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Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Office of Academic Affairs
Office of Digital Transformation for Student Success
District Of Columbia
Posted: 02/18/2021
Program Manager, Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC)

Title: Program Manager, Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC)
Department: Office of Digital Transformation for Student Success
Supervisor: Director, Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC)
Status: Full-time; Exempt
Duration: One-year position, with possibility of extension
Staffing Level: Manager
Location: Washington, DC
Application Deadline: February 28, 2021


The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, is seeking a Program Manager to assist the Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) in managing several exciting national initiatives. The PLC aims to advance the use of digital and adaptive learning technologies at member universities to promote equity and student success. Successful candidates will work well with a broad range of individuals and constituencies across the United States. They will be a highly motivated and collaborative individual, and able to communicate effectively. They will possess strong planning, scheduling, vendor management, risk assessment, budgeting, change management, and project control abilities. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC and funded for a full year, with the possibility of extension pending additional funding.


APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 244 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5.0 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.3 billion in university-based research.

The Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC) at APLU is a membership and grant funded organization focused on understanding, implementing and scaling the use of technologies designed to personalize and improve the education experience for all. Comprised of 16 universities, the consortium fosters multi-institutional cooperation and collaboration among academic affairs leaders to advance the use of technology to improve student learning, retention, and graduation. For more information, please consult


The PLC Program Manager will manage the delivery of medium complexity projects with multiple university, commercial, and organizational stakeholders. The Program Manager must develop and maintain relationships and track activities that will support delivery of current projects and facilitate future collaborative opportunities. Responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Managing the day-to-day development, implementation and management of project planning processes, work plans, and activity schedules to meet project objectives and deliverables and to report progress to all stakeholders, internal and external.
  • Assisting the Director and Executive Director with design and implementation of project requirements, collection of higher education institutional data, and its analysis.
  • In consultation with Director and internal research staff, collecting, collating, interpreting, analyzing, and presenting results of university data to effectively evaluate programs and provide interpretation of findings at internal and external meetings, conferences and other convenings.
  • Preparing, reviewing, and editing project reports, research briefs and other relevant documents, ensuring they are complete, current, and stored appropriately.
  • Working with internal and external partners to develop and design educational resources that provide guidance to the higher education landscape on best practices in effectively implementing digital learning to improve teaching and support student success.
  • Collaborating with APLU communications staff to develop communication strategies to report on completion of key project milestones and outcomes to media and other outlets.
  • Coordinating and collaborating with PLC/APLU program staff, university partners, network partners, grantors, subcontractors, and vendors as appropriate.
  • Managing and tracking of PLC contracts, including those of sub-contractors and consultants across multiple projects.
  • Working as a team member to ensure the efficient and effective operations of the PLC and APLU staff.
  • Guiding the management of PLC digital tools and resources, including but not limited to the website, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, and project management software
  • Supporting PLC as opportunities arise with business development and relationship management skills and in other ways as requested.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with and content knowledge in digital learning, online education, instructional design, technology enabled education/training, curriculum development and/or professional development.
  • A minimum of three years of progressive experience in project planning, project implementation and management, supervision of project staff, and collaboration with organizational partners.
  • Experience in creating realistic project and production timelines and project budgets. Ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple and competing demands.
  • Experience, ability, and desire to interface with all levels of university leaders.
  • Strong people management skills including the ability to provide direction to and leadership of indirect reports. Demonstrated success in working in a matrixed professional environment.
  • Event planning experience with budgets, logistics, and deliverables.
  • Superior communication, presentation, facilitation, and problem-solving skills. Ability to schedule and lead productive meetings and workshops, both in-person and via web-based communication tools.
  • Experience with supporting qualitative and quantitative research or program evaluation.
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, demonstrate sound judgment, and follow through assigned tasks to completion.
  • Commitment to the work of APLU, equity, and social justice.
  • Advanced degree (MA/MS) OR Bachelors’ degree with PMP certification.
  • Experience with multiple MS Office software, online video conferencing, knowledge management platforms, and a willingness to learn new software packages.
  • Able to travel domestically as needed.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human Resources Department at with the subject line of PLC Program Manager no later than Sunday, February 28, 2021. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled. APLU provides a generous benefits package.  

APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Read more about APLU’s Commitment to Diversity here.