Skill Requirements and Qualifications

  • Ability to create new, and improve existing processes and to motivate team members to follow processes.

  • Effective decision-making skills, including knowing when to act and when to check in with others.

  • Ability to think strategically at the process level, while keeping the big picture in mind.

  • Willingness to initiate and support tasks at all levels of the organization when necessary.

  • Ability to understand the context, challenges, and quirks of an organization.

  • Attention to detail, ability to set, meet, and enforce deadlines, and ability to delegate appropriately.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills and high level of comfort communicating one-on-one or in groups of both internal and diverse external constituents.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and connect to individuals at all levels of an organization, including the gravitas to relate to senior leaders on a peer basis and hold them accountable for progress.

  • Able to work collaboratively and harmoniously in a team setting, while also being able to work independently and self-manage toward goals.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and willing to cope and work well with occasional uncertainty and change.

  • Proficiency in using technology and the ability to learn new technologies and software quickly.

  • Willingness to travel, if required.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Project Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day interaction and management of a wide range of programmatic planning activities in support of Foundation initiatives. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

Project Plan Development and Management

  • Facilitate a collaborative process of developing and maintaining program timelines, deliverables, and work plans with project directors; initiate, track, and coordinate multiple strands of activity to ensure that the respective projects and deliverables are progressing in a timely manner, individually and in coordination with each other.

  • Assist and guide CORE Program Leads through planning activities Contribute to the development and use of tools, processes, and resources to ensure the timely execution of work plans. Manage resources assigned to projects that are responsible for the delivery of products, processes, or services.

  • Become well-informed and conversant in the tasks, key milestones, and workflow issues of the multiple projects assigned. Proactively identify emergent problems and difficulties in reaching key milestones and deliverables, and initiate appropriate action to redress such problems.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Project teams, and regularly follow up to ensure that program tasks and related deadlines are being met.

  • Maintain project plans in a project management tool or online project management software, and facilitate the teams? use of this software to maintain and monitor current and accurate project plans.

Budget Development, Maintenance & Management

  • Work with Program Leads and Operations staff to establish, develop and manage project budgets, based on relevant deliverables and essential program work, including making projections for known and expected expenses.  

  • Work with Program Lead and other support staff to ensure that program spending aligns with established resource allocations. Proactively identify emergent budget issues and work with relevant project directors (or others, as appropriate) to address issues.   

  • Collaborate with Project Leads and Operations staff to develop and revise an organization wide timeline for facilitating the creation of new project plans and budgets for each upcoming fiscal year and work with the Program Team to create project plans, prioritize work portfolios, and create budgets for the new fiscal year.

  • Facilitate creation of program contracts with external partners and consultants and monitor and track contract spend rates.

Coordination Support

  • Assist in completing reports and providing input to proposals to funders and other external audiences on a timely basis by initiating, monitoring, collecting, copy editing, and compiling report components.

  • Manage organizational planning calendars, including scheduling meetings with multiple internal and external contacts.  

  • Maintain work team?s files ? both paper and electronic, ensuring quick and easy retrieval.

  • Serve as a link between CORE Operations and Program staff, ensuring clear, timely and open communication.

  • Other projects or duties as assigned.

Special Projects

  • Serve as a key member of the CORE Executive Team.



  • Bachelor?s Degree required.

  • Project Management certification preferred. 

  • Three years of progressively responsible experience in consulting, project management, working on complex, multi-dimensional projects.

  • Experience managing project budgets, especially for grant funded projects.

  • Experience using project management software, such as Smartsheet.

  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency using Excel.


CORE is committed to maximizing the diversity of the organization, working to recruit a team that reflects the diverse student populations it serves.  



CORE will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary as well as health, 401(k), and vacation benefits.  


CORE Districts is a collaboration of school districts working together to improve student achievement through highly productive, meaningful partnership and learning between member school districts.  Currently, eight school districts serving more than 1 million students participate in the collaborative: Fresno, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Ana Unified.  Together, our districts share a fundamental belief that all students can achieve at high levels and are deeply committed to providing learning opportunities that will help them to do so. Organizationally, CORE Districts is a 501c3 nonprofit serving as a hub for this collaboration and supporting partnership and shared learning at the superintendent, central office, school leader, and teacher levels.  


CORE Districts? long-term goal is for all California students to have strong support, effective programming, and an educational community standing together by their side so that they can achieve and succeed in college and career.  We are working towards this goal by supporting and facilitating inter- and intra-district collaboration to innovate, implement, and scale successful strategies and tools that help students succeed.  


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Job Info

  • Job Category: Other / Miscellaneous

    Location: Sacramento, CA USA

    Zip Code: 95814

    Posted on: 12/02/2019

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