Central Initiatives Project Manager

New Classrooms - New York, NY - Full time


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About the Role

The Central Initiatives (CI) Project Manager (PjM) strives for the completion of project work that is aligned to project objectives and stays within approved project costs. The PjM supports both software development projects as well as general projects.

Working in partnership with a Project Sponsor, the CI PjM will be responsible for leading project teams to project completion and success. S/he will need a deep understanding of project objectives in order to intelligently and efficiently guide team members to successful completion of a project. The CI PjM will report project status to stakeholders across projects. S/he will also work with Director of Program Initiatives on capacity planning and to ensure projects remain on-track, and with the Technical Project Manager to coordinate any software development efforts.

All roles at New Classrooms are expected to work on continuous improvement. The CI PjM will help Central Initiatives improve the way that our projects operate via improved tools and processes, as well as new communication methods and better status reporting. Because we are a fast growing organization, we have a tremendous need for smart people who are passionate about their part of the effort.

About the Team

The Central Initiatives department coordinates the organization’s internally focused cross functional projects, processes and resource management as well as ensuring that all centrally focused work is aligned with the organization’s strategic plan in order to support the achievement of the organization’s goals. To do this, the department will provide guidance and support to leaders across the organization to align division/department goals with the strategic plan. Additionally, the team will provide support for program design coordination, internal communication and executive support.

What You Would Do

  • Work with project sponsor to identify key project objectives and the resources necessary to deliver upon those objectives
  • Ensure all project team members and stakeholders understand the objectives of the project
  • Support the solution lead in guiding the team to develop a solution that meets the project objectives
  • Participate in Business Analyst-led requirements gathering
  • Ensure proper estimates are collected for all project work; work with project leads on iteration plans for work
  • Set up project management tools, and ensure completion of all project documentation
  • Monitor all tasks in our task management tool to keep all resources focused on the hghest priority work
  • Coordinate with other project managers responsible for interconnected projects
  • Determine project risks and appropriate mitigations
  • Capture and work to resolve issues and blocks that are decreasing resource efficiency and speed to completion
  • Ensure appropriate project closure, including after action reviews and documentation closeout

What We Are Looking For

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to successfully guide multiple full project life-cycles from concept to delivery
  • Comfort working within a defined process, but able to adapt to meet changing needs and priorities of the organization, including working within projects that may stop/restart at various stages of the project lifecycle
  • Comfort with complex concepts in technology and program design and ability to drive projects while leveraging knowledge from SMEs, stakeholder and other project members with deep understanding of complex concept
  • Natural tendency toward innovative and creative problem solving
  • Comfort working in a highly collaborative start-up/entrepreneurial work environment
  • Ability to efficiently manage tasks and work items while simultaneously participating in new work definition
  • Experience with software development lifecycle a plus
  • Knowledge of the Teach To One Math program a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 3+ years of project management experience


Competitive for like size non-profits, depending on experience

Application Information

Equal Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.

Work Authorization

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

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Project Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

New Classrooms

About New Classrooms

New Classrooms is a nonprofit organization that leverages classroom design, teacher talent, and technology to enable personalized learning for more than 13,000 students in 40 pioneering schools in 10 states and Washington D.C. this fall. New Classrooms' first-of-its-kind technology draws from tens of thousands of high quality lessons to create a customized and dynamic curriculum for each student each day. Our flagship instructional model, Teach to One, integrates large group, small group, and individual instruction in ways that enable students to not just learn skills but apply them in real world contexts.

Teach to One grew out of a New York City pilot program called School of One, which TIME magazine named one of the best inventions of 2009. Visitwww.newclassrooms.org to learn more about our efforts to unleash a wave of innovation in K-12 education that will dramatically improve outcomes for all students.

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization. Our team includes a dynamic mix of education policy experts, passionate academics, technology junkies, and business entrepreneurs. We all share a strong belief in every child and a deep-seated interest in improving our schools, solving problems in innovative ways, and getting things done in a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment.

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that continually looks to match our team members with roles that fit their strengths and interests. We look to bring on new team members who share a deep-seated interest in improving our nation’s schools, solving problems in innovative ways, getting things done in a fast-paced and highly collaborative work environment, and growing professionally. 

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