Program Manager, Recruitment - Newark

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

Job Title: Program Manager, Recruitment - Newark

Location: Newark (NJ)

Employment Type: Full-Time

Start Date: March 2022

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 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

The Program Manager of Recruitment is a masterful programmatic operator responsible for recruiting 150-200 Fellows (students) into the Braven Accelerator course at Rutgers - Newark per semester —and increasingly higher numbers of Fellows in subsequent semesters. Reporting directly to the Site Director, the Program Manager – Career Development and Enrollment Strategy will work extensively with Rutgers - Newark faculty and staff, Fellows, PAFs, program alumni, volunteers, employer partners,and local organizations to contribute to the effective growth of Braven. Specifically, you will:


What You’ll Do

Student Enrollment- 85%

  • Develop vision, strategy, and tactics to effectively enroll between 150-200 students a semester into the Braven course 
  • Use Salesforce to manage, track, and analyze recruitment data and pipelines, as well as use data to make strategic pivots 
  • Analyze recruitment data weekly to inform recruiting strategy 
  • Coordinate, execute, and support recruitment presentations and materials
  • Support cultivation and management of college partnerships and K-12 relationships including research, meeting preparation, data tracking, and communications
  • Recruit and manage PAFs to serve as interns and volunteers
  • Share design input and feedback with Braven’s External Affairs team on marketing materials
  • Maintain high engagement with enrolled students, as to ensure attrition is minimized 

A+ Team - 15%

  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning and all team events
  • Manage overall hiring process (recruit, hire, onboard and manage part-time student interns) for PAF roles on Braven’s team

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.)

The ideal person will be 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.

  • 1-3 years of experience with a verifiable track record of achieving excellence and successful outcomes; 
  • Strong facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Coaching and mentoring students in career development
  • Experience managing and developing people, particularly managing through others;
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills;
  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability, excels in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment and is comfortable with ambiguity;
  • Proven ability to create, operationalize, and manage project plans, meeting milestones and deadlines;
  • Data-driven manager: track record of using data and metrics to drive decisions and measure performance;
  • Strong alignment with, passion for, and commitment to the mission and values of Braven;
  • Bachelor’s degree required

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Newark, NJ
  • Authorized to work in the US
  • Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (plus booster) 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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