Program Manager, Learning Science

Deans for Impact - Austin, Texas - Full time

Location: Austin, TX, preferred; other locations considered 

About Deans for Impact

The mission of Deans for Impact is to ensure every child is taught by a well-prepared teacher. We do this by bringing together leaders of educator-preparation programs who want to change the way they prepare beginning teachers; helping these leaders transform their programs through evidence, including our best scientific understanding about how students learn; supporting them to sustain changes over time; and building their capacity to influence policy.

Our Values

At Deans for Impact, we believe that a great workplace is one where you are inspired by your colleagues, and deeply engaged in your work every day. Six core values guide our work:

Model professionalism – We seek out feedback and foster growth through honesty and humility.

Be good stewards – We care deeply about our culture, and everyone is expected to positively nurture its growth and evolution.

Practice good pedagogy – We create learning environments where all voices are heard; gather evidence to inform our decisions; and design activities with the end in mind.

Always seek solutions – We are nimble in developing solutions to problems and testing them, and then we iterate based on what we’ve learned.

Design for inclusivity – We take deliberate steps to foster inclusivity in everything we do, from hiring to program design to identifying leaders to collaborate with.

Transform the system – We take risks to create transformative change, and we’re not afraid to fail.

The role of Program Manager at Deans for Impact

Deans for Impact works closely with teams from educator-preparation programs to transform how they prepare future teachers. In 2020, Deans for Impact will launch a new national network to support programs in preparing novice teachers to use our best scientific understanding of how children learn to ground their instructional decisions. Building off Deans for Impact’s The Science of Learning publication and Learning by Scientific Design network, this initiative will enable Deans for Impact to work with a new group of programs that want to anchor teacher preparation in learning science principles. We are looking for a talented Program Manager to help make this happen.

The Program Manager will focus on designing and delivering learning sessions and providing individualized coaching to support faculty as they develop a new arc of experiences for teacher-candidates. The Program Manager will also develop and maintain processes to ensure the smooth operation of the network.


The Program Manager will be responsible for:

●Designing and delivering in-person and virtual learning experiences to support faculty in building understanding of cognitive science – both their own and that of the candidates they prepare.

●Supporting program teams through ongoing coaching to develop a redesigned arc of experiences for teacher-candidates and overcome challenges in the implementation of these experiences.

●Actively building and sustaining positive, productive relationships with network participants.

●Managing the day-to-day work of the network, including managing a workplan, coordinating communications with network participants, and sharing learnings across the network.

●Collecting and analyzing data to ensure that the network is on track to achieve its goals.

Desired Qualifications

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply. We will consider candidates with greater seniority and are open-minded about adjusting the role to match experience level.


oYou have at least six years of professional work experience, at least three of which were spent designing and leading sessions for adult learners.

oYou have some experience developing teachers.

oYou have some experience managing complex projects.

oYou have a demonstrated interest in principles of cognitive science.

oYou have a strong track record of using data and evidence to drive improvement.

oIf you have worked with teacher-preparation programs, that’s a plus.

Skills and qualities:

oYou are an effective facilitator and coach of adult learners.

oYou can identify high-quality instruction, and design learning experiences to support others’ understanding of high-quality instruction.

oYou are keenly interested in how to facilitate team, organizational, and network learning.

oYou can prioritize work in a dynamic, project-based environment, take on multiple tasks simultaneously, manage time effectively, and deliver high-quality work on time.

oYou listen carefully, and think about how your history and experiences influence your perceptions.

oYou take initiative, anticipate challenges, and proactively pursue solutions to problems ranging from the mundane to the complex.

oYou recognize the connection between historical injustices and present-day inequities in education – and want to help remedy them.

How to Apply

Please visit to submit your application for the Program Manager position.

If you have any questions, please reach out to We will start screening candidates in January 2020 and will continue until we find the right person. Deans for Impact attracts top talent, and we offer competitive wages and benefits.

For more information, visit

At Deans for Impact, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We hope you will join us as we continue to build an organization where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and all identities are affirmed.

Deans for Impact provides equal opportunity in employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

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The mission of Deans for Impact is to ensure every child is taught by a well-prepared teacher. We are committed to transforming educator preparation so all teachers graduate ready for the classroom on day one.

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