Program Director

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Position Description:

The Program Director will support the chapters, student leaders, teacher/advisors

and programs of the Junior State of America in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma,

Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. 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

aggressively 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 of The Junior Statesmen Foundation, 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, to the day to day activities of running of a youth summer program.

Additionally, the Program Director will live on campus during the duration of the program,

including a week of staff training (around four weeks in total).

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.


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 JSA programs through traditional and new

media channels.

➢ Support the Junior State's ongoing fund development efforts for JSA programs,

including identifying and cultivating donors, supporting efforts to host donors at

school‐year events, and reporting to donors on project progress.

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 in each state; 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 negotiating 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.

➢ Travel to and live on a college campus for the duration of the program.

➢ Assist or take lead on managing program budgets, registration processes, developing

relationship with host university departments, and other logistical requirements.


➢ Bachelor's Degree in a field relating to politics, education, civic engagement, speech and

debate, history, among other liberal arts fields. Two to four years of relevant work

experience, after college. Master's degree welcome.

➢ 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 innovative 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. Foreign language skills,

especially Spanish, a plus

➢ A driver’s license.


We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive annual compensation, commensurate with experience, and by an extensive benefits package that includes paid time off; compensatory time off; Employee Assistance Program; medical, dental and vision benefits; and a commitment to individual growth and professional development. 

Level of Language Proficiency

English - excellent verbal and written language skills preferred.

Proficiency in Spanish a plus

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply, email resume and cover letter to Include “JSA Program Director – (Your Name)" in subject line. Please, no phone calls. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and we will review applications as they are submitted.