Associate Director, Programs | Net Impact

Associate Director, Programs

Net Impact

The AD, Programs will oversee the success of our largest and longest-running program, Up to Us. Entering its tenth year, Up to Us strives to inspire an advocacy-charged generation to be more fiscally minded. We do this by creating opportunities for young people to think critically about economic and fiscal topics to connect them to their values and to building a sustainable economic future. To do this, the AD of Programs will oversee both external programmatic elements (managing key relationships, ensuring messaging is compelling and deeply nonpartisan, developing clear user experiences) and internal functions (ensuring that staff is effective, aligned, and well-resourced to support programmatic goals). 

The AD, Programs will provide high-level oversight of the execution of all aspects of the program, including marketing, brand, programmatic activities, and systems. The AD will oversee our staff in running existing activities, and will focus considerable attention on the smart and efficient deployment of new activities as they launch. In particular, this person will ensure that the program’s engagement funnel initiatives and activities successfully attracts and retains audiences to meet the objectives of the program. Across all activities, the AD will also manage the connective tissue to ensure that all efforts are coordinated and that each activity drives the program’s overall efforts forward. The AD will also lead client communications and the annual grant renewal process.

This role is ideal for a rising leader who is excited to make their mark by overseeing the execution of a large, complex, well-resourced program that is poised for growth and evolution. The AD, Programs will be comfortable collaborating on strategy and also leading key external relationships. Over time, the AD, Programs will grow to directly and indirectly supervise multiple staff across functions.

At this time, Net Impact can only consider applicants with authorization to work in the United States on a permanent, full-time basis. Unfortunately, we cannot provide visa sponsorship.

Net Impact values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, and individuals of all socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for the position.


Key Responsibilities:

Team leadership:

  • Participate in and lead the Up to Us Leadership Team to ensure it reaches its goal of fostering an engaged and informed project team
  • Use tools, systems, and strong people management skills to serve as the overall project manager of the grant
  • Support team members to ensure staff are engaged and using their full talents to drive the program’s success. This includes supporting people managers in creating role clarity, hiring new roles, trainings, and general resource management
  • Serve as part of Net Impact’s leadership and contribute to org strategy, goal-setting, and culture

Project management:

  • Develop a project plan that encompasses all programmatic activities, and use this plan to steer the team towards reaching Up to Us’s goals
  • Provide general oversight of all workstreams to ensure that team members are managing their responsibilities with efficiency
  • Develop and guide new initiatives during launch and initial implementation
  • Ensure deep coordination and connection across workstreams to ensure that each team’s work supports the other grant activities

Cultivate strong external relationships:

  • Lead relationship with Up to Us’s funder, through regular meetings, the annual planning and grant renewal process, and bringing a solutions-oriented mindset to respond to unexpected issues that arise
  • Occasionally support and foster development of new relationships with key stakeholders from campus organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and more
  • Be Market Sensing. Develop a pulse on relevant industries, issues and trends. Leverage this knowledge to position Up to Us well for new opportunities

Strategy and innovation:

  • Ensure the team is exploring innovative approaches, including use of new tools/systems, programmatic formats, partners, and internal management approaches
  • Co-lead the team in setting the annual strategy and related approaches. Lead the team in the execution of strategy and new approaches

You may be a good fit for the role if you:

  • Enjoy bringing clarity and organization to complexity and, occasionally, ambiguity
  • A methodical, organized, systems-inclined project manager who can keep apace with multiple simultaneous workstreams
  • A natural connector who enjoys thinking across activities and people to find opportunities to de-silo and coordinate
  • Are a critical thinker who asks yourself questions like ‘how can we make our work simpler and more efficient?’ or ‘how can we leverage this tool, opportunity, partner organization, or theme across more things that we do?

Overall Qualifications / Requirements:

  • 8-10 years of experience managing projects or programs with demonstrated success. Experience managing programmatic formats that are complex and/or have varied formats (digital campaigns, communities, leadership development programs, partnerships) is a major plus. A background in policy, civic advocacy, or fiscal or economic topics is ideal
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience leading internal teams comprised of direct and/or indirect reports
  • Excellent partnership skills
  • Demonstrated ability in change management
  • Experience using systems to lead projects or initiatives in an organized, detail-oriented fashion
  • Experience supporting and/or participating in internal leadership work such as goal-setting, culture-building, and cross-team collaboration


To Apply:

Please send the following application materials directly to Applications without all materials or submitted via other channels will not be considered. Please write your name and the title for this position (“Your name – Associate Director, Programs”) in the subject line of your email.

  1. Thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Salary expectations

Hours: Full-time

Location: Currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our office will remain closed or partially opened for staff upon request until it is safe to resume regular operations, at which point, it is preferred that the AD, Programs will be able to be present in our Oakland, CA, USA offices . Net Impact continually assesses COVID risk, market convention related to work locale policies.

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $95,000 annually, depending on experience. Competitive benefits package available, including medical, vision and dental insurance, flexible vacation and more.


About Net Impact

Net Impact is not your traditional non-profit. In our nearly 30 year history, we have evolved from a grassroots network of business students who wanted to use their professional skills to build a better world into a complex, diverse network of young leaders all over the world. Our 160,000 person community is organized through 435 locally-run chapters. At Net Impact Central, we equip them with the skills, knowledge, connections, and platform to launch careers that will make our world more just and sustainable. Our constantly-evolving programming and support ensures that the Net Impact community is at the cutting edge of business and social impact. We are looking for an entrepreneurial, nimble business development professional who can convey all of the complexity of our network and our accomplishments to external funding partners who will fuel the next stage of our evolution and growth.

Net Impact inspires and equips emerging leaders to build a more just and sustainable world. Today’s students and emerging professionals will bring positive change to the world’s most pressing challenges. Net Impact is a leadership accelerator for these future change makers. Our programs help new leaders broaden their thinking, build their networks, and scale their impact beyond just individual actions. Simple ideas become powerful initiatives with real impact. In addition, the annual Net Impact Conference is renowned as a premier inspirational gathering for next-generation leaders who want to transform the world. With more than 400 chapters in nearly 50 countries, the Net Impact network is a diverse and determined force for good. Their local actions create ripples that reach tens of thousands of individuals and make an impact on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Please visit to learn more about our work.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment Policy

Net Impact encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to our mission and making impact.

Net Impact is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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