I’ve been volunteering with Opportunity Network for years, and they have a plum opening:
SEEKING PROGRAM MANAGER
For The Opportunity Network
We are looking for a Program Manager to work closely with the Deputy Director/Head of Programs and program staff to manage our high school career development program. This is an exciting opportunity for a high-caliber candidate to put his or her stamp on an innovative, proven program run by dynamic and passionate leaders. Work with great students, teach (and help refine) an exciting curriculum, gain access to an extensive network of NYC influentials, and seize a real opportunity to create social change.
Founded in 2002 by two Yale graduates and funded by blue-chip backers, The Opportunity Network works to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and college. We believe influential networks are essential ingredients for success not emphasized in career development programs for youth, so we take an innovative approach by underscoring the power of personal connections and professional relationships as vital complements to skills and experience. Through unique interaction with executives, intensive networking training, coursework in careers, paid internships and college counseling, our students dramatically change the course of their futures.
The Ideal Candidate: Requirements
We’re looking for a very smart, competent and engaging Program Manager, who is committed to a high standard of excellence and able to thrive in a small organization with an ambitious agenda.
The ideal candidate will also have these key assets and attributes:
2-5 years of work experience;
Experience working with teenagers, preferably at a youth non-profit or school;
Corporate background/experience highly preferred;
Demonstrated ability to connect with high-achieving high school and college students from
underserved communities: Can help lead class sessions in rigorous but inspiring fashion;
understands how to be both nurturing and demanding; appreciates boundaries, but not
afraid to push or challenge; enjoys teenagers;
High comfort level working with professional executives; comfort and savvy in corporate
Ability to learn about, synthesize and facilitate discussion on a range of career fields;
Self-starter with strong entrepreneurial drive: Takes initiative; comfortable operating in
growth mode and wearing many hats; can operate self-sufficiently, but also collaboratively as
part of a team;
Superb written and oral communication skills;
High degree of effectiveness – gets things done!
The Program Manager’s primary responsibility will be to manage the day-to-day operations of our high school career development program, including:
Running weekly classroom workshops (up to three evenings from 5-7pm) for high school
students on a range of career development, professional etiquette and networking subjects;
Working one-on-one with students on individual development;
Collaborating with executives to plan interactive career workshops;
Working with program staff to continually enhance programs;
Liaising with high school administrators and guidance counselors;
Engaging with parents to maximize student potential;
Working with senior program staff on evaluations and metrics;
Participating in student recruitment;
Pitching in on events, trips and operational tasks (along with the rest of us!)
Commensurate with experience, plus top-of-the-line medical benefits, excellent vacation package and great work environment.
Please send a resume and cover letter, outlining how your credentials relate specifically to the requirements above, to firstname.lastname@example.org.