Flamboyan Foundation is Hiring a Managing Director of Program Design

March 15, 2017 02:33 PM
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Flamboyan Foundation seeks an experienced and strategic Managing Director of Program Design. This individual possesses a passion for improving public education and will help advance Flamboyan’s work in D.C. by leading our program design team in its creation and support of initiatives with educators, school leaders, community-based actors, and systems-level actors to engage families. The ideal candidate brings experience in setting vision and strategy in an entrepreneurial environment, managing and developing a high performing team to reach goals, and a keen understanding of the educational environment in Washington, DC as well as excellent project management, meeting facilitation, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Currently in our 7th year of operation in D.C., Flamboyan Foundation is now partnering with over 50 local public and public charter schools, as well as several teacher and leader preparation programs to equip them with the confidence, knowledge, skills and resources to effectively partner with families for student success.

The Managing Director of Program Design position offers an incredible opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial and collaborative environment that is striving to change the culture of how families and educators partner to support student success. The person in this role will manage a team of grade band specific program designers focused on designing programs and school partnerships to support the unique and ongoing needs of students and families throughout their educational careers while building a cohesive strategy across all grade levels.  This position reports to the Senior Managing Director of DC Family Engagement in Washington, D.C.


Position Details

Set vision and direction for high level program strategy across all grade levels

  • Set vision and lead strategic planning for the program design team in accordance with organizational vision and direction
  • Determine strategies to seamlessly connect family engagement across grade bands/the developmental continuum (early childhood through college and career)
  • Collaborate with other program teams (coaching, training, operations, data, evaluation) to achieve goals
  • Identify learning and impact evaluation priorities across all programs and provide input into learning and evaluation plans
  • Explore opportunities for partnership with charter management organizations, non-profits, and other potential partners to support learning and program implementation across the grade level continuum

Manage and develop program design team across elementary, middle school, and high school/college readiness initiatives

  • Manage a team to set and reach goals
  • Thought partner with program designers to assess unique needs of specific grade bands and devise strategies and programs to reach goals and outcomes
  • Provide guidance and support in prioritizing highest impact strategies and initiatives
  • Identify appropriate professional development opportunities and ensure continued professional growth of the team individually and collectively

Support program monitoring and management

  • Create systems and structures for monitoring progress to programmatic goals across various initiatives
  • Monitor program quality in partner schools and organizations through data and direct observation
  • Lead team in reflecting on progress and course correcting when necessary
  • Observe work in action, to determine if program inputs are necessary/sufficient and identify changes needed
  • Implement or support implementation of learning and impact evaluation plans (i.e., parent/teacher interviews, focus groups, surveys, etc.)

Education and Experience

  • 10+ years relevant professional experience
  • Proven results in creating and supporting teams to execute on strategy
  • Track record of collaborating successfully across teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated success in managing teams to reach goals
  • Educational experience in Washington, D.C. strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required with master’s degree preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Passion for family engagement, with preference for those having used effective family engagement strategies in their classroom, school, and/or district
  • Superior, genuine interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Ability to take initiative and chart a path forward in circumstances that are ambiguous or have competing priorities, and help team members do the same
  • Collaborative/team oriented
  • Strong results-orientation and critical thinking; ability to backwards-map plans and decisions from desired outcomes
  • Training and meeting facilitation skills
  • Excellent and concise communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to analyze problems and identify solutions independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent judgment, diplomatic
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task effectively
  • Continuous learner


Salary is based upon experience and includes a complete benefits package.

How we value you

Flamboyan offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering 100% of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing 70% of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include an exceptional dental plan, disability insurance, parental leave, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, professional development, and a 403(b) plan with employer matching. We also offer a flexible, family-friendly, beautiful work environment, centered on the philosophy that we value people first and foremost.

How to Apply

Please email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to jobs@flamboyanfoundation.org. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Applicants should include the words “Managing Director of Program Design Application” in the subject line of the email.

Flamboyan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation gender identity or expression, veteran status or disability.

About Flamboyan Foundation
Flamboyan Foundation strives for the day when every child has the opportunity to live a fulfilling life. To make this vision a reality, we produce catalytic and sustainable results to education’s most intractable challenges so children most impacted by inequity thrive. Flamboyan brings strategic leadership and investment of time and money to solve some of the most deeply rooted educational challenges. We study the issues and work with our partners to develop creative solutions and put ideas into practice. We constantly learn from our experiences and adapt our work accordingly. The cornerstone of Flamboyan’s approach is hands-on, purposeful collaboration with nonprofits, school districts, educators, government and community leaders who share our commitment to and focus on achieving ambitious results to improve children’s learning.

In Washington, D.C., we are working to improve student outcomes by transforming the way families and educators work together. Research consistently shows family engagement accelerates student learning. However, districts, schools and teachers often do not know how to best partner with families and provide the information and support needed to help children succeed. We work with educators and other partners to learn about the most effective approaches to family engagement. We then build the capacity of teachers, school leaders and districts by providing the training, resources and on-the-ground support they need. We also invest in education advocacy efforts that enable families to attain the best possible public education for their children.

Our core values

People. We believe in the power, dignity, value, potential, and good intent of all people. 

Equity.  We challenge ourselves, one another, and our partners to uphold belief in a shared humanity by interrupting bias, dismantling systems of oppression, and lifting up the voices of marginalized people and communities. 

Impact.  We create lasting, meaningful social change.

Catalytic Action. We pursue our goals with passion and urgency and activate others internally and externally to carry our work even further.

For more information please visit www.flamboyanfoundation.org