Program Manager (Punjab Youth Leaders Program)
Sanjhi Sikhiya
Location: Ropar/ Patiala/ Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab

About the Program: 

Punjab Youth Leaders Program (PYLP) is a two-year full-time leadership development program that brings together individuals who have shown exceptional leadership potential. During these two years, the PYLP Young Leaders work towards bringing systemic improvements in the functioning of government schools in Punjab. In the process, they get an opportunity to grow by building their own leadership competencies. The aim of the program is to create and nurture a strong community of future leaders who will have the required understanding, competencies, and resources to initiate systemic change in Punjab. 

PYLP is the flagship initiative of Sanjhi Sikhiya, which is a collective of passionate individuals committed to transforming Punjab into a land of Hope, Courage, and Possibilities. We aim to strengthen the governance of primary schools at the local level and improve the teaching-learning process in the classrooms. We do this by strengthening institutions like School Management Committees (SMC) and Panchayat, forming professional learning communities of teachers, and building the capability of system leaders. 

About the Role: 

The Program Manager (PM) is a critical leadership role at PYLP. Apart from leading PYLP’s young leaders towards the vision of high-quality education at government schools, the PM also builds and manages key relationships with stakeholders at a district level. This is a very entrepreneurial role that will require the PM to wear multiple hats and manage government stakeholders, build relationships with local institutions, review operating plans and prepare impact reports. We are currently operating in three districts, namely Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, and Ropar. 

The current context gives us unprecedented opportunities to redefine the public education system. Our 5-year long partnership with the education department places us well to design and launch programs at scale. This opportunity provides anyone interested in systems change, education, and youth development; a great platform to be a part of the change process and experience impact at a massive scale. The PM is expected to exemplify strong values of grit, collaboration, compassion amongst others. 

Role and Responsibilities: 

If you are self-motivated, have a can-do attitude, possess an unwavering belief that meaningful collaboration, co-creation can enable sustainable change in education and you enjoy building lasting relationships, this is the perfect role for you. As the Program Manager, you would – 

  • Lead all aspects of operations in a specified district 
  • Be responsible for leading a group of 10-15 Young Leaders (YLs) 
  • Set up structures and processes for effective implementation of education programs on the ground
  • Design and document operating plans and YL support system, and ensure accountability 
  • Build capacity in the team and also government/community stakeholders 
  • Lead the co-creation journey of education change programs with partners and Govt. officials 
  • Build strategic partnerships with various organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and local funders 

Your role will include the above-mentioned responsibilities, but not limited to this. It is subject to change based on the skill-set you bring to the table or develop while working in this role.

Experience Requirements: 

  • Understanding of learning process in a classroom and governance system of education in India
  • Awareness of the initiatives towards education transformation in different parts of India 
  • Minimum 4 years of work experience in education and/or in a team lead role 
  • Knowledge of Punjabi (Read and Write) is preferred 

Values, Competencies, and Skills: 

  • Strong alignment to work towards ensuring quality education for all 
  • Strong ability to nurture and strengthen relationships at all levels 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Eagerness to continuously learn, research, and innovate 
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and complexity with ease 
  • Self-driven, capable of managing one’s self and time 
  • Diversity of skill sets and the ability to work in cross-functional teams 
  • Strong leadership, managerial, and data analysis capabilities 
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work, based on need 

Location: Ropar/Patiala/Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab 

Preferred Date of Joining: Immediate 

Duration: Min. 3 years commitment 

CTC: 4.5-6 LPA (commensurate with skill and experience) 

How to Apply? 

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