ABOUT THE ROLE
Our team of program associates and program managers is the connective tissue that grounds and guides our team of working journalists, facilitators, and thought leaders across the nation. We are recruiting highly organized, very personable, and execution-oriented superstars to join us as we continue to grow. This position is deeply essential to our organization, and offers real responsibility and rapid opportunity for promotion for someone who excels. 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.
Program managers work with program associates and other senior staff to run our day-long public programs and 3-12 month Public Voices fellowship programs from start to finish, bringing together an exciting ecosystem of professional journalists, scholars, activists and community leaders. With support, managers will be responsible for the success, excellence and growth of a portfolio of programs, including public programs offered in major US cities and fellowship programs that run in partnership with leading universities and foundations. Program managers guide and support the facilitator teams that deliver the programming in each program, to create a transformational experience for every participant. They support our journalist facilitators, liaise with our partners within universities and foundations, foster regional partnerships around our public programs in the cities they oversee, and help build relationships that create moving experiences within our community and our team.
This is an amazing position for a person who wishes to have a career in social change or be a social entrepreneur. A stellar candidate will have the opportunity to join a small but rapidly growing social venture with real and meaningful responsibility, and will be able to see their impact in concrete and moving ways. This is also an amazing position for someone who wants to develop a career at the nexus of media, social justice, entrepreneurism, women's rights and thought leadership.
Event and Project Management
• Manage all people, place, financial and training-related logistics for 10 day-long public programs each year
• Manage all people, place and training-related logistics for 3-5 Public Voices fellowship programs each year
• Support teams of best-in-class journalist facilitators as they deliver programming at our day-long public programs (Write to Change the World) and Public Voices Fellowship programs
• Track progress and document impact and stories of transformation from your programs
• Join and occasionally lead weekly and monthly planning and reporting calls
• Develop partnerships and outreach relationships to help fill 10 day-long public programs each year. Some of these programs will be in new cities where no relationships exist, and some will be in cities where some relationships already exist
• Oversee and grow communities of underrepresented thought leaders in cities in your portfolio
• Create meaningful partnerships within communities around our programs, that lead to growth and action
• Drive demand and amplify impact of programs under your management via social media
• Support, evaluate, and coordinate the efforts of journalists on your program teams
• Passionately represent OpEd Project at events, conferences and talks
• Minimum of a B.A.
• 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).
• Resourceful, "no excuses" attitude (able to see what needs to happen, finds a way to make it happen)
• 3-5 years of prior work experience, preferably in a job with significant project management
• Strong analytic 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
• Superior communication skills (written/verbal)
• Warm, personable communication style
• "No job is too big or too small" attitude
• Desire to be pushed, to grow/stretch rapidly
• 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 short letter telling us why our work resonates with you and why you think you would rock this job.
There is no deadline for this hire - we’ll hire for this position more than once, as need arises, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. Hired candidates will be invited to participate in a day-long OpEd Project seminar in New York City.