Program Manager

Salary Range: $56,000.00 to $61,000.00, Annually

The Program Manager plays a crucial role in planning and delivering innovative, tailored workforce and career readiness programs. This position will assist with program conception and planning and be responsible for implementation, participant support, event and session planning, and other broad administrative duties. Moreover, the Program Manager will contribute to budget creation, collaboration with various internal and external stakeholders, and program assessment and evaluation. Finally, the Program Managers will ensure the steady and continuous adherence of all programs to TWC’s values of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in a way that enhances participants’ experience, learning, and workforce readiness.  

TWC is a majority remote organization: for most employees, employment with TWC will not be contingent on physical presence in an office space. However, TWC does have some physical space in Washington, D.C. This is a hybrid role expected to work in Washington DC on a regular basis.

 TWC will not sponsor an employment visa for this position at this time.

Essential Functions

Program Management, Administration, and Assessment 

  • Oversee and actively manage the administration of a portfolio of short-term and/or semester long TWC programs. 
  • Manage all components of in-person or virtual program delivery including but not limited to session design and facilitation, speaker outreach and coordination, room/space reservations, and materials creation and distribution. 
  • Manage program budgets, track and submit program expenses including the vetting of external contractors and contributors, and report budgetary constraints to Director of Programs.  
  • In collaboration with Senior Manager, Program Innovation, create tailored sessions, workshops, learning experiences, educational pathways, and/or curricula that align with program goals.  
  • Work with Data Strategy and Governance Lead to administer all program assessments and evaluations. Schedule and collaborate on data-driven post-program debriefs and compose program reports when necessary. 
  • Develop a communication plan for program participants. Engage with participants via Canvas and other available technological platforms before their arrival and throughout the program. 
  • When applicable, review and grade assignments, deliverables, and other educational milestones.  
  • Incorporate DEI strategies and themes into program delivery by ensuring a diversity of speakers, vendors, external contributors, and educational sources. Monitor and assess the experience of BIPOC and other participants of marginalized backgrounds.

Participant Support and Conduct

  • Serve as first point of contact for all program participants and support participants’ experience throughout the duration of the program. 
  • When applicable, assist program participants address/solve issues that arise at their internship sites. In collaboration with the Employer Relations Managers, identify “points of friction” and conduct targeted mediations between participants and their internship site supervisors. 
  • Assist participants in finding accurate information about the program and TWC through support, problem solving, and liaising with the appropriate internal staff member. 
  • Work with Director of Programs to manage participant conduct issues in adherence to TWC’s code of conduct. 
  • Advise, guide and/or mentor participants on issues pertaining to professional development, career readiness and design, navigating the workplace, and much more.   
  • Utilize data and best practices to implement support systems for participations of marginalized backgrounds. 

Other Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with key staff to create program goals, strategize learning pathways, identify internal and external stakeholders, conduct targeted outreach, and more. 
  • When needed, provide information, case reports, and timelines about participants to other TWC departments including Housing & Community Life, Recruitment and Admissions, Employer Relations, Finance and others. 
  • When possible, collaborate with Housing and Community Life and/or Senior Manager, Alumni Engagement to leverage the wider TWC community.

Required Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered:

  • Master’s degree required 
  • 1-3 years of experience in educational or workforce readiness program management. Proven experience with session design, facilitation, and/or training.   

Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience

  • Knowledge of best practices in career readiness education and professional development 
  • Some experience with advising, coaching, or mentorship 

Competencies Required to Perform the Job Successfully

  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills 
  • Customer Satisfaction 
  • Teamwork/Collaboration 
  • Initiative 
  • Self-awareness 
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of trends pertaining to one or more of the following: workforce readiness, college to career pipelines, the future of work, or experiential education. 
  • The ability to own the full scope of a program and contribute from program design to administration.  
  • Skilled team player with the ability to collaborate with colleagues to achieve program goals.  
  • Ability to manage and oversee multiple programs simultaneously while meeting program goals, timelines, and budgetary constraints.  
  • An understanding of the basic tenets of, and a commitment to, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and the ability to demonstrate DEI in future work.  

Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities. 

The Washington Center’s Values

Values which guide our mission work in every regard – internally and externally:

  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Learning
  • Connection & Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Impact

Equipment Used to Perform the Job 

May be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:

  • Cloud-based technologies
  • Standard office equipment including a computer and job-related software  

Physical Abilities 

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job: 

  • Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision to work on a computer.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties performed by the employee occupying this position.  Employees may be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws. 

The Washington Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of The Washington Center to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Provisions in applicable laws providing for bona fide occupational qualifications, business necessity or age limitations will be adhered to by the organization where appropriate.

The Washington Center stands in solidarity with all marginalized communities. We believe communities are strengthened by the inclusion of and equity for all people. Racism, hate, and violence have no place in our society, and we condemn all such acts. We are committed to becoming an anti-racist and anti-hate organization.

We commit to continuously striving for diversity, equity and inclusion through ongoing education and self-awareness. At The Washington Center, each person brings unique and varied experiences which inform our thoughts, actions, and decision-making processes. Our mission is to create an inclusive, safe environment for our staff and our students, where everyone’s differences are celebrated, every perspective is valued, and everyone feels safe to bring forth their authentic selves.