Program Manager, Education Programs

Job Type

Full Time




1126 16th Street, NW
United States



UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


The UnidosUS Education team seeks an experienced and accomplished program manager with a deep affinity for the organization’s mission and commitment to support Latino youth through the college and career-readiness process. Established in 2001, the Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success, promotes economic mobility for Latino youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning, and access to information about professional careers. The program aligns with UnidosUS’ goals to eliminate barriers to employment and economic mobility while increasing the capacity of UnidosUS Affiliates to provide effective workforce development, education, and leadership services for Latino youth. Since its inception, the Escalera signature program has expanded into a portfolio of four Escalera programs: Early Escalera (geared at 9th & 10th grade), Escalera (geared at 11th and 12th grade), Escalera STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Mujeres en Escalera (single gender focus). 

The Escalera Manager position requires leadership, confidence and vision, thoughtful strategic planning, interpersonal communication, and curriculum and program development skills. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Education Leadership Development; however, specific work may be assigned and supervised by other staff members in the Education team. As such, experience and comfort with reporting to multiple supervisors is necessary.


Program Development and Implementation

• Develop and/or revise curriculum tool kits, materials, and training modules geared at high school students.

• Identify and coordinate strategic support to Affiliate partners in program development, data collection, program evaluation, and program expansion and replication.

• Provide guidance and technical assistance to program sites to strengthen program model, delivery and outcomes.

• Develop, plan, and deliver effective training sessions to assist Affiliates in launching and successfully implementing the Escalera programs at program sites.

• Arrange meeting logistics for all Escalera-related events. 

• Monitor program implementation and collect accountability reports from participating sites.

• Establish and manage partnerships with institutions of higher learning and college-focused organizations.

Data Management and Evaluation

• Provide data collection support to Affiliates as they interact with UnidosUS data system (Fluxx).

• Prepare funder reports and assist with grant proposals.

• Work with UnidosUS staff, program Affiliates, and evaluators to conduct a formal program evaluation of the Escalera program.

Public Information and Communications

• Prepare written internal and external reports, updates, materials, and other necessary communications.

• Work with the UnidosUS’s Marketing & Communication team to create and manage information on the UnidosUS website and social media outlets.

• Support dissemination of college and career-readiness programs information, announcements, materials, and tools.

• Provide support in resource development and funding activities, including the preparation of proposals.


• Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of experience in education programs, preferably in a school setting.

• Robust understanding of the Latino community, commitment to social justice and to the UnidosUS mission.

• Experience with curriculum and program development. 

• Demonstrated knowledge of local and regional college & career preparedness and college-going issues, particularly from a first-generation, Latino perspective.

• Demonstrated ability to engage a range of partners and support networks, including high schools, community-based/nonprofits, institutions of higher education and the corporate community.

• Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities, deadlines, working both independently and as part of a team.

• Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and in a variety of situations.

• Strong organizational and administrative skills and attention to detail; organized, and a quick learner.

• Excellent verbal communication skills and ability to present UnidosUS effectively in various settings.

• Ability to self-start as well as communicate effectively across multiple teams and with multiple staff members in various geographical locations.

• Well-developed writing skills and ability to synthesize information from different sources and present it in a variety of written formats and styles for various audiences (e.g., activity and progress reports, manuals, articles, data analysis, and fact sheets).

• Flexibility to work evenings and weekends when necessary

• Ability to travel

• Preferably bilingual (English/Spanish)

• Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office, communication software, and use of the Internet

Please note: Only those applicants who submit a cover letter and writing sample along with a résumé will be considered for this opportunity.  



1126 16th St., NW, Suite 600

Washington, DC 20036 


Subject Line: Escalera Manager

Attn: Feliza Ortiz-Licon, Senior Director, Education Leadership Development

No phone calls please!


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree