Manager, Strategic Projects


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Founded in 1988, Child Development Schools is headquartered in Austin, TX operating over 260 childcare centers in 11 states. Our three early childhood education brands are Childcare Network, Sunrise Preschools, and My Small Wonders. We proudly provide quality care and developmental education to over 30,000 children aged six weeks to twelve years.

We have a great opportunity for a Manager, Strategic Projects to join our growing company!

The Manager, Strategic Projects plans and directs all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the organization. Acts as a point of contact or gatekeeper between top management and other stakeholders. Collaborates with business leaders to gain alignment on the execution of baseline business, strategic, and infrastructure priorities. Provides oversight and guidance to projects of high importance. Acts as a key player in driving the execution of all aspects of the organization's strategy. Serves as an advisor to the Chief Officers on key issues and is involved in the development of strategic priorities.


  • Partners with leaders to set strategic priorities and identify areas of focus as well as metrics for success.
  • Own the Strategic Planning process, orchestrating cross-functional prioritization and ensuring leadership alignment.
  • Set quarterly plans for priorities and oversee execution of these projects, reviewing progress and metrics regularly with key leaders and team members.
  • Oversee large, cross-functional, organization-wide projects or initiatives.
  • Establish clear metrics and KPIs to measure progress and success against business priorities, provide regular updates to leadership.
  • Identify potential risks and develop mitigation strategies to minimize project disruptions and ensure successful business outcomes.
  • Drive organizational change by facilitating the adoption of new processes, systems, or initiatives resulting from strategic projects.
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by seeking feedback, analyzing project performance, and implementing lessons learned into future projects.
  • Establish project management practices and standards to be utilized consistently across projects within the organization.
  • Manage internal and external communication by partnering with the communications team on company newsletter articles, reports, announcements, speeches, and presentations.
  • Create and shape presentations for leadership in support of business initiatives.
  • Coach and mentor project team members to enhance their skills, capabilities, and overall effectiveness in project execution.
  • Highlight industry trends that should be considered and evaluated

Our Benefits Provide:
  • Discounts up to 50% off childcare tuition
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance plans
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Leave
  • Free access to online training
  • Education assistance to pursue your degree
  • 401K plan savings and investment plan with employer contribution


  • Bachelor's degree in Business or related field
  • 5-8 year's of relevant experience in a fast-paced organization
  • Cultivating and managing relationships across business(es)
  • Fundamental understanding of business, industry and trends Strong financial acumen, research, and analytical skills to cover a wide range of business and technology areas. Ability to work in new and evolving situations, able to move forward with incomplete information
  • Project management experience, including developing templates, tools, standards, and methodologies to meet organizational needs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must have a desire to learn how the entire organization functions and the key drivers for success in every area
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite

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