Senior Program Manager, Education and Opportunity

George W. Bush Presidential Center
May 31, 2023
2943 SMU Boulevard, TX
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The George W. Bush Institute is a solution-oriented non-partisan policy organization focused on ensuring opportunity for all, strengthening democracy, and advancing free societies. Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Bush Institute is rooted in compassionate conservative values and committed to creating positive, meaningful, and lasting change at home and abroad. We utilize our unique platform and convening power to advance solutions to national and global issues of the day by influencing policy, not politics. Learn more at


Essential Responsibilities

The Senior Program Manager, Education and Opportunity will assist in the strategy and execution of programs including Advancing Accountability, Pathways to Opportunity, Literacy and Reading, and other Education and Opportunity efforts at the Bush Institute.  The Senior Program Manager for Education and Opportunity will be a critical member of the team to ensure we meet program goals.


Specific responsibilities include but may not be limited to:

Education and Opportunity Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Director to align policy and action programs with desired outcomes: advance the Bush Center as a thought leader, achieve tangible results/inspire action, garner significant awareness with target audiences.
  • Support program design and implementation of policy and action programs, including:
    • Develop written work plans and timelines.
    • Manage ongoing implementation for the Program(s).
    • Work with senior leaders to identify and measure results of the program, and regularly report on program outcome measures and progress.
  • Pull and analyze data at the regional, state, and federal levels.
  • Provide requested research and analysis of current events and policies relevant to Education and Opportunity and facilitate outreach to key partners and influencers.
  • Prepare, edit, and manage presentation materials and collateral, including version control.
  • Manage the work of relevant fellows, consultants, and independent contractors, as assigned.
  • Develop and track performance against annual program budget, as assigned.


General Institute Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Event Operations, Communications, Development, and other departments on meetings, events, communications plan, outreach, and donor stewardship.
  • Collaborate with the communications manager for Education and Opportunity to provide information for the website and other collateral materials, including success stories, program highlights, outcomes, photos and more.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, Education and Opportunity, and other team members to support a positive and productive work environment.
  • Support special projects and research on Education and Opportunity priorities as needed.
  • Complete other tasks and duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The qualified candidate will possess (a/an):

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field.
  • At least five years of experience in public policy, nonprofit work, consulting, school districts or similar; education policy experience strongly preferred.
  • Successful track record in project management, program plan development, goal setting and tracking, effective resource management, and managing for results.
  • Effective research and policy analysis skills; knowledge of high-quality research and methodology is preferred.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and experience creating reports and presentations.
  • Creative problem-solving abilities that generate new ideas and can adjust plans to meet changing needs.
  • Strong interest in and aptitude for Education and Opportunity issues.
  • Demonstrable track record in a fast-paced organization.
  • Ability to travel domestically as necessary.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.


In addition, the ideal candidate for this position will:

  • Exemplify a make-it-happen spirit, a collaborative, team-oriented style, and a strong work ethic.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Be able to multitask and manage numerous activities.
  • Provide a proven ability to thrive in a team-based environment—sharing duties, pitching in to help, building trust, engaging in productive conflict, holding one another accountable.
  • Demonstrate political savvy and discernment related to confidentiality.
  • Have a courteous and professional demeanor.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.


Position:             Senior Program Manager, Education and Opportunity

FLSA Status:      Exempt

Reports to:         Director, Education and Opportunity

Department:       Institute

Division:             Education and Opportunity

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