Senior Program Manager, STEM Classes and Camps

Empow Studios - Multiple Locations - Full time

As a Senior Program Manager you will lead all or a large portion of the program function in your region, with the authority and accountability to achieve all program related goals, most importantly as regards quality. You will set annual program goals with your Regional Director, keep him or her apprised of our progress, proactively identify and solve challenges, and manage your team which includes Program Managers, Site Coordinators, and instructors to achieve your annual goals. Your responsibilities will change and grow as you develop. Opportunities for advancement include opening new regional offices, transitioning to lead larger regional offices, spearheading quality improving initiatives at the national office, and taking full control of the Greater Boston programs as current program leadership continue their in-progress transition to a national role. This is an ideal opportunity for a strong ambitious program manager with a passion for and background in STEM education to make a meaningful difference in the lives of hundreds of young people in the state.

About Empow Studios

At Empow Studios, we educate children ages 7-15 in coding, engineering, and digital arts with a focus on fun, discovery, and building a life-long passion in STEM. We have won more awards for excellence, and offer more programs, in more locations, than any other STEM education provider in Massachusetts.

The Greater Boston office provides:

  • STEM summer camps at 20 locations throughout Massachusetts
  • School-year STEM programs for students after school, on weekends, and during school breaks both directly and through partnerships, in more than 50 locations in the state
  • Support to schools and educational institutions via teacher training, our online learning platform and STEM curriculum, field trips to our centers, and comprehensive delivery of their entire STEM program

Empow’s pedagogy sits at the intersection of project-based learning and technology-mediated instruction; we help students explore STEM, find their passions, accelerate their learning, and build their long-term engagement. Our proprietary project-based learning management system enables us to provide learners a great deal of independence in the classroom, getting just-in-time individualized support as they tackle increasingly complicated projects, which allows our instructors to focus on inspiring, coaching, facilitating collaboration, and supporting students’ social and emotional needs.

This past year we brought in the leadership team and investment capital needed for national expansion of our award-winning programs.

Position OverviewWhat You Will Do

Run high quality Empow STEM programs on budget for thousands of students

  • Manage and coach instructors to implement with fidelity Empow’s defined pedagogy, curriculum, and program design
  • Review program metrics and student progress; identify risks and solve problems to ensure high quality results for each student, teacher, and school partner; achieve or exceed quality benchmarks
  • Manage program planning and operations. Balance minute details and high-level strategy. Make sound decisions under tight deadlines.
  • Leverage national and peer resources, share best practices, and identify and advocate for needed improvements in nationally provided curriculum, technology, and other program supports
  • Establish program budgets in partnership with your Regional Director and manage programs to budget

Build strong relationships with families and schools

  • Directly and in partnership with your Regional Director and team educate potential and current customers about the range of Empow programs; help them find the programs that best meet their needs
  • Ensure strong communications with families including instructor progress reports and tailored recommendations
  • Ensure that instructors build strong mentor relationships with their students, and students build friendships with each other
  • Lead your team to manage relationships with school partners, ensuring that our instructors, technology, curriculum, and support staff are working together to achieve stated goals

Build, develop and manage your team

  • Lead your team to recruit, hire, train, coach and retain an exceptional program team that includes one or more program managers, and dozens of STEM instructors and site directors
  • Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on instructors using direct observation, surveys, and other methods
  • Leverage your teaching, classroom management and STEM expertise, the expertise of your instructors, and national resources to continuously improve the capabilities of your team
  • Ensure that working at Empow Studios is an amazing experience

Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate

At Empow Studios, we believe a diverse team leads to diversity in thinking, making our products better for students, families and schools. If you read this job description, feel energized by what you see here, and believe you could bring passion and commitment to the role, but you aren’t sure you meet every qualification, please apply! Above all, we are looking for the right person!

  • STEM and teaching
    • Familiar with much of the breadth of Empow’s STEM curriculum and deep expertise in at least one domain
    • High level of success teaching classes and developing teachers
    • Proven passion for STEM, education and youth
  • Team
    • Demonstrated ability to lead a team to achieve outstanding results
    • Experienced recruiting, hiring, training staff, and gathering and analyzing data in support of professional development
  • Relationships
    • Demonstrated ability to build authentic relationships with a broad range of stakeholders including children, families, and school leaders
    • Proven ability to work with and marshall the support of a wide range of internal stakeholders including peers, subject matter experts, and team leaders
    • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Program Management
    • At least two years’ experience managing high quality educational programs
    • Demonstrated success developing and managing complicated project plans with multiple initiatives on widely varying schedules; able to to zoom into the smallest details and zoom out to identify systemic issues
  • Culture Fit
    • Comfortable and excited to work in an entrepreneurial setting experiencing rapid growth
    • Able to authentically embody Empow’s values of fun, creativity, collaboration, individuality, discovery, and a passion for learning STEM
  • Other
    • Willing to commute to the different locations you manage on a regular basis (generally within 30 minute drive)
    • Ideally -- but not required -- interested in opportunities to open one or more new east coast locations in the next few years
    • Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including some evenings and weekends
    • A BA/BS degree or higher in education or a STEM field or appropriate equivalent experience is required; higher level degrees are a big plus

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is $55,000 - $80,000 annually. This is a full-time position that includes benefits.

To Apply

Now that you’ve imagined the possibilities, we’d love to receive your RESUMÉ AND COVER LETTER introducing your amazing self! Please email both to: recruiting@empow.me with the title of the position you are applying for and your name in the subject line (e.g., Program Manager, Jane Doe).

Empow Studios is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity of all kinds and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this exciting new opportunity. Empow Studios is an E-verify Employer.Please submit a resume and cover letter to recruiting@empow.me

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Locations

Boston, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
Newton, Massachusetts

Role

Higher Ed Admin Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Empow Studios

We educate children ages 7-15 in coding, engineering, and digital arts with a focus on fun, discovery, and building a life-long passion in STEM. We have won more awards for excellence, and offer more programs, in more locations, than any other STEM education provider in Massachusetts.
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