We believe that character strengths such as grit, growth mindset, gratitude, self-control, and curiosity enable kids to lead lives that benefit themselves and other people. We believe that radical advances in building character are possible when scientists and educators work together, powered by design thinking and disciplined by the scientific method.
3401 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Character Lab is looking for a School Partnerships Manager. Reporting to the Director of Education (Emily Aisenbrey), the School Partnerships Manager will work closely with Character Lab’s network of school and district partners while developing and coordinating new systems for conducting research activities in schools. This is an exciting opportunity for a results-oriented, innovative professional to have a tremendous impact by ensuring Character Lab develops and maintains school partnerships to advance the science and practice of character development.
The School Partnerships Manager will manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously. They will present at conferences and plan events for school partners, recruit and onboard new schools, create systems for new types of activities in schools (e.g., student and teacher interviews, teacher surveys, classroom studies), and work to address inefficiency across our work.
We are looking for an individual who has education experience, either as an educator or dealing directly with them, and understands the complexities of working with schools. Juggling multiple projects at once, the right candidate embraces time management, effective communication, and will thrive within our small and dynamic team.
About Character Lab
Character Lab is a nonprofit devoted to advancing the science and practice of character development. We were founded in 2012 by two educators (Dave Levin and Dominic Randolph) and one scientist (Angela Duckworth) who see character development as essential to helping all children thrive.
Our research has shown that success and well-being depend on a multitude of strengths that are organized into three dimensions: interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual. Interpersonal strengths like gratitude and empathy enable caring relationships with other people; intrapersonal strengths like grit and growth mindset enable achievement; and intellectual strengths like curiosity and humor enable a fertile life of the mind.
To advance the science of character development, Character Lab connects leading psychologists with middle and high schools across the country. To advance the practice of character development, Character Lab translates research findings into Playbooks, instructional materials co-created with scientists, educators, and designers. To learn more, see our most recent Annual Letter.
Our culture is both challenging (we’re never done improving) and supportive (one of our core values is excessive generosity). We are passionate designers, educators, and scientists (and one dog) under one roof. To learn more, read our Culture Book.
Lead presentations to current and potential school partners
Liaise with and foster strong relationships with both potential and current school partners
Help recruit and onboard new school partners
Plan events for current and potential school partners
Work directly with on-site research leads to facilitate all research efforts
Troubleshoot research issues as needed
Travel on-site to meet with current and potential school partners (at least once a month)
Create operational procedures for different types of research activities at schools
Support the Director of Education and School Partnerships team in improving processes and systems for school partners
Additional responsibilities as assigned
Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years relevant work experience as an educator or working with educators/schools; Master’s degree a plus
Highly effective interpersonal communication, collaboration, presentation and writing skills
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Strong attention to detail
Excellent team leadership skills
Fierce work ethic and sense of purpose, with the ability to work well as part of a dynamic start-up
Strong passion for helping educators and students
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors
Prolonged and irregular hours of duty, as necessary
Some light to medium level of manual labor (e.g., preparing mailings, moving boxes of materials)
Monthly travel for work-related responsibilities
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary is commensurate with individual’s experience and skills. All full-time employees receive a comprehensive benefits package.
Character Lab is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please submit a compelling cover letter with your resume.