External Affairs Manager - Newark

· Newark, New Jersey
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

Job Title: External Affairs Manager - Newark

Location: Newark, NJ

Employment Type: Full Time

Start Date: Feb 1st, 2022

To Apply: Submit your application here. Send any questions to jobs@bebraven.org (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 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 nimble and quickly growing organization.  As of the 2021-2022 school year, 3,800 across five campuses will have taken the Braven Accelerator (Rutgers University-Newark, San José State, Lehman College, Spelman College, and National Louis University).  In addition, we are driving pilots to serve students sitting outside our partner schools.  Read about our Fellows’ amazing job outcomes here and here.  

About the Role:

As the External Affairs Manager, you serve partly as a Chief of Staff to the Executive Director and help to manage and support development efforts to raise over $2.2 million through philanthropic, university and employer partnerships,  internal and external communications,  brand-building and thought-leadership, and state and local policy. You must also be ready to handle additional special projects as they arise. Braven is a nimble, fast-paced environment where the work evolves quickly and no day is the same as the day before. This should excite you! In this role, you report to the Executive Director and manage 1 part-time intern. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Run the external affairs back office including: 
  • 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 
  • Plan and execute all external events such as site visits, lunch and learns, treks,  jobs/impact report events etc.
  • Draft and submit regional grants and collaborate with external affairs team to ensure all reporting requirements are met
  • Manage the cultivation and ongoing stewardship of a portfolio of donors and employer partners (those $10k and under)
  • Conduct research on and secure opportunities for the Newark region to build brand visibility and awareness 
  • Manage social media 
  • Support the Executive Director on the recruitment, coordination and management of a regional Board
  • Hire, onboard, manage, and coach the External Affairs intern to impact and outcomes
  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning


Experiences, Skills, and Traits:

The ideal person demonstrates Braven’s core values, skillfully navigates ambiguity and ongoing change, excels in a fast paced environment, and welcomes feedback and learning. You must have a high degree of self-ownership and generosity of spirit, a team and mission-driven orientation, and a low degree of ego. This is a fantastic team of awesome humans and incredibly meaningful work to be a part of. Come join us in shaping the next generation of leaders!


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years minimum of aligned professional experience with a verifiable track record of achieving excellence and successful outcomes 
  • Exceptional 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 landscape in Newark
  • Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus 
  • Authorized to work in the US
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of such by the date of hire. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. Exempted individuals will be subject to weekly testing if they engage in any in-person work activities.   

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 $55,700-$69,600. 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 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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    Newark, New Jersey
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