The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Inspired by Pat Tillman, who proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country, family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Over the last 17 years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has supported over 750 Tillman Scholars as they’ve furthered their education and increased their professional impact in the world.

PTF seeks an experienced and dynamic Programs Associate / Manager to execute national programs designed to unite and empower the Tillman Scholar community of over 750 remarkable military veterans and spouses dedicated to making an impact in the world. The Programs Associate / Manager will serve on the 5-person Programs Team of PTF to create, manage, and deliver a national program of in-person and on-line networking, a series of leadership development opportunities, and annual events.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. If you believe you have the skills to succeed in this role, regardless of industry, we encourage you to apply.

Who You Are

  • Driven and Adaptable. You want to leverage the skills you’ve built over your 1+ years of experience, whether in the non-profit programming space or elsewhere, that demonstrate exceptional vision and effective management.

  • Inspired and Inspirational. You are moved by the selfless sacrifice of our country’s veterans and their families, even if you didn’t serve personally. You love working with people and know how to excite them about the opportunities available to the Tillman Scholar community as well as the broader work of the Pat Tillman Foundation. You love turning big, inspiring ideas into reality.

  • Highly Organized. You are a systems thinker who can manage multiple projects and prioritize appropriately to produce high-quality results quickly and on time. You create clear and logical systems and processes to support your work and that of your team.

  • Detail-Oriented. You are highly efficient and detailed with customer relationship management (CRM) lists and software. You can use these tools to create impactful ways and means to operationalize organizational strategies.

  • Well-spoken (and written). You are a clear, efficient, and effective communicator with exceptional oral, written, and customer service communication skills.

  • Passionate. You care about making a difference in the world, and want to support veterans and their families working at an impactful level across sectors including health, law, business, policy, academia, government, and defense. You want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world.

What You’ll Do

Community Building

  • As one of the primary liaisons between PTF and Tillman Scholars, facilitate a healthy, connected network, which requires consistent contact and relationship building within the community

  • Plan and manage logistical requirements (funding, travel, lodging, meals, events) for PTF sponsored events (Pat’s Run, the Pat Tillman Leadership Summit, Regional Captain Workshops, and Regional/Thematic Conferences) as well as Tillman Scholar engagement, professional development, media or developmental opportunities

  • Assist in the Tillman Scholar selection process

  • Assist Director of Programs and Scholarships as needed with program-related initiatives

  • Additional tasks will be split with another Program Associate / Manager and may include: 

    • Administer the Tillman Scholar Professional Development Opportunity (SPDO) Fund

    • Manage the Tillman Scholar Regional Captain (RC) program

  • Identify and develop future engagement and professional development opportunities and activities

  • Work with strategic partners to provide myriad opportunities for Tillman Scholars 


  • Maintain the Programs Team’s CRM database (Salesforce and Form Assembly)

  • Monitor the engagement and participation levels of all Tillman Scholars

  • Partner with teammates to improve data management practices


  • Collaborate with other departments on program-related web, marketing and media content to include drafting program-related updates (anecdotes, quotes and data) for various outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, the PTF Website, Tillman Connect, and the monthly TS Newsletter 

  • Provide program-related content and metrics for grant proposals and reports

  • Assist with the annual marketing of the Tillman Scholar application

This position will report to the Director of Programs and will be located in Chicago or New York. Fully remote will be considered but is not preferred. Periodic travel is required. The position is available immediately.