SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, PUBLIC VOICES FELLOWSHIP TEAM
LOCATION: New York, NY,
POSITION TYPE: Permanent, Full Time
COMPENSATION: Salary range: $58-63k, commensurate with experience; comprehensive benefits package, and generous vacation policy. Professional development opportunities are supported when feasible.
The OpEd Project is operating remotely during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This position will be virtual until in-person operations resume.
ABOUT THE OpEd PROJECT
The OpEd Project is a social venture and leadership organization, founded to change who writes history. We are a community of journalists, thought leaders, and change agents who actively share knowledge, resources, and connections across color, creed, class, sexuality, gender, ability, and beyond. Through our nationally-recognized curriculum, our team of journalist mentors, and through a portfolio of programs in partnership with leading institutions across the nation and the globe, we accelerate the ideas and impact of underrepresented voices, including women of all backgrounds. We have been covered by most major media. We have stunning results.
The story we tell becomes the world we live in.
The world becomes more intelligent when it is more inclusive.
The best ideas, regardless of where they come from, should have a chance to be heard and to change the world.
Over the past few years, we have experienced significant growth. As we grow, we are seeking to build our core leadership team, in anticipation of a bold new chapter. We will continue to expand our core Write to Change the World workshops in cities across the nation (and the globe), and we are also seeking to organize and coordinate our flagship Public Voices Fellowship initiative into a powerful new force to change the cultural narrative on a large scale, with permanent and undeniable impact.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The OpEd Project is seeking a visionary, can-do, experienced manager with a track record of success. The ideal candidate will have an aptitude for client management and a demonstrated ability to support and grow a significant portfolio of programs valued at $1.2 million.
The Senior Program Manager will work at the intersection of social justice, academia, the foundation community, and journalism. Reporting to the Director of Fellowships, the Senior Program Manager will support and grow a portfolio of 15 to 20 Public Voice Fellowships, which are year-long programs comprising 200 to 300 Fellows per year valued at $1.2 million. The Senior Program Manager will directly manage approximately three of the most intensive Fellowships and will work with the Director of Fellowships to develop and oversee a small and mighty team of Program Managers to manage the rest. They will design and/or improve existing systems to ensure full and meaningful processes, reporting, and learning, with a focus on driving successful outcomes. Our team of program managers is the connective tissue that grounds and guides our team of working journalists, coaches, and thought leaders across the nation. We are recruiting a highly organized, very personable, and execution-oriented superstar to join us as we continue to grow. Social vision, accountability to results, ability to work as part of a fast-moving team, and an ongoing commitment to and investment in our mission is key.
Manage all people, place and training-related logistics and execution for three to five Public Voices fellowship programs each year, along an agreed upon timeline
Support teams of best-in-class journalist coaches as they deliver programming at our Public Voices Fellowship programs
Track progress and document impact and stories of transformation from your Fellowship programs
Join and occasionally lead weekly and monthly planning and reporting calls with fellowship coaches, other program managers and our larger team
In partnership with the Director of Fellowships, work to streamline processes, communication, and other components of the complete fellowship portfolio in order to achieve maximum efficiency and scale.
Partner with other program managers on the Fellowships team to share and document learnings that can be applied broadly across the portfolio.
Oversee and grow communities of underrepresented thought leaders in fellowships in your portfolio
Create meaningful partnerships within communities around our fellowships, that lead to growth and action
Amplify impact of programs under your management via social media
Support, evaluate, and coordinate the efforts of journalists on your fellowship teams
Provide support to our public and private workshop team as needed, by communicating broadly about such opportunities within our fellowship community
Passionately represent OpEd Project at events, conferences and talks
Deep alignment with The OpEd Project’s mission and vision
5-7 years of prior work experience, preferably in a job with significant project management.
Proven track record of making things happen (for example, managing or better yet launching a project or event with multiple moving parts and people, that required you to drive demand, interact with customers, speakers, and clients, and handle logistics and operations).
A keen eye for spotting and implementing opportunities for improvement
Resourceful, "no excuses" attitude (able to see what needs to happen, finds a way to make it happen)
Strong analytical skills (ability to assess and translate information into next steps)
Nimble and driven – can identify problems and solutions quickly
Excellent judgment – knows when to act and when to consult + seek permission before acting
Extremely organized, impeccable attention to detail
Warm, authentic and deeply collaborative communication style
Tech-savvy- able to introduce and use technology for greater efficiency and improved collaboration
Demonstrated aptitude (or desire to learn/use) Twitter and other social media, Note: we do not expect the Senior Program Manager to play a main role in our social media, which is overseen by our Social Media Associate; however the Senior Managers are expected to use social media, especially Twitter, on a regular (at least weekly) basis to track impact, strengthen our network of fellows, and demonstrate thought leadership around key ideas and events as they relate to our mission and the fellowship portfolio.
Prior experience supervising direct reports and indirect reports preferred
If you are execution-minded, entrepreneurial, organized, warm and personable, and if you have a hankering to be a change-maker in the world, then we invite you to submit a resume and a cover- letter telling us why our work resonates with you and why you think you would rock this job.
People of color, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The OpEd Project is committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. The OpEd Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions, in accordance with state and federal law.