Senior Programme Manager – EdTech, Central Square Foundation

Location

Delhi

One of India’s biggest challenges is providing quality education to its 240 million children. The scale and complexity of education in India demands that the brightest talent engage in finding solutions.

At Central Square Foundation (CSF), we seek to achieve transformational standards of educational excellence for children from disadvantaged communities in India. We support exceptional social entrepreneurs with powerful ideas, provide a platform for the sharing of innovation, and find policy solutions to enable sustained change.

CSF’s team members combine a deep commitment to education with operational excellence. We are a young organisation with a dynamic entrepreneurial environment dedicated to achieving landmark reform in the Indian education system.

Position Summary

One of the key areas of CSF’s work is Education Technology. Under this thematic area, we focus on how technology can be leveraged to improve the teaching-learning experience within classrooms – through both student-directed and teacher-directed interventions.
We have an active portfolio of 5 organisations that are all testing different hypothesis.

In addition to these grants, we also work closely with governments to create an impact at scale. We have been working closely with the MHRD to provide technical assistance and support to help conceptualise and build a National Teacher Platform. We also work with a number of state governments as a strategic knowledge & thought partner to help them build a vision and operational plan for using technology in schools. We’re supporting Andhra Pradesh’s flagship Digital Classrooms Initiative, by designing their implementation models, capacity building workshops, helping with the evaluation & selection of digital content solutions etc..We’re also helping the Government of Chhattisgarh rethink how they should spend their ICT@Schools budget for 1246 schools.

In order to create a public good for the ecosystem, we’re also working on a project to build a body of evidence on the effectiveness of EdTech products in our context. Building this causal evidence will help technology companies establish trust in the market and scale their business. Evidence will also encourage governments and affordable private school leaders to invest more in technology solutions and integrate technology in schools in a pedagogically sound way.

The Senior Programme Manager, EdTech (Education Technology) will be responsible for developing and managing relationships with nonprofits, policy-makers, supporting our network of grantee organisations, conducting research on relevant issues, and building and managing relationships with governments, for furthering the cause of quality education for every child in India. The role will require working directly with CSF’s Associate Director in EdTech.

Job Descriptions

  • Position: Senior Programme Manager – Education Technology, Central Square Foundation
  • Reports to: Associate Director-EdTech, Central Square Foundation
  • Location: New Delhi, India

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Support and Manage the existing EdTech portfolio to grow and be more impactful through continuous strategic support
  • Develop key hypotheses based on current and future trends in EdTech
  • Expand the existing EdTech portfolio by incubating and/or funding organisations working on innovative solutions
  • Identify and build partnership with non-profits, social entrepreneurs, technology companies with expertise and capabilities in building and scaling EdTech innovations
  • Promote coordination and cumulative learning among non-profits 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:

  • Masters or equivalent degree required
  • 5+ years of work experience with managerial responsibilities and track record of high achievement in technology industry
  • Excellent communication and project management skills
  • Ability to build & manage relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Willingness to travel

Desired Qualities:

  • A belief that all children, regardless of their family’s socio-economic background can achieve at the highest level
  • Persistence, determination, and strong work ethic
  • Self-driven and ability to work independently
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Strong problem-solving ability
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Demonstrate initiative and motivate others

Remuneration

Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will be commensurate to candidate’s experience levels.

Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter (including 2-3 paragraphs on how the current position at Central Square Foundation aligns to their long term professional aspirations) and resume via email with subject line ‘Application for PM, EdTech’ to hiring@centralsquarefoundation.org