School Partnerships Manager

  • Character Lab
  • 3401 Market Street Suite 202
Full Time Education Nonprofit Research

Job Description

Character Lab is looking for a School Partnerships Manager. Reporting to the Deputy Director of School Partnerships (Diana Gould), the School Partnerships Manager will work closely with Character Lab’s network of school and district partners while developing and coordinating new systems for conducting research activities in schools. This is an exciting opportunity for a results-oriented, innovative professional to have a tremendous impact by ensuring Character Lab develops and maintains school partnerships to advance the science and practice of character development.

The School Partnerships Manager will manage multiple projects and timelines simultaneously. They will present at conferences and plan events for school partners, recruit and onboard new schools, create systems for new types of activities in schools (e.g., student and teacher interviews, teacher surveys, classroom studies), and work to address inefficiency across our work.

We are looking for an individual who has education experience, either as an educator or dealing directly with them, and understands the complexities of working with schools. Juggling multiple projects at once, the right candidate embraces time management, effective communication, and will thrive within our small and dynamic team.

About Character Lab

Character Lab is a nonprofit devoted to advancing the science and practice of character development. We were founded in 2012 by two educators (Dave Levin and Dominic Randolph) and one scientist (Angela Duckworth) who see character development as essential to helping all children thrive.

Our research has shown that success and well-being depend on a multitude of strengths that are organized into three dimensions: interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual. Interpersonal strengths like gratitude and empathy enable caring relationships with other people; intrapersonal strengths like grit and growth mindset enable achievement; and intellectual strengths like curiosity and humor enable a fertile life of the mind.

To advance the science of character development, Character Lab connects leading psychologists with middle and high schools across the country. To advance the practice of character development, Character Lab translates research findings into Playbooks, instructional materials co-created with scientists, educators, and designers. To learn more, see our most recent Annual Letter.

Our culture is both challenging (we’re never done improving) and supportive (one of our core values is excessive generosity). We are passionate designers, educators, and scientists (and one dog) under one roof. To learn more, read our Culture Book.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead presentations to current and potential school partners

  • Liaise with and foster strong relationships with both potential and current school partners

  • Help recruit and onboard new school partners

  • Plan events for current and potential school partners

  • Work directly with on-site research leads to facilitate all research efforts

  • Troubleshoot research issues as needed

  • Travel on-site to meet with current and potential school partners (at least once a month)

  • Create operational procedures for different types of research activities at schools

  • Support the Director of Education and School Partnerships team in improving processes and systems for school partners

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3+ years relevant work experience as an educator or working with educators/schools; Master’s degree a plus

  • Highly effective interpersonal communication, collaboration, presentation and writing skills

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Excellent team leadership skills

  • Fierce work ethic and sense of purpose, with the ability to work well as part of a dynamic start-up

  • Strong passion for helping educators and students

Physical Demands/Environmental Factors

  • Prolonged and irregular hours of duty, as necessary

  • Some light to medium level of manual labor (e.g., preparing mailings, moving boxes of materials)

  • Monthly travel for work-related responsibilities

Compensation and Benefits

Competitive salary is commensurate with individual’s experience and skills. All full-time employees receive a comprehensive benefits package.

Application Process

Character Lab is an equal opportunity employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates to apply. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please submit a compelling cover letter with your resume.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree