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School Launch Project Manager (21-22)

Company: IDEA Public Schools
Location: Weslaco
Posted on: April 3, 2021

Job Description:


Description
Position at IDEA Public Schools

About IDEA Public Schools :



At IDEA Public Schools, we believe in college for ALL and we are committed to ensuring that all our students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years - that's 8 times the national rate for students in our communities!


IDEA was founded in 2000 as a single school with 150 students in the Rio Grande Valley. When interest exceeded building capacity, to meet the demands, IDEA's co-founders committed to serving more students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and beyond. We now serve over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana. Be on the lookout for IDEA schools opening near you-with continued growth in our current regions an d new launches in Tampa Bay , FL (2021) , and Jacksonville, FL (2022) !



When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of our IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.



To learn more about IDEA, check out this .

About the Rio Grande Valley:



Since 2000, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a school of 150 students in Donna, TX, to the fastest- growing family of tuition-free, public charter schools in the United States. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are a nucleus of four counties (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy Counties) that work as one unit to support our children academically and holistically.



RGV is home to a population of just over 1.3 million residents. Children across the region truly benefit from IDEA's mission of college for all, as only 1 out of 17 students currently graduate college ready. Our mission holds true as we have over 5,000 IDEA alumni that currently attend, or have graduated from, 300 colleges and universities across the country.



Join our passionate team of changemakers in south Texas as we prepare to expand our home region to 55 schools, serving over 38,000 students in 2022.

Role Mission: The School Launch Project Manager supports the Director of School Launch and the Operations leadership team with implementation and coordination of critical projects, initiatives, logistics, and data analysis. They manage the School Launch team's core operating mechanisms, supports the maintenance of strong team financial health, creates and maintains organization-wide systems that enable launching campus staff, regional leaders, and a cross-functional group of national leaders-Operations, Human Assets, Academic Services, Growth, etc.-to work efficiently and communicate openly, and organizes key events and professional development sessions. They also lead priority projects-such as the creation of Beginning of Year (BOY) readiness scorecard, metric, plans, training, an owning the BOY Hub site-and own the team's progress monitoring, data analysis, and knowledge management efforts in coordination with cross-functional leaders. The School Launch Project Manager is crucial to ensuring the BOY experience is organized, effective, and creates long-lasting value for internal and external stakeholders, as well as students and families. The initiatives that they will oversee will enable the Director of School Launch to leverage the institutionalized systems and processes created to drive change management regarding every BOY season and the launch of new schools and regions.



Accountabilities:


Average Score on the APO BOY Scorecard for All APOs (Launching and Existing Schools) is at Least 90%

  • Serve as point person for launching campus Wrike content improvements needed year-over-year
  • Responsible for the extensive manual process of replicating Wrike plans to each campus, fixing errors on each campus plan and creating regional variations
  • Provide Wrike training and problem-solving up and above Roadmap material for users
  • Use Wrike to manage and monitor projects, use as an accountability tool, and establish trends in data
  • Use data in Wrike to partner with IT Project Manager to make necessary changes and with the Rhodes team and Regional Directors of Operations to identify gaps and solutions
  • Work in the field to support APOs and campuses
    85% Average Score on BOY Staff Survey and 85% Average Score on BOY Family Survey
    • Build accountability amongst the cross-functional team involved in BOY on metrics and committee next steps and execution
    • Increase the visibility and status of all projects for both internal and external partners by tracking and monitoring projects
    • Support in attendance, note-taking, and communication during cross-functional project meetings
    • Track campus New Family Onboarding implementation and outcomes, providing data and problem-solving for campuses and district roll-up with a focus on launching campuses and regions
    • Search for, provide data on, and record examples and non-examples of strong family and student experience leading up to and during BOY
    • Publish examples in an organized, accessible manner on IDEA's Hub Site
    • Conduct empathy interviews and focus groups with families and students who applied to launching schools to identify needs beforehand and feedback after BOY processes are executed
      100% projected enrollment for launching campuses by the first day of school
      • Establish, manage, and follow up on clear and consistent tracking mechanisms for enrollment data across Rhodes, MCE, and campus-based launching staff
      • Determine quantitative and qualitative trends in data to inform analysis
      • Coordinate clear communication between MCE team and launching APOs on marketing resources, timelines, and next steps
      • Consult with functional team leaders and the Rhodes leadership team to determine the timeline and scope of launching staff professional development, deadlines for different projects, and then project manage and track them to completion
      • Ensure enrollment resources are delivered on time to launching regions and campuses
      • Partner with MCE team to ensure templates are up-to-date and easily customizable
        85% retention of launching campus operations staff
        • Serve as the main customer service representative to launching operations staff to build organized approach across IDEA systems, processes and materials needed for BOY
        • Partner with Director of School Operations Talent to lead technical coordination of all launching ops staff role-specific training scope and sequence, including attendance taking, invites, organizing materials, and follow up needed, including that of late hires
          Lead Beginning of Year Data and Optimize Knowledge Management
          • Coordinate dashboard
          • Track goal attainment across teams and campuses
          • Author and codify team practices
          • Ensure all School Launch Hub sites are up-to-date
          • Develop the most appropriate metrics for BOY, how to measure and operationalize them, which business partners to get the data from, and how to track them so that we are measuring the best data that will drive success in launching schools
          • Determine the key metrics for the BOY scorecard and create training for APOs to use the BOY scorecard
          • Institutionalize processes (running Wrike system, training and accountability follow-ups, business partner meetings, etc.) so that future years will have iterative processes rather than recreating each year
            Manage the School Launch Team's Operating Mechanisms, Logistics, Budget, and Meet 100% Compliance with Business Office Requirements and Policies
            • Manage operating calendar for School Launch team and launching campus team events
            • Drive agenda and logistics for weekly tactical meetings and strategy meetings
            • Coordinate with the Director of Rhodes Fellowship and various department leaders to prepare high-quality professional development for launching staff members
            • Partner with Events Manager to logistically organize at least one Super Recruitment Day per new campus
            • Serve as "connective tissue" between all project teams identifying trends heard/observed within various launch and project team meetings and following up on all action items
            • Maintain project status within master project plans
            • May include logistics support such as venue booking and/or catering for meetings
            • Work with the IDEA Business Office when necessary to relay important information
            • Coordinate annual team budget building process
            • Ensure team leader understands and follows procurement compliance
            • Accurately submit and reconcile per diem, travel, business expenses, and corporate card charges in Concur
            • Work with internal business office procedures to facilitate timely payments
            • Monitor and provide monthly reports on travel-related expenses
              Live values of IDEA
              • Believes and is committed to our mission: All students are capable of getting to and through college
              • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
              • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
              • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
              • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
              • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes
              • Embodies IDEA's core values

                Qualifications:
                • Education: Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
                • Experience: 2+ years of experience in project management
                • Travel: Must be willing to travel on average 30% of the time (across the network)

                  Knowledge and Skills:
                  • Advanced data management and reporting skills
                  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel
                  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
                  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects across multiple teams and stakeholders
                  • Ability to manage time, prioritize tasks, and execute toward goals
                  • Organization
                  • Resourcefulness
                  • Experience in Wrike preferred

                    Compensation
                    Salaries for this role typically fall between $57,141 and $68,569 commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational performance and goal attainment.

                    IDEA Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the organization's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), or Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), may contact IDEA Human Resources at (956) 377-8000.

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