Job Opportunity for Senior Manager, Project Management – STEAM Model Schools at Madhi Foundation in Chennai

Website Madhi Foundation

The Senior Manager, STEAM Model Schools, will anchor the overall project, enabling the various sub-verticals to function seamlessly as one team. The Senior Manager will also be responsible for bringing the programmatic vision for Model Schools alive by constantly aligning the team’s activities in-line with the short, medium and long term project goals.

What we do

Madhi works closely with the Tamil Nadu School Education Department to conceptualise and implement large scale quality improvement programmes in Tamil Nadu’s government schools. Over the course of the next 5 years Madhi will strengthen its existing programmes in the state (as well as undertake new programmes) with the singular aim of ensuring transformative improvement in the quality of school education in Tamil Nadu. Madhi’s programmes in Tamil Nadu are consolidated under a single umbrella called Project: TN Soars, comprising 3 critical projects: 1. Ennum Ezhuthum (The Tamil Nadu state Foundational Learning Mission), 2. TechForEdSystems and 3. Tamil Nadu STEAM Model Schools.

Ennum Ezhuthum: We are currently also working as the ‘Chief Management Partner’ for Tamil Nadu’s official Foundational Learning Mission, The ‘Ennum Ezhuthum Mission’ – a Rs. 500 Cr Mission of national and regional importance aimed at universalising foundational learning for all children in Tamil Nadu’s 37,000 government schools.

TechforEdSystems: Madhi is working towards revolutionizing the state’s education governance systems through TechforEdSystems – an end-to-end monitoring solution including sophisticated applications and processes developed by Madhi, which enables the system to effectively integrate technology and data into its governance and decision making systems.

Tamil Nadu STEAM Model Schools: To ensure holistic growth of children from underserved communities and to empower them with the skills to work toward their dreams, the Department of School Education has embarked on an ambitious project of setting up ‘Tamil Nadu Model Schools’ that will serve children from the most marginalized backgrounds and equip them with skills and knowledge such that their disadvantages get mitigated and no longer impede their success in academics, work and life. Madhi has joined the Department to assist in the setting up of these 38 Model Schools, each exemplifying the principles of equity and inclusion in letter and spirit, enabling every student, irrespective of their background, to receive equal opportunities to aspire and achieve their goals.

Your team (STEAM Model Schools)

The TN Model Schools Project Team comprises 4 sub-verticals: 1. Content, 2. Training, 3. Mentoring & Counselling and 4. Data for governance. All the sub-verticals work together seamlessly and implement TN STEAM Model Schools across the districts in the state. .

About the role

The Senior Manager, STEAM Model Schools, will anchor the overall project, enabling the various sub-verticals to function seamlessly as one team. The Senior Manager will also be responsible for bringing the programmatic vision for Model Schools alive by constantly aligning the team’s activities in-line with the short, medium and long term project goals.

  • The challenges you will help solve in this role:A brand new project offers a whole new set of challenges which may be one too many-some may be anticipated, most will be unanticipated. You will be responsible for taking it in your stride and looking at solving micro and macro problems on an everyday basis.
  • Information asymmetry – it’s a universal problem. Add to this a complex mix of stakeholders that we work on a continuous basis, we have the (im)perfect recipe for asymmetry to be all-pervading!
  • Your role will be to pay careful attention to what the stakeholders – internal and external – are feeling and doing, to ensure that everyone is on the same page on the project outcomes, all the time!
  • We are an outcome-driven organisation and we do not obsess overclocking in and clocking out.
  • You will be responsible to identify ways in which we can hold ourselves accountable to a high bar of excellence with a singular focus on outcomes by setting up systems that let us keep our eye on the ball at all times.
  • Solving problems at scale – the Department is mammoth machinery and working on such a project can be daunting and exciting. You will be expected to continuously improve the processes and structures put in place to make the project implementation and stakeholder engagement a seamless exercise.

The job description:

Below is an indicative set of responsibilities you will be required to lead as part of your role. We believe that a job description is best created collaboratively where the individual joining the team and the senior leadership team together define the role in greater detail so it reflects your aspirations and ambitions as much as it does the organization’s needs. A detailed description will be jointly created once the selection process has been completed and you have accepted our offer of employment.

In this role some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Set the vision for the STEAM Model schools and thought partner with Lead, State Reforms to translate the vision into action
  • Set and achieve goals for the sub-vertical and support team members to ensure that all objectives are met successfully
  • Contribute to the overall vision setting process of the programme and the organisation to transform the quality of education in higher grades
  • Implement the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning requirements for the project
  • Meticulously track the progress of vertical goals, process adherence and project progress
  • Conduct regular field visits with the team and help discern qualitative and quantitative insights for the project
  • Manage a highly skilled & motivated team and constantly strive to help them grow and realise their potential
  • Support the creation and implementation of the L&D framework for the team
  • Design stakeholder engagement strategy for various partners of the project, including state actors
  • Co-lead government partnerships for the projects with Lead, State Reforms to ensure Madhi’s continued partnership with the state
  • Represent Madhi in external meetings and articulate Madhi’s vision in a compelling manner
  • You will thrive in this role if you:Have a master’s degree in any relevant field of specialisation
  • Have prior experience working with government stakeholders
  • Obsess over time management & planning for all tasks regardless of the enormity or urgency
  • Have outstanding contextual understanding of the overall education landscape in Tamil Nadu

Prerequisites include:

  • At least 6 year of full-time work experience
  • At least 3 years of managerial experience with a team span of minimum 4 members
  • Strong conversational skills in Tamil, also being able to read and write Tamil would be an advantage
  • Experience of having handled large scale programme data analysis and documentation.
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and all Google Suite applications

This role will report to: Lead, State Reforms
Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Remuneration: Rs 11 – 13 Lakhs p.a
Please note: You will be expected to bring your own laptop, with updated software (MS Office 2016)

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