Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


PENCIL is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic professional to serve as a full-time Program Manager to support programming at PENCIL, a New York City-based non-profit working to connect students to success. New York City schools are filled with students who have potential and ambition to go far and we envision a city filled with students whose opportunities match their ambitions. Since 1995, PENCIL has played a critical role in bringing together business professionals, educators, and students to open minds, open eyes, and open doors. PENCIL makes it easy for business professionals, educators and students to work together—in schools and the workplace. Our hands-on programs, including in-school partnerships, mentoring, internships, and immersive experiences like Principal for a Day®, create targeted opportunities to make a real difference in the classroom and beyond.


An integral part of the PENCIL team, the Program Manager will work both independently and collaboratively to effectively support an assigned network of School Partnerships, the PENCIL Internship Programs and other programmatic initiatives. The Program Manager will also work across the organization on cross-functional projects, including representing and advocating for the organization and its mission in diverse settings. Your role will entail significant time in “the field” working with assigned schools and businesses located across New York City’s five boroughs. The position reports to the Associate Director of Programs.


The ideal candidate will have experience in public education and possess strong facilitation and relationship management skills. Primary responsibilities include:

• Creating strategic, goal-driven partnerships that address school needs while leveraging business partner capacity.

• Directing school leaders and business partners through the process of designing and implementing their partnership activities by assisting them with goal-setting, developing and executing aligned activities, sharing best practices, and aiding in general troubleshooting.

• Conducting regular site visits to both schools and corporate offices to provide direct support for business partners, school leaders, and students.

• Regularly collecting data to monitor the implementation and impact of PENCIL programming

• Maintaining detailed documentation of partnership goals and activities to help build program best practices and knowledge base.

• Participate in implementation of the PENCIL Internship program including executing a student recruitment strategy, leading student training and job preparedness sessions, matching students to internships, conducting site visits, and providing supports to individual students as needed.

• Supporting other programmatic activities throughout the school year and summer, including workshops, network events and the PENCIL Principal for a Day® activities.

The Program Manager will be expected to support cross-departmental work and engage the PENCIL Network by:

• Providing regular reports and status updates on PENCIL partners and partnerships

• Working closely with colleagues to recognize and engage partners to assist the organization’s recruitment and development efforts.

• Contributing to cultivation and relationship management work as it pertains to the Partnership and Internship Programs.

• Creating opportunities to make connections and build a sense of community across networks

• Serve as an ambassador to the broader community of PENCIL partners and donors and attend events such as fundraisers, happy hours, external workshops, and networking events for school and business partners

• Other special projects as needed


• Ability to interact effectively with various constituents, including school principals, staff and students as well as business leaders and professionals.

• Demonstrated expertise in developing successful relationships and collaborations between diverse stakeholders.

• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

• Proven organization, time and project management skills.

• Exceptional facilitation skills.

• Ability to complete a high volume of varied responsibilities and thrive in a fast-paced setting.

• Ability to work independently as well as a desire and willingness to collaborate with others.

• Strong sense of adaptability needed to thrive in a growing and evolving organization.

• High standards of excellence and a willingness to do what it takes to get the job done.

• Minimum of three years of experience in a non-profit and/or public-sector work environment with an education focus.

• Experience with or in NYC public schools or the NYC Department of Education preferred.

• Passion for improving public schools and for increasing opportunities for public school students.

• Passion for civic engagement and volunteerism.

• Bachelor’s degree or combination of education and experience in a similar capacity, Master’s Degree a plus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, PENCIL is committed to creating a workplace that respects and values diversity of cultural, ethnic and experiential backgrounds. We strongly encourage candidates who represent the communities we serve to apply. PENCIL will make employment decisions without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.



Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include a generous health insurance plan, a retirement plan, as well as vacation and sick leave policies.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply


Please email a cover letter and resume to with the subject line: “Program Manager”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.