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Project Manager (Legal & Strategy)  

About the Organization New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works in conjunction with school districts, state policymakers and educators across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels. These programs are built upon research-based principles for teacher onboarding, mentoring and ongoing coaching, and are proven to accelerate teacher effectiveness, reduce teacher churn and improve student achievement. NTC has made it their mission to overcome challenges students and teachers face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC now supports over 7,500 mentors and coaches and 35,000 teachers, and is improving the learning of over 2.6 million students across the country. For more information, please visit:  

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the of the Senior Director, Legal & Strategy, the Project Manager, Legal & Strategy collaborates with leaders and staff across the organization to improve the business processes and strategic partnership development of the organization. The Project Manager, Legal & Strategy ensures that daily operation of the organization progresses smoothly. This position collaborates with different departments and partners with stakeholders internally and externally to prepare agreements and proposals that protect the organization from risk, to ensure compliance with NTC policies, and to assist in keeping the organization in compliance with applicable state and Federal laws. The Project Manager, Legal & Strategy assists in identifying, vetting, and pursuing a broad range of organizational partnerships in support of the NTC mission. Demonstrated commitment to core Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles required.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support compliance and risk management efforts across departments. Under the direction of the Senior Director, the Project Manager will generate and execute risk-management and compliance policies and processes across NTC. This part of the role will require close collaboration with Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Operations. The ideal candidate will show experience and interest in organizational development and systems thinking.

  • Act as primary point of contact and administrator for a broad range of requests for legal services. The Project Manager will provide intake, review, prioritization, and resolution or elevation of requests for legal services from all NTC departments. The Project Manager will maintain the company’s archive of legal contracts and grant templates in collaboration with staff from other departments, address questions related to contract terms and conditions, draft contract amendments and change orders, and translate contractual data into meaningful information for each functional area. Documents received for drafting and review include client contracts, vendor contracts, Memoranda of Understanding, RFP and RFQ proposals, grants, service agreements, confidentiality agreements, vendor agreements (subcontracts, subawards, consultants) and data-sharing agreements, among others. The manager will correspond with awarding agencies, partners, and external stakeholders, coordinating with the Senior Director to adjust terms and compliance items as needed. Preliminary research on a range of legal, compliance, and risk management issues may be required.

  • Act as key execution partner in NTC’s Request for Quote and Request for Proposal process. NTC’s responses to calls for proposals are critically important to our ability to build a pipeline of new work. The Project Manager will play a key role in the process, reviewing terms and conditions and managing execution and shipping of RFQ and RFP packets.

  • Provide support to workgroups led by or participated in by the Strategy Department. The Department leads or participates in a range of workgroups focused on issues involving our DEI Initiative, technology, risk management, strategy, and partnership development. The Project Manager will provide both logistical and administrative support and thought partnership.

  • Support NTC’s organizational partnership development process. Working with the Senior Director, the Project Manager will establish a clear process to identify, research, vet, and reach out to potential partners, including due diligence, policy, and market/niche analysis. In the process, the Project Manager will assist in setting agendas, arranging meetings, drafting talking points, and other work as required, serving as a key point of contact for external stakeholders in the partnership process. The ideal candidate will have interest in and aptitude for research projects focused on NTC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), Whole Child, Social Emotional Learning, and trauma and resilience work.

**Position to be located in the Santa Cruz Office, with the option to work some days remotely/from home.

Location Remote  
Education Bachelor's degree  
Position Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree required; coursework such as business analytics, technical and human systems redesign, organizational psychology, organizational development preferred

  • Demonstrated commitment to core principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 2-3 years experience with contract administration

  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps, SmartSheet, web calendaring, ERP systems (NetSuite a plus), cloud-based systems (SaaS), and other software as needed

  • Self-directed, highly motivated and detail oriented

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Strong experience with project management, process improvement

  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively across the organization with multiple stakeholders

  • Ability to manage peak workloads, multiple projects and work under tight deadlines

  • Ability to maintain high level of professional confidentiality

  • Experience working with financial information requiring excellent quantitative skills

ADA Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Work normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment

  • Limited physical effort required

  • Grasping, hearing, reaching, repetitive hand motions, sitting, standing, talking, typing

Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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