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Vice President, Education

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Vice President, Education

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Washington District of Columbia 20002

As a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center provides more than 250,000 students annually with experiential education programs that engage students in hands-on learning opportunities. These programs, delivered in Challenger Learning Centers and classrooms, strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. Challenger Center was created by the Challenger families to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51-L.

Vice President, Education


You have high expectations for yourself and your career. So does Challenger Center. Imagine what we will achieve together. You’ve worked hard to get where you are today. You want your next step to be the right one. And now you’re ready to use your unique skills, talents, and personality to achieve great things.

As the Vice President, Education, you will oversee the Challenger Center’s education strategy; programs; staff and other department resources; and grant management activities. You must have experience managing the development and dissemination of software-driven education programs and products. You will be expected to represent Challenger Center educational strategy and programs, in partnership with Challenger Learning Center, the STEM education community, federal and state government leaders, the business community, and foundations and other grant making organizations. This includes active participation in national and regional education forums of significance to Challenger Center. You will be a member of the Senior Leadership team reporting to the President and CEO and play a critical role in ensuring that the organization stays on path to meet its strategic goals.

To be successful, you should have:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or Doctorate in a related field or education strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 15+ years of relevant experience.
  • Experience/background in K-12 education preferred.
  • Possess experience developing and delivering software-driven education programs.
  • Possess a strong knowledge of current classroom technologies and how traditional learning environments are changing due to new tools and instructional models.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop programs that are aligned with current national education standards.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.
  • Management and budget experience required.
  • Experience with evaluating education program impact.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, and shift priorities and resources as needed. 
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to evaluate, negotiate and oversee work with external vendors and partners.
  • Ability to effectively represent and speak on behalf of Challenger Center.
  • Ability to lead meetings and presentations.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with all staff across all teams. 
  • Self-starter, able to work independently.
  • Strong computer skills especially in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

·       Have the ability to travel approximately 10%-15% of the time, with the potential for periodic additional travel.

Your key responsibilities as the Vice President, Education will include:

  • Lead the development of impactful and innovative education programs that utilize our proprietary software and deliver on our key outcomes.
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders and customers, including Challenger Learning Centers and schools in program development.
  • Collaborate with the Development and Partnerships team to identify funding opportunities and write proposals, as well as to manage funded grants. Serve as principal investigator on government-funded projects.
  • Identify and advances strategic partnerships that support and expand our education mission.
  • Serve as the organization’s education thought leader, representing Challenger Center at industry events and with media.
  • Ensure all Challenger Center programs and products have a robust evaluation plan. Analyze program impact and customer satisfaction data and identify and implement opportunities for program improvement.

You will also be responsible for:

Planning and Strategy

  • Work with the President and CEO and Senior Leaders to set and execute on the organization’s overall strategy.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President of Communications and Center Relations on program rollout, identification of program needs, and support of programs.
  • Program Design and Development.
  • Ensure the Education team follows a formal project management process and delivers projects on time and within budget.
  • Collaborate with program implementers, including Challenger Learning Center staff, formal educators, program partners, universities, and evaluators, in the design, testing, implementation and updating of all education programs.


  • Oversee all department projects ensuring deliverables are completed on time. Identify roadblocks, provide solutions, and adjust plans as needed. Ensure all stakeholders are made aware of progress, expectations and/or changes.
  • Oversee creation of annual department plans, overseeing all aspects of execution. Ensure progress is being made on organization’s strategic goals.
  • Oversee program/project budgets and timelines. Oversee the development of annual department budget(s) and timelines.


  • Oversee management of outside contractors/vendor relationships, including development of scope of work, budgets, timelines, and contracts.
  • Keep abreast of relevant industry trends and best practices in STEM education, education technology, nonprofit, etc. and share knowledge with others.


We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation and extensive benefits package for all full-time employees. Plus, we work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, where people can learn and grow with the company. We strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.