Position: Program Manager – EdTech, CSF
India’s school education system is the largest in the world, with 260 million children, 1.5 million schools, and 8.5 million teachers. Government expenditure increased 15 times between 1990 and 2010, and 97% of children enter Grade 1. Yet, increased inputs and access have not led to improvements in learning. Proportion of 5th grade children who could read a 2nd grade text dropped from 59% in 2007 to 48% in 2016 and National Achievement Survey scores for Maths and Language reduced between 2012 and 2015 in 25 states. Some reasons for this include low government focus on quality initiatives, low quality human resources and poor governance and accountability mechanisms.
However, the focus is slowly shifting towards quality, and governments are paying more attention to learning. Clear benchmarks have been developed to measure learning and innovative models are being developed for low-income settings. A few state governments are focusing on holistic education reform, and a large amount of philanthropic funding is now directed towards education. While these efforts are promising, there is still a long way to go. There is a clear need for thought leadership, innovation, and amplification of current initiatives to ensure that all children are learning well.
We, at Central Square Foundation (CSF), believe that this is the right time to make education reform a priority. At CSF, we seek to achieve transformational standards of educational excellence for children in disadvantaged communities in India. We support exceptional social entrepreneurs with powerful ideas, provide a platform for the sharing of innovation and evidence, and work with the government to identify solutions and implement projects to enable sustained change.
The scale and complexity of education in India demands that the brightest talent engage in finding solutions. CSF’s team members combine a deep commitment to education with operational excellence. We are a young organization with a dynamic entrepreneurial environment dedicated to achieving landmark reform in the Indian education system.
We believe deeply in our employees’ professional development, and seek to build an inclusive and collaborative culture. Program Managers at CSF will gain access to a suite of opportunities as a part of our 2-year management development track, which include
- Mentorship by senior leaders
- Professional development sessions –CSF Learn
- Culture building activities such as hangouts, work buddies
- Multiple opportunities for cross-team collaboration and learning
- Opportunities to be at the cutting-edge of the school education reform journey in India, and work on key strategic projects
- Well-knit alumni network in the top universities and organizations
- Support to apply to business/policy school (with a minimum time commitment of 2 years to CSF)
To find out more about CSF and our work, access a more detailed presentation here:
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Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Engage with governments at different levels to provide support in conceptualizing and implementing quality interventions
- Support and Manage the existing EdTech portfolio to grow and be more impactful through continuous strategic support
- Provide ongoing technical and strategic support to grant partners
- Develop key hypotheses based on current and future trends in EdTech
- Expand the existing EdTech portfolio by incubating and/or funding organizations working on innovative solutions
- Identify and build partnership with nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, technology companies with expertise and capabilities in building and scaling EdTech innovations
- Promote coordination and cumulative learning among nonprofits demonstrating best practices in specific areas of education
- Develop and implement a strategy to create better demand for EdTech in and outside school environment
- Build and lead government partnerships – support building vision and implementation of EdTech in schools through project management, knowledge sharing and policy changes
- Conduct policy research in the education technology and develop papers for advocacy
Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:
- Bachelor’s or equivalent degree required
- 2 to 5 years of work experience with track record of high achievement
- Excellent spoken and written communication skills
- Excellent project management, analytical and problem solving skills
- Data analysis and presentation
- Entrepreneurial spirit and ‘can-do’ attitude
- Operating style suited to working in a small-organization setting, where teamwork and resourcefulness are highly valued
- Excellent leadership skills, including ability to manage multiple projects at a time
Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will depend upon the candidate’s experience levels.
Interested candidates can click on the Application Form and fill the required details in the form.