Program Manager, Up to Us | Net Impact

Program Manager, Up to Us

Net Impact

Net Impact is looking for a Program Manager to lead our largest and longest-running program, the Up to Us Campus Competition. Up to Us is a leadership development program that trains young people to lead campaigns about fiscal policy that encourage the next generation to think critically about economic opportunities and how to build a financial future that aligns with their generation’s values and priorities. Now entering its 10th year, the competition has a solid foundation and is ready for a Program Manager who will lead the project team to provide vision and fresh direction.

The ideal candidate is passionate about empowering young people by developing their capacity to lead campaigns and become civically engaged throughout their lives. The Program Manager will oversee all aspects of the Campus Competition, from strategic planning to outreach to student trainings and measurement and evaluation of the program itself. By flexing strong people and project management skills, this person will lead an internal team to achieve the competition’s ambitious goals of engaging thousands of students across the U.S. on college campuses to create thoughtful and impactful public awareness campaigns. The Program Manager will hire and oversee a direct report who will be the student-facing day to day lead on all activities.

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:

Program management

  • Program manager: Oversee the lifecycle of student engagement for the Up to Us program. Design and lead recruitment, selection, campaign management, final reporting, and judging in collaboration with the systems team to ensure program success
  • Financial management: Own budget management for the Up to Us competition. Collaborate with the finance team to manage spending and projections
  • Project manager: Oversee and execute the Up to Us competition by designing work plans, creating dashboards, and leveraging other project management tools to keep the internal team organized, coordinated, and focused on goals
  • Cross-functional coordinator: Coordinate with internal teams including marketing, finance and systems to achieve key deliverables

Community engagement and event planning

  • Transformative event planner: Lead the development and execution of virtual and in-person events that support the Up to Us program, including the intensive leadership development training, conference workshops, and career development trips
  • Data-driven decision-maker: Lead effective program management and continuous improvement by leveraging survey and other available data for program improvements and new opportunities
  • Inspirational leader: Inspire audiences from higher-education professionals to college students to your fellow Up to Us team members and external funders about the program’s value and the importance of a strong fiscal outlook

People Management

  • Direct supervisor: Supervise 1 direct report to successfully manage all day-to-day aspects of the program and works directly with competition participants
  • Team lead: Supervise the performance of cross-functional team members who build relationships with campus stakeholders, recruit program applicants, and develop relevant systems and tools
  • Inspirational leader: Lead internal meetings with contributors; identify and respond to areas for improvement
  • Culture-builder: Actively cultivate a positive, productive, and inclusive culture

Overall Qualifications / Requirements:

  • 3-5 years in project/program management or education
  • Experience with program design, planning, and evaluation
  • Interest and experience with economic or public policy topics
  • Excellent self-management skills, including organizational abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently with a high degree of autonomy
  • Outstanding public speaker and superb communications skills, both written and verbal, particularly with student audience
  • Demonstrated ability to make data-driven decisions
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Computer proficiency, particularly organizing information using MS Office and Google Suite
  • Comfort with Salesforce, Email Marketing Tools, Asana and Learning Management Systems a plus
  • Ability to travel multiple times per year, as soon as it’s feasible to travel

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 – Program Manager, Up to Us) in the subject line of your email.

1)   Thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position and Net Impact 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 Program Manager, Up to Us 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 $60,000 to $65,000 annually, depending on experience. Competitive benefits package available, including medical, vision and dental insurance, flexible vacation and more.

About Net Impact

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.

About Up to Us

Up to Us is a program aimed at the next-generation leaders to raise awareness and generate non-partisan ideas around our country’s fiscal outlook. Since the launch of Up to Us in 2012 in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, student teams have engaged more than 200,000 of their peers through innovative and engaging campus activities.

In each competition cohort, students receive campaign funding and training to turn their ideas into action, with full support from the Up to Us team. Our unique career tracks provide training in leadership, campaign management, digital advocacy and professional development. At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to apply for exclusive paid internships, Harvard Business School Online courses, and a chance at winning the $10,000 grand prize.

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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