Program Manager, College Readiness Program

Job Type

Full Time




San Diego
United States



What do you do all day?

National Math + Science Initiative seeks a highly organized individual willing to join our team as one of our Program Managers directly responsible for the management and support of a cohort of schools in our College Readiness Program (CRP). The Program Manager ensures the quality implementation and sustainment of programming in the schools we serve by becoming strategic partners for the administrators who organize and prepare their teachers and students towards advancement in AP programming and STEM education.

To achieve our mission as a NMSI Program Manager, we are committed to support program schools in the successful implementation of the CRP through the following strategic priorities:

  • Drive Results through Data-Decision Making – Prepare district and building level administrators to plan for each academic year using data to drive decisions regarding student enrollment, AP course selection/offering, and teacher placement/ training throughout the year and summer.
  • Build Capacity for Sustainability – Develop district and building level administrators to facilitate an academic culture shift in their schools prioritizing access and opportunities for students in STEM education and preparation for College Readiness through coaching and planning.
  • Manage Programming through Partnerships – Partner with districts, administrators, and schools to experience the CRP seamlessly by ensuring schools leverage the program supports in a way that is most aligned to schools’ needs.

What are the details?

Based in the Greater San Diego area, the Program Manager position reports to the Director, School Partnerships and Program Management. The Program Manager will demonstrate a commitment to NMSI’s mission, leadership and influencing skills, and a knowledge of secondary teaching and learning; data analysis and exceptional communication and organizational skills are critical for success in this role. The ability to speak compellingly about our work and develop content knowledge in key organizational initiatives is also required.

While work will vary day to day, there are typical job responsibilities in this role:

  • Manage programming through building strong relationships with school-based and district administrators to increase AP math, science and English enrollment and student qualifying AP results;
  • Facilitate analysis of student and teacher performance data in each content area to identify areas for targeted intervention and best practice sharing;
  • Coach building and district administrators to utilize data to develop strong academic programs in their schools, choose best practices for instruction, and hire and train teachers;
  • Coach building and district administrators through periodic check-ins, school visits, and communication that lead them to take ownership of program implementation, follow-through on initiatives, and future sustainability of programming beyond NMSI’s presence in their schools;
  • Build strong relationships with school-based and district administrators to implement and facilitate CRP programming through continued communication, goal-setting, and clear expectations;
  • Share knowledge and benefits of the AP program, AP course sequences and pre-requisites, and exam policies, and support building administrators around individual course recruitment strategies;
  • Coordinate, prepare, execute, schedule, communicate, maintain and report on all CRP activities and transactions in the schools assigned by the Director of School Support;
  • Identify and build relationships with community partners to enhance school support, understand the regional landscape and its impact on student achievement, and continue growth in the region;
  • Collaborate across NMSI teams to help ensure the schools we serve receive the best possible service and support; and
  • Represent NMSI as the leader in providing STEM education and increased opportunity for student success for every school and every region we partner.


What are we looking for?

  • Experience & Education – Bachelor’s Degree (BA/BS) with a Master’s Degree Preferred; minimum of three years as a teacher or administrator.
  • Expert Communicator – You have excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, and the ability to authentically connect with diverse constituencies; and facilitating various size groups.
  • Strategic Mindset – You’re a critical thinking who sees ahead to future possibilities and translates them into breakthrough strategies and you make good data-driven decisions.
  • Entrepreneurial – You live for the hustle that’s required to meet ambitious goals with an appetite for collaboration.
  • Organized & Productive – You’re a master at project planning and managing multiple priorities and you do not let distractions or complexity prevent you from meeting goals. You are highly organized with extreme attention to detail, accuracy, and problem-solving abilities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Reliable Transportation – You have access to reliable transportation to visit San Diego area schools, a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

What else do we value?

  • Accountability - Delivering on commitments made to our stakeholders, transparency about progress and outcomes, and ownership of responsibility for the decisions we make.
  • Collaboration - Trust, open communication and teamwork inside and outside the organization to maximize our shared knowledge and bring greater value to our mission.
  • Equity - Access and opportunity for all students to succeed, regardless of zip code.
  • Learning - Fostering dynamic learning environments for students and teachers and using internal and external feedback to continuously improve the quality of our work.
  • Advocacy - Cultivation of strong, strategic relationships that expand our reach and influence and ensure continued positive student outcomes in the communities we serve.

Want to learn more?

The National Math and Science Initiative is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today’s classrooms and ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century. Founded in 2007, NMSI began by dramatically improving student participation and success in rigorous Advanced Placement math, science and English courses in 85 courses across seven states. Today, NMSI has scaled its proven program to serve more than 1.5 million students, 50,000 teachers, 1,000 high schools and 45 universities across 40 states, and is having a demonstrable and lasting impact on student outcomes.

NMSI Next, our five-year strategic plan, deepens our commitment to transform our current programs. In doing so, we will also launch a bold approach to partnering with school systems that drives outcomes not only at the student and school system levels, but also at the regional and national levels. NMSI Next is anchored on the concept that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts and that our teamwork and program work go hand in hand. Additionally, we believe that our impact at the school system, regional, and national levels will reinforce itself to ensure population level outcomes.

We believe STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity, and is unmatched in unlocking student potential.

Specifically, NMSI Next will implement the following strategic levers so that all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lifelong learners, pursue their passions and tackle the world’s toughest challenges.

  • Catalyze bold thinking and enduring solutions for all students nationally
  • Collaborate with regional stakeholders to drive sustainable changes
  • Provide school systems a world class K-12 solution set
  • Build a strong, sustainable, and nimble organization positioning us to deliver exponential impact

The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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