Program Manager of Accelerator Operations

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Job Title: Program Manager of Accelerator Operations

Location: Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)

Employment Type: Full-time

Start Date: April 2022

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

About Braven

We believe that the next generation of leaders will emerge from everywhere. We empower promising college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact.  Learn more about Braven’s impact:

Braven was named one of America’s Best Startup Employers 2022 by Forbes! We’re proud to be a nonprofit organization that values its employees and has always been committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that mirrors our country.

About the Role

In order to achieve its ambition of serving 40,000 Fellows over the next decade, Braven must effectively scale our programs, operations, and systems. In that effort, Braven is hiring a Program Manager of Accelerator Operations to join us in ensuring the smooth launch and execution of the Accelerator course for Braven Fellows across the country. As a member of Braven’s Product Team, you will support regional teams in ensuring seamless program operations and be a thought partner to regional colleagues.


What You’ll Do:

  • Own and execute user stories as a critical member of the Accelerator Project Team
  • Support regional execution of the Accelerator across all sites, serving as an implementation coach, thought partner, and problem solver
  • Coordinate and execute high-quality special events alongside regional and central teams, including stakeholder trainings and large-scale Mock Interview events 
  • Analyze weekly Accelerator data to identify program strengths and improvement opportunities
  • Update and maintain program operations documentation and resources
  • Create and deliver trainings to support smooth Accelerator launch, execution, and closeout as needed
  • Observe Accelerator and Post-Accelerator programming on a weekly basis to provide execution and program feedback
  • Participate in all Product Team meetings and retreats 
  • Actively contribute to team culture

Qualifications & Skills:

You are bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • You have 1-3 years of experience managing programs, projects, or events
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to operational excellence, creating and following through on project plans with strong attention to detail and deadlines
  • You have experience analyzing data and can draw insights from data analysis to problem solve
  • You are a strong written and verbal communicator
  • You are highly motivated, self-directed, results-oriented, data-driven, and curious
  • You welcome feedback and learning
  • You have a demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
  • You exemplify Braven’s core values
  • Your experiences have informed your belief in Braven’s mission and have prepared you to work with, or for, Braven’s student Fellow population

Please know that no one ever meets 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to work in-person in Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Newark (NJ), or New York City (NYC)
  • Ability to travel for 4-5 weeks per year once our college campuses allow for visitors
  • Some evening and weekend work required to support programming and run trainings
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must be fully vaccinated and have received the Booster vaccination 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.   

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position, which depends on prior work experience and our assessment of your demonstrated fit for the role, will likely be between $51,500-$64,400 in Chicago; $49,000-$61,200 in Atlanta; $55,700-$69,600 in Newark and New York City. 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 and external equity seriously. Given our commitment to equity, Braven does not negotiate salary offers; instead each salary offer is determined carefully using external and internal 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, week-long shutdowns in July and the end of the calendar year 
  • Up to match of your 401K contribution up to 5% of your base annual salary, 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 three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one of our 4 hubs: Chicago, New York City, Newark, and Atlanta. Each teammate can use two flex days 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 two commutes 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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