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Braven, Inc

Program Manager - Recruitment & Workforce Strategy

– New York, New York
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


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. Despite 1.2 million low-income or first-generation students enrolling in college each year, only one in four will attain a strong first job or enroll in graduate school upon graduating.

The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation, meaningful careers, and lives of impact. Alongside educational institutions, Braven provides a scalable model to discover, develop, and connect extraordinary, diverse, and driven young people to high-quality skill-building opportunities and networks.  From the Accelerator will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.

To date, 69% of Braven’s Fellows have landed a strong job within 12 months of graduation, as compared with an average of 54% for all students nationally. Braven Fellows outpace their peers in internship attainment, non-cognitive skill growth, and college persistence. Braven currently operates in Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, and San Jose, CA. We aim to become the nation’s leading accelerator of diverse talent, putting emerging leaders on the pathway to college completion and economic mobility. Our work is highly data driven around the outcomes of college graduation, workforce readiness skills-based proficiency, and employment in a high impact role within six months of graduation.

We believe Braven is a solution and we are on a mission to scale it, equalizing access to the American Dream. We are launching Braven in New York City, at CUNY Lehman College, and are looking for people passionate about ensuring all young people can put their education to work.


The Role:

The Program Manager – Recruitment & Workforce Strategy is a masterful programmatic operator responsible for recruiting 150 Fellows (students) into the Braven Accelerator course at Lehman College for the Spring 2020 semester—and increasingly higher numbers of Fellows in subsequent semesters. You will also support students who have already completed the Accelerator (“Post-Accelerator Fellows” or “PAFs”) in subsequent semesters towards strong post-career outcomes. To power the program each semester, you will recruit and manage PAF volunteers, Professional Mentors (volunteer working professionals), and student interns, whose numbers will also scale significantly in each subsequent semester. In all of this, you will contribute to building and maintaining a positive presence of Braven at Lehman College.



Reporting directly to the New York City Site Director, the Program Manager – Recruitment & Workforce Strategy will work extensively with Lehman faculty and staff, Fellows, PAFs, program alumni, volunteers, employer partners,and local organizations to contribute to the effective growth of Braven at Lehman College. Specifically, you will:

Student Recruitment - 40%

  • Develop and execute strategy for Fellow recruitment, marketing, and cultivation campaigns

  • Manage full-time Fellow recruitment operations, systems, pipelines 

  • Analyze recruitment data weekly to inform recruiting strategy 

  • Organize and support recruitment presentations and materials

  • Support cultivation and management of university partnerships including research, meeting preparation, data tracking, and communications

  • Manage K-12 partnerships to support long-term recruitment efforts

  • Manage recruitment of PAFs to serve as interns and volunteers

  • Share design input and feedback with Braven’s External Affairs team on marketing materials

Volunteer Recruitment & Employer Partners - 20%

  • Lead volunteer recruitment for PAFs and Professional Mentors, including outreach, communications, tracking, and systems

  • Manage community partnerships for recruitment

  • Manage portfolio of employer partnerships that power program

  • Support off-site program launch and logistics 

  • Represent Braven externally as needed

  • Share design input and feedback with External Affairs team

Post-Accelerator Fellow (PAF) Programming & Outcomes - 30%

  • Manage the post-Accelerator experience to ensure PAFs are on track to secure strong internships and jobs

  • Lead Professional Mentoring programming (recruit PAFs, facilitate training, logistics, etc.)

  • Lead and recruit PAFs for PAF workshops and events

  • Manage progress-to-goals tracking/reporting for student internship/job attainment, including monthly dashboard updates and annual Post-Accelerator Fellow (PAF) Survey collection process

  • Design and manage PAF job referrals process

  • Share design input and feedback with Product team

  • Share compelling stories with the Head of Partnerships and Executive Director

A+ Team - 10%

  • Participate in individual annual and quarterly planning

  • Manage overall hiring process for PAF roles on Braven’s team (e.g. student interns, teaching assistants, e-board (student university club))

  • Recruit, hire, onboard, and manage student interns

  • Recruit, hire, onboard, and manage Peer Career Mentors (PAF interns)

  • Recruit, hire, onboard, and manage e-board President


Experiences, Skills, and Traits:

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.

  • 2-4 years of experience with a verifiable track record of achieving excellence and successful outcomes; 

  • Strong facilitation and public speaking skills;

  • 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


Total Rewards Philosophy:

Braven is committed to attracting and retaining extraordinary, diverse leaders who believe deeply in our mission and uphold our core values as organizational leaders and stewards within and outside of the organization. Braven provides a “total rewards package” that encompasses benefits, compensation, recognition, and career development. Current benefits include: Braven covers 85% of health care costs, has unlimited vacation time, matches up to 5% of your 401K contribution starting your first full month, a paid sabbatical after 4 years on staff, and competitive base salaries based on the midpoint of the market among not-for-profit organizations of similar size. 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. Staff who are meeting expectations generally receive an annual 3% increase. Braven conducts benchmarking every other year; based on this external data, some salaries may also receive market adjustments to keep pace with relevant competition in similar roles. Braven reserves the right to change benefits at any time.

The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior work experience.

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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