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Special Projects Manager


Applications for this position are now closed.

This role will be a key team member at Global School Leaders. Global School Leaders is engaged in exciting projects related to school leadership development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and we are seeking a Special Projects Manager who can be a utility player on a number of different initiatives. 

We are looking for a flexible, creative, highly-skilled, collaborative individual to join our team to allow us to explore new ideas, move projects forward, and manage workstreams. In this role, you will support the Chief Executive Officer, the Interim Chief of Strategy and Operations, and the Chief of Growth in a variety of projects.

School leaders have the potential to make incredible changes in the lives of students by building a strong school culture and helping teachers provide great instruction. Yet, school leadership has not been prioritized in low and middle-income countries. GSL works to change that through the following workstreams:

  1. We catalyze and support local partner organizations to deliver and scale high-quality training to school leaders. 

  2. We generate insights from our partners and the broader research community to inform education policymakers, researchers, and practitioners on the best ways to support and develop strong school leadership. 

  3. We connect our partner organizations with each other for deep learning between themselves and amongst the broader school leadership community - governments, funders, and policymakers.

We are a small but mighty remote team spread across the globe. We care about each other and we care about the work. You can learn more about our culture here. In five years, we have: 

  • Partnered with organizations in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, and Brazil that work with over 3,500 school leaders, impacting approximately 920,000 students.

  • Published an evidence review on what is known about school leadership globally, as well as two surveys that help the policy community hear from teacher and school leader voices.

  • Become one of the leading voices in conversations about school leadership in the global south, being asked to speak at conferences and webinars throughout the world, and being recognized for our work. In 2021, HundrED in partnership with the World Bank recognized GSL as one of top ten impactful and scalable solutions that support teachers’ professional development. 

  • Established the School Leadership Network with the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 hosted by UNESCO and the Varkey Foundation to convene online meetings with 100+ experts and 400+ school leaders from 50+ countries to foster peer learning, share innovative practices, and strengthen school leaders’ voice in policy circles.

  • Expanded our work to support needs during COVID in the Philippines, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Peru.

As Special Projects Manager, kinds of projects will involve:​

  • Collaborating with team members to ideate and build out a new program idea.

  • Understanding the landscape of a particular content area within school leadership (e.g. policy, gender, technology).

  • Designing a plan for GSL to engage in a particular content area within school leadership.

  • Bringing together stakeholders from around the world on particular issues.

  • Understanding and codifying processes used within GSL for particular topic areas.

  • Supporting job description writing & hiring processes for a number of new positions.

  • Other projects as they arise.

Your first year will be a success if you:

  • Have gained knowledge about the education landscape internationally that further develops your professional goals.

  • Have moved specific projects (TBD) from concept to ideation to plan for implementation.

  • Have played a pivotal role in setting up the long-term success of GSL through this period of change and growth.

An ideal candidate for this role is:

  • Passionate about school leadership as a key lever for change in LMIC schools. The Special Projects Manager believes deeply that schools are a necessary element in correcting inequities, and that school leadership is critical to building great schools. They are dogged in their commitment to equity for children. 

  • Entrepreneurial & creative at heart. The Special Projects Manager will need to be able to work sometimes on vaguely defined projects, create definition, and ask for help. They need to be able to see possibilities, find creative ways to engage people, and develop strong work products. 

  • A communicator. The Special Projects Manager will have to communicate with stakeholders in writing and verbally to accomplish work and may represent GSL externally.

  • A project manager. The Special Projects Manager needs to be incredibly well-organized and able to run multiple areas of seemingly disconnected work at once.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Thrive in a dynamic environment. This requires flexibility and ability to manage through ambiguity.

  • A systems thinker with experience working across organizations with multiple teams. You are able to see the big picture to prioritize and manage barriers or issues.

  • Strong communication skills, analytical skills, and focus on making data-driven decisions.

  • Excited about GSL’s mission, opportunities for growth and potential impact.

  • Open to a pro-feedback, pro-fun, mission driven and global workplace culture.

In addition, candidates for this position must have the following qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree required.

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in non-profits, with global non-profit experience preferred.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload.

  • Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow through.

  • Solutions-oriented approach with ability to multi-task and troubleshoot.

  • Strong sense of teamwork and collaboration, and demonstrated ability to build relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to work independently while working with a remote, global team.

  • Ability to travel internationally up to 10% of your time.

Work Location and Remuneration

The candidate can be based in any country with a preference for candidates who live in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The candidate must have work authorization in their place of residence as GSL is not able to sponsor employment visas. The candidate must have the ability to travel internationally as well as within the country.  Salary and title are commensurate with experience and competitive with the non-profit education sector in the country in which candidates are based. As examples, the annual salary range for this position in Brazil is BRL 170,000- BRL 240,000, in Kenya is KES 3.0 million- KES 4.6 million, and in India is INR 15 lakh - INR 23 lakh.

Commitment to Diversity

GSL is an equal-opportunity employer.  We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all employees - across nationalities, races, ethnicity, religions, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, languages, ages, genders, and prior experiences. In our hiring, we seek those with an inclusive mindset and who notice and correct inequities when they arise. 

Child Safeguarding

GSL is committed to safeguarding children. Background checks may be conducted as part of the hiring process. All team members are asked to agree to a safeguarding policy.

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