Senior Manager, Internships and Career Success

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Position: Senior Manager, Internships and Career Success

Reports to: Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success

Status: Full-time Exempt

Start Date: June 2021

The Job

The Internships and Career Success department is looking for a dynamic and driven individual to join our team as an Internships and Career Success Senior Manager. We are looking for a candidate who brings relevant skills and interest to the role, maturity, and ownership of their work, and is looking for an opportunity to seize a career-enhancing opportunity in a fast-paced, growing organization.

The Senior Manager will report to the Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success and work collaboratively with the OppNet Fellows team to manage existing and generate new internship and enrichment opportunities for high school and college-level Fellows, develop and deliver innovative and culturally competent career readiness programming, and provide targeted advisory support that help Fellows graduate from college and transition to career-track jobs.

Due to COVID-19, the position will operate virtually, but may require some travel to OppNet’s lower Manhattan office location as soon as it is safe to do so. The OppNet staff is currently working remotely and offering a fully virtual model for students. We plan to continue working virtually until December 2021, with periodic in-person offerings at our lower Manhattan office location. The in-person offerings are contingent upon public health conditions. The candidate will be expected to be available to work from OppNet’s office in NYC and resume work as a standard non-remote employee as soon as public health regulations and conditions allow.

The Organization

Since 2003, The Opportunity Network has ignited the drive, curiosity, and agency of students from historically and systematically underrepresented communities to connect them to college access and success, internships, career opportunities, and personal and professional networks. Our two core programs, OppNet Fellows and Career Fluency® Partnerships, are anchored in our proprietary Career Fluency® curriculum, which articulates the necessary skills and mindsets for college and career readiness. All of the work OppNet leads is in service of realizing our vision of a nation connected through vibrant communities and networks actively in pursuit of social justice and educational equity – a nation where all young people can freely create their own path to enduring success that honors their passions, ambitions, and full identities.

The Person

The ideal candidate will be a strategic and driven individual with a passion for advancing educational, racial, and social equity. A professional with three to five years of applied experience, the ideal candidate will be someone who enjoys cultivating and maintaining business relationships and partnerships to generate meaningful career opportunities for OppNet Fellows. The candidate must also balance working collaboratively and productively with colleagues across the Internships and Career Success team and broader organization with the ability to work independently with focus and a drive for quality. The ideal candidate will also personally connect to the important work we do, value diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across the organization, and align themselves with and channel OppNet’s core values in all aspects of their work. The candidate will demonstrate DE&I values by actively participating in all organizational-wide learning sessions and self reflection as well as working with others to enact changes that contribute to meeting the organization’s DE&I goals.


  • Internships and Enrichment Opportunities (35%)
  • Work with the Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success to identify and secure new college internship and enrichment partners
  • Streamline the process for building, tracking, and maintaining pipeline of high school and college internship and enrichment partners
  • Facilitate best fit placement of Fellows into summer opportunities, including student outreach, coaching, and liaising between partners and Fellows
  • Conduct in-person and virtual check ins with employer partners over the summer to track student progress
  • Coordinate logistics and event management for external career related events, e.g. C-Suite, Career Panel, recruitment events
  • Engage in collaborative budgeting process with the Internships and Career Success Team to leverage summer opportunity funds and scholarships for both high school and college Fellows
  • Actively cultivate and seek partnership with values-aligned partners to expand Fellows’ access to internship and enrichment options and choices
  • Serve as the liaison between the Internships and Career Success team and the Career Fluency Partnerships Program for internship placement and employer content for Opportunity Ignited: OppNet’s a capacity-building service for corporate employers to learn, design, and build inclusive workplaces to hire, onboard, and retain first-generation college graduates and talent of color for internships and full-time jobs
  • Program Management (45%)
  • Collaborate with Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success to improve key metrics to collect to better understand outcomes of designated program areas
  • Oversee streamlining Internships and Career Success data collection, dashboards and reports
  • Lead and manage summer payroll and funding for opportunities during school-year
  • Deliver culturally competent college success and career readiness programming
  • Become proficient in existing outcomes measurement tools, including surveys, rubrics, and OppNet’s proprietary Career Fluency® Competency Model
  • Collaborate with the College Success and the Curriculum and Special Events program teams to design and deliver high quality and high impact events for Fellows and partners, e.g. Employer Trainings, Winter Conference and Summer Series
  • Conduct check-ins with college students during winter break to provide guidance regarding future career plans and prospective internships
  • Track student applications and outcomes in Salesforce database on a consistent basis
  • Manage communication process with Fellows to ensure they are effectively moving through the application process and deadlines
  • Overall Program Assistance - (20%)
  • Participate in Career Fluency facilitation training
  • Assist with facilitation for annual intensives and special events as needed, e.g. summer institute, college application boot camp, and college transition boot camp, speed networking, career fluency panels,
  • Partner with the grade-specific teams to identify programmatic ways to reinforce the education to career connection
  • Lead recruitment visits/information sessions at area high schools and interview prospective Fellows


  • U.S. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Three to five years of youth development and/or career development experience
  • Previous experience in career development with college and high school students
  • Capable of leading, modeling, motivating, and coaching staff to deliver highest quality support to OppNet Fellows
  • Demonstrated skill set in program management, including the ability to create and run programs to ensure that program activities among team members are done on time, within budget, at a high level of quality, and lead to successful, measurable outcomes
  • Relationship management skills - specifically with employer partners
  • Strong New York networks and knowledge of emerging career/industry trends
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with college-level students from historically underserved and underrepresented communities: Can help facilitate interactive workshops in rigorous but dynamic fashion; understands how to be both nurturing and demanding; appreciates boundaries, but not afraid to push or challenge
  • Comfort and familiarity with data management, Salesforce, and Microsoft Excel a plus
  • Demonstrated skill set in project management, including:
  • ability to keep a project moving toward successful completion
  • awareness of budget parameters
  • ability to set and meet deadlines
  • understands how metrics and competencies are connected to various projects
  • effective cross-departmental communication
  • detail oriented
  • takes initiative
  • can operate self-sufficiently and collaborative as part of a team
  • outstanding organizational skills
  • creative and critical problem-solving skills
  • High comfort level working with education professionals, professional executives, donors and board members
  • Superb written and oral communication skills
  • High comfort level in meeting priorities for multiple stakeholders
  • Availability and willingness to work select evenings and some weekends
  • Valid driver’s license preferred, but not required
  • Demonstrated alignment with OppNet’s mission, vision, and core values in diversity, equity, and inclusion


Commensurate with experience, full medical benefits, generous paid time off policy, 401K plan, and a great work environment

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter, outlining how your credentials relate specifically to the responsibilities and qualifications listed above, salary requirements and earliest available start date to Please put “Career Success, Senior Manager June 2021” in the subject line.

The Opportunity Network is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an open and diverse workplace. People of color, people with differing abilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position: Senior Manager, Internships and Career Success

Reports to: Assistant Director of Internships and Career Success

Status: Full-time Exempt

Start Date: June 2021

The Job

The Internships and Career Success department is looking for…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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