In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, a bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. An African American with a BA was almost twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 30% of our country’s 1.3 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation. And with the COVID-19 crisis still upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs.
Braven is helping to address these inequities. Braven supports students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Braven Fellows emerge with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven is a growing organization, and has worked with more than 3,300 students across four campuses (Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University) and is piloting its innovative program to serve alumni of college success organizations locally in Chicago and virtually nationwide. Learn more about Braven’s impact:
About the Role:
The Program Manager – Leadership and Career Accelerator is a masterful programmatic operator, facilitator, people manager, and student coach responsible for running a strong Braven Accelerator course experience for 175-250 Fellows (students) and approximately 150-300 volunteers at Lehman College each semester* (Fall & Spring). Additionally, to power the program each semester, you will recruit and manage students who have already completed the Accelerator as interns and graduate students as teaching assistants.
*The number of Fellows, Leadership Coaches and part-time student interns, and teaching assistants will scale significantly in each subsequent semester. In all of this, you will contribute to building and maintaining a positive presence of Braven at Lehman College and support ad hoc projects as needed by the regional and national teams.
Accelerator Program Management – 65%
- Lead weekly evening Learning Labs (2 days/week for 15 weeks of a semester from 6:00-8:00pm), special events, and occasional weekend events that are logistically sound and of consistently high quality both virtually (Fall 2021) and on-site at Lehman College (Spring 2022 and beyond). This includes items such as deck updates, main session facilitation, Leadership Coach observations, Teaching Assistant (TA) management, student outreach, weekly class survey and attendance completion, responding to Fellow and Leadership Coach concerns, etc.
- Run signature Braven Learning Lab events such as Tell Your Story, Polish Your Portfolio, Mock Interviews, and Live Your Legacy. This includes operations, logistics, project management, and facilitation
- Ensure Fellow mastery, including supporting Fellows of concern, promoting project submissions and resubmissions, and managing TA student support
- Manage outreach and meetings for students at risk of failing the course
- Conduct and present weekly data analysis to consistently evaluate, validate, problem-solve, and iterate on the program. Track towards quarterly goals
- Craft and distribute weekly student communications
- Manage a team of 5-6 TAs including weekly meetings, quarterly feedback, and grade norming
- Manage a team of 2-3 interns to support Accelerator logistics, data analysis, and communications. This includes weekly check-ins and team building activities
- Share design input and feedback with national Product team
- Attend weekly national Program Manager huddle and additional trainings (1-2/month)
- Manage online learning portal and monitor student assignment submission
- Oversee logistics and student liability forms (e.g. virtual– zoom setup, in person– room reservations, FERPAs/NDAs, etc.)
Leadership Coach and Coaching Partner Recruitment & Development Support – 15%
- Support the recruitment, coaching, and development of Leadership Coaches and Coaching Partners (working professional volunteers who coach and support Leadership Coaches) via strong project management in close collaboration with the Site Director
A+ Team/Management – 15%
- Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning
- Recruit, hire, onboard, and manage 5-8 teaching assistants and 2-3 part-time student interns
- Contribute to weekly NYC regional weekly tactical and stand up meetings
Brand / Sustainability – 5%
- Help build Braven’s brand by sharing compelling stories with the Executive Director
- Represent Braven externally as needed
- Connect Fellows with PMRW to promote post-accelerator program engagements
What We’re Looking For
(Did you know that research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications? Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.)
Reporting directly to the New York City Site Director, the Program Manager – Leadership and Career Accelerator will work extensively with Lehman staff, Fellows, Post-Accelerator Fellows (PAFs), program alumni, volunteers, employer partners, and local organizations to contribute to the effective growth of Braven at Lehman College. Specifically, you will:
Experiences, Skills, and Traits:
Braven is looking for a person that demonstrates Braven’s core values, skillfully navigates ambiguity and ongoing change, excels in a fast-paced environment, and welcomes feedback and learning. The ideal candidate will be extremely driven, customer-service and results-oriented, entrepreneurial and highly resourceful, and excited to dive into an early-stage organization poised to change the educational landscape. At Braven, we look for people who do what it takes to achieve outcomes and operate with humility and hunger. You bring experiences and strengths like these:
- 2-4 years of experience in education, non-profit, or private sector with a verifiable track record of achieving excellence and successful outcomes;
- Experience working 1-1 with students to support development and learning;
- Comfort with virtual facilitation via zoom and in-person large group facilitation;
- Experience leading and developing others;
- Excellent communication and relationship-building skills;
- Strong facilitation and public speaking skills; teaching and grading experience preferred
- High degree of flexibility and adaptability, excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and is comfortable with ambiguity;
- Proven ability to create, operationalize, and manage project plans, meeting milestones and deadlines;
- Data-driven manager: track record of using data and metrics to drive decisions and measure performance;
- Knowledge of google suite and salesforce preferred;
- Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven;
- Expertise working across lines of racial and socio-economic difference
- Ability to work in-person in New York City and to travel to the Bronx 2-3x/week
- Willingness to work two evenings per week from 6:00-8:00 pm
- Bachelor’s degree
- Authorized to work in the US
Working at Braven
At Braven, our core values really do describe how we “show up” with each other. Before applying, we encourage you to take a look at them, and see if they describe you, too. At Braven, we are obsessed with making a real impact on the world, and are committed to learning and innovation as a path to get there. What that means in practice is that you can expect a proactive and nimble “startup-like” culture, where we work together to adapt, evolve, and make things happen. We also aspire to be a premier workplace for professionals who share identities with Braven’s Fellows. That means cultivating an environment of belonging for our intentionally diverse team. It means being a place that stretches and grows you as a professional. It means having fun together as we do work that matters.
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your fit for the role, will likely be between $50,600-$63,200. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity and the inequities that can emerge from salary negotiations, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully upfront using benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.
Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include:
- Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year
- Up to 5% match of your 401K contribution starting your first full month
- Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium
- A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff
When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office four days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of New York City Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.
Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor. We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.