Director, Regional Supports

· Chicago, Illinois
Employment Type Full-Time

Job Title: Director of Regional Supports 

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

Employment Type: Full-time 

Start Date: December 1, 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 build and constantly improve our support to our regional site teams, the teams on the ground who execute our program, cultivate and deeply invest local partners, and who ultimately are responsible for the outcomes our Fellows achieve.  In that effort, Braven is hiring a founding director of Regional Supports who will help create a Regional Supports Strategy that builds strong cross-functional support to newly launching sites and regions and supports existing regional teammates with strong Learning and Development experiences, delivered in concert with other teammates and content experts across the organization. As a member of the Strategy Team in the CEO’s shop reporting to the VP of Strategy, you will build and own the success of Braven’s first regional support function that stewards a strong operational and talent support the success of which hinges on incredibly strong and collaborative partnerships between the teams on the ground in each programmatic site and the teams in the center who bolster and serve those teams to reach all of their ambitious outcomes.


What You’ll Do: 

Immediate term:

This is a role that will likely grow, morph, and shift as the organization grows and therefore would be most successfully driven by someone comfortable with operating in ‘the grey’ with an entrepreneurial spirit, with excellent communication skills, always assuming a larger and larger locus of control.  In the first one to two years, this role will focus on:  

  • Developing more fully the role and the regional supports strategy in partnership with crucial collaborators in the organization (Dir. of Learning and Culture, Dir. of Program Operations, etc) (25%)
  • Curating and/or designing Learning and Development for regions, often leveraging content experts on other teams and ensuring a strong scope and sequence for each role on the regional team, differentiated by experience level and workstream (25%)
  • Cross-functional coordination (25%)
    • In deep partnership with regional leaders, facilitate opportunities for standardization across regions that have cost, time, and coordination savings throughout the organization 
    • Serve as a two-way conduit in regional and central relationships, ensuring that expectations of partnership terms and clear and aligned and that teams are constantly learning and improving upon collaboration systems and norms ; 
  • Leaning into support regions during times of intense problem-solving or transition (ad hoc; as needed, ~25%)
    • This could include serving as another perspective during hiring searches, offering project management support during launch times, or building intensive support plans when regions  need extra capacity

Longer term: 

  • Propose and iterate on a regional supports strategy as the organization grows, that entails strong elements of talent acquisition, learning and development, and cross-functional collaboration; ensure relevant voices shape the strategy continually
  • Align the talent philosophies / standard role design to  hiring, onboarding, and customized ongoing training for each type of regional role (Program Managers of the Accelerator, of Recruitment, of Workforce Development; External Affairs Managers; Regional Managing Directors of Program and Executive Directors)
  • Steward directly and/or coordinate outside consultants to lead and facilitate professional learning communities for each of the regional roles.
  • Create strong channels of communication between regional teams and the central teams that support them to ensure the services and products from central teams meet the growing and changing needs of regional teammates as they execute the entire Braven program, partnership, and business model locally.
  • Ensure regional teams are executing important workstreams or campaigns launched from the center to ensure fidelity, consistency, quality, and strong partnership follow-through.

Qualifications & Skills: Braven is looking for a strategic leader that is bringing experiences and strengths like these:

  • You have 7+ years of experience in program execution leadership and/or a learning and development function 
  • You have successfully managed cross functional teams to achieve ambitious goals
  • You are experienced w/ lateral management
  • 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
  • You are able to break big, complex projects into component, sequenced parts and invest teammates you do not formally manage around your plans and objectives
  • You are able to translate user needs into strong learning and development products and trainings
  • You are an empathetic and direct communicator
  • You believe in feedback as an essential tool for teamwork, continuous improvement, and the career development of you and your teammates alike
  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree

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 in one of our regional hub offices 2-3 days per week.
  • Ability to travel to our regional team sites for observations and trainings monthly; other subteam or org-wide stepbacks likely 3 times per year.
  • 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 $90,250 - $109,250 for Atlanta, $95,000 - $115,000 for Chicago, and $102,600 - $124,200 for New York or Newark. 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 
  • 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 two to three days a week. Therefore, we require teammates to live within commuting distance of one of our hubs: Chicago, New York City, Newark, and Atlanta. Each teammate can use two flex days per week of their choosing 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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