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18 Aug 2023

Operations / Administration Senior Manager, Strategic Project Management

The New School
 New York, New York County, New York, United States

Job Description

The New School was founded by forward-thinking educators in 1919 to defy the intellectual constraints of a traditional college education.

The New School is a progressive university housing five extraordinary schools—including Parsons School of Design and Mannes School of Music—as well as a renowned continuing education program. It is a place where scholars, writers, artists, designers, and musicians of all ages and at all life stages can collaborate and find the support they need to courageously challenge convention. Our academic centers in New York City and Paris offer over 10,000 students more than 135 degree and non-degree programs designed to prepare them to make a more just, more beautiful, and better world.

Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) drives strategic expansion of the university’s unique approach and mission through year-round academic programs for learners of all ages and phases of their educational journey. CPE serves over 15,000 students directly and via partnerships – on its Greenwich Village campus, in global centers, via hybrid and remote delivery – with noncredit and noncredit courses, certificates, degree and academic partnerships, workshops, and intensives

Management and Support

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Business Strategy and Planning, the Senior Manager, Strategic Project Management will serve as a hub of CPE-wide activities, working closely with CPE and university leadership, program and operations directors, marketing and enrollment, colleagues in Finance, Marketing & Communications, and the Provost Office, external partners, and a broad range of stakeholders who support CPE’s strategic growth. This role will learn, design, and iterate project management practices and systems across the CPE portfolio to maintain program success, strengthen team communications, and provide input to the unit’s business and academic strategies.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.


Strategic Project Management

In collaboration with CPE project and program managers, drive and support project plan development and timelines across CPE and recommend efficient solutions

Maintain and support the design and customization of CPE-wide project management and organizational systems, including and Salesforce

In collaboration with CPE leadership, set and evaluate guiding principles, KPIs, metrics, prioritization, and program goals

Support budgeting, resource allocation, financial planning, and projections

Stakeholder Management

Liaise between internal CPE teams, university stakeholders, and vendors and partners on project and program timelines, progress, performance, and key questions

Set and adjust expectations based on progress, risks, and stakeholder feedback

Contribute to the development and delivery of high level presentations to leadership on project status, goals, and impacts

Facilitate team meetings, team communication, and prioritization of resources

Operations & Strategy Support

Centralize and support CPE operations support including vendor agreements, independent contractors, record governance, and coordination with CPE and university systems

Contribute to and coordinate research on a variety of new initiatives and business strategies, providing direction and focus, as directed



Bachelor’s degree


3-5 years of professional experience in project management, education, technology, media, strategic planning, data analysis, and/or communications

Proven ability to and comfort with independently developing and maintaining:

Structured project plans and goals to communicate and deliver on milestones

Financial reports and analyses for tracking and decision-making

Business models to conceive and guide new, growing, and existing activities

Confidential and sensitive communications and materials

Systems to document, track, and appropriately share the above

Demonstrated ability and experience collaborating and coordinating with others in a complex, remote & hybrid, multi-team, multi-office environment

Skills and Mission

Comfort with iterating, adjusting, and making recommendations based on limited or ambiguous information

Demonstrated knowledge of and/or ability to quickly learn Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Workday,, Salesforce, and other financial, data, reporting, customer relationship management, and project management systems

Excellent and proactive verbal and written communication skills

Professional and intellectual curiosity; flexibility and creativity; self-directed and collaborative mindset

Demonstrated interest in The New School and its mission, higher education services and strategy, data analysis, and/or project management


Master’s degree in a relevant area (e.g., business, management, education, communications)

Demonstrated experience in relevant fields and functions (e.g., business consulting, project management, K-12 or higher education, technology, entrepreneurial or start-up operations, publishing, media management)


Hybrid/Remote – Employees hired for this position primarily work remotely with the occasional on-campus presence required with advanced notice. Employees in this role will also be expected to use their best judgment to be on campus when necessary in order to best fulfill the responsibilities of their job descriptions.


$70,000 – $80,000

We look forward to receiving your application!

How to Apply

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Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.