The Bilingual Program Manager, Education, is a member of the Education team, which creates software-driven programs and products that are delivered to students in Challenger Learning Centers and K-12 school settings. He/she will help develop these programs and products, or components of our programs and products. The work of the Bilingual Program Manager will include creative development and design, content and curriculum creation, and/or standards alignment. The Bilingual Program Manager will work closely with the broader Education team, other Challenger Center teams, Challenger Learning Centers, partner organizations, and vendors. The Bilingual Program Manager will work within established program/project budgets and timelines to develop and manage smaller-scale projects.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Program Design and Development
- Design, develop, and deliver education programs and products with an emphasis on science content integration.
- Implement an evaluation plan for each program/product.
- Participate in the quality control process. Complete tasks that are identified as needing adjustment before the program/product can be considered final.
- Create professional development resources for teachers, as needed.
- Identify and leverage resources from partners such as NASA, NOAA, and corporations. Assist with gaining permissions as needed.
- Identify, interact with, and incorporate information from subject matter experts in various fields into Challenger Center products and programs.
- Test products, programs, and software components for accuracy, efficiency, and potential improvement.
- Collaborate with program implementers, including Challenger Learning Centers, program partners, consultants, universities, and evaluators.
- Implement project plans for all grant-funded programs, ensuring program and reporting deadlines and goals are met completely, accurately, and timely. Collect data as needed for the reporting process.
- Collaboratively write elementary and middle school science content with the assistance of subject matter experts.
- Implement NGSS philosophies and approaches to existing and new Challenger Center mission content.
- Collaborate and share timelines/project plans with teams across the headquarters office on all products and programs.
- Support the development of grant proposals, including drafting content and researching potential partners.
- Interact with external consultants and partners as needed regarding milestones and deliverables. Draft communications and provide any research needed.
- For school-based programs, provide information needed to identify potential partners. Provide information needed after a relationship has been established for the pilot and/or implementation of programs and evaluation.
- Follow Challenger Center’s Project Management Process for each education program/product development project.
- Support the development of annual department plans and goals. Execute plans to meet goals.
- Work within established program/project budgets and timelines. Assist in the development of annual budget(s) as requested.
- Develop and manage smaller-scale projects. This includes managing budgets and timelines; ensuring deliverables are completed on time; and coordinating with other teams as needed.
- As required, draft reporting documents for key stakeholders, including the board of directors and grantors/funders. Collect information and appropriate data from appropriate teams. Ensure reports are accurate and on time.
- Work with outside contractors/vendors as directed.
- Represent Challenger Center at conferences, meetings, and special events, as requested (participant/attendee).
- Keep abreast of relevant industry trends and best practices in STEM education, NGSS implementation strategies, space science, education technology, nonprofits, etc., and share knowledge with others.
- Identify and share funding and partnership opportunities and assist with proposals as needed.
- Attend staff meetings, assist with office support, and participate in professional networking and team-building activities.
- Support other administrative duties as needed.
- Submit accounting and original receipts to Accounting Department each month on or before the due date
- Accurately report time spent on projects, PTO, sick, etc. on time.
- Minimum Education and Professional Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required; science field strongly preferred.
- 3-5+ years of relevant experience.
- Experience as an elementary and/or middle school educator in an informal or formal strongly preferred.
- Spanish fluency required (ability to speak, write, and translate).
- Strong computer skills especially in Microsoft Office suite of products.
- Basic knowledge of HTML 5 and Adobe Creative Cloud programs preferred.
- Possess a strong knowledge of K-12 science content and the ability to interpret and convey complex science concepts to students, stakeholders, and vendors.
- Demonstrated ability to develop programs that are aligned with current national education standards, especially Next Generation Science Standards.
- Strong understanding of space science preferred.
- Ability to level text to meet the needs of students at different grade levels.
- Experience in the Education Technology field a plus.
- Experience with accessibility/508 compliance for educational programs a plus.
- Experience with evaluating education program impact a plus.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, and shift priorities, and resources as needed.
- Detail-oriented and highly organized.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to collaborate and communicate with external vendors and partners.
- Commitment to work collaboratively with all staff across all teams.
- Self-starter, able to work independently.
- Ability to travel approximately 10%-15% of the time, with the potential for periodic additional travel.