Program Manager

  • Job posted by The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


The Peter G. Peterson Foundation

Program Manager

New York, NY

About the Peterson Foundation

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is working to secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America’s long-term fiscal and economic challenges. The Foundation partners with leading decision-makers in government, policy, academia, media, business and issue/constituent groups to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal and economic path. As a non-partisan organization, the Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships and research to educate and involve Americans from a variety of perspectives.


Position Summary

The Program Manager will play a critical role in supporting the development and execution of brand new strategic initiatives and programs that support the mission of the Foundation and strengthen its impact and reach. These initiatives will address traditional and emerging issue areas for the Foundation and be cross-functional and interdisciplinary, involving a unique blend of grants, partnerships and internal efforts.


One such initiative is the Foundation’s signature millennial program, Up to Us, on track to be on over 400 college and university campuses in 2019, which involves engaging with program grantees and partners, leading calls, tracking program deliverables, and coordinating communications. As the Foundation identifies and launches new initiatives and programs, the Manager will provide research, analytical, planning, and implementation support. Reporting to the Director of Communications and Initiatives, the Program Manager will work collaboratively across the organization. The Manager will also engage with external partners, consultants, and vendors, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the initiatives and projects this individual will support.


Specific responsibilities include:


Project Management 

  • Serve as the key project manager of the Foundation’s signature millennial program, Up to Us, a leading nationwide, campus-based campaign focused on building a sustainable economic and fiscal future for America’s next generation ( As the project manager, regularly engage with program grantees, partners and consultants, lead planning calls, set and track program deliverables, help develop and execute communications efforts for the program, manage grantee evaluations and administrative processes, direct and support the development of special events, content and products, conduct research and analysis to support the continued development, growth and expansion of the program.
  • Manage and help create new, not yet developed, programs and initiatives. This may include projects beyond the Peterson Foundation’s current focus areas.
  • Develop and facilitate a process to meticulously track the status of various projects, internal and external partners involved, necessary follow-ups, and next steps.

Research and Implementation

  • Conduct thoughtful and comprehensive research and analysis on a variety of policy issues, organizations, individuals, movements, emerging trends, prominent projects, public debates, media coverage, legislative benchmarks, political developments, and events.
  • Proactively use information gathered to identify new opportunities for impact.
  • Track internal brainstorming and planning conversations and draft follow up planning documents, notes and memos concerning strategic recommendations, action plans, processes, and updates on a variety of initiatives and projects.


External Engagement, Relationship-Building and other Priorities 

  • Provide counsel and support to Foundation principals regarding prospective and ongoing opportunities for external engagement. As needed, assess and provide recommendations on external requests and engagement opportunities, such as personal meetings, speaking opportunities, etc.
  • Assess and provide recommendations on external requests for partnership engagements and grant support, including recurring requests from past grantees and unsolicited inquiries from other parties.
  • Assist Foundation principals and staff on various writing projects.



  • Experienced project manager with impeccable attention to detail
  • Prior program or project design experience is strongly preferred
  • Skilled in working independently and collaboratively as both a manager and part of a team. At least some experience managing individual and/or teams is strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive and take the initiative
  • Experienced researcher with strong analytical skills
  • Ability to synthesize complex information in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Clear, concise, and accurate writing, editing, and proofing skills
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and have the organizational skills to prioritize and manage numerous projects at once
  • Strong sense of urgency
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with multiple parties both internally and externally
  • Openness to feedback and a desire to learn and grow
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of fiscal policy and public affairs
  • Ability to transform complicated policy issues into generally understandable messages
  • Experience with a broad range of communication styles, formats, and distribution channels


The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement