Managing Director, Project Management and Program Support

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has a long history of pioneering innovative, transformative advancements in K-12 and higher education, including the creation of the Carnegie Unit, TIAA, the GRE, the Educational Testing Service, Pell Grants, the Carnegie Classifications, the establishment of standards for schools of law, medicine, education and engineering, and the use of improvement science to address longstanding educational inequities.

Position Purpose
Under the leadership of its new president, Timothy Knowles, the Carnegie Foundation is embarking on its next set of ambitious priorities.  The mission of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is to catalyze transformational change in education so that every student has the opportunity to live a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life.  As Managing Director of the Project Management and Program Support (PMPS) team, you will help create, implement, and monitor portfolios of work aimed at achieving the Foundation’s mission. The Managing Director partners with organizational leaders to ensure the projects, programs, and portfolios are executed in a manner that is sustainable, replicable, and in alignment with fundamental Carnegie Foundation values and Improvement Science principles.

The Managing Director is a full-time role based in Stanford, California. For the right candidate, we are open to making the role remote with periodic travel to the office.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Partner with organizational leaders to design and implement portfolio, program, and project Management (PPPM) for the Foundation, reflecting industry best practices as well as the Foundation’s principles and goals.
  • Partner with the Organizational Learning and the Evidence and Analytics groups to ensure the new PPPM practice enables the organization to deepen its knowledge management capabilities and capture data that enables the Foundation to track attainment of strategic goals.
  • Evangelize the value and use of the new of PPPM methodology within Carnegie, utilizing organizational change management techniques to ensure a successful and enduring rollout.
  • Lead and manage PMPS staff in managing portfolios, programs and projects designed to support Carnegie Foundation strategic aims and deliver identified business objectives.
  • Continually develop PMPS staff in industry best practices with regard to project management approaches including PPPM methodology, Improvement Science, etc. to stay in alignment with Foundation needs, principles, and approaches.
  • Lead the provision of quarterly status reports by the PMPS team of strategic portfolios, programs and projects including an analysis of the portfolio to identify emerging/evolving portfolio-level risks, opportunities, and interdependencies, and reports the status of efforts to achieve project and Foundation objectives.
  • Lead the identification, creation, and updating of standards for PPPM philosophies, processes, templates, and systems to stay current with industry standards and Carnegie Foundation needs.
  • Partner with organizational leadership to refine and implement the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Represent PMPS in project management resource forecasting for initiatives under consideration in the new business development process.
  • Ensure all initiatives managed by PMPS create and manage standard deliverables including project charters, schedules, budgets, RAID logs, communication plans, stakeholder management plans, and closeout/operational handoff plans.

Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5 years’ experience leading a strategic enterprise project management team
  • 5 years’ experience participating in organizational strategic planning
  • 10 years of progressively responsible experience managing strategic, complex, cross-functional projects using PMI standard processes and standard PPPM systems

Skill Requirements & Qualifications

  • Excellent communications skills: written, verbal, and digital.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency using Excel.
  • Outstanding collaboration, listening, delegation, and people management skills
  • Ability to create new, and improve existing, processes and to motivate team members to follow processes.
  • Effective decision-making skills, including knowing when to act and when to check in with others.
  • Ability to think strategically at the process level, while keeping the big picture in mind.
  • High level of comfort communicating one-on-one or in groups of both internal and external constituents.
  • Able to work collaboratively and harmoniously in a team setting, while also being able to work independently and self-manage toward goals.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and willing to cope with and embrace uncertainty and change.
  • Willingness to travel, if required.


Benefits & Perks

  • Full medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death, disability, and long-term care insurance, as well as employer subsidized flexible spending plans
  • A retirement savings plan, including employer contributions after one year of service
  • Generous time-off benefits including paid holidays and paid parental leave
  • Matching Gift program to benefit charitable organizations
  • Educational Assistance to further your professional development
  • The facility is located in Stanford, California in a quiet pastoral setting near a hiking trail.
  • Amenities include a communal kitchen (coffee, tea, and drinks provided), outdoor eating areas, free parking, and electric car charging stations