Credential Engine is seeking a Project Manager to join its state team and provide support to a growing number of state and regional partnerships. Credential Engine is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Who We Are
Credential Engine is a non-profit whose mission is to map the credential landscape with clear and consistent information, fueling the creation of resources that empower people to find the pathways that are best for them.
We envision a future where millions of people worldwide have access to information about credentials that opens their eyes to the full range of opportunities for learning, advancement, and meaningful careers. For more information, visit www.credentialengine.org.
What We Do
Credential Engine provides a suite of web-based services that creates for the first time a centralized Credential Registry to house up-to-date information about all credentials, a common description language to enable credential comparability, and a platform to support customized applications to search and retrieve information about credentials.
Credential Engine currently works with a growing number of states to support their efforts to make essential data about credentials and competencies public, transparent, and linked in order to better serve students, workers, employers, and others. In 2019, Credential Engine formed a partnership with seven national state leadership organizations and five workforce, education and data advocacy/technical assistance experts to support the development and implementation of policies that will make credential transparency enduring in states: Advance CTE, Council of Chief State School Officers, Data Quality Campaign, Education Commission of the States, Education Quality Outcomes Standards Board, Education Strategy Group, National Association of State Workforce Agencies, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, National Skills Coalition, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. We work with a number of national postsecondary education associations that have endorsed credential transparency and our work. And we are exploring opportunities to expand our partnerships internationally.
Why We Do It
Through an increasing array of credentials – such as degrees, licenses, badges and apprenticeships – job seekers, students, and workers have more options than ever to help them get ahead. Yet, there has never been an efficient way to collect, search, and compare credentials in a way that can be both universally understood and maintained in a manner that keeps up with the speed of change in the 21st century. With nearly 1,000,000 confirmed credentials in the U.S. alone, and likely millions worldwide, this lack of information in the marketplace contributes to confusion and uninformed decision making.
- Advance Credential Engine’s vision, mission and goals of credential transparency to ensure that everyone can make their most informed decisions with regard to credential opportunities and pathways.
- With direction from the Director of Programs, manage place-based projects and specialized working groups which includes:
- Supporting states’ data use goals by identifying opportunities and facilitating collaboration across agencies and vendors.
- Providing assistance to education & training providers publishing to the Credential Registry.
- Developing and maintaining strong relationships with employers, education & training providers, state agencies, and other associations/organizations.
- Supporting and executing work plans and timelines for multiple projects.
- Leading working groups and project team meetings that give a wide range of stakeholders the ability to provide input, identify opportunities to collaborate on projects, look for solutions to roadblocks, and ensure goals are being met.
- Additional project support, such as helping with outreach, follow up, and setting up meetings.
- Understand and communicate connections between credential transparency and other related state and national policy and practice.
- Research and connect with related initiatives, projects, policies, and opportunities, and identify ways to expand the work.
- Assist in program development by helping with grant proposals, RFPs, and other engagement.
- Work with the Director of Communications to develop materials and communications for projects and partnerships.
- Identify and support the organization’s business development opportunities.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least three years of experience managing projects and external partnerships.
- Must exemplify flexibility and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Skilled at connecting project details to big picture goals.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
- Ability to identify which stakeholders to include or connect to move work forward.
- Strong oral and written communication skills, especially an ability to communicate complex ideas to a variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated relationship-building skills.
- Ability to understand and respond to diverse and sometimes competing needs of stakeholders.
- Ability to manage complex situations and relationships with confidence, confidentiality, and tact.
- Operating style suited to working in a small team and remote environment where teamwork, creativity, and flexibility are valued.
- Experience working with state government and/or in workforce development or education related organizations.
- Experience working with vendors/education technology companies is preferred, but not required