Program Manager & Training Lead

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



1900 L Street Northwest
Suite 500
District of Columbia
United States


Position Overview

The Public Allies Washington, DC Program Team consists of two Program Managers who work under the direction of the Executive Director to manage and implement a 10-month leadership and professional development program targeting young adults (Allies) aged 18-30, in partnership with approximately 20 government and non-profit agencies. The Team builds lasting relationships with Allies, Alumni and community partners to advance the mission of Public Allies in the DC area.  

The Program Manager and Training Lead is responsible for ensuring that a high quality leadership and professional development curriculum that prepares Allies for social change leadership and careers. This position also includes managing and coaching 15-18 Allies, managing the corresponding partner relationships, supporting ally and community partner recruitment, and supporting storytelling to share our work with key stakeholders.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to get results in a fast-paced environment; the ability to balance strong relationships with timely administration; and be able to manage a heavy workload without dropping the ball. This position is an opportunity to engage with a diverse, values-driven and national movement to develop leaders for social change.  This is also an exciting time to join a small team and support its growth.

The Program Manager’s specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Ally Training and Learning series, retreats, and service days, in keeping with national standards. This includes identifying diverse speakers, aligning ally interests with the curriculum, and keeping partners abreast of training topics
  • Implement regular system of evaluation and feedback to verify that training is addressing Ally and Partner needs
  • Document program activities, materials, participant feedback and summarize lessons learned to improve future implementation 
  • Manage/Coach 15-18 Allies through individual and group coaching, management to program standards, connections to pathways to higher education and/or employment, and working with team to address crisis issues and/or connect Allies to ongoing supportive services  
  • Consistently build relationships with partners, including regular check-ins about partner priorities and Ally performance Manage and support partnerships between Allies and partner organizations by balancing the needs of the partners and the development of the Ally
  • Complete administrative duties related to both Ally and community partner management, including maintaining files, regular AmeriCorps reporting, and ensuring that Allies and community partners submit required paper work and complete required data entries in a timely manner
  • Work with all staff to support the development of relationships with new partner organizations that will host Allies, Ally Team Service Projects, and work with Public Allies on strategic initiatives
  • Work with all staff to recruit, assess and enroll future Allies
  • Create and support program innovations that improve quality, increase impact, decrease costs and encourage growth
  • Other duties as assigned

Summary of Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or comparative life experience
  • Experience implementing social justice training and best practices for adult education
  • Ability and flexibility to facilitate a group through a process that leads to results
  • Strong links with community based organizations, higher educational institutions, and training professionals to refer prospective allies and provide current Allies to skills building and learning opportunities
  • Ability to manage multiple and varied tasks related to supporting and guiding young adults in their career from the educational, relational, emotional and social development perspective
  • Ability to manage multiple and varied tasks related to community partner recruitment, relationship-building and retention
  • Commitment to social, racial, economic, and restorative justice
  • Proficiency in the use of Windows XP, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Strong written, verbal, and presentation communications skills
  • The ability to work in a team format and to set effective and appropriate boundaries with Allies
  • Strong work ethic and experience working collaboratively with a team
  • Model and exemplify the professional and leadership qualities that Allies are being trained to achieve
  • Commitment to personal and programmatic excellence
  • Comfort with adapting to changing goals and responsibilities within a small team
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience working in diverse work environments
  • Sense of Humor
  • Creativity in solving problems
  • Commitment to Public Allies Core Values of Collaboration, Integrity, Continuous Learning, Focus on Assets, Diversity and Inclusion and Innovation
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends as required
  • A Bachelor’s/Masters of Social Work, psychology, counseling or related field and/or fluency in Spanish are pluses but are not requirements

Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer.


This is a full-time position with health, dental, vacation, and 401K benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish fluency is a plus but not required.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply please send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to and put “Program Manager Training - DC” in the subject line. Please submit application materials on or before August 23, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. No phone calls please.