Work with City Year - Agile Project Manager

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Position Overview

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools in 28 cities to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. Our mission is fueled by a culture of idealism. At City Year, we define “idealism” as the belief that you have the passion, skills, and courage to change the world. Everything we do is grounded in this concept and the unshakeable belief that we can all help make the world a better place. Optimism and idealism aren’t just encouraged, they’re both necessary to help advance our mission of keeping students in school and on track to graduation. We believe these traits are contagious, and that’s why we strive to share them with our communities and the world around us.

City Year’s Data Management & Enterprise Analytics (DMEA) team is primarily responsible for building and maintaining integrations between City Year systems, both internal and external, and designing, developing, and supporting City Year’s business intelligence environment in best fulfill City Year’s mission. The cross-functional team splits time between tier 2 production support, product enhancements, and larger project work. City Year is focused on embracing a cloud-first data environment and leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, including Azure Data Factory, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Analysis Services, for data flow and analytics capabilities. DMEA also creates and maintains large-audience, high-impact reporting on Microsoft’s Power BI platform and is leading the organization’s transition to reliable, user-focused self-service BI.

Job Description

The Agile Project Manager works within the larger DMEA team to gather and document requirements from internal customers, develop user stories, maintain the team’s backlog, and collaborate with subject matter experts, vendors, and technical staff to develop and document specifications. Additionally, the Agile Project Manager leads the documentation and test case development efforts for both new projects and enhancements to existing systems and tools. This is a hybrid role reporting to the Director, DMEA and combines project management, business analyses, leading agile ceremonies for the DMEA team, and coaching the DMEA team on agile best practices and mindset.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Agile Project Manager is primarily responsible for:

  • Leading requirements gathering and development planning by documenting, understanding, and translating business needs into actionable work items for the development team
  • Collaborating closely with the IT Programs Team to integrate deliverables for projects into DMEA’s workstream and adopt project management best practices
  • Leading the documentation and test case creation processes for DMEA projects
  • Leading daily standups, sprint planning, backlog grooming, and retrospectives with the DMEA team
  • Coaching DMEA team members in use of agile methodologies, including developing user stories, effort estimation, ceremonies, and agile mindset
  • Documenting and communicating meeting notes, decisions, and next steps to DMEA project stakeholders to foster transparency and accountability for project deliverables
  • Maintaining project timelines and communicating updates to stakeholders to support predicable project schedules and mitigate impacts of delays
  • Making recommendations to management about schedules, prioritization, and resource allocation


  • 5 years’ experience in IT project management and business analysis
  • 3 years’ experience leading a technical team using agile with demonstrated success delivering valuable products
  • Experience working independently without immediate direction
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, relationship building skills
  • Experience with business intelligence or data integration projects preferred
  • Flexibility to very occasionally work during off-hours to meet deadlines
  • Agile or Scrum master certification preferred
  • Experience in K-12 ed-tech environments preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

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