Consortium for Public Education

The Consortium for Public Education (The Consortium) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985. We work to inspire and support students and educators and connect schools with their communities to help kids imagine, plan and prepare for successful futures.The annual budget of the organization is just over $3,000,000.

The Consortium works with dozens of school districts across western Pennsylvania as well as employers, post-secondary schools, community organizations and policymakers on initiatives strategically designed to strengthen and broaden school leadership, connect schools with business and community and empower students. Currently, The Consortium is working with these partners to ensure that all students graduate from high school with a formal, viable plan for postsecondary success. While concentrated in a seven-county area, The Consortium’s initiatives often spark collaborations in other Pennsylvania communities and inform policy discussions at the state level.



The Program Director reports to the Executive Director and is a member of one or more program teams. He/she is responsible for ensuring seamless program creation and delivery, quality control, and evaluation. Program Directors also serve as representatives of the Consortium and, as such, are responsible for the development and cultivation of organizational partnerships with K-12 school personnel, business and community-based-organization staff, policymakers and other key stakeholders/constituents. Program Directors may be asked to serve as a team leader or in a supporting capacity, depending on the opportunity and/or the Director’s individual skill sets.



The successful candidate is an experienced and tested team member who possesses a combination of the following:

  • Skilled in managing complex, multi-faceted projects resulting in measurable successes and program growth. A self-starter that can successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience working in education, in a youth-serving organization and/or in workforce development; 3-5 years experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with attention to details.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • A colleague with a flexible and creative approach who is able to adapt to a changing environment.
  • A team player who is willing to take the lead on programs or provide support to their peers, as requested by the Executive Director.
  • Someone who embraces and engages in lifelong learning.
  • Proficient in using a variety of technology tools including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • BA/BS preferred.



Program Development & Management

  • Work with the Executive Director and the Director of Organizational Advancement to develop initiatives that support the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Plan the delivery of The Consortium’s programs and its activities in accordance with the mission and the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Ensure that program activities comply with all relevant regulations and/or guidelines as prescribed by the program’s funding source and with The Consortium’s goals and objectives for the program.
  • Ensure that the program operates within the approved budget.
  • Work with the Director of Finance to ensure all financial records for the program are current and accurate.
  • Work with the Director of Communications & Marketing to publicize and promote program activities and organizational successes.
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships with schools, businesses, community organizations, policymakers and other stakeholders to enhance and increase program quality and effectiveness.
  • Support the fundraising efforts and activities of The Consortium.


Program Evaluation

  • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program.
  • Develop an evaluation framework to assess program strengths and to identify areas for improvement.
  • Develop and maintain appropriate forms, tools and records to document program activities and outcomes.
  • Oversee the collection and maintenance of program data and/or evidence for evaluation and public relations/marketing purposes.
  • Write program reports for management and for funders.

Other Duties as Assigned.



  • The Program Director is a salaried, exempt position. A standard (40 hour) work week is expected but additional responsibilities, meetings and activities often require additional hours in the evening and on weekends.
  • Some travel is required both locally and long-distance. A valid driver’s license and access to a car is required. The Program Director is sometimes required to meet off-site with funders, schools, employers, partners and policymakers located in southwestern Pennsylvania as well as occasional meetings in Harrisburg, other Pennsylvania locations and at national conferences in the U.S.



Please send resumes and cover letter to Leslie Collette,