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Manager, Strategic Initiatives - CityWorks DC

CityBridge Education
Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Manager, Strategic Initiatives

CityWorks DC

Washington, DC

Organization Overview: CityWorks DC’s mission is to reshape education-to-employment pathways in Washington, DC by mobilizing key stakeholders and resources to dramatically increase the number of young people who have family-sustaining careers in our growing regional economy. Our vision is that all young people in DC have the “social mobility trifecta”: 1) valuable certifications and credentials; 2) paid, relevant work experience; and 3) a supportive professional network. To provide this trifecta to all young people, especially those who are marginalized and historically overlooked, CityWorks DC focuses its work on redesigning how young people experience high school, postsecondary, and early employment.

To accomplish this bold vision, CityWorks DC’s theory of change has two complementary strands: 1) to launch a targeted set of innovative programs that work directly with young people; and 2) to lead systems-level initiatives that create the conditions for CityWorks DC’s programs and others to thrive and catalyze citywide reform across K12, postsecondary, and employment.

Originally incubated at CityBridge Education, the CityWorks DC team is small and mighty with twelve full-time staff members. CityWorks DC has ambitious plans to grow the current programs and initiatives rapidly, as well as consider new projects as appropriate. The work is primarily funded by local and national foundations.

Position Summary: The Manager of Strategic Initiatives will provide project management, analysis for strategic planning, and logistical support to CityWorks DC’s Strategic Initiatives Division. This team advances the creation and stewardship of city-wide conditions needed to ensure the District’s youth of color are prepared for, hired into, and successful in the District and region’s high-wage, high-demand careers. Our portfolio includes direct employer empowerment and support to create a viable local talent pipeline, citywide engagement and coordination among leaders in government, education, business, and philanthropy, and advancement of stakeholder learning by leveraging data and research and participation in communities of practice about career pathways. Partnerships and relationships are essential to this work, and the Manager will play a critical role in maintaining and deepening them. The Manager will also ensure projects and contracts are being executed with fidelity and on time.

This position reports to the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. The Manager of Strategic Initiatives will:

  • Coordinate and Support Projects
    • Manage projects and contracts, ensuring they are being implemented with fidelity and on time.
    • Elevate decision points along with recommendations to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
    • Engage regularly with project stakeholders and partners to provide updates, secure and incorporate feedback, and ask and answer key questions
    • Create and regularly update project plans
    • Regularly track progress to goals, milestones, and outcomes
    • Regularly track project budgets
  • Plan and Organize Events, Meetings, and Stakeholder Outreach
    • Plan, coordinate, and execute virtual and in-person meetings and events with partners and stakeholder groups
    • Draft presentation materials, one-pagers, slide decks, briefings, summaries, etc.
    • Track key meeting outcomes and ensure progress is made on achieving deliverables and deadlines.
  • Support Strategic Planning Efforts
    • Leverage data, trends, and stakeholder input to develop recommendations or proposals for future work or priorities
    • Support Vice President in developing and tracking Fiscal Year budgets and plans
  • Provide Administrative Support
    • Provide calendar and email management support to Vice President of Strategic Initiatives


  • Deep commitment to equity and to advancing opportunities and outcomes for the District’s youth of color
  • 2-5 years of relevant work experience with project management and stakeholder engagement
  • Initiative and proactive problem-solving skills, including the willingness to take on unexpected tasks and responsibilities
  • Familiarity with the Washington, DC area and education/workforce development sector preferred
  • Excellent project and time management skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks at once
  • Strong organizational skills and detail orientation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the comfort to engage with a variety of stakeholders via email, phone, Zoom, Google Meet, and in-person;
  • Excellent skills in the Google Suite and Microsoft Office; comfort using or quickly learning case management tracking or data collection software such as Salesforce
  • Experience with developing and tracking budgets
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data for performance management
Benefits and Salary: The starting salary for this position is $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with experience, and we offer a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, dental, vision) insurance and 401(k) matching. Our total rewards package strives to meet our team’s intersectional needs around wellness, work-life balance, and flexibility. As such, we offer unlimited vacation days, 25+ annual paid holidays plus additional office-wide Mental Health Days, (post-COVID) flexibility to work remotely several days a week, commuter benefits, an annual professional development allocation, and more. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given for applications submitted prior to June 10th.

CityWorks DC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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