£84,000 - £105,000 per year
Contract, 2 year fixed term, Full-time
Job description

Organization Profile:

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. We are achieving this goal by helping children in historically low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls as they build skills to succeed in secondary school and negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read collaborates with local communities, partner organizations and governments to test and implement innovative models that can be integrated into the education system to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale. To date, Room to Read has benefited more than 32 million children and has worked in 21 countries and in more than 49,000 communities, with additional support through remote solutions that facilitate learning beyond the classroom. Room to Read aims to reach 40 million children by 2025. 

Position Overview:

The Project Manager will work across departments to oversee a portfolio of projects, events, or activities, ranging from establishing school libraries to book publishing and video production. The primary role of the Project Manager is to ensure that a given project is achieving its goals, both programmatically and financially with the highest degree of quality, effectiveness, and efficiency. The Project Manager is responsible for projects being on track and on budget. They preempt problems, develop solutions to existing problems and identify opportunities for organizational growth and impact.

The Project Manager also manages relationships with local partner organizations to ensure the quality assurance, accountability and regular reporting on projects meet Room to Read standards. In the process, they grow Room to Read’s reputation for project excellence.

The Project Manager reports to the Director of Program Operations and is part of the Room to Read’s Global Office (GO) Program Operations Team. This is a two-year, fixed-term role, renewable contingent on funding.  The position is available for remote work from the United States (California, Florida, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, Maryland, Colorado or Oregon), Hong Kong, Japan, the U.K., Singapore or Switzerland, and involves approximately 15%-20% travel annually, as required.

The duties and responsibilities outlined below applies to all Room to Read projects; however, certain responsibilities may be modified depending on the individual project.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Project Coordination and Monitoring (40%)

  • Negotiate project-related agreements, hire and on-board/orient key contractors, and identify, select, and engage potential partner organizations.
  • Develop project work plans (with inputs from other departments and partners) and/ modify them as needed to ensure that projects are executed on time and on budget.
  • Coordinate with the Room to Read Program Design & Technical Assistance (PDTA) Team on technical/programmatic matters related to planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation of program activities.
  • Liaise with the Finance, Accounting and Legal Team on project agreements, budgets, procurement, and other matters related to expense management.
  • Work with the People Operations department to recruit project staff and consultants, including developing and reviewing job descriptions, determining the qualifications necessary for a position, coordinating and interviewing candidates, and facilitating onboarding for new contractors and staff.
  • Maintain a comprehensive overview of project activities – among both staff and contractors.
  • Serve as the operational liaison for project staff and consultants. Where project staff may report day-to-day actions to the Program’s team technical lead, provide operational support to the project staff, consultants and their supervisor.
  • Maintain alignment between project activities and Room to Read’s overall vision and strategic plan. Guide projects toward outcomes that position the project, and Room to Read, as providing strategic value to stakeholders, partners, and investors. 

Compliance, Budget, and Risk Management (30%)

  • Ensure compliance with Room to Read and investors’ contractual policies and procedures.
  • Develop and manage project budgets: track and monitor spending against the budget, ensure the timely and appropriate use of funds, manage forecasts, and recommend steps to mitigate overspending or underspending, as necessary.
  • Create and review project documents such as agreements and contracts, working in partnership with Legal, Development, and other departments as needed.
  • Ensure that the compliance requirements of investors and internal Room to Read policies are met. Communicate rules and policies to project staff and consultants, and ensure they are being adhered to, addressing gaps or escalating concern as necessary.

Communications and Donor Engagement (10%)

  • Work in collaboration with the Room to Read Development and Communications (DevCom) team to share relevant information about the project and progress made.
  • Provide support to the Global Office DevCom Team in the development of concept notes, proposals, and marketing materials to support fundraising for key elements of the project.
  • At the request of DevCom, meet with donors to support fundraising efforts 

Program Operations Team Engagement and Support (20%)

  • Work in collaboration with the Program Operations team to complete internal reporting requirements and annual planning and budgeting cycles.
  • As needed, lead or actively participate in internal projects that support the growth and development of Program Operations for Room to Read, including support to additional development projects. 



  • A master’s degree in a related field of study, such as Education, Business Development or Nonprofit Management, or equivalent experience
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience with at least 5 years of experience in project management that includes significant hands-on work in multi-faceted planning
  • Prior success working closely and building relationships with diverse groups of people, including stakeholders, staff, partners, and investors
  • Prior experience developing and managing budgets
  • Proven ability to problem-solve, prioritize, and multi-task, with an acknowledged track record of achieving results
  • Demonstrated ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once and manage time accordingly
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally on an as-needed basis 
  • Experience working across departments to build and manage effective teams
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including public speaking and the ability to persuade others
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided


  • The ability to speak Urdu, French and/or Portuguese
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Ability to toggle between working on a broad strategic level and a detailed programmatic level
  • Prior experience working within international education development


To be successful at Room to Read, you will also:

  • Have passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic nonprofit organization
  • Be a proactive and innovative thinker who achieves results and creates positive change
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness 
  • Embrace diversity and a commitment to collaboration
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment


Room to Read offers a competitive pay with excellent benefits. Benefits include health, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, commuter benefits and a 401K match. The non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of an innovative, meaningful, fun, and rapidly growing organization that is changing transforming the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Application Procedure:

Qualified candidates are invited to apply at www.roomtoread/about-us/careers.You will be asked to complete an online application and upload your resume and cover letter. You will receive an email confirmation when your application has been received. Due to high applicant volume, we regret that we are not able to send personalized responses to all applicants. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

Room to Read is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing
the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.



Posted on: 22 June 2022
Closed date: 22 July 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Fundraising, Management

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