Project Unicorn Project Manager

InnovateEDU - Remote - Full time

Project Unicorn Project Manager


InnovateEDU is currently seeking a full-time Project Manager to support Project Unicorn. The Project Manager works closely with the Director of Digital Programs to provide overall project management support to the Project Unicorn initiative including direct support and technical assistance on interoperability standards, systems implementation, and business practices for schools and vendors.

This is a full-time position with the ability to work remotely. Since March 2020, the majority of InnovateEDU staff has worked virtually, and team members are expected to be available during typical office hours in Eastern Standard Time, with some flexibility available. The position may require 20% travel to support sites nationwide.

About Project Unicorn

Project Unicorn is a program under InnovateEDU that exists to grow the capacity of vendors and educators. Project Unicorn is an effort to improve data interoperability within K-12 education. We aim to create a community of innovators who make the broader case for secure interoperability by determining shared priorities, working in partnership with school systems and vendors to understand its importance and benefits, creating a demand-side push for interoperability through partnerships, and educating buyers to consider the total cost of ownership through informed comparison of vendors.

About InnovateEDU:

InnovateEDU is a non-profit whose mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap by accelerating innovation in standards-aligned, next-generation learning models and tools that serve, inform, and enhance teaching and learning. InnovateEDU is committed to massively disrupting K-12 public education by focusing on the development of scalable tools and practices that leverage innovation, technology, and new human capital systems to improve education for all students.


  • Work closely with the Director of Digital Programs to provide overall project management support to the Project Unicorn initiative including direct support and technical assistance on interoperability standards, systems implementation, and business practices for schools and vendors
  • Author technical documentation, process documents, and oversees internal systems which manage, track and monitor client support data and activities
  • Serve as the lead project manager for Salesforce for InnovateEDU including data entry and visualizations
  • Support drafting and copy editing of external-facing resources and grant reports
  • Support planning and execution of virtual and in-person technical stakeholder convenings
  • Lead and support an external Technical Advisory Committee, working group meetings and Steering Committee meetings
  • Stays current on industry trends in education data, interoperability and privacy, and security
  • Manage the Project Unicorn EdTech Vendor Pledge review process and certification
  • Maintain a learning cadence by frequently contributing to standard bodies working groups, special interest groups, and other education data events
  • Facilitate monthly webinars to advance understanding and create a library of resource materials on interoperability standards
  • Provide administrative support as needed to maintain workflow, particularly in ensuring that support is documented and recorded
  • Lead and manage a coaching cadence and staff for support for school districts and vendors on interoperability standards and education data initiatives. Possible tasks include
    • Create/Revise workflow systems and procedures by monitoring and analyzing client usage, success, project tasks, and data to determine the need for implementation changes
    • Provide troubleshooting and advice for schools/districts/vendors who need just in time support
    • Provide technical assistance and referrals to technical experts for schools/districts/vendors

Who You Are

You are a mission-driven individual and believe in working to close the educational opportunity gap. You are an optimistic problem-solver and believe that together we can create real solutions that help the entire sector move forward. You are keen to understand different moving pieces of a complex project and willing to use your skills to organize the work for seamless implementation. You like a fast pace, managing many workstreams, and are highly responsive.

You are open to feedback, bring your best every day, and are ready to grow in all areas of your work. You want to join a team of folks who share your vision for mission-driven work at the intersection of education, policy, and civil rights. Finally, you know that sharing often is key to this work and are ready to document everything that you do so that schools everywhere, and the sector as a whole, can benefit.


  • Bachelors or Masters degree in data science, computer programming, information technology, or related field.
    • Desirable: Experience within K12 education.
    • Desirable: Experience with K12 education data standards (from A4L, CEDS, Ed-Fi, and/or IMS)
  • Demonstrated project management experience, from conception to delivery
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills to manage and successfully prioritize competing priorities
  • Experience in designing and carrying out logistics for events (e.g., workshops or symposia) for educator audiences (task analysis, materials, organizing calendars)
  • Ability to collaborate with staff and partners while accommodating multiple project demands and organizational priorities
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative and productive relationships among staff and external organizations and funders.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of audiences
  • Writing proficiency with experience composing and editing copy for professional external audiences.
  • Knowledge of file management and administrative systems and procedures
  • Working with internal systems such as Asana and Slack to stay organized and ensure communication with team members
  • Knowledge and proficiency with Salesforce and Tableau (Additional Pardot experience preferred).
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Excel, Outlook) and GSuite (e.g., Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms)
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, and values including the commitment to nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Willing to do other duties as assigned

CompensationConsistent with our diversity, equity, and inclusion statement we strive to address systemic gaps in pay often present in our larger society as a result of gender, racial and ethnic identity, or sexual orientation. All candidates are pay scaled by an independent third-party service through an application that calculates the market rate for the applicant based on skills and qualifications, job duties, market conditions within the location of applicant, education, and experience while leaving identifying identity markers blind. This position’s compensation range begins at $75,000.

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Project Management

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