About the Organization

Lyra is a small, nimble education nonprofit that seeks to reframe the debate around improving education by empowering those closest to our children. Lyra believes that through educator-empowered zones of schools coupled with strong accountability and independent community governance, we can improve outcomes for students while also fostering greater collaboration between schools. Supportive learning environments focused more on innovation than compliance, are necessary to forge a path forward for a more adaptive and responsive education system. 

We also recognize there is an opportunity to increase educator, school district, and student innovation to overcome big challenges. In partnership with the Gates Family Foundation (GFF), Lyra is determined to seize this opportunity – beginning with increased workforce, career, and student leadership opportunities to enable deeper engagement with environmental studies and climate change for students. Above all, Lyra is dedicated to ensuring that our organization supports and well serves our diverse students and educators.

Lyra is an evolving organization with opportunities to initiate new programs, projects, and organizations aligned to our mission. The culture is highly entrepreneurial and a great fit for mission-aligned and values-driven people.

About the Position 

Lyra is seeking a mission-minded, motivated and organized project coordinator with a keen attention to detail. The role will work directly with Lyra’s President and Chief of Strategic Growth and Policy to ensure projects are moving forward in an efficient, timely and organized fashion. While the Project Coordinator is expected to support all of Lyra’s programmatic areas, there will be a strong focus on the build out of Lyra’s “Climatarium” – a transformational climate-based education opportunity that seeks to develop pathways for high school students in the areas of academic, career and student leadership success. 

The Project Coordinator will also play a role in Lyra’s support of Denver Innovation Zones – networks of Innovation Schools that provide an opportunity for educators to design and sustain a shared learning community based on the fundamental idea of educator and community empowerment. The ideal candidate will be open to taking on a range of tasks and projects, from simple activities to more complex plans to support and sustain the organization. This will also include providing general operational and administrative support. 

Roles & Responsibilities

This is not an exhaustive list of full responsibilities. The Project Coordinator reports to Lyra’s Chief of Strategic Growth and Policy to determine a shared workload across all of Lyra’s program areas.

  • Oversee key projects or initiatives; provide support and guidance to external contractors aligned with President’s expectations

  • Propose the creation of new systems and processes to streamline operations

  • Research, perform benchmarking, analyze data, and make recommendations

Project Coordination

  • Work in partnership with Lyra’s President and Chief Strategic Growth and Policy to design and expand Climatarium

  • Support the development, management and execution of project plans for key deliverables and initiatives

  • Play a direct role in coordinating a number of projects with multiple timelines and workstreams

  • Monitor workflows and activities of staff and partners as required for successful execution

  • Assign tasks internally and assist with schedule and budget management

  • Monitor and adjust project plans and approaches as needed based on data and feedback

  • Regularly track projects & programs through their respective lifespans to accurately capture learnings and evaluate successes/lessons learned to constantly improve processes

  • Create and maintain detailed project documentation (familiarity with project management software is a plus).

Operations and Administration

  • Lead planning and implementation of logistics for school and partner-related visits and events

  • Create, refine, and implement systems and processes to improve operations

  • Coordinate and schedule meetings

  • Support the development of related board and fundraising communications as needed


  • Strong alignment with Lyra’s mission and belief in the importance of addressing climate change

  • At least 2 – 3 years of relevant work experience. Previous education, nonprofit, or conservation work strongly preferred

  • Strong teamwork skills, ability to work as a teamplayer both internally and externally

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strong understanding of and commitment to equity and inclusion

  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of stakeholders in multiple contexts

  • Strong organization skills and a detail-oriented mindset, including the ability to look ahead and anticipate needs before they arise

  • Ability to adapt and adjust quickly as needs change

  • Experience using Project Management software (platform is dependent upon the candidate)

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $50,000 – $55,000 per year, with opportunities for meaningful advancement. Lyra offers a comprehensive benefits package.


Interested and qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to lyra.colorado@gmail.com. Please note “Project Coordinator” in the subject line of your email. Please save your attachments using the following convention: LastName_FirstName_CoverLetter and LastName_FirstName_Resume.

The deadline to apply for this position is July 30, 2021.

* Lyra is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates who reflect the diversity, experiences, and backgrounds of Colorado’s students are encouraged to apply.

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