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Job Information Director of Programs in New York, New York


Reports to: VP, Programming & Impact

Target Start Date: January 18, 2022

Location: is headquartered in NYC. As a result of COVID-19, DoSomething staff are working fully remote. DoSomething is exploring a hybrid return to office approach with a target of spring 2022. Preferably, candidates will be based in the New York City Metro area, but candidates in other locations within the U.S. will be considered.

WHO WE ARE is a youth-led movement for good. Our social impact programming has mobilized millions of members to clothe half of America’s youth in homeless shelters, clean up 3.7 million cigarette butts from the streets, run the largest youth-led sports equipment drive, and register over 250,000 voters ( during the 2020 presidential election, 71% of whom actually voted!

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We're looking for a strategic thinking, creative, iterative Director of Programs who will leverage their lived experiences and learned democracy and youth leadership development expertise to decipher the motivations and represent the interests of young people across the spectrum of identity.

Reporting to the VP of Programming & Impact, the Director of Programming will contribute to DoSomething’s mission and vision by creating data-informed programs in partnership with the Impact team that position DoSomething as a center of excellence in the youth civic engagement and democracy sectors. As Director of Programs, you will design and implement a program strategy that leads towards impactful and measurable behavioral change across social impact areas, as well as thought leadership of youth-led civic and cause-oriented programming. WHAT YOU’LL DO

Program Strategy (35%)

  • Provide strategic direction for our programs to support the creative concepting and design processes.

  • Advise direct reports and liaise with cross functional teams to ensure program strategy, creative ideation and program delivery are aligned with the needs of our members and partners.

  • Establish and evaluate necessary changes to the program creation process for continuous improvement.

    Know Young People (25%)

  • Oversee and direct research conducted by the Program Manager around social issues that impact our members.

  • Innovate and create strategies to deepen youth engagement with and awareness of DoSomething programming. Liaise cross-functionally to develop and deliver both short-term and long-term solutions for growing our member reach via youth-focused, engaging programs.

  • Identify and establish community contacts and partnerships to keep a pulse on changes in the youth engagement and democracy sectors.

    People Management (25%)

  • Serve as both a manager and mentor to the team at large.

  • Hire and develop a team of professionals to execute on all programming and broader Impact team goals and KPIs.

  • Cultivate a team that reflects the communities we serve and seek to serve, and advocate for continuous growth and development of reports.

  • Set objectives and performance development goals for team members consistent with the strategic plan and linked to performance outcomes.

    Project Management (15%)

    Ensure the successful and timely delivery of DoSomething programming by overseeing all phases of the program lifecycle including:

  • Direct programmatic execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, and scope.

  • Establish and evaluate systems to actively monitor program performance, develop interventions to ensure successful outcomes, and maximize efficiencies between internal stakeholders.


    What you bring.

  • 6-8 years of project/program management experience.

  • Mission passion for young people and youth development with the ability to interpret the core behaviors, motivators, and needs of young people today.

  • Civic action, democracy, or youth development expertise . Must have working knowledge of current and historical barriers to civic participation especially among BIPOC, and other historically marginalized and underrepresented communities

  • Thought leadership around knowing young people and a high degree of comfort with public speaking and presentation to build a network of community partners.

  • People Management. A progressive and proven track record of successfully building and retaining diverse teams, and consistently employing inclusive and race-intentional leadership practices to engage and grow reports.

  • Leadership. A high degree of comfort and confidence stepping up as a thought-leader across the entire organization. Collaborative by nature with an affinity for working cross-functionally in highly matrixed environments. A discernible passion for developing and mentoring junior team members is a must.

  • Commitment to REIB. An ability to lead across difference and model a commitment to continuous learning and exploration of race, equity, inclusion and cross-cultural competency in the workplace.

  • Familiarity with project management tools (e.g. AirTable, Smartsheets, Slack) and techniques,

  • Adept at managing competing priorities, and skilled in tracking and measuring multiple projects simultaneously with a high degree of detail and accuracy.

  • Working knowledge of GSuite, MS Office (mainly Excel), and Hubspot CRM required. Basic budget management skills are a huge plus.

    Who you are.

  • You are a strategic thinking visionary able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way; determining opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends.

  • You take an iterative approach in developing projects, programs and processes with clearly established and communicated timelines; you experiment, adjust and evaluate change for continued innovation.

  • You have an operational/business mindset used to build processes for managing workflows of complex projects, understanding how to maximize impact while also maintaining appropriate resourcing while taking “smart” risks and learning from mistakes.

  • You have strong judgment & decision making ability for analyzing problems and developing effective, viable solutions that drive the effectiveness of the team and the organization as a whole.

  • You are a strong team leader who establishes and communicates expectations and accountabilities clearly while providing effective feedback and coaching to manage team performance and development needs.

  • You are an analytical / critical thinker that transforms data into actionable insights to inform strategic and tactical business decisions.

  • You have strong communication skills and the ability to adapt messaging, style, and tone to accommodate a diverse range of audiences both internally and externally and to persuade others to gain their support.

  • You value relationship management by building and sustaining social and professional relationships with a high degree of authenticity, empathy and emotional awareness.

  • You are a pop culture connoisseur who knows how to keep your finger on the pulse of current events and trends among our primary demographic.

  • You are an inclusive leader who is practiced in applying a race-intentional and inclusive lens to inform your understanding of youth culture throughout the identity and political spectrum.

    Select Perks & Benefits.

  • 3 weeks vacation, paid winter holiday break (from Christmas to New Years), and ½ Day Summer Fridays (Memorial Day to Labor Day!).

  • Medical and dental premiums fully covered by us. You read that right!

  • An incredibly compelling reason to wake up and make it to work every day. is an equal opportunity employer.

    Please, no calls. and DoSomething Strategic (“we”, “us”) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy explains when and why we collect personal information on candidates, and how we keep it secure.

Who are we?

  • is one of the largest organizations in the world focused on young people and social change. DoSomething Strategic is the consulting arm of Our 6 million+ members take action, online and offline, to better their communities by participating in one of our 250+ cause campaigns.

    How and why we collect data from you.

  • We collect and retain data that is included in your job application. This includes your full name, contact information, and any personal information disclosed in your resume, cover letter, and other supplemental application materials.

  • Data is collected for evaluation criteria when seeking employment at DoSomething

  • We will only use your data for what was originally intended -- for purposes of seeking and gaining employment at DoSomething. Your data will not be “recycled” for marketing emails or to sell to third parties.

    How long do we retain this data?

  • DoSomething will retain candidate profiles for 3 years.

  • Annually on August 1, candidate profiles from 3+ years prior will be entirely deleted from our system.

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