Education EnCounter Program Manager

Seattle, WA


Every student is capable of achieving academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they dream — instead they marginalize them and underestimate their abilities. TAF partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system. We address the entire public education system, from top-to-bottom, providing STEM skills and equitable, anti-racist education environments where all students can succeed and by working with emerging and established education leaders of color to improve representation at every level. We: 

  • Co-manage two public STEM schools where we provide industry-relevant and equitable curriculum and experiences 

  • Partner with existing public schools and coach students and staff using our successful STEMbyTAF learning model 

  • Empower early-career educators and established school leaders of color through educational equity and liberation pedagogy


The EnCounter Program Manager is a newly designed role and will report directly to the Director of the Network for EdWork (NWEW). The Education EnCounter Program Manager will oversee the Education EnCounter Program and work closely with the Director to develop programming and facilitate learning opportunities for BIPOC school and district leaders looking to transform their school environments to be (more) antiracist and relevant and responsive to BIPOC teachers and leaders as well as serve as an advocacy platform for BIPOC leaders. The program manager will also help maintain district partnerships for the Network for EdWork.

We are looking for an energetic, collaborative, and enthusiastic individual, who has a passion for racial equity, education and change. The ideal candidate for this position is team oriented, can develop strong supportive relationships, and provide guidance to our growing network of school and district leaders around liberation practices in education. They also understand the ways systemic racism engulfs systems (e.g., the education system) and can facilitate effective conversations about race and equity.  It is also important that the person in this role have a strong routine for self-care and self-advocacy as the work of racial justice does take an emotional toll.  



Professional Development 

  • Develop an anti-racist, anti-bias curriculum for the professional development workshop series for BIPOC leaders in education 

  • Facilitate and lead the professional development workshop series as well as Affinity Salons for BIPOC leaders in education 

  • Use of data and participation to evaluate effectiveness and impact of programming  


  • Market Education EnCounter programming to current BIPOC leaders and aspiring BIPOC leaders and recruit participants 

  • Develop, organize, and maintain documentation/database for participants and district partners 

  • Support the program evaluation process with TAF’s data analyst to evaluate impact and effectiveness of programming (e.g., data collection, analysis, and reporting) 

  • Complete required program paperwork (e.g., quarterly, mid-year and annual project reports)  

  • Management of project elements, including, but not limited to, schedule, cost, resources, and risks: 

    • Program Charter

    • Curriculum and Syllabus

    • Risks and issues

    • Cost benefit analysis 

    • Organizational Value 

  • Complete and update annual work plan dashboard 


  • Work with NWEW team to maintain district and university partnerships (e.g., ongoing communication, coordinating job fairs, supporting MOUs process, and sharing updated policies) 

  • Collaborate with the NWEW team to plan and organize annual fall conference, The Convening 

  • Work with marketing & communications team to create content for events/program, the NWEW’s newsletter and general marketing materials  

  • Collaborate and support other TAF teams as needed 


Travel/Work East of Mountains 

  • As we expand our relationships eastward in the state, communication with district and school leaders will be expected.  

  • Travel east will be required (about 4 days per quarter) 


Racial Equity  

  • Openness to participate in Racial Equity to recognize personal bias and improve performance through a racial equity lens 

  • Must embrace the mission of TAF and our goal of running an equitable organization  

  • Willingness to lead or be part of the team in an equitable, anti-racist manor  

  • Ability to represent the needs of students of color  

  • Exhibiting cultural and racial sensitivity and self-awareness 

  • Develop and cultivate a sense of belonging among team members at TAF 

  • The capacity to create an environment that embraces a diversity of views and takes advantage of such collective knowledge to benefit the organization 


Lifelong learner  

  • Consistently seeking new experiences and opportunities for learning   


  • Effective communication skills for naming and calling out systemic oppression  

  • Experience facilitating BIPOC leaders in confronting and addressing racism and inequity 

  • Demonstrated ability to respectfully challenge people’s biases. 

  • Experience facilitating effective conversations about race and equity with adults. 

  • Demonstrated use of project management skills and ability to take full ownership of programs and projects, including program strategy and work plans 

  • Experience related to adult learning (e.g., professional development, mentoring, teaching) 

  • Possess organization and time management systems for self and stakeholders 

  • Experience with curriculum development and a variety of effective instructional strategies  

  • Knowledge of school and district organization and policy 

  • Familiarity working in diverse, multi-cultural and bilingual environments 

  • Possess strong Interpersonal skills; having the ability to build positive relationships 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities 

  • Proven research skills 

  • Facilitate collaboration of team members and internal and external colleagues   

  • Ability to respond to new challenges and make programmatic adaptations 

  • Ability to work independently and be flexible, responsive, and willing to take strategic risks. 

  • Exceptional attention to detail 

  • Ability to recognize the importance of linking organizational change to the primary values, abilities, and dreams of the stakeholders involved. 

  • Demonstrated ability to use data tools, analyze data and generate reports to use it to modify practices and programming 

  • The ability to work on multiple project simultaneously  

Education, Experience, and Competencies  

  • Bachelor’s degree, certification or at least 2 years' experience as a program manager 

  • Minimum 3-5 years teaching experience 

  • Classroom experience and/or relevant experience in the field of education 

  • Budget management experience 

  • Familiarity working in diverse and multi-cultural and bilingual environments in underserved schools and communities. 


  • Fluency in languages other than English is a plus  

  • Moderate to high proficiency in Microsoft Suite 

Special Requirements 

  • Pass all required criminal and child abuse background checks 

  • Reliable transportation  


  • 100% Healthcare
  • Individual Retirement Account
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Extra Paid week Off
  • 4-day week schedule

TAF is a proud equal opportunity employer that complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and follows guidelines to select the best qualified person for each position within the organization. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or other physical or mental disability.

Salary Range: $70,000-80,000


Upload resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should express why you’re interested in this role and address the following questions: 

  1. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to anti-racism? 

  2. have you demonstrated that commitment and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at TAF?

  3. TAF is a proud equal opportunity employer that complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and follows guidelines to select the best qualified person for each position within the organization. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or other physical or mental disability.