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Program Manager, LENS-NC Learning Network
MDC, a nonprofit in Durham, N.C., focused on improving economic mobility and advancing equity in the South, seeks a Program Manager to support the work of an existing learning network of organizations in the Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions (LENS-NC), an initiative focused on educational equity for young people who are marginalized due to race, economics, and learning differences. The LENS initiative is made possible through a partnership and funding from Oak Foundation Learning Differences Programme.
LENS is a remarkable network of 9 organizations across N.C. representing a solid mix of direct service, organizing, advocacy, and state policy organizations who undertake promising strategies to improve outcomes for students with learning differences who experience additional marginalization due to racism and/or poverty. They have spent the last 18 months learning about the intersection of learning differences and race and its complexity and, with this knowledge, strengthening their practice and identifying opportunities for collaboration. With support from the Oak Foundation, the Network is poised to expand to include another 8-10 organizations. There is an opportunity to contribute to critical intersections in the field and to assist in spreading this strategy to other Southern states.
The LENS Network provides opportunities for organizations to learn together from one another, address common challenges and explore opportunities to amplify effective strategies and supports for young people. Working closely with the lead Program Director, program team, and external partners, the Program Manager leads the day-to-day work towards project deliverables, including the shaping and execution of the initiative's outreach, selection, and regranting components. The Program Manager will be responsible for integrating existing and new organizations into the Network; identify opportunities for multi-directional learning at the intersection of race, poverty, and learning differences; and with Network participants, identify opportunities for collaboration to advance a shared agenda for field-level change in N.C. This position will serve as the lead point of contact with all organizations participating in the Network.
The role reports directly to the Program Director lead. It will work closely with the Program Director to carry out a multi-year strategy for the LENS Network, including the possibility of exploring applications of the Network model to other Southern states. The annual salary range is $52,000-$66,000.
Primary Responsibilities and Expectations
- Overall project management towards deliverables
- Tracking key project information, working in conjunction with the Program Associate (e.g., evaluation metrics, subgrants, convening participation)
- Serve as the lead point of contact with Network organizations
- Help generate and contribute to project strategy
- Assist in shaping and aligning the conceptual framework to Network activities
- Stay informed of ongoing research on the field, best practices, etc. –to shape Network learning activities, share new ideas and insights with Network members, and look for opportunities for collaboration towards field-level change
- Stay knowledgeable about relevant N.C. public policy related to the field and regularly share information with the Network
- Shape and execute the proposal and regranting process, working closely with the lead Program Director and project Program Associate, including outreach, LOI, review, and selection
- Work with the Director of Communications and the Director of Learning and Impact to promote information about and products resulting from MDC work. This may include producing or contributing to conference presentations, marketing and branding materials, web content, and MDC tools and guides. Work with Director of Communications to shape related social media strategy
- Assist Program Director in managing the program budget
The Program Manager should bring strong knowledge of special education field(s) and learning differences or directly related experience. In addition, candidates must have:
- A baccalaureate or master's degree and at least 4-7 years of working experience in education, special education, or related fields. Additional experience in other aspects of the work is desired.
- A belief in the value of social justice and have direct experience in promoting and advancing equity, racial equity, and inclusion.
- Have the ability to communicate and work effectively with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Have strong communication skills in writing, oral presentation, and interpersonal and group interactions.
- Have working knowledge of meeting design and facilitation.
- Have experience working with communities of practice, learning networks, or peer learning.
- Have proficiency in project management and the ability to manage complex projects.Have the capacity to understand complex social and economic issues in education and communicate those issues clearly and persuasively.
Founded in 1967, MDC is a nonprofit organization that equips Southern leaders, institutions, and communities to improve economic mobility and advance equity, particularly racial and gender equity. Our vision is a South where all people thrive. MDC enjoys support from a broad mix of foundations and other funders, including public sector, corporate and individual funders. Our lead strategies are:
- Framing an equity agenda through our State of the South series.
- Systems change through initiatives that center on early childhood education and development; talent development (including early childhood development, workforce development, post-secondary access); and family economic security (including access to supports and benefits for families; reducing the impact of student debt).
- Equity-centered leadership through initiatives to shape philanthropic practice in the South and efforts to equip Southern leaders to lead with equity-centered principles and strategies.
MDC is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations are available on request.
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