Director of Program Management, Humanities

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Director of Program Management, Humanities

Job description

Great Minds, a rapidly growing challenger brand in the PK-12 instructional materials space, seeks an experienced Director of Program Management to join our dynamic and growing Humanities team.


Great Minds, a mission driven Public Benefit Corporation, brings teachers and scholars together to craft exemplary instructional materials that inspire joy in teaching and learning. Our English curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®, Eureka Math™ and PhD Science™, all support teachers as they take students beyond rote learning to provide a deeper, more complete understanding of the humanities, mathematics, and the sciences. Founded in 2007, Great Minds now employs more than 1,000 people.

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Great Minds’ Eureka Math is the most widely used curriculum in the history of American education. It enjoys an unrivaled 40+ net promoter score. Eureka and its sister products, Wit & Wisdom English and PhD Science, embrace much higher expectations for all students and all teachers. In a market dominated by scripted, procedural materials that drive expectations down, Great Minds produces curricula that celebrate knowledge, respect the craft of teaching, and acknowledge the true capabilities of students.

Position Summary

The Director of Program Management leads program operations for the Humanities department. In this key leadership position, the Director will support the Humanities team by improving processes to optimize department operations, overseeing department budgets and operating plans, ensuring timely product commitments, and improving the effectiveness of the department by using qualitative and quantitative analyses. Working closely with the Chief Academic Officer of Humanities, the Director of Program Management leads a team of project managers, producers, and program assistants to execute the departmental vision. While the work is remote and the ideal candidate will work well independently, this will also be a highly collaborative position, necessitating a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation.

Reports To:

● Chief Academic Officer of Humanities


  • Develop a growing department which includes project managers and producers, serving as the direct supervisor of 3-5 team members
    • Build a positive work culture that elevates the department’s core values
    • Study work practices within the project manager and program assistant job functions and establish mechanisms for soliciting feedback on these functions from the teams they serve
    • Provide individual coaching and team development initiatives to mentor and develop the project management and program assistant team members, norming and continually improving team practices
    • Set and monitor quarterly team and individual goals in service of the organization, as well as department-level goals and core values
  • Work effectively with internal product management, production, and technology leaders, as well as with third-party partners, to create alignment on strategies, roadmaps, and portfolio tradeoffs
  • Create and lead effective communication cadences across development teams and with stakeholders and executive teams to produce accurate and timely status reporting throughout each project life cycle
  • Build and drive processes that enable the overall product strategy and product development lifecycle, including new project intake and evaluation, ongoing project reviews, and quarterly planning cycles
  • Ensure that project plans are built with sustainable workloads in mind for all Humanities team members, developing mechanisms and protocols to assist in project planning and monitoring
  • Monitor the schedule health of all projects and analyze and identify project and program risks
  • Meet with stakeholders to mitigate risks and address setbacks, communicating issues and decisions transparently
  • Implement and manage changes and interventions to ensure that departmental and project goals are achieved
  • Monitor the productivity level on Humanities projects for each job function (i.e., what an employee in a given role can accomplish in a given time period) to improve the accuracy of project budgets and timelines and to identify opportunities for process improvements
  • Develop comprehensive annual and multi-year budgets for the Humanities department, considering the short- and long-term goals of the department and the larger organization
    • Collaborate with supporting departments (digital, production, etc.) to ensure that those departments have accurate data on what they need to support each planned initiative.
  • Create cost estimates for new projects and initiatives as they arise, incorporating costs into the budget by communicating and coordinating with accounting and finance
  • Coordinate with accounting and finance to establish time and expense coding practices that support meaningful cost, budget, and ROI analyses
  • Monitor the spend on each project by comparing actual spend to the budget, and evaluate total spend against total budget, investigating and communicating any substantial differences between planned and actual expenses
  • Collaborate with product management and sales to anticipate and monitor demand and revenue for products and services, utilizing this data to project and monitor staffing levels for services and to model and maintain ROI analysis for products and initiative
  • Participate in strategic planning with other directors in the Humanities department to set goals and prioritize initiatives that yield constant improvement of product offerings, product usage, quality of implementation, department culture, and overall department and project efficiency


● At least 10 years of experience working in education publishing with a track record of success in product development, digital product management, curriculum development and project management

● Possessing a leadership style that is collaborative and inclusive, creating the conditions, structure, and the framework leading to optimal levels of trust, efficiency, and success
● Proven track record of building cross functional teams with a collaborative approach; equally comfortable talking content development with writers, tech with developers, user experience with designers, copy and positioning with product marketers, numbers with finance and marketing, and strategy with executive leadership
● Knowledge of project management processes, budget, and scheduling
● Proven financial acumen in assessing business risks and developing cost and ROI analyses
● Strong organizational habits necessary for successful goal setting, project management, collaborative decision-making, deliverable execution, and record keeping
● Impeccable social, oral communication, and writing skills needed to incorporate different points of view and present them as a unified plan

Ideal Attributes

● Ability to remain flexible in an ambiguous, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
● Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills
● Capacity to prioritize flexible thinking to make solutions-oriented decisions
● Ability to contribute to strategic decision-making in a collaborative and timely manner
● Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team
● Commitment to high standards, quality work, and continuous improvement
● Empathy, curiosity, and the desire to continually grow as a learner
● Receptivity to feedback with a focus on reflective practice
● Positivity in all situations, bringing proactive problem-solving orientation to every task
● Passion for and commitment to the importance of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum
● Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness

Required Education

● Bachelor's degree


● Full-time


● Remote
● Future travel (5-10%) may be required

New employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, subject to potential accommodation as required by law or otherwise permitted by the Company.

The salary range displayed is specifically for those potential hires who will work or reside in the state of Colorado if selected for the role. For residents of the State of Colorado the expected salary range for this position is $130,646.81 $153,510.00. This range may vary above and below the expected amounts in the State of Colorado. In addition to the Company's benefit offerings, the position may be eligible for additional annual incentives at the Company's discretion. Any offered salary and other incentives are based on market data, applicant skills and relevant experience, degrees, certifications and internal equity considerations.

Great Minds is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the organization’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices.