Program Manager, Workforce Development

· Newark, New Jersey
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job Title: Program Manager of Workforce Development - Newark

Location: Newark, NJ

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: August 2021

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

Hiring Manager: Lissete Estrada, Site Director

About Braven: The Challenge

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: 

The Role:

Braven is seeking a Program Manager of Workforce Development (PM-W)  to join us in Newark. The PMW is a masterful programmatic operator responsible for supporting 1400+ diverse college students who have already completed one semester of the Braven Career and Leadership Accelerator Course (Post-Accelerator Fellows or PAFs) towards strong job outcomes. We expect 50% to engage in direct programming, and 10% to engage through lighter-touch initiatives. This person really truly is the PAF OWNER within the region - so that means strategizing, program operations and logistics, meeting graduate outcomes, fostering community, etc. You will recruit and manage interns and volunteers to meet your goals.  This person will help take our current PAF communications, relationships, data tracking, and more targeted, career-oriented support to the next level. In all of this, you will play an instrumental role building and maintaining Braven’s impact in Newark.

To be successful at Braven, on the Newark Team, and in this role, you must demonstrate Braven’s core values, be comfortable with ambiguity and constant evolution, and welcome constant feedback and learning. We are a team that likes each other both in and outside of “work”! Do you have a strong bias to action and enjoy making the complex simple all while driving and owning all aspects of your projects from conception to completion? Come join us in shaping the next generation of leaders!

Post-Accelerator Fellow (PAF) Programming & Outcomes - 50%

Collaborate with our product team to execute programming to support 600+ Fellows to secure internships and strong jobs. This includes:

  • Manage regional PAF communications and collaborate with Communications Director on national PAF communication strategies
  • Recruit volunteer mentors for the Professional Mentor Program
  • Strategically partner with Rutgers University-Newark Career Center on career prep/advancement programming
  • Collaborate with the External Affairs Manager and employer partners to execute career-specific events and visits to local companies
  • Analyze our PAF data to drive the PAF supports strategy and provide recommendations to our Product, Data, and External Affairs teams
  • Manage progress-to-goals tracking, reporting for student internship, job attainment, including weekly dashboard updates and annual Post-Accelerator Fellow (PAF) Survey collection process
  • Source strong internship and job opportunities and lead targeted outreach to PAFs
  • Targeted PAF support for elite referral opportunities
  • Collect and share compelling PAF testimonials with Comms Team
  • Ad Hoc Duties: Coaching sessions with current interns, resume reviews, mock interviews, collaboration with Central PAF Manager

Post-Accelerator Fellow (PAF) Community Engagement - 30%

Collaborate with our product and external affairs teams to design, manage, and facilitate a thriving community and connections among our 1,000+ Fellows. This includes:

  • Build relationships with PAFs through meetings or community events
  • Plan and execute bi-annual regional PAF induction event
  • Advise the student-led Braven club at Rutgers-Newark 
  • Recruit and commit PAFs to volunteer to power the Braven Accelerator course
  • Recruit PAFs for events/opportunities

Employer Partnerships - 15%

  • Partner with ED to provide intern and job opportunities for PAFs
  • Partner with Site Director to support volunteer recruitment efforts with Employer Partners
  • Join Employer Partner meetings with ED or Site Director to build talent strategy and Employer Partner stewardship  

A+ Team - 5%

Contribute to the strength of Braven’s team through individual leadership and strong hiring, managing, and culture-building practices

  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning and all team events
  • Manage overall recruitment and hiring process for PAF roles on Braven’s team (e.g. part-time student interns, Braven Club (student university club)
  • Recruit, hire, onboard, and manage a part-time student intern for PAF programming; may support with the recruitment of PAFs for other Braven internship roles

Experiences, Skills, and Traits:

The ideal person is extremely driven, customer-service and results-oriented, entrepreneurial and highly resourceful, and excited to dive into an early-stage organization poised to change the educational landscape. At Braven we look for people who do what it takes and operate with humility and hunger.

  • 3-5 years of experience with a verifiable track record of achieving excellence and successful outcomes
  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability, excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and is comfortable with ambiguity
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills
  • Strong facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Proven ability to create, operationalize, and manage project plans, meeting milestones and deadlines
  • Track record of using data and metrics to drive decisions and measure performance
  • Some experience managing and developing people, particularly managing through others
  • Passion/interest in understanding the local landscape for college grads
  • Experience in the college to career space OR understanding of the entry-level job application process in the US
  • Coaching skills and/or workforce development skills (resumes, interviews, networking)
  • Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven
  • Bachelor’s degree required

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 our hub in Newark, NJ.. 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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