Request for Proposals: Project Manager, Redford Center Stories

Request for Proposals: Project Manager, Redford Center Stories


Term: 12 months, beginning July 15, 2020

Contract Fees: $45,000-$60,000

Reports to: Executive Director

The Redford Center seeks proposal to project manage Redford Center Stories, an environmental storytelling contest designed for teachers and middle school students to re-imagine materials use, production, and waste. By celebrating a new generation of environmental storytellers and providing a showcase for students to share their ideas, this project-based approach to learning sparks curiosity, invites creativity, builds

confidence, and fosters teamwork as students seek solutions to real-world environmental problems. Redford Stories is done in partnership with Apple.

In the first of two pilot years, Redford Center Stories provided environmental curriculum to more than 100 participating educators in classrooms across 29 states in the US. In the 2nd year of learning, we will seek out a pathway to expand this program and its impact, continuing to ensure that we create innovative opportunities for the next generation of environmental storytellers to emerge.

Co-founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his son James, The Redford Center draws on the family’s deep expertise in filmmaking and activism to produce, fund, and fiscally sponsor impact driven media projects that showcase stories of individuals taking action to protect and restore the planet for current and future generations. Our films and campaigns are designed to spark honest dialogue that engages new audiences in addressing frontline environmental issues. We are a small, nimble, mission-driven group that greatly values operational efficiency, creative resourcefulness and fulfilled team members.

This Project Manager will manage and oversee the 2nd year of the pilot program for The Redford Center’s environmental storytelling program for middle schoolers, with the expectation to review and update the learning from year 1, update curricula, and increase participation. Experience working with digital learning environments that engage teachers and schools is necessary, as well an understanding of communication and engagement strategies designed to maintain and increase project participation.

The Project Manager must prioritize attention to detail and adherence to timelines and have the ability to keep the project and all relevant team members on track. This individual will coordinate with Redford Center staff members to ensure all aspects of the project are being completed on time, and will provide regular project updates, including the delivery of a final project report.

We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of perspectives, cultures, skills, and experiences, knowing that the more inclusive our staff is, the more successful we will be.


  • Review year 1 report and curriculum, and work with Executive Director to determine new goals and strategies for year 2.
  • Update curriculum based on prior knowledge and analysis of report, with the goal to simplify its usage by classroom teacher
  • Prepare launch plan for year 2 that acknowledges the unique situations schools and districts face due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Manage overall project plan to ensure smooth execution of the 2nd year of pilot program within the set timeline.
  • Manage execution of deliverables and utilize other team members and consultants when appropriate, which may include but is not limited to: curriculum development, web portal design and creation, and content creation
  • Execute deliverables related to teacher outreach and engagement, and external program communications:
  1. Review all learnings from year 1 to expand and build network and database of schools and school contacts for The Redford Center
  2. Develop and execute teacher outreach, engagement and communications plan, ensuring proper tracking and feedback from teachers and schools.
  3. Serve as primary teacher liaison once a teacher has committed to participate: answer questions, cultivate relationship, keep them accountable, motivated and encouraged
  4. Assemble and work directly with a 3 to 6 person teacher advisory group to get input on curriculum, website, legal permissions, program incentives, structure and impact.
  • Manage selection process for contest winners, including correspondence with final selection committee for prize awardees.
  • Liaise with PR and Communication team, providing all relevant materials including, but not limited to, program announcements, supporting press coverage and interviews, content for social media posts, newsletter modules, impact report and metrics.
  • Create and manage process for capturing outcomes and metrics from pilot program, with final program report due to The Redford Center by July 1, 2021.
  • Hold program debrief session with Redford Center team after teacher and student survey results are in, summarize input and integrate into final program report.
  • Manage distribution of all prizes, honorariums and participation incentives.
  • Liaise and coordinate logistics for all program travel and lodging if necessary.


  • Proven experience working in project management and/or leadership in educational programs.
  • Superior time management, communication and analytical skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Excel.
  • Background and/or interest in environmental education preferred.
  • Background and/or interest in film education preferred.

To Submit a Proposal

Please provide:

  • A brief cover letter
  • Resume/CV with relevant project management experience in the educational space
  • Samples of developed curricula
  • Sample of professional development experience for teachers if applicable
  • Three references
  • Brief proposed scope of work
  • Proposed fee and payment schedule

Budget for Contractor is $45k-60k for a 12 -month engagement starting on or around July 15, 2020. Total program budget will be determined by need to engage additional consultants based on contractor experience. Proposals are due by Friday, June 26, 2020 - please submit to Jennifer Fish at