Program Coordinator- The Public Education Foundation (PEF)

Program Coordinator

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) is seeking to hire a full-time Program Coordinator to support the program’s day-to-day operations and to be the point person for all administrative work related to the program.

About us

We are a small but mighty team of people who are passionate about students, teachers, and creating a more equitable education system. Under the guidance of the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga, and in partnership with Hamilton County Department of Education and Lee University, we recruit and train future teachers through graduate coursework and a full-year apprenticeship in a high-need school. At the end of our 14-month program, graduates of Project Inspire earn a master’s degree and a teaching license, and commit to teaching in a high-need school in Hamilton County for four years. Project Inspire believes deeply in cultivating its graduates as teacher-leaders, so our program is committed to the residency model as a comprehensive five-year experience of growth and development, designed to provide a strong foundation in teaching students and leading adults.

About you

You are really, really, really good at organizing and completing tasks effectively. You love communicating with a wide range of people, making sure the work gets done in a timely manner, contributing to a culture that celebrates learning and helping others to succeed. You are motivated by challenge and are looking for new ways to drive change in your community.

Job description

The program coordinator will serve as the hub for all program-related communication and will manage day-to-day operations. More specifically, this person will serve as the program manager for the residents (23 in the class of 2019-20) as AmeriCorps members and will manage all regular program communication related to residents and other stakeholders. The right candidate for this position possesses a belief in education as a key force for social change, strong skills in project management, and fluency with communications strategies and social media. The Program Coordinator will report to the Program Director and will work in close collaboration with the Talent Management Specialist. Specific responsibilities include:

• Operations (70%): You will oversee all logistical communication with Project Inspire staff and stakeholders--including updates, scheduling and other regular communication. You will also play a role in screening potential candidates and updating their status in the application process. You will serve as the AmeriCorps program manager for residents--monitoring, documentation, and progress reporting. In addition, you will be responsible for the collection of all necessary documentation of resident progress through the 14-month experience, ensuring that all are on course for success. You will create and distribute regular program newsletters. Finally, you will also serve as the point person for planning significant program events.

•Communications (20%): You will work closely with the other Project Inspire staff members to collect and communicate the stories of individual residents and program graduates as “a different kind of teacher.” You will also collaborate with the PEF Development team to share key communications messages, potential story/publication ideas, and plans for upcoming events. Finally, you will be responsible for designing and maintaining the program’s posting calendar for social media platforms (Twitter and Facebook) and website.

• Data collection/Administration (10%) - You will help us track progress, develop a strategy based on hard facts, and prove to the world that we are continually learning and improving as a program. As we grow, you will be a key player in scaling our program. As a key source of contact with residents, you’ll also help with grant reporting.


● at least 1 year of professional experience

● bachelor’s degree

● strong evidence of effective project management and organizational skills

● fluency with Google Drive, Slack, social media and/or other collaborative digital tools

● fantastic written and verbal communication skills

● demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and professional relationships

● has implemented self-study around issues of race, identity, social justice and equity

● demonstrated belief in ALL learners

Desired competencies + experience

We are looking for someone who:

● thrives within a team context

● works well with a diverse array of people

● knows how to craft a powerful story

● thinks strategically

● is comfortable with discomfort and ambiguity

● is a lifelong learner


We work in the heart of downtown with a caring group of passionate education advocates. We offer competitive compensation and benefits, and we get to witness the growth of rock-star teachers and inspiring students.

Interested candidates should send a resume and compelling cover letter describing your strength, related to the listed competencies, to Joni Martin at the Public Education Foundation ( Review of applications will begin on July 15.