Position Title:            Project Director

Reports to:                Executive Director

Supervises:                Project staff, such as Project Managers

Job Type:                    Full-time, Salaried


Overview of the Position

Are you passionate about fostering social justice through evidence-based and culturally informed programs? Do you care deeply about promoting equitable access to high-quality education? Do you enjoy both leading and collaborating to advance organizational mission and impact? If YES, consider joining our dynamic team in the fight for educational equity!

Helps Education Fund is looking for an experienced and mission-driven leader to oversee and grow aspects of our literacy and mathematics programming that are currently used in multiple sites across North Carolina and beyond. The Project Director’s main focus will be on directing and growing projects connected to our research-supported HELPS and AMPPS programs. Our projects usually involve partnering with school districts and other community-based educational organizations (e.g., nonprofits), and we mainly partner with organizations who likewise aim to support students who are economically disadvantaged and/or historically marginalized.

Our programming with HELPS and AMPPS involves several different location-based projects of different sizes, with most projects generally aiming to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  1. training and coaching school-based educators or nonprofit staff members to use our evidence-based programs most effectively with K-12 students;
  2. working with community partners to recruit, train, and/or coordinate volunteers to effectively use our literacy and/or math programs with K-12 students;
  3. strategically planning (and consulting with) leadership teams of our community partners to eventually prepare them to train and coach their staff to use our programs; and/or
  4. systematically evaluating (and reporting) the impact of our project goals, including but not limited to goals for student learning outcomes, increased student confidence in reading or math, accurate use of our programs (i.e., intervention fidelity) by those who receive training, and community partners’ satisfaction with our work.

Key responsibilities of the Project Director include cultivating and sustaining community-based partnerships (such as with leadership teams of schools or education nonprofits), leading to develop clear project goals and ensure all goals are met, developing and overseeing project budgets and (if applicable) helping to secure contractual funding to assist with covering project costs, supervising and supporting project managers, and developing clear project reports based on key outcome data.

Past Project Directors with Helps Education Fund have developed effective models, tools, and methods for achieving project goals and scaling them for success. However, we now seek a full-time Project Director to continue our growth and success while also bringing new ideas, energy, and vision for how we can further expand our programs and impact.

Organizational Overview

Since its inception in 2010, Helps Education Fund has maintained its mission of advancing educational equity by partnering with educators and community organizations that serve a high percentage of historically underserved students, schools, and families. Through collaborative partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally, we provide low- or no-cost programs and services that meaningfully improve student learning. These programs and services are collaboratively developed, rigorously evaluated, and bridge educational research and practice.

Although Helps Education Fund began in 2010 with only a small group of volunteers, we have grown to a diverse team of ~25 staff -- each of whom is passionate about improving educational equity through community engagement and authentic partnerships.

General Qualifications

The ideal candidate:

  • Is a self-motivated, service- and results-oriented leader with a passion for enhancing educational equity and relationship-building with community partners.
  • Has a proven track record of successfully directing educational programming for underserved populations and communities.
  • Has the ability to develop concrete project goals, routinely monitor success and milestones aligned with those goals, and support all project staff with meeting goals.
  • Is comfortable with systems-level thinking and coordination that allows for greater project effectiveness and cost-efficiency.
  • Can effectively hire, train, and/or supervise a diverse group of project staff members.
  • Has at least some experience developing and managing project budgets across multiple projects that are similar in their goals but slightly unique in scope, staff size, or specific tasks needed for project success.

Applicants should have at least 4-7 years of experience in directing educational programming in some capacity (this may include direct service-delivery, research/evaluation of programs, and/or other forms of programming). Experience in the area of education (broadly defined) is preferred but not required. If applicable, applicants with graduate level/post-baccalaureate education may consider those years of graduate school as relevant work experience.

We strongly encourage all interested applicants, but preference may be given for those who have mid-career or senior-level management experience.

Helps Education Fund is committed to cultivating a diverse environment and continues to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, socio-economic class, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, record of arrest or conviction, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Questions about the position should be sent to Dr. John Begeny, Executive Director, at john@helpseducationfund.org.