Director of Programs
The Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) is an applied research center at Stanford University. PERTS was founded in 2010 to translate insights from the psychological and developmental sciences into scalable resources that educators everywhere can use to foster students’ natural drive to learn. We empower educators to improve the quality and equity of students’ learning experiences so that all students are inspired and equipped to learn and thrive.
We’re looking for a highly motivated Director of Programs who enjoys working in a fast-paced and frequently changing environment. This is a full time position. Our office is located in San Francisco, but remote work arrangements can be made for the right candidate. The role will require travel.
The Director of Programs is needed to spearhead PERTS programs/initiatives to scale including: (1) developing/expanding programs where there is demand and content readily available; (2) leading the planning of program development/implementation; (3) managing cross-team collaboration efforts internally and relationships with current/potential collaborators. This position will report to the Executive Director and work closely with all members of the team.
- Developing an overarching programmatic strategy plan and detailed timeline for execution.
- Project managing programs/initiatives throughout their cycle.
- Coordinating with PERTS staff, contractors, and external partners to ensure the implementation of programs/products align with long-term PERTS goals.
- Coordinating market research initiatives to meet and exceed stakeholder and user needs.
- Promoting the goals of PERTS through outreach and funding initiatives including presentations, proposals, and conference participation (either in-person or via the web)
- Managing the development and improvements to the program materials.
- Coach and mentor PERTS staff, students, and volunteers, when applicable, who are performing PERTS programmatic tasks including scoping workplans, providing client support, and developing/updating content.
- Organize regular meetings with PERTS staff to ensure their work is going along schedule and assist in brainstorming and providing support to get through challenges in the product development cycle.
- Identify definable metrics for the programs/products developed within PERTS, implement tools to gather the data, analyze the data, present the results, and develop proposals to advance PERTS goals and strategy.
- Work experience in education and/or nonprofits (ed tech would be great!)
- Very strong written and verbal communication skills
- Exceptional planning and organizational abilities
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent problem solving skills
- Desire to give feedback and receive feedback
- Familiarity with and/or a desire to learn a variety of technology tools and software including Google Suite, MS Suite, Adobe, Dropbox, Box
- Willingness and ability to learn quickly and take on a variety of projects with minimal supervision
- Work experience in education sales or partnership support
- Experience in education program or product development
- Familiarity with social psychology
- Experience writing and/or editing content
- Experience and/or comfortability with managing and coaching others
- Experience with or insight about the challenges faced by students from historically underrepresented minority groups and/or from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
- Health / Dental / Vision / Life Insurance
- 11 Paid Holidays / 10 paid Vacation Days / 3 Days PTO / Paid Sick Time (Accrual of 8 hours/month)
- $800/year for professional development activities
- Matching 403(b) and tuition reimbursement after 1 year
- Many more! For information about other benefits, visit the Stanford benefits page.
*Applications without cover letters will not be considered*