Open Position

Program Manager, Innovation

At Pivot, we look for talented and inspiring colleagues who believe in public education and the imperative to support schools to innovate and improve. We are currently seeking a Program Manager to manage diverse projects, both new and existing, with a goal of these projects ultimately launching and scaling up as new products and services for Pivot. These projects represent a mix of focus areas, all focused on serving high-priority student populations (e.g., multilingual learners) and related policy areas (e.g., improving information availability and accessibility regarding the quality of instructional materials in California).

This is a full-time, Exempt position, reporting to the Director of Innovation.  Pivot is currently a virtual organization, with the majority of staff based in California. Candidates for this position can be based anywhere in the US, and this is a remote role based out of your home office. This position will require occasional travel to client sites across the country, and periodic travel to Pivot internal meetings and events.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as direct project manager for existing and new policy-focused projects in the Innovation portfolio, guiding them from launch through achievement of all deliverables. This includes developing and managing project plans, leading regular meetings of project teams, and facilitating decision-making across multiple partners.
  • Develop and maintain productive partnerships with school partners (e.g., individual schools, districts, charters, county offices) and other external partners (e.g., education nonprofits, research/policy/advocacy organizations, technology companies, state entities, funders). Stay abreast of the current policy landscape and trends in K–12 public education.
  • Prepare for, facilitate, and manage follow-up from meetings, events and trainings (virtual, in-person or a hybrid) with all partners. This includes developing or overseeing the development of materials, resources, and tools for various audiences.
  • In partnership with the Pivot research/evaluation team and the Director of Innovation, facilitate cycles of feedback and data analysis to improve potential products, services, and other deliverables.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in the K–12 public education sector, including working in and/or with public K–12 education via local education agencies (i.e., county offices, districts, or charters) or education nonprofits. Strong knowledge of current policy issues (federal, state-specific, or both) is essential.
  • Background aligned with at least one of Pivot’s focus areas, such as English language development, effective instructional practices for multilingual learners, high-quality instructional materials, education policy, product development, and professional learning.
  • Thrives under ambiguity and  takes initiative to master steep learning curves.
  • Project management skills, including the ability to develop, manage and/or follow project plans, set priorities, manage self and a diverse group of stakeholders to deadlines and deliverables, manage “up” and “across” regardless of positional authority, and ensure achievement of project goals.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, summarizing, and utilizing qualitative and quantitative data to inform project decisions, future programming, or policy decisions. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and work with diverse groups and individuals, and with educators and partner organizations.
  • Superb content and facilitation skills, including the capacity to develop materials and facilitate meetings, trainings, workshops, and technical assistance engagements (e.g., professional learning sessions, coaching). 
  • Bachelor’s degree required; 5+ years of relevant work experience preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Pivot Learning offers a competitive compensation package, including medical/dental/vision insurance, 403b contribution, vacation leave, sick leave, paid parental leave, 15 paid holidays, professional development funds, and paid time off for volunteering.


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Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we welcome applications from persons of every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, and for whom English is not their first language.

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