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Deputy Project Director Literacy Center

Job Summary:

Synergy Enterprises, Inc is looking for a Deputy Project Director (DPD) supporting the Literacy Center contract. The Deputy Project Director will be responsible for assisting the Project Director in the administration, management, technical direction and planning for a U.S. Department literacy contract that builds the capacity of state education agencies to increase literacy outcomes. Synergy is looking for candidates that have knowledge and understanding of federal contract management. The DPD will be responsible for preparing content driven material including, that are designed to help state education agencies improve literacy outcomes for children and youth Birth-Grade 12 throughout the state. Materials could include, but are not limited to, tool kits reports, and resource tools designed to develop and implement state literacy plans.  Additionally, the Deputy Project Director will manage and oversee personnel assigned to the project.

Primary Responsibilities:


  • Administer corporate policies and procedures where appropriate.
  • Must be customer service oriented.
  • Perform formal status reporting to corporate management/Project Director.
  • Pursue efforts to market SEI’s capabilities to provide services to an expanded client base including identifying potential clients, writing or assisting in writing proposals and making marketing presentations.

Project Related

  • Work in collaboration with Project Director
  • Work closely with (project staff-client).
  • Maintain day-to-day communication with the client.
  • Responsible for the quality and timeliness of services and for products developed through project activities.
  • Handle day-to-day project management and provide technical direction to team.
  • Work with the Project Director to assign activities to appropriate team leads, coordinate all major tasks.
  • Integrated work plans developer for project tasks and ensure agreement with the benchmarks of performance, progress, and success for each major task.
  • Work with the Project Director to track progress overtime.
  • Meet formally at least once a week with the team leads to ensure fluid, steady communications among team members.
  • Prepare and/or assist in coordination of all contract documentation such as monthly reports, work assignment final reports and written deliverables.
  • Assist in the management of the overall task of the scope of work.
  • Act as resource with project personnel for solving day-to-day challenges.
  • Work with Project Director to develop workplans for the project staff and client.
  • Work with Project Director to track budget as needed.
  • Work with Project Director to prepare reports as required by clients.
  • Serve as the backup to the PD.

Supervisory/Manager Duties, if applicable:

  • Oversee staff.
  • Field employee questions, concerns and requests.
  • Manage staff schedules.
  • As directed by Project Director, provide oversight and guidance to subcontractors, consultants, and vendors.


  • Master’s degree in education and the literacy field is preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of education experience.
  • Minimum of 2 years project management experience (preferably with a government contractor).
  • Possess demonstrated experience in interacting with high-level officials and clients.
  • Minimum of 2 years of supervisory experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and analytical skills a must.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency required.

Other job requirements:

  • The position requires that individuals be available to work as necessary throughout the standard workweek and occasionally on weekends as well.

Physical demands and work environment:

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle objects and documents; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision. Employee may use office equipment such as telephone, computer, computer software, calculator, printer, copier, and facsimile.
  • Work environment: Employees are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and skills required of employees so classified.