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Project Manager, Strategy & New Ventures

Location: Richmond, VA
Number: 498301
Job Category: General
Job Type: Full Time
Level: Manager

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About EAB

At EAB, our mission is to make education smarter and our communities stronger. We harness the collective power of more than 1,500 schools, colleges, and universities to uncover and apply proven practices and transformative insights. And since complex problems require multifaceted solutions, we work with each school differently to apply these insights through a customized blend of research, technology, and services. From kindergarten to college and beyond, EAB partners with education leaders, practitioners, and staff to accelerate progress and drive results across three key areas: enrollment management, student success, and institutional operations and strategy.

At EAB, we serve not only our members but each other—that's why we are always working to make sure our employees love their jobs and are invested in their community. See how we've been recognized for this dedication to our employees by checking out our recent awards.

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The Role in Brief

Project Manager, Strategy and New Ventures

Strategy and New Ventures is responsible for defining the firm’s growth strategy and developing new products and services—organically or via partnerships and acquisitions. In helping to fuel the growth engine of a fast-growing company, the department enjoys close partnership with EAB’s executive team as well as key division leaders across the firm. You will be given unparalleled access to the executives of leading higher education institutions and industry-leading marketing capabilities. This position offers motivated, entrepreneurial candidates a rare opportunity to quickly effect systemic change across the higher education industry. 

This role is aligned with our team focused on EAB’s Enrollment Services business unit, the market leading provider of student recruitment and university growth services.  The Project Manager will have unique opportunity to manage workstreams across multiple diverse areas of strategic focus – 1) pan-business strategic planning (long-range growth forecasting, portfolio-level investment planning), 2) in-business innovation (long-term roadmap development, commercial positioning), 3) net new business launches (adjacent markets, new platforms), and 4) partnerships and mergers & acquisitions.  This position has extensive executive-level visibility, and is based in Richmond, VA. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop the work plan for and lead execution against strategic initiatives
  • Identify and size potential market opportunities
  • Conduct rigorous market and user testing
  • Assess competitive pressures
  • Perform proforma analyses
  • Support product scoping and long-term roadmap development
  • Steward internal approval process
  • Devise marketing and sales strategies
  • Support and lead initial sales engagements
  • Drive initial product delivery
  • Support partnership and M&A evaluations, negotiations, and integrations

The Project Manager will also support development and refinement of the business’s overall growth strategy:

  • Conduct strategic analyses to determine attractive product development and business development terrains
  • Expand the firm’s knowledge base in emerging terrains
  • Consistently develop and evaluate new business opportunities/ideas/potential partner companies

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum five years of professional experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects and defining/meeting deadlines
  • Proven ability to build strong working relationships with colleagues and external partners
  • Experience conducting root-cause analysis and generating insights
  • Experience with solution focused problem solving and thinking through problems creatively
  • Prior experience leading innovation and change in ambiguous and rapidly changing environments

Ideal Qualifications:

  • MBA or other advanced degree 
  • Experience managing complex processes and operations
  • Experience managing and coaching more junior team members 
  • Prior experience in sales and commercial pursuits, especially in B2B frameworks
  • Prior experience working with product design and engineering teams
  • Prior experience in the education sector


At EAB, we believe that to fulfill our mission to “make education smarter and our communities stronger” we need team members who bring a diversity of perspectives to the table and a workplace where each team member is valued, respected and heard.

To that end, EAB is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we make employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law.