Program Director - Midwest & Ohio River Valley

Job Type

Full Time




Details: According to qualifications and JSA salary scale



Start Date:



District of Columbia
United States



The nation’s largest student-run organization seeks a Midwest & Ohio River Valley Program Director who will supervise and coordinate all of the Foundation’s work within these regions, including mentoring and planning events with dynamic high school student leaders and representing the organization with political leaders and other decision makers in the state. During the summer, the Program Director will run a JSA Institute as well as help run a Summer School program on the campus of one of nation’s elite universities (Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown). The Institute, five weekend overnight school year conventions, and a strong chapter base have already been developed, and the Program Director’s primary roles will involve student mentoring, even implementation and expansion into new schools. This position will be based out of our Washington DC office.

Position Description:

The Program Director will support the chapters, student leaders, teacher/advisors and programs of the Junior State of America in the Midwest and Ohio River Valley. During the school year, the Program Director will work with the elected student leaders of the Junior State of America to conduct educational conventions and conferences, and will work to expand the program by helping to start Junior State of America chapters on high school campuses. During the summer, the Program Director will serve as an administrator at a residential summer program, with responsibilities ranging from reviewing student applications and making admissions decisions to developing and running a high-level speakers program involving political leaders, journalists, lobbyists and other influential figures. The position draws from a wide variety of skill sets, and the ideal candidate will be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for national, state, and local politics, and a commitment to the development of young people. The Program Director must successfully maintain and cultivate relationships with dynamic student leaders, parents, teachers, politicians, and institutions as well as manage program budgets, staff and logistical arrangements. Regular travel and weekend work are the norm.

Duties and Responsibilities:

As an Organizational Leader, the Program Director will:

·     Work with Junior State of America leaders to conduct student-run political awareness and civic education programs of the highest educational quality.

·     Set and achieve growth targets for chapters and convention attendance in assigned areas, as well as for summer programs attendance.

·     Serve as primary point of contact with student chapter presidents and teacher/advisors; help to build strong, active chapters.

·     Identify opportunities to diversify JSA by recruiting students and/or building chapters to increase the participation of underrepresented groups.

·     Serve as public relations contact for programs in the Midwest and the Ohio River Valley through traditional and new media channels.

·     Supporting efforts to host donors/alumni at school year events, and work with students on setting and achieving fundraising goals.

As an Educational Mentor, the Program Director will:

·     Provide mentorship and guidance to elected and appointed JSA student officials; identify, recruit, motivate and inspire young leaders who show leadership potential.

·     Serve as a resource for civic education and political involvement by staying abreast of local, state, national and international politics; knowing the major political players, policies and politics of these regions; and understanding political institutions.

As an Events Manager, the Program Director will:

·     Manage logistical arrangements for programs and activities in assigned areas; serve as primary liaison with hotel, university, school and other venue staff as well as vendors.

·     Assist or take lead on negotiation contracts with event venues and vendors.

·     Assist or take lead on managing event budgets including expense management and overseeing on-site registration.

As a Summer Programs Administrator, the Program Director will:

·     Direct, train and manage staff and all aspects of residential life for students.

·     Develop curriculum and conduct high level speakers program for a JSA Institute and/or Summer School Program.

·     Live on campus to support student well-being and supervision.

·     Assist or take lead on managing program budgets, registration processes, developing relationships with host university departments, and other logistical requirements.


·     Bachelor’s degree (B.A) or equivalent in a field relating to politics or civic engagement, two to four years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·     Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

·     Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop relationships with a diversity of stakeholders, from high school students to elected officials to donors.

·     Good judgment with the ability to make timely, independent decisions.

·     Entrepreneurial and innovation mindset, including creativity and flexibility, as well as strong team- building skills.

·     Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

·     Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm.

·     Proficient in Microsoft office. Knowledge of Salesforce a plus.

·     A driver’s license.


A comprehensive benefits package is offered including vacation and other paid time off, medical, dental vision insurance. 

Level of Language Proficiency

English - excellent verbal and written language skills preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume addressed to Elizabeth Ventura, Director of School Year Programs at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and we will review applications as they are submitted.