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Project Director- Literacy Center

Job Summary:

Synergy Enterprises, Inc., a woman-owned small business, is seeking a Project Director. The selected candidate will contribute to overall strategic direction and growth of the Department of Education National Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Technical Assistance (TA) Center contract including providing strategic guidance to the CLSD program staff, management of all operational, and administrative team members and oversight and coordination of Center tasks with Synergy’s financial, IT, and ancillary support staff.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provides thought leadership, ideation, and strategies to engage CLSD Grantees and non-Grantee State Education Administrators to improve literacy outcomes for students.
  • Provide monitoring, and TA support services including product development and resource development.
  • Manage all aspects of the CLSD Blanket Purchase Award contract and Task Orders (TO) issued under the contract.
  • Adeptly assign, deploy, train, and supervise team members assigned to the active TOs.
  • Respond to TO requests, Ad-Hoc reports, White Papers, and provide ideation, timelines, budgets for all major deliverables.
  • Must be able to demonstrate ability to independently conceptualize, develop, write, and substantively edit reports, concept papers, management plans, and monthly reports.  Must demonstrate expertise and experience in collaborating with team members and clients to serve as a “working” project director who can work hand in hand with teammates and clients in designing and developing deliverables.
  • This position is not just a supervisory position.
  • Ensure that all deliverables are submitted in a timely manner with high quality results and within allocated budgets.
  • Leads Task Leads with the identification of new options, efficiencies, and enhancement of current services.
  • Identifies and resolves operational problems – develops and implements alternative methods for work improvement in conjunction with the Senior Managing Principal, Assessment & Evaluation Services.
  • Oversees the Deputy Project Director and ensures that tasks and set deadlines for team members (IT, etc.) are reasonable and understood to meet project and client needs.
  • Maintains and coordinates liaison relationships with project staff, subcontractors, consultants, grantees, CLSD stakeholders, and client to assure understanding and appreciation of mutual objectives and problems.
  • Manages escalated issues and problems and ensures timely resolution.
  • Captures lessons learned and best practices, documentation and dissemination of information, managing developing presentations, creating standard operating procedures, etc.


  • Master’s degree or higher in related field.
  • 10+ years’ work experience in a government (preferably federal) contracting environment.
  • Understanding of Technical Assistance, Monitoring, Annual Performance Measures
  • Excellent leadership, management, coordination, interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and willingness and ability to be flexible depending on changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications required.

Other job requirements:

  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends as contracts or deadlines demand.
  • Some travel may be required to meet contract or project specifications.

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 10 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.