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Program Director

Alliance for Girls

Program Director Job Description

About Alliance for Girls:

Join an organization that is relentless in its mission to improve the lives of girls* on the margins through collective action. As the nation’s largest association of girls’ organizations and school partners, our 120 organizations and 250 schools serve 300,000 girls and gender expansive youth annually, 83% of whom are girls of color. Alliance for Girls (AFG) knits together a powerful girls’ service and leadership sector where girls’ needs are met and their power is amplified.

“Listen first, act together.” At AFG, we listen to our members, service providers and educators. We amplify the voices of girls and gender expansive youth to guide our strategic direction. We believe that those closest to the struggle are closest to the solution. We strive to model a culture of self and communal care, grounded in values of equity and justice, through both internal operations and external impact. We are constantly imagining, thinking and planning processes and approaches that enable excellence in our work and enhance collaboration among our team and partners.

Alliance for Girls’ unique combination of girl and community-driven research, coordinated initiatives driven by the intellectual and cultural power of our membership and school partners, and focused and inspired public advocacy enable us to affect deep and lasting change that directly improves the lives of girls and the systems that impact them. Join us as a senior leader of this growing organization.

*At Alliance for Girls, "Girls" refers to gender expansive youth (cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth, gender non-conforming youth, gender queer youth and any girl-identified youth).

Program Director Position Overview:

The Program Director (PD) will fortify, manage and further develop a robust range of programs that build the capacity of girl-serving organizations and school systems to best meet the expressed needs of girls and young women. The PD will evaluate AFG’s impact within various programs and across the organization as a whole. The PD oversees AFG Programs including 1) youth participatory action research, 2) community-driven evaluation, 3) systems change initiatives with school partners and 4) public advocacy.

The successful candidate is an adaptive, entrepreneurial leader who is highly strategic and relational and can work with intergenerational, multi-sector stakeholders, including but not limited to AFG members (girl-serving nonprofits and professionals), school administrators and educators, and young women leaders. Our ideal candidate carries a passion for gender equity and racial justice and has familiarity with theories of intersectional feminism and transformational resistance. The Program Director will serve on the Senior Management Team, and act as a strategic partner to the Executive Director in business development and programmatic strategy and implementation for the organization. The PD will leverage their strengths in program design and evaluation to develop powerful proposals that propel the growth of the organization, its key programs, and inform its strategic direction.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development, Direction & Management
● Innovate upon, strengthen and grow AFG’s key programs including youth participatory action research initiatives, community-driven public advocacy, and partnerships with school districts through management of key programmatic staff and consultants, and in partnership with the AFG management team
● Develop and implement strategies that maximize synergies among and across program areas
● Effectively engage AFG Program staff and research consultants to manage and implement ongoing and emerging grant and contract work. Ensure programmatic excellence through the implementation of innovative performance and outcome measures.
● Lead the organization in utilizing and strengthening AFG’s existing evaluation systems to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation of AFG Programs
● Develop and manage data-driven systems to measure and report on programmatic outcomes, successes and learnings
● Liaise and coordinate externally with key school districts and school site leadership
● Identify capacities needed (skill sets and competencies) to achieve programmatic goals and work with senior staff to ensure those capacities are developed and/or acquired.
● Lead yearly performance assessments of Program staff including goal setting, and support professional development on an ongoing basis

Business Development and Oversight of Program Budgets
● Direct budget development for new programs and renewals
● Oversee management of programmatic budgets to ensure effective and compliant use of grant and contract funds. Work with AFG team to provide timely and accurate reports and communications to funders
● Design new and deepen/expand existing programs in partnership with AFG staff and funders.
● Work with Executive Director, Deputy Director and grant-writing consultant to develop proposals that secure new resources for AFG’s programmatic portfolio.

Strategic/Thought Leadership
● Engage in national, state and local-level relationship building to increase AFG’s visibility and ensure strategic programmatic growth.
● Participate in senior staff and Board activities to inform and lead the organization’s programmatic strategies and approaches.
● Write quarterly Program reports for inclusion in AFG Board of Directors Meetings
● Build AFG’s s capacity to develop and implement innovative and prioritized gender equity and racial justice work in the Bay Area and across California.
● Increase AFG’s profile by serving as a spokesperson and advocate, as well as a visible and influential thought leader on race, gender equity, and the safety and well- being of girls.


● Professional experience in related work including at least five years in a managerial role and/or a Master’s of public policy, public health, social work, or related degree
● Thorough understanding of project/program management and evaluation techniques and methods
● Expertise in participatory research and/or community-driven advocacy
● Experience working with community-based organizations or coalitions and community- led capacity building efforts for nonprofits and/or schools
● Proven leadership skills and management experience, including the ability to develop team performance, manage consultants, and a genuine desire to coach and mentor
● Outstanding organizational skills and a commitment to equity and inclusion.
● Strong experience with strategy, innovation, and problem-solving.
● Demonstrated success in proposal development and grant writing
● Superior writing skills in terms of analysis, theoretical framework, and activity design
● Strong budget management experience, detail-oriented and able to work well in evolving circumstances
● Excellent written and oral presentation skills, with ability to engage, inspire, build credibility and engender trust with diverse audiences. Strong interpersonal communications skills, including the ability to build coalitions, negotiate, and resolve conflicts effectively while preserving important relationships with AFG partners, funders and staff.
● A passion for and commitment to the Alliance for Girls Mission

Preferred Skills/ Experience
● Expertise in the field of violence prevention and/or public health / health equity is a plus
● Experience within membership associations or networks is a plus
● Familiarity with California education, nonprofit and/or public policy landscape is a plus
● Familiarity with theories of intersectional feminism and transformational resistance is a plus.
● Personal lived experience with issue areas AFG addresses is preferred.

The Program Director reports to the Executive Director. The Program Director has two direct reports: Program Coordinator and Advocacy Manager. AFG is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience. Depending on the experience and skills a candidate brings to the position, $75,000 -$85,000.

Remote work: Temporarily due to COVID 19.

Alliance for Girls is committed to an equitable recruiting and hiring process. We aim to attract a diverse group of candidates by posting job openings on a wide variety of platforms, and by sharing them through our member and partner networks. We will also ensure each position remains open until we have a mix of qualified finalists who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The hiring process will also be inclusive as we engage board members, team members and young women from our Leadership Program to conduct interviews. In addition, we value the lived experience on par with professional employment.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and a writing sample to