Project Manager, Humanities
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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Our Market Position
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 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.
The Project Manager, Humanities is responsible for ensuring that new projects are planned, scheduled, and executed effectively within the Humanities department. The Project Manager coordinates multiple functional teams responsible for the production and delivery of Great Minds curricula, professional development offerings, and ancillary products in support of the program, marketing, sales, and customer success departments.
The Project Manager works directly with Managing Editors and Curriculum Leads for the Humanities team to plan, direct, and coordinate project activities to ensure goals and objectives of the projects are accomplished on time and within budget. Outside of the Humanities team, the Project Manager will collect and refine project requirements by working closely with other internal teams.
The Project Manager, Humanities plays a central role in driving product quality and continuous improvement by following standard processes and procedures grounded in best practice for project management.
This role is a remote position. Future travel may be required to participate in team meetings (5-10%) and to visit schools implementing Wit & Wisdom and Geodes.
Reports To: Lead Project Manager
The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Project Planning & Execution
- Implement established Great Minds processes and procedures in alignment with industry best practices for project management across multiple projects including project initiation protocols, scope documentation, project plans, and risk mitigation strategies
- Work with Humanities Leadership Team to document and own project scope, outcomes, timeline, and priorities against the product roadmap
- Recommend to Humanities Leadership Team the needed resources critical to project planning and execution
- Organize and monitor production schedules and necessary pre-launch trainings, assign tasks to established resources, and monitor the overall work of the Humanities project team
- Monitor project task completion with ongoing focus on the project critical path by obtaining regular updates from project staff regarding status and take immediate corrective action as required
- Anticipate, document, manage project risks, and develop risk mitigation strategies
- Provide support to Humanities Leadership Team and Product Manager on all assigned projects including resource allocation management
- Ensure and adhere to a task- and deadline-driven work-flow by completing the appropriate scope and sequence of work within the timeline required at each phase
- Exemplify Great Minds culture in all work environments, with an emphasis on trust, collegiality, continuous improvement, and quality
- Develop a comprehensive project communication plan and make sure all key stakeholders and project staff are regularly informed of progress to goal as well as new information and rapidly occurring developments
- Act as a liaison with internal and external stakeholders, ensure adequate information is communicated in a timely manner, identify and address issues, provide support and guidance, and coordinate activities in line with the project plan
- Represent the Humanities team in communications with internal and external stakeholders with professionalism and proficiency
- At least three years of project management experience
- Strong project management and organizational skills, including the demonstrated ability to lead multiple, complex projects simultaneously
- Strong analytic and interpersonal communication skills
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe CC; Smartsheet, or similar project management software; and Microsoft SharePoint/Sites or other similar distributed storage and collaboration systems
- Experience with an iterative cycle of ideation, including thought partnering, prototyping, drafting, development, review, and revision
- Completed PMP or other relevant certification (Preferred)
- Strong organizational habits necessary for successful goal setting, project management, collective decision making, deadline execution, and record keeping
- Manages multiple activities for multiple projects simultaneously without missing critical deadlines
- Anticipates project roadblocks and develops creative solutions both within and across projects to meet goals
- Prioritizes and completes multiple tasks in a fast-paced publishing environment
- Communicates well and works collaboratively within a team and across teams
- Demonstrates strong negotiation, conflict resolution, and persuasion skills
- Ability to make solutions-oriented decisions through flexible thinking in an ambiguous, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
- Proficiency at both working independently and collaborating as part of a team
- Clear and succinct writing skills, with the ability to produce content aligned to the organizational and product vision
- Demonstrates personal accountability, urgency, and persistence in completing high-quality work products
- Remains flexible during periods of rapid change
- Maintains a positive, professional attitude under tight timelines and with multiple competing priorities
- Passion for and commitment to the importance of high-quality, knowledge-rich curriculum
- Commitment to high standards, instructional quality, and continuous improvement
- Self-starter and quick learner who is comfortable and productive when working remotely
- Appreciation for the challenges and victories faced everyday by classroom teachers
- Empathy, curiosity, and the desire to continually grow as a learner
- Positivity in all situations, bringing proactive problem-solving orientation to every task
- Receptivity to multiple viewpoints and feedback with a focus on reflective practice
- Commitment to collective authorship
- Deep belief that every child is capable of greatness
A cover letter and resume are required to be considered for this position.
If selected for an interview, a salary history and background check will be required.
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.