Program Manager, Coding Quest (multiple locations)
Program Manager, Coding Quest (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island)
National Director, Student Programs
June 13, 2018
About The Learning Partnership
Celebrating over 20 years of service in supporting excellence in public education, The Learning Partnership is a growing, national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.5 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs.
For more information on The Learning Partnership (TLP) visit www.thelearningpartnership.ca
At The Learning Partnership, our mission is to advance, support and promote publicly funded education in Canada. To accomplish this, we have made a commitment to exemplifying five key values, and we are seeking talented individuals who share these same core values to help champion TLP’s mission.
- Integrity: We hold ourselves accountable. We believe in our actions and are committed to diversity and equity in all our work. We can be trusted as a neutral and ethical broker of partnerships.
- People: We empower each other to excel. We believe in developing great people who are open-minded and who continually raise the bar for themselves and their teams.
- Collaboration: We build trust. We believe in building trust and collaborations across our teams internally, and stakeholders externally. We respectfully and openly challenge each other’s ideas for the purpose of finding the best way forward.
- Innovation: We are bold life-long learners. We believe in being life-long learners with inquiring minds. We are bold and have the courage to embrace innovation.
- Excellence: We continually raise the bar. We believe in excellence and continual improvement in all aspects of our work to positively impact publicly funded education in Canada.
As a Program Manager, you will leverage your existing networks to assist The Learning Partnership in developing strategic partnerships with local school boards and cultivate long-term relationships with teachers, principals and superintendents. Your primary objective will include planning and executing all aspects of TLP’s Coding Quest program within your region and reporting on the program’s success.
The Coding Quest program was developed based on provincial curriculum using a critical inquiry process to help Grades 4, 5 and 6 students learn fundamental coding skills by creating a video game. Coding Quest (CQ) focuses on STEM education, 21st
Century and computational thinking, while incorporating learning skills, science and technology, mathematics, language arts, visual arts and social studies. The program culminates in a regional Arcade hosted by The Learning Partnership. The Coding Quest program has a flexible curriculum framework that can be tailored to teachers’ preferences and levels of expertise. As a Program Manager, your role includes assisting teachers as they deliver our 25-class adjustable framework, through an in-service workshop and online resources via The Learning Partnership’s eLearning Moodle.
Developing Strategic Partnership
- Proactively source and recruit teachers and schools to participate in the Coding Quest program through networking.
- Develop strategic partnerships with local school boards and work through their processes to ensure teachers register online.
Collaboration and Communication
- Schedule and facilitate in-service workshops and training for Coding Quest’s program content and delivery to help teachers learn how to effectively execute the Coding Quest program.
- Communicate regularly with teachers and visit classrooms to support program implementation.
- Participate in annual program planning within the Program Manager’s respective region, as per TLP’s Programs department’s business plans.
- Assist the National Program Manager in identifying funding needs and growth opportunities for the Coding Quest program in the identified region.
- Responsible for stewardship of the Coding Quest program and act as a brand ambassador for The Learning Partnership, which involves ensuring effective promotion of the program and TLP branding guidelines are implemented and maintained in all program resources and associated events.
Analytics and Reporting
- Participate in monthly teleconferences hosted by the National Program Manager and by the National Director, Student Programs with regional managers throughout Canada.
- Provide relevant information to Development department regarding proposal and report writing to support solicitation of corporate sponsorships as required.
- Submit all regional program data and contact lists to the National Program Manager on a monthly basis for entry into TLP’s database.
- Collaborate effectively with TLP staff to coordinate and support the Coding Quest program and its events.
- Collect, analyze and present updates to the National Director, Student Programs and National Program Manager, as required on the Coding Quest’s program outcomes, including but not limited to program participation, Central Arcade turnout, impact of program on students and teacher.
- Provide provincial/regional education climate updates to the National Director, Student Programs and National Program Manager to ensure continuous alignment with TLP’s mission is achieved.
- Assist teachers and schools in organizing in-school Arcades prior to the Central Arcades.
- Organize regional events known as Central Arcades to be held in May or June for participating schools. This includes securing venues for the Central Arcades; determining the number of project spots for each participating class; completing the requisite paperwork for the venues, which usually includes obtaining Insurance Certificates’ securing volunteers and providing them with schedules and clear expectations of the event and the specific role they will play; and organizing transportation for student participants to and from the Central Arcades venue.
- Communicate with teachers regarding preparation and details for Central Arcades and remind teachers to follow their Board and school policies and procedures around organizing field trips.
- Manage and track the allocated budget for in-service training workshops and Arcades.
Job Specifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Qualifications)
Minimum Technical Requirements
- Minimum level of education required is a Bachelor’s degree in education or associated field; Master’s degree preferred, or relevant experience.
- Minimum 10 years of experience in the education field, ideally with prior experience in a leadership position (e.g. principal, superintendent or director).
- Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) are required to develop strategic partnerships and deliver workshops and presentations with a diverse range of individuals, business partners and stakeholders.
- Strong organizational skills required to plan Central Arcades and to provide efficient and responsive support to teachers.
- Must demonstrate high emotional intelligence and superb interpersonal skills to work collaboratively with teachers, students, educational leaders, business partners, other program managers and TLP staff to successfully implement and support the Coding Quest program.
- Must demonstrate high energy and enthusiasm with a passion for education and a desire to make a difference in Canada’s public education system.
- Prior experience teaching elementary coding is an asset.
- Bilingual in French and English is an asset.
- Independent Contractor is responsible for providing his/her own laptop or desktop, running on Windows 7 OS or higher and/or Mac OS 10.5 or higher.
- Microsoft Office Suite must be installed including Word, Excel and PowerPoint or comparable.
- Basic computer skills in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
- This independent contractor opportunity is on a part-time basis with occasional evenings required to execute programs, events or meet delivery deadlines.
- Program Managers are expected to work independently (e.g. home offices) and to provide their own equipment (e.g. laptops, phones, etc.) that must meet the identified minimum technical specifications listed above.
- Program Managers will be accountable for managing the allotted program budget.
- This independent consulting contract is contingent upon the successful completion of the necessary criminal background check and subsequent annual declarations to ensure the Independent Consultant’s status is up to date.
- The Learning Partnership is not part of the Ministry of Education or a school board.
We look forward to reviewing your candidacy and invite you to apply online
with your cover letter and resume (in Word or PDF format).
The Learning Partnership values diversity and is committed to being an inclusive organization. We will make reasonable accommodations throughout the hiring process for candidates who inform TLP in advance of known disabilities.
Thank you for your interest in The Learning Partnership. Good luck!