Oct 28, 2022

Senior Program Manager

$75,000 - $85,000 yearly
  • Hybrid (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Full-Time Administration/Operations Programs Volunteer Management

Job Description


Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity. We help students become the CEO of their own lives


BUILD’s unique program offers students a four-year entrepreneurship experience designed to develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Starting in 9th grade, BUILD students work with their peers and community mentors to develop business ideas, pitch to funders and launch real businesses. As students journey through high school and continue to grow their businesses, BUILD helps them explore college and career options, and assists students with the college application process. Entrepreneurship is the spark – college, career, and life success are the goals.


BUILD’s core program currently serves over 2,000 high school students annually located in our Regional Hubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Our new digital offerings are reaching over 8,000 students in more than 100 cities, and growing fast. In the next two years, we aim to serve 24,000 youth and eventually build a vibrant 100,000 person community including BUILD students, alumni, educators, mentors, and volunteers. For more information, please visit www.build.org. 



BUILD is made up of a diverse, results driven and passionate team who believe in the potential of every student and the power of entrepreneurship to transform the education landscape. We work in a collaborative environment where perseverance, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, including cross-cultural understanding. Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers and our supporters. We believe in the potential of every student and are dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success. The remarkable young men and women whom we serve are at the center of everything we do. We are intentional about our culture so that we can best support them. 



Reporting to the Director of Philanthropy, the full-time Grant Writer will focus on writing grant proposals and reports, preparing budgets, building the foundation pipeline, and supporting foundation stewardship. BUILD Metro DC’s Fiscal Year 2023 goal is $750,000, the majority of which will be supported through foundation and corporate grants. The successful candidate will be an important and valued member of our friendly and hardworking team. 




Training and Coaching

  • Develop positive trusting relationships with educators, students, administrators, volunteers, staff, and board members by demonstrating care, respect, and high expectations

  • Collaborate with BUILD staff regionally and nationally to provide culturally responsive training for educators and volunteers in effective instructional practices for project-based blended learning with youth in under-resourced communities

  • Provide ongoing coaching for a cohort of 4-6 educators in year one, and as many as 8-12 as the site grows to scale over the next 2-4 years

School & Community Partnerships 

  • Foster a culture of belonging, trust, effective communication, perseverance, collaboration, and overall excellence across partner sites

  • Support regional team in developing and managing partnerships to ensure effective and sustainable implementation of BUILD offerings

  • Support the Program Director in the identification and selection of new school and Community Based Organization (CBO) partners

Program Implementation, Evaluation & Development 

  • Collect and use data such as experience surveys, enrollment numbers and student outcomes to identify promising practices, celebrate successes, surface areas of improvement, and recommend strategies to promote regional success

  • Participate in regional and national cohorts of Senior Program Managers implementing and testing BUILD’s evolving model for integration into existing courses and Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways

  • Support implementation and improvement of BUILD’s training and coaching model


  • Full Time/Exempt
  • Location: Los Angeles Area (East Los Angeles, Hollywood, San Fernando, Wilmington, El Segundo)
  • Frequent travel between local sites is required so employees should have their own vehicle for transportation (valid proof of insurance required). Mileage for work-related travel beyond the normal commute will be reimbursed at the stipulated IRS rate.
  • Occasional travel is required during the year for college tours and visits to BUILD sites and gatherings nationally.

Hiring Organization

Businesses United in Investing, Lending and Development



  • BA or BS degree or commensurate experience. Master’s degree is a plus. 
  • 5+ years of classroom teaching experience or non -profit, direct service working with youth. 
  • Success  with project-based learning and blended learning.
  • At least 2+ years managing or coaching educators strongly preferred.
  • High cultural competence serving diverse populations and students from under-resourced communities.
  • Self-starter, thrives in a fast-paced environment, loves collaboration, and has a sense of humor.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, creativity, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • 10% travel for regional and national gatherings; monthly on-site school visits to each partner school and/or community-based organization site.
  • BUILD requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following Core Values and Competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences:



  • Keep Students at the Center - As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth.  Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students. 

  • Bring the Spark - As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students - Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit and Self-Management. We communicate through transparent and honest dialogue. We cherish teamwork, tenacity, and thinking outside the box. We demonstrate a relentless pursuit of excellence and approach work with a positive can do attitude. When we bring the spark we achieve great things together, and we model the way for our students. 

  • Bridge Communities - As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital. 

  • Promote Diversity and Social Action - As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, but what matters even more is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class. 



  • Customer Service Orientation  - Anticipate and respond promptly and professionally to requests and needs from all key stakeholders, setting clear expectations while taking other perspectives into account.

  • Initiative  - Proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies.

  • Strategic Thinking (Networking) - Consider and analyze various points of view/relationships and pieces of data to form a perspective appropriate to a particular context/network.

  • Persuasive Communication -   Plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade their intended audiences.

  • Thoroughness - Ensure that one's own and others' work and information are complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.

  • Project Management - Identify the steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, identify required participants, and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines.

Industry/Service Area

Advocacy/Social Action, Education, Youth Development


Mid-Senior level


The salary for the Senior Program Manager ranges from $75-85k  in accordance with BUILD’s equity focused salary bands.  BUILD offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees.  This includes employer paid medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts (FSA), employer paid life insurance, and a 403(b) plan with match.  In addition, eligible BUILD employees qualify for generous vacation, sick, paid Federal holidays, and December 24 through January 1 off, a flexible work environment, professional development, potential bonuses, and additional stipends for stretch projects.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume. BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At BUILD, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

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