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Principal, Project Director - Charter Schools

Job Summary: Responsible for the overall administration, management, direction and planning of all technical resources and personnel assigned to the project.



Primary Responsibilities:

Project Related

·     Serve as the project director or principal investigator on education projects related to charter schools, leading all aspects of the project, including budgets, activities and team members

·     Work closely with Senior Managing Principal, Assessment & Evaluation to develop proposals focused on K-12 education

·     Present at national conferences/meetings related to charter schools on behalf of Synergy and/or its client

·     Work closely with other leaders within Assessment & Evaluation, as well as the client, to contribute ideas, develop strategic plans, and devise new approaches for technical assistance

·     Prepare and/or assist in the coordination of all contract documentation such as monthly reports, work assignment final reports and written deliverables

·     Lead projects to disseminate technical assistance and best practices to charter schools

·     Supervise and mentor junior staff and support their career development

·     Ensure that the project satisfies all contractual obligations from a technical standpoint and within required time frames; assist Senior Management on all matters of budgets, costs, and vendor coordination

·     Assist in the management of the overall task of the scope of work

·     Act as a resource with project personnel for solving day-to-day technical problems

·     Coordinate the technical contribution of vendors, consultants, and subcontractors

·     Work with senior leadership to develop workplans for clients, track budgets, and prepare reports for clients

·     Work with clients to develop meeting materials as necessary

·     Provide quality control on contract deliverables


  • Administer corporate policies and procedures where appropriate
  • Perform formal status reporting to corporate management
  • 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.

Supervisory/Manager Duties

  • Oversee staff
  • Field employee questions, concerns, and requests
  • Manage staff schedules
  • Evaluate staff performance
  • Counsel staff as necessary


  • Bachelor’s degree required, with strong preference for a Master’s degree, other professional degree, or higher
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience primarily working with Department of Education contracts
  • Supervisory/management experience in charter schools and expertise in best practices related to their governance and key functions
  • Experience presenting at relevant national conferences/meetings
  • Membership/affiliation with organizations working with charter schools
  • Possess demonstrated experience in negotiating and interacting with high-level officials and clients
  • Experience interacting with education-focused parent organizations and/or local departments of education
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working directly with Charter Schools
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to multi-task several high-level demands from multiple sources

Other job requirements:

·       Some travel to the Washington, DC area or other locations is expected and should be no more than 12-15 days per year. This position requires that individuals be available to work throughout the week, and on weekends as needed. Historically, individuals who have filled this position have worked on average anywhere from 5 to 6 weekends a year (and sometimes more).

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 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision. Employee may use office equipment such as telephone, computer, computer software, calculator, printer, and copier. 
  • Work environment: Employees are not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.