Senior Manager, Education Research and Content Development

Senior Manager, Education Research and Content Development

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging our 25 years of experience serving over 150,000 children with the support of more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these tree objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America. Learn more at and join us in transforming the lives of young children!

Position Overview

The Senior Manager of Education Research and Content Development is a member of the Education and Research (EDU) department. EDU develops, tests, and supports programs, curriculum, training, and research that advances Jumpstart’s priorities in the areas of early childhood education. The primary responsibility of the Senior Manager is to support the research and development of new Jumpstart programming and strategic priorities. This position also collaborates with both national and field staff to advance Jumpstart’s programming.  The Senior Manager of Education Research and Content Development reports directly to the Senior Director of Education & Research.

Specific Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Build and manage systems for the research and development function, including areas such as feedback collection and synthesis, ongoing research, and communications
  • Develop and maintain project plans for program improvements and development of new programming
  • Manage the posting, organization, and monitoring of documents and resources in online systems
  • Design and manage feedback collection mechanisms
  • Manage program development pilots and tests, as needed
  • Build and manage systems for communicating program development plans, tests, and implementation decisions

 Content Development

  • Contribute to ongoing revisions of Jumpstart’s curriculum based on external research and data and internal trends and feedback
  • Support efforts to ensure Jumpstart’s curriculum and curriculum materials are developmentally appropriate, anti-bias, culturally competent, and integrate all elements of Jumpstart’s instructional approach
  • Support planning, development, and implementation of resources and tools for new programming
  • Author, edit, and facilitate training and professional development for a variety of audiences, in both online and live venues
  • Contribute to development of external education-related content, such as classroom and family activities and social media content


  • Gather, review, analyze, and compile current literature related to relevant topics in early childhood education
  • Support initial research phases to inform new programming and other strategic choices
  • Update existing research reports and create new reports with relevant and recent findings

 Collaboration and Partnership

  • Provide appropriate support to Jumpstart’s program staff, such as resource distribution, consulting, and collaboration
  • Support cross-departmental collaboration on projects, as needed
  • Partner with external partners and vendors on various projects ranging from staff professional development to managing materials ordering


  • Represent Jumpstart at local or national conferences
  • Support Education and Research’s work and other partnerships as needed



  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant professional experience in an education related field
  • Commitment to Jumpstart’s core values: learning, connection, determination, joy and kindness; diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience and skills related to curriculum design and development, including culturally competent programming
  • Demonstrated knowledge in a variety of curricular approaches, instructional beliefs, and working knowledge of early childhood theory and approach
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and communities
  • Demonstrated record of strong oral, written, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and coordinate systems with a focus on details
  • Ability to perform independently with minimal guidance
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team comprised of individuals from across the organization
  • Ability to prioritize, work at a high capacity and multi-task in order to meet key tasks as scheduled
  • Ability to be flexible and accommodate shifting priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to use advanced functions of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) the internet and web-based platforms

Preferred or Ideal

  • Relevant early childhood education experience
  • Prior experience/interest in social justice or diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Experience with project planning and management
  • Demonstrated ability to value, consider, and bring a variety of perspectives into work


May have minimal local, national, or regional travel (up to three times a year) for team retreats, program visits, and/or conferences (depending on base location)

Start Date

November 2020 (desired start date, yet position open until filled)


  • Flexible location from either Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY or Washington, DC
  • Applicants must be able to work from one of these locations on a regular basis

Salary & Benefits

Salary range – $60,000-$65,000 (commensurate with education and experience); along with a competitive benefits and a great mission-driven work environment

How To Apply

Please complete an online application.* Both a cover letter and resume are required to complete your application.  Applications without a cover letter may not be considered.  Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis.  Please upload/attach your resume to your applicant profile as well as your cover letter.

*Jumpstart’s online application process is supported by ADP. To ensure that the online application works properly, please make sure cookies and pop-ups are enabled on your browser, and that firewall software (if used) is set to permit inbound and outbound traffic on port 443. Unfortunately, touch screens are not supported or certified by ADP. For the best possible user experience, ADP recommends a minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 800.

Jumpstart is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, sexual and reproductive health choices, marital status, age, pregnancy, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.

Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants may request accommodations needed to participate in the application process.

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