Technology Project Manager at KIPP Foundation

(Michelle Bruce, KIPP Foundation) #1

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Great education transforms lives. KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 209 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating more than 88,000 early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP schools are tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. KIPP schools, KIPP regions, and the KIPP Foundation – are united by a common mission, a commitment to excellence, and a belief that if we help children develop the academic and character strengths they need for college and choice filled lives, they will be able to build a better tomorrow for themselves, for their communities, for us all.

The non-profit KIPP Foundation trains and develops outstanding educators to lead KIPP schools, provides tools, resources, and training for excellent teaching and learning, promotes innovation, and facilitates the exchange of insights and ideas within the KIPP network and with partners including: other charters, districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations across the country.

Why work at KIPP?
By working for the KIPP Foundation, you help more students across the country receive the high-quality education they deserve.
•Support KIPP leaders, teachers, and staff on the Network Leadership Development, KIPP School Leadership Programs, Teaching and Learning Labs, KIPP Through College, or Knowledge Sharing teams
•Ensure smart growth and great results on the Network Growth and Sustainability, Strategy, Research & Evaluation, or Insights and Analytics teams
•Broaden our impact on the Government Affairs, External Impact, Marketing, Development, or Talent teams

If you believe all children deserve great schools and programs where they can gain the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to achieve their dreams while making the world a better place, join us!

Position Overview
The KIPP Foundation seeks a Technology Project Manager to play a critical role in the development and deployment of systems for the KIPP Foundation and network of schools. Technology solutions play a critical role in powering KIPP’s continued growth and equipping our network to better support our students on their journeys to and through college. Technology brings together our 6,000+ teammates nationwide, helping us work smarter, share ideas and resources, track performance and leverage data to make the right decisions.

This is an exciting role that will support KIPP’s national data systems and applications based in our KIPP Foundation San Francisco office. The Technology Project Manager will provide project planning support to the Foundation’s data and application development efforts on a number of mission-critical projects.

The Project Manager will work with business owners to define project scope, goals and deliverables; develop project plans and related documentation and manage the implementation and deployment of systems. In this role, the Project Manager will work with internal KIPP Foundation technical resources and external technical consultants, while identifying, working with and managing the expectations of designated stakeholders.

Additional examples of past and potential future projects include:

  • Knowledge management system for educators and region/school support staff to connect with each other, collaborate and share best practices
  • Redesign of KIPP Foundation website (
  • Centralized teacher recruitment system which allows sites to leverage a common system while ensuring privacy of data and autonomous application processes
  • Development of data warehouse and reports to share data with leadership across the KIPP network, as well as facilitate research and analysis.

The Technology Project Manager reports to the Sr. Director, Technology and Tech Innovation, and is located in San Francisco. He/she is a member of the Technology Team, works collaboratively with other teams across KIPP. Travel requirements are occasional, less than 10%.

Key Responsibilities and Duties
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•In collaboration with senior management and stakeholders, define project scope, goals, and deliverables that support business goals
•Collaborate with external and internal customers to analyze, document, and prioritize business processes, information needs, and functional requirements to ensure the timely and accurate implementation of projects
•Coordinate evaluation of technology options and package solutions
•Develop project plans and all associated project documentation for individual projects
•Prepare and execute on communications plan within and outside of the project team
•Manage external vendor relationships
•Define key milestones to monitor and track progress of the project team in order to identify risks to project timeline and/or budget
•Proactively identify project issues and risks, and develop appropriate and timely mitigation and/or contingency plans
•Manage all aspects of system testing and quality assurance reviews including developing test plans and test cases
•Shepherd the rollout of new applications, which may include training, user documentation, and deployment support
•Prepare and communicate change management procedures to identify and manage mid-course scope changes
•Identify ongoing maintenance and administration roles post-implementation and work with Director of Technology and Technology Innovation to resource adequately
•Develop best practices, templates and tools for project execution and management
•Assist with the development of the organization’s project management policies, procedures, and tools
•Other duties assigned by manager

Key Competencies
•Strong planning, organization, and project management skills, with the ability to identify numerous dependencies and integrate through a comprehensive technical plan of action
•Exceptional analytic, strategic, and problem-solving skills. Able to assess situations quickly from an objective point of view and facilitate resolution for all parties involved
•Proven ability to understand and communicate complex concepts or issues to non-technical stakeholders
•Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and pro-actively with a diverse group including executives, managers and subject matter experts. Must have excellent listening skills
•Excellent relationship management skills and the ability to motivate and educate both internal and external stakeholders
•Ability to work collaboratively in a faced-paced, deadline-driven, innovative and entrepreneurial work environment
•Service oriented approach and proven ability to work closely with customers to complete development projects through cross-team planning and execution. Good negotiation skills, friendliness and patience essential

Experience and Qualifications
•Minimum 3 years of hand-on, technical project management and application development experience, working with multiple vendors in a professional, deadline-driven, dynamic and technology-based environment
•Experience with multiple methodologies (waterfall, agile, etc.)
•Expertise in developing detailed plans for complex projects, with changing requirements, limited resources, and fixed deadlines
•Belief that all students, regardless of race, socio-economic status, family background or past academic performance can succeed academically
•Ability to model KIPP’s values at all times

Compensation and Benefits
KIPP offers competitive salary commensurate with experience. A comprehensive benefits package, generous vacation and PTO, 401k retirement plan with both pre- and post-tax options, as well as gym reimbursement, flexible spending account (FSA), and cell phone reimbursement are also offered by KIPP.