Program Manager, Accelerator - Spelman College

· Atlanta, Georgia
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job Title: Program Manager, Accelerator - Spelman College

Location: Atlanta, GA

Employment Type: Full-Time

Start Date: September

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

Hiring Manager: Kate Shoemaker

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 is seeking a program whiz and masterful facilitator with a demonstrated ability to win over others to join our newly formed Braven Spelman College team as Program Manager for Braven Accelerator Course offered to sophomores at Spelman (i.e. the Braven Sophomore Year Experience). This role has the opportunity to be a part of a founding team, grow a regional program, and accelerate Braven’s national impact. Reporting directly to the Site Director, the Program Manager will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating and facilitating a course experience for approximately 500 students and 64 volunteers per year. 
  • Driving strong instructional outcomes by working closely with a team of Faculty Readers  to track, analyze, and identify appropriate student interventions to ensure strong course outcomes tied to attendance, content engagement, and content mastery. 
  • Successfully support and coach volunteers (known as Leadership Coaches) on their facilitation of weekly Learning Labs to ensure strong weekly engagement. 

The strongest candidates for this role have prior instructional or education experience and are extremely entrepreneurial. They are energized by public speaking and facilitation, thrive on human interaction and enjoy the challenge of meeting new people, “hosting others,” and serving as an ambassador. They enjoy planning events and executing on processes and initiatives and always have alternative solutions to offer in order to provide top-notch service to stakeholders. The individual in this role will ultimately: 

Lead strong program execution

  • Create an engaging and welcoming environment for students and volunteers by hosting and/or facilitating weekly Learning Lab sessions -- generally two evenings each week over the course of each semester. 
  • Ensure a high quality and impactful experience for Spelman College students through strong project planning and logistics.
  • Train and manage a team of Faculty Readers to monitor students’ progress; analyze mastery, attendance, and engagement data; and intervene where necessary in order to reach outcomes goals.
  • Craft compelling weekly communications through email, text and Slack that encourage student engagement and build community.

Coach volunteers

  • Work in collaboration with the Spelman College Site Director to facilitate impactful trainings for volunteers including onboarding to Braven, fostering an inclusive and equitable team culture, and coaching resumes.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to volunteers to ensure they have tools, training, and information to support Braven participants.
  • Observe and provide feedback to Braven volunteers weekly to support them to improve their own facilitation and coaching skill sets.

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.)

In this role, you will be joining an intellectually curious, hard working, and fun loving team. To be successful as part of Braven’s Spelman College team you must be achievement oriented and demonstrate an openness to feedback. You genuinely understand and appreciate that you are only as good and successful as your team. As such, you must also value leading with a high impact/low-ego mindset and demonstrate a strong commitment, in both thought and action, to diversity and inclusion.  

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree
  • 2-5 years of experience, with a track record of achieving successful outcomes 
  • Prior experience with education programming including facilitation/public speaking, event coordination, and teaching & learning
  • Expertise working across lines of racial and socio-economic difference 
  • Track record of using data and metrics to drive decisions and measure performance

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Atlanta, GA
  • Spelman Alumnae are strongly encouraged to apply
  • 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 $44,500-$55,600. 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 Atlanta, GA. 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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