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 19 years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has supported nearly 900 Tillman Scholars as they’ve furthered their education and increased their professional impact in the world.


PTF seeks an experienced and dynamic Program Associate: Digital & Community to execute national programs designed to unite and empower the Tillman Scholar community of over 800 remarkable military veterans and spouses dedicated to making an impact in the world. The Digital Engagement Associate will serve on the 7-person Programs Team to create, manage, and deliver a national program of educational scholarships, in-person and online 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 experience, whether in the non-profit programming space or elsewhere, that demonstrate exceptional vision and effective performance.

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

  • 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 maximizing 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 as well as measuring their effectiveness.

  • Detail-Oriented. You are highly detailed with data, customer-service practices, software, tools and policies as well as customer relationship management (CRM) lists and software. You can use these tools to help create impactful ways to operationalize organizational strategies, particularly in the realm of digital community engagement.

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

  • Community Conscious. Thoughtful engagement. Commitment to listen, understand, respect, empathize with, and support one another. 

  • Passionate about Impact. 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

Digital Community Building 

  • Work with the Programs Team to identify and develop future engagement and professional development opportunities and activities

  • Work within the Pat Tillman Foundation Community to develop professional development opportunities for Tillman Scholars

  • Manage the Tillman Scholar Community’s online directory and discussion forum (Tillman Connect provided through People Grove)

  • Assist in executing virtual events (Zoom Webinars, live-streamed in-person events, record and edit videos and presentations) designed to unite and empower the Tillman Scholar community

  • Manage the Pat Tillman Foundation’s digital database (provided through Salesforce) of Tillman Scholars to foster meaningful connections and identify future opportunities for the Tillman Scholar community

  • Assist the Scholarships Manager and the Programs Managers to facilitate a healthy, connected network of remarkable veterans and spouses, which requires consistent contact and relationship building within the Tillman Scholar community

Synchronization and Synthesis Within the Programs Team

  • Assist the Scholarships Manager in executing the Tillman Scholar application and selection process

  • Manage the Programs and Scholarship Team’s calendar to maximize current and projected programmatic offerings and opportunities to the Tillman Scholar community

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


  • Serve as primary editor and compiler of the monthly on-line Tillman Scholar Newsletter

  • 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


  • Support in the conceptualization and execution of virtual events (webinars, live-streamed in-person events, recorded videos, presentations).Communicate with scholars to find and encourage volunteers for virtual info sessions, application review panels, and speaking opportunities at our Tillman Scholar summits

  • Monitor and provide regular reporting and resource sharing  on the use of Tillman Connect and Discord by our scholar community

  • Work within the Pat Tillman Foundation Community to identify and share professional development opportunities for Tillman Scholars

  • Use our platforms to encourage scholar-to-scholar discussions and highlight scholar achievements in real time

  • Identify inspirational scholar stories for sharing by our Marketing and Development teams

  • Gain familiarity with our scholars and their stories, sharing them as a means to put PTF’s impact into context

Based in Chicago, the Pat Tillman Foundation is one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work for in the United States, according to the Nonprofit Times. We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and a collaborative and welcoming environment where passionate and curious thinkers will thrive.

This position is remote, but the candidate needs to be located in the NYC area, and reports to the Director of Programs, Katherine Steele. Routine seasonal travel is required -- particularly during the Tillman Scholar selection process (which ranges from April - June). The position is available immediately. The Pat Tillman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQIA+, and other underrepresented applicants.

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