Senior Mid-Career Program Manager

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College of New York
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 20

Position description

Two schools at the City University of New York (CUNY) – the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies – have established a national institute to recruit, develop and connect diverse leaders for social change who can imagine and implement visionary solutions for the enormous challenges we face in the 21st century. Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice ( sees a compelling opportunity in the abundant talent of an emerging generation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders and will meet a vital need for a scaled initiative that prepares leaders early in their careers in social justice traditions, ideology, literature and history in order to achieve power in all sectors. 

The flagship programs of the Leadership Institute are  intensive cohort programs for early and mid-career leaders. We provide fellows with a broad, ecumenical curriculum to give leaders a grounding in the history and theory of social change, in addition to real-world practice and experience. Leaders in the cohorts will participate in paid internships, have options to connect to degree-granting academic programs, and have access to robust wrap-around services including mentorship, career services, and community building. 

LDSJ is looking for a Senior Program Manager to serve as the primary implementer for the Mid Career and Regional fellowships. The Senior Program Manager will help create the cohort experience from soup to nuts - from consulting on  the application process, to designing compelling programming, to fostering cohesion within the cohorts, to evaluating and learning from our efforts. The ideal candidate will have strong emotional intelligence skills and experience leading groups and building community across lines of difference. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic, responsive learning culture that seeks to meet the needs of social justice organizations and emerging leaders of color. This position reports to the Director of Fellowships. 


Core responsibilities:

  • Execute and scale the Movement Leader Fellowship - helping to design the program, systems, content, and resources to prepare mid career leaders in the sector.
  • Execute and scale regional specific fellowships (ROCC) - work with fellowship alumni & a committee from the region to design programs, systems, content and resources to prepare leaders in the area.
  • Identify, support, and manage instructors to launch training teams for our retreats. Ensure that the experience we’re curating for fellows meet our fellowship learning objectives.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Professors that teach classes for the fellowship at the CUNY School of Labor & Urban Studies (SLU).
  • Train on specific content areas at our fellowship retreats when needed. 
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all participants, ensuring they have an overall positive experience, that the institute’s values and DNA is being communicated at all times, while being responsive to participants’ feedback, questions, and concerns.
  • Drive and manage the application process - review applications, narrow applications based on desired criteria, communicate with applicants, and recommend final selections
  • Organize the participants into cohorts based on diversity of experience, geography, race, gender, etc. Set up communications systems and norms for cohort experiences.
  • Identify needs within the cohort, ensure these are being lifted up appropriately and addressed either for present year or in future years
  • Help to continuously recruit new fellows - seek recruitment opportunities, give presentations, and answer questions about the fellowship experience.
  • Consult and help to work with LDSJ’s evaluation consultant to gather data needed for program evaluation.
  • Supervise the Program Associate on their day to day work. Help to establish systems for all programmatic work. 
  • Engage the Program coordinator on their day to day logistical work. 
  • Work collaboratively with your colleagues and share key learnings. 
  • Be able to travel around the country for our fellowship retreats.



  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including 7-10 years’ experience in the social justice sector, ideally as an organizer with training experience. 
  • Track record of leading and organizing groups, even when not in positional power, and building community and relationships across lines of difference
  • Strong facilitation skills that can move a group to productive and positive outcomes; highly emotionally intelligent and attentive to group dynamics
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity based on race, gender and class; demonstrated cultural competency skills and ability to connect with people from historically marginalized identities 
  • Strong self-starter and self-organizer; demonstrated history of building things from scratch; can translate ideas and vision into real programs and products
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Works well under uncertainty and seeks opportunities to try and learn; willing to experiment, take risks, and is not afraid of failure; constantly seeks feedback and uses feedback to improve 
  • Flexible, positive attitude and someone who brings joy to their work


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

The Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership includes all of the social science departments at CCNY as well as most of the core leadership development and public service programs of the College. Graduating the most CCNY students annually, the Colin Powell School promotes the values of service and engagement. The School supports a faculty of more than 250 tenure, tenure-track, and adjunct professors dedicated to the highest standards of research and to the university’s democratic and public obligations; the School is committed to disseminating research in usable forms, especially that which furthers equality, prosperity, stability, and peace for all people—in Harlem, in New York, and around the world. The School’s annual budget is $14 million.  


CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Labor Studies and Urban Studies that are designed to meet the needs of working adults as well as traditional-age college students who seek to learn more about the challenges confronting poor and working class populations in the workplace and in the community. It also collaborates with other units of CUNY to offer a range of college-credit programs designed to give workers the academic and technical skills they need for professional advancement. Its faculty includes distinguished scholars in the social sciences as well as expert practitioners in government, labor, and public service. In addition to its academic programs, SLU sponsors research; organizes forums and conferences; and publishes a national journal, New Labor Forum: A journal of ideas, analysis, and debate.


EEO Statement

The Colin Powell School is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We are committed to equity and inclusion and strongly value the experiences of historically marginalized people and encourage them to apply. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. 

The salary range for this position is $100,000-$115,000 annually. The Senior Program Manager works in-person in New York City or remotely in the US. Strong preference for New York City candidates. The Senior Program Manager will be an employee of the CUNY Research Foundation, which provides a generous and comprehensive benefits package.


Application instructions

In order to be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document with “[Full Name] - Senior Mid-Career Program Manager” as the subject of the email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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