Manager, External Affairs

· New York, New York
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation $50,000-$63,2000

Title: Manager, External Affairs

Location: Braven Office in New York City, NY

Start Date: Immediate

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to (applications submitted via email will not be accepted).

About Braven

In America, we’ve promised that hard work and ambition will be met with equality of opportunity. The reality is that we have a quiet crisis on our hands. Before COVID-19, a bachelor’s degree holder from a low-income background started their career earning two-thirds as much as those from higher-income backgrounds. An African American with a BA was almost twice as likely to be unemployed as their white counterpart. While education has the potential to be the great equalizer, only 30% of our country’s 1.3 million first-generation or low-income college enrollees are predicted to land a strong job after graduation. And with the COVID-19 crisis still upon us, now more than ever, college students from humble beginnings need to be prepared to compete for strong jobs. 

Braven is helping to address these inequities. Braven supports students from college to career by partnering with universities, employers, and college success organizations to offer a two-part experience that begins with a credit-bearing college course followed by a post-course experience that lasts through graduation. Braven Fellows emerge with the skills, experiences and networks they need to land a strong first job and get on a path to economic freedom. Braven is a growing organization, and has worked with more than 3,300 students across four campuses (Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, and National Louis University) and is piloting its innovative program to serve alumni of college success organizations locally in Chicago and virtually nationwide.Learn more about Braven’s impact: 

About the Role:

Braven NYC is seeking an External Affairs Manager to play a key role in the region’s development efforts to raise over $2 million through philanthropic, university and employer partnerships, and support with internal and external communications, brand-building and thought-leadership, and state and local policy. The External Affairs Manager will contribute to development goals for the region, support the cultivation and stewardship of strong partnerships with employer and community partners that are inspired by Braven’s story and its Fellows, and advance Braven’s brand in NYC.

You’ll be a great fit for the role if you love connecting and building strong relationships with people, enjoy creating strategies that build brand-awareness, and are an action-oriented person driven to achieve strong results. This role is great for someone who aspires to a career in development or community affairs and is passionate about empowering those from underrepresented backgrounds.This opportunity will allow you to further strengthen your muscles in external stakeholder stewardship, creating memorable experiences for both Fellows and Braven volunteers all while cross-collaborating to meet ambitious goals. 

In this role, you report to the Executive Director in New York City and manage 1 part-time intern. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Planning & Execution: 50% 

  • Plan and execute all external events such as site visits, lunch and learns, treks, jobs/impact report events etc.
  • Steward external affairs operations with excellence and enthusiasm: 
    • conducting research and outreach
    • crafting communications, presentations, and proposals
    • tracking progress towards the ongoing engagement strategy of donors, employer partners, university partners, and potential board members
    • entering and tracking external affairs data and information in Salesforce 

Fundraising Support: 20% 

  • Collaborate with the external affairs team to provide information needed for grants and ensure all reporting requirements are met
  • Manage the cultivation and ongoing stewardship of a portfolio of donors and employer partners (those $5k and under)

Brand Building: 15%

  • Conduct research on and secure opportunities for the NYC region to build brand visibility and awareness 
  • Manage the New York City team’s social media strategy to connect Fellows to opportunities and help inspire our various partners,stakeholders, and potential champions by connecting them to our mission

Board Management: 5%

  • Support the Executive Director on the recruitment, coordination and management of a regional Board
  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning

A+ Team 10%

  • Use and maintain team systems (tactical dashboard, Asana, Slack, etc)
  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning
  • Manage 1 intern 

What We’re Looking For

(Did you know that research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications? Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.)

Braven is looking for a person that demonstrates Braven’s core values, skillfully navigates ambiguity and ongoing change, excels in a fast paced environment, and welcomes feedback and learning. The ideal candidate has a high degree of self-ownership and generosity of spirit, a team and mission-driven orientation, and a low degree of ego. You are bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • 3 years of aligned professional experience with a track record of managing multiple projects at once, event management, and stewardship cultivation.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain complex concepts clearly, adapting the message(s) for a range of external audiences
  • Excellent relationship-building skills
  • Strong soft-skills and ability to manage up, across, and through layers of an organization 
  • Proven ability to create, operationalize, and manage project plans, meeting milestones and deadlines
  • Knowledge of (or the drive to get quickly up to speed) the philanthropic, employer market, and policy landscape in NYC
  • Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus, but not a requirement

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in New York City
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Authorized to work in the US

Working at Braven

Our culture

At Braven, our core values really do describe how we “show up” with each other. Before applying, we encourage you to take a look at them, and see if they describe you, too. At Braven, we are obsessed with making a real impact on the world, and are committed to learning and innovation as a path to get there. What that means in practice is that you can expect a proactive and nimble “startup-like” culture, where we work together to adapt, evolve, and make things happen. We also aspire to be a premier workplace for professionals who share identities with Braven’s Fellows. That means cultivating an environment of belonging for our intentionally diverse team. It means being a place that stretches and grows you as a professional. It means having fun together as we do work that matters. 

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your fit for the role, will likely be between $50,600-$63,200. Braven offers competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size, with opportunities for salary growth over time. We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other, their qualifications, and their impact on behalf of the organization, and take internal equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity and the inequities that can emerge from salary negotiations, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully upfront using benchmarking. You will have an opportunity to discuss salary in more detail after you begin the application process.

Braven also provides competitive, comprehensive benefits, recognition, and career development. While Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time, current benefits include: 

  • Unlimited vacation time in addition to org-wide shut downs in July and the end of the calendar year
  • Up to 5% match of your 401K contribution starting your first full month
  • Coverage of 85% of health insurance premium 
  • A one month paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff


When social distancing is not in place, we gather in the office four days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of New York City Each teammate can use one flex day of their choosing per week to work remotely. We believe in the magic, connection, and collaboration that happens when people work together face-to-face and we believe in giving people flexibility to focus, balance personal priorities, and save themselves one commute per week. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

At Braven, we are committed to attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining a diverse team. Braven operates in the context of our American culture, against the backdrop of systemic racism and oppression of marginalized people since our country’s founding. We are committed to assembling leaders at our organization who have emerged from everywhere, with a particular emphasis on those who share the racial and income backgrounds of our Fellows, and creating an inclusive culture that allows all teammates, of all experiences and identities, to thrive.  

Braven is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.  We encourage talented individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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