Senior Program Manager – Private Schools

Position: Senior Program Manager, Governance (Private Schools)
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, we seek to achieve transformational standards of educational excellence for children in disadvantaged communities in India. We support exceptional social entrepreneurs with powerful ideas, undertake application-oriented research, provide a platform for sharing of innovation, and collaborate with other stakeholders in the ecosystem to find policy solutions – all towards enabling sustained change in India’s educational system.

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 significant and sustained reforms in the Indian education system.

Position Summary:

The Senior Program Manager, Governance (Private Schools) is a dynamic opportunity that involves developing and managing relationships with key stakeholders, conducting and managing research on critical and relevant issue areas, building and driving initiatives to bring transparency & accountability to the private system while managing a team of motivated, passionate team members. The role is critical to linking learnings from our philanthropy work, strategic policy and advocacy work, and ecosystem development work. This role directly reports to the Associate Director, Governance.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Co-create and advocate for the strategic vision of private school engagement for CSF.
  • Engage with researchers, practitioners and other experts to develop and test key hypotheses around improving foundational learning in primary private schools.
  • Conceptualize and lead research initiatives and experiments to develop and test high-potential hypotheses and extract learnings.
  • Build partnerships with NGOs, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and researchers with expertise and capabilities in building and scaling private school interventions and innovations.
  • Build out CSF’s advocacy agenda for private schools, and engage with governments at different levels to facilitate pragmatic regulation of the sector.
  • Work with key stakeholders and influencers on initiatives, such as but not limited to a national coalition, to build political salience around improving the private sector.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

  • Masters degree or equivalent in relevant fields: including management, economics, social sciences and public policy preferred
  • 8 to 10 years of work experience with managerial responsibilities, demonstrating superb project delivery and team leadership
  • Experience in growing and managing team members
  • Excellent research skills and the ability to analyze complex qualitative and quantitative data, craft possible solutions, and recommend actions
  • Ability to build and maintain positive and collaborative relationships both within and outside the organization, including with colleagues, schools, regulators, foundations, researchers, grantees, and education product/service providers
  • Ability to lead meetings, deliver presentations, and represent CSF to external audiences
  • Ability to work independently and proactively, without support staff and with little supervision
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills, and an ability to be able to set priorities, plan timelines and meet deadlines

Desired Qualities:

  • 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.