Consultant - CSA Coalition Project Manager
The CSA Coalition Project Manager, a consultant position with the Oakland Promise, will be responsible to increase the California CSA Coalition’s impact, strengthen outcomes and independently move forward deliverables.
We seek a dynamic, self-motivated and seasoned leader who can support the priorities of the California CSA Coalition during a crucial period. This Project Manager (and any subcontractors they may hire) will be the sole dedicated staff to this project and will oversee all aspects of the work. They will be the face of the movement and in partnership with the California CSA Coalition Steering Committee and Committee Co-Chairs, will represent the CSA work of the region to stakeholders and partners at all levels in government, industry, education, and aligned organizations. The Project Manager will report to a Program Director within the Oakland Promise.
● Lead activities and actions needed to drive the coalition to increase its impact, meet outcomes and deliverables. This likely will require collaborative leadership, effective project management and managing up with busy CEO/ED/Directors to make this a reality.
● Provide leadership and strategic advice regarding planning and implementation of this project.
● Assist in planning and facilitation of regular meetings of the full CSA Coalition, the Steering Committee and Sub-committee(s).
● Lead development of annual work plans.
● Create agendas and communicate to all relevant parties regarding deadlines and deliverables
● Distribute notes and other relevant follow-up materials after each meeting ● Meet regularly with Chair of California CSA Coalition & Oakland Promise Director supervising this project
● Strengthen the CA CSA Coalition
o Bring new CSA programs on board the coalition
o Discover and serve the needs of these constituents
o Build and nurture external partnerships
o Build a broader base of support and mechanisms for people to “feel a part of the movement” and to be able to support our objectives without slowing down the process
● Seek to engage and align with key stakeholders in this work including the state of California’s ScholarShare and CalKIDS program, California Student Aid Commission,
California Asset Building Coalition, North California College Promise Coalition, among others.
● Effectively manage project to meet its deliverables and outcomes and increase our impact o Track various projects in different stages of development
o Ensure that deadlines are met, information is provided in a timely manner, and resources are available to the various teams
o Manage up to ensure that people are meeting deliverable deadlines
o Following up on meetings with next steps within a day
● Take notes at meetings and compile notes
● Draft emails and other documents for steering committee members
● Manage Rosters and communications
● Present CA CSA programs and the prospect of post-secondary education for vulnerable youth at every opportunity to policy makers, key stakeholders and the broader community.
Required Skills, Qualities and Experience
● Demonstrated leadership, including an ability to initiate projects and deliver on expectations
● Proven track record developing relationships and building collaboration ● Demonstrated success in meeting outcomes and achieving goals
● Outcomes orientation, resourcefulness and “can-do” outlook
● Exceptional written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
● Effective project manager, with high attention to detail
● Strong facilitator of meetings
● Team player
● Ability to take feedback and implement it quickly, adjust to styles of steering group leadership
● Reflective, constant learning and growth mind-set orientation
● High degree of flexibility and adaptability; willingness and ability to work with ambiguity; ability to self-start and self-monitor progress
● Dedication to the mission of fostering post-secondary success among low-income, disadvantaged populations
● Minimum 4-year degree; Masters preferred; minimum 2+ years experience & ideally much more.
● The ideal candidate will have expertise or experience in some of the following areas and a willingness to learn all of them:
o Knowledge of the child savings account field, including program design, research basis and policy issues
o Experience working on and knowledge of policy, including moving legislation forward
o Working with leadership in college to support first-gen college students success o Developing corporate partnerships and/or pathways for students to become workforce ready and successful in careers
o Facilitating best practices and resource sharing among partners
o Cultivating partners to join a movement
o Fundraising and securing commitments of resources