DKP Launch Operations Manager- Job Description

Who We Are

The Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP) is a civic education initiative focused on curricular resource co-creation with educators, assessment innovation, professional learning, civic learning research, and national thought leadership. The DKP, originally founded by Harvard faculty member Dr. Danielle Allen at Harvard University, has evolved into two partnership entities- DKP Learn (the research and development arm) and DKP Launch (the implementation arm). DKP Learn remains at Harvard, while DKP Launch is based out of Partners in Democracy-Education, a 501c3 nonprofit through a fiscal sponsorship with Goodnation. Dr. Allen is President of Partners in Democracy-Education; two long-standing DKP leadership staff will be leading DKP Launch.

The DKP co-designed a year-long 8th grade civics curriculum (Civic Engagement in Our Democracy) in partnership with Massachusetts educators. The curriculum is aligned to both MA state standards for history and social studies and national best practices for high quality K-12 history and civics learning through the Educating for American Democracy Roadmap. The MA Dept of Elementary and Secondary Education recognized Civic Engagement in Our Democracy as the most highly rated out of 4 comprehensive curricula they selected (from 100 reviewed) for 8th grade civics. The DKP released the curriculum free and open access on a virtual curriculum platform in summer 2023. DKP launch is now poised to achieve implementation at scale for the curriculum in Massachusetts through professional learning opportunities, implementation resources, on-the-ground context-specific implementation support, and community and network building opportunities.

The Role

The Operations Manager will serve a critical role for DKP Launch by contributing to efficient organizational operations and systems and supporting the recruitment and selection of DKP Launch cohorts. This role will work both independently and as a part of a close-knit team with shared goals and desired outcomes.

The Operations Manager will work closely with the DKP Launch Director and DKP Launch Director of Curriculum and Implementation, and have lead responsibility for:

  • Building out and managing systems and platforms for curriculum implementation data collection, professional learning registration and tracking, timeline and deliverable tracking, and school grant applications
  • Interfacing with vendors for meetings and events (Space, IT, catering), including researching options, requesting price quotes for review with the Director, finalizing contracts, and managing event logistic preps and day-of responsibilities
  • Collating and presenting implementation data to the DKP Launch team and key stakeholders, including project funders and school partners
  • Managing the process for schools to apply to be part of the MA DKP Launch program starting in fall 2024, including recruitment efforts, serving as a key liaison with school personnel, scheduling with schools for interviews, and sending out selection notifications
  • Managing communications with key project partners, including school personnel, colleagues at the research and design arm of the DKP (DKP Learn) at Harvard University, and partners at the Applied Learning Hub team at the One8 Foundation
  • Participating in the working group to determine teacher PL participation evaluation survey questions and teacher learning/development survey
  • Working with the DKP Launch and Learn teams to oversee social media, website management, newsletters and messaging among other communications
  • Scheduling and implementing project team meetings, including setting agenda, documenting decisions and action steps and following up on assigned tasks
  • Working with the DKP Launch Director to manage the project budget and track expenditures
  • Supporting hiring and onboarding when necessary
  • Other ad hoc duties as needed

Successful candidates for all DKP Launch roles will possess the following:

Successful candidates for the Operations Manager role will possess the following:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with quantitative data collection, collation, and presentation methods
  • Familiarity with school and district data operations and information reporting
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time to maximize impact across multiple partners
  • Experience communicating with district and school leaders
  • Experience coordinating in-person events, meetings, and/or conferences
  • Experience creating and maintaining project timelines, assignments, and deliverables
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications
  •  Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to handle complex and confidential information with discretion

If you believe that you qualify for at least 70% of this job description we encourage you to apply. We know that imposter syndrome and the confidence gap can prevent strong candidates from applying to a job  unless they see themselves as a 100% fit. We would love to hear from you.

Important Details

This position will be hired under Goodnation Philanthropy Advisors, at the direction of Goodnation Foundation, the fiscal sponsor for DKP Launch. This position must reside in Massachusetts and will report to the Director of DKP Launch. This role requires travel within the state (up to 33%). The salary for this position is $84,000. Benefits include 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 401k plan with employee match, and opportunities for flexible work.

This role is subject to a background check to the extent permitted by law.

EEO Statement

Our team is committed to equal employment opportunity (EEO). We will not discriminate against team members or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis [“protected class”] including, but not limited to: race; color; religion; genetic information; national origin; sex; pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions; sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age; disability; citizenship status; uniform service member status; or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

To apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and 2-3 professional references to Cover letter optional. Finalist candidates may be asked to complete a work sample exercise.