Program Manager - Institute for Educational Advancement

Program Manager


At the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), we believe that, in order to fully actualize their abilities, children require strong academic and personal development programs provided by skilled educators, administrators, and professionals. IEA is not limited to one approach to learning, but seeks the best strategy for each individual child. As one of the nation’s leading organizations for gifted and talented youth, we are committed to the whole child, inspiring students to grow and find balance among all five aspects of self: intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical. IEA advocates for and provides opportunities designed to promote academic rigor, excellence, self-confidence, enthusiasm for learning and moral responsibility. IEA serves students nationally and is based in Pasadena.

IEA is seeking a Program Manager who will work with the executive team and program staff to help develop and implement quality supplemental programs for gifted elementary, middle and high school students.

The ideal candidate is confident, detail-oriented, has excellent communication skills, is experienced with problem solving in a work environment, and is able to focus on the big picture. He or she is a self-motivated individual who enjoys being part of a team, is interested in working with gifted students and families, and is committed to the long-term success of IEA’s program goals and constituents.


Reports to: President


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for effective internal coordination of the efforts, activities, and resources needed to successfully meet IEA goals, collaborating with, and accountable to, the President. Work closely with Program Coordinators and team members to plan and implement exemplary programs and services.
  • Recruit and secure qualified community partners, program staff, and student participants.
  • Displays enthusiasm for the mission; expects peak performance from co-workers, and delivers on expectations, keeping the student’s needs in the forefront.
  • Establishes and implements short- and long-range program goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Spearhead IEA’s high school internship program, including but not limited to mentor and student recruitment, development of program materials and activities, and successful implementation of program at various sites throughout the Great Los Angeles Area.
  • Supervises students in programs and participates in and facilitates teacher, community and parent education programs.
  • Travels to various program sites, conferences and marketing events to strengthen outreach efforts.
  • Must be willing to travel and available to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Evaluates program effectiveness and implements modifications to meet participants’ needs and strengthen initiatives.
  • Drives improvements and growth to current programs and assists in the development of new initiatives.
  • Supervises and evaluates program staff with the support of the President.
  • Works with accounting office to support the management of program budgets, approve expenditures and manage cash flow of programs.
  • Interacts with donors and key constituents, participates in fund development and the writing of grants and reports.

Required Education and Experience

  • BA in education, business management or relevant field.
  • Four plus years of experience in education management and youth program development.
  • Demonstrated success working with and providing direct services to youth in grades K-12th grade.
  • Ability to establish and secure relevant connections within the community for potential collaborations and program volunteers.
  • Highly motivated and able to positively influence and motivate others to meet organizational mission and goals.
  • Superior strategic, tactical, and decision-making abilities.
  • Strong computer, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Possess a desire to work in a small, collaborative work environment that requires creativity, integrity, persistence, and passion.
  • Self-starter and creative problem solver who can develop innovative initiatives that meet the needs of our community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in education, business management or related field.
  • Knowledge of public and private educational services and an understanding of the particular needs of gifted children.
  • Experience in working with gifted and advanced young people.
  • Demonstrated experience in financial management, project management, client relationships, technology and staff development.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to Please list “Program Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.