Manager, Programs

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New York, NY

Who We Are  

Co-Impact is a global collaborative focused on systems change to improve the lives of millions by advancing education, improving people’s health, and providing economic opportunity. Co-Impact brings together a group of results-oriented funders and program partners who are pooling resources, networks, and expertise to enable lasting change at scale.

We invest in systems change efforts in low and middle-income countries that are working to address underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities. Our approach builds on and supports the work and experience of civil society, government and philanthropic partners, and each one of our first grants has been developed in partnership with others. By collaborating, and creating a platform for others to join, Co-Impact and its partners seek to achieve far more together than possible alone.

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Where You Fit

The Program Manager will report to the Vice President, Programs and work closely with program team members across a range of grant-making and support activities. The Program Manager will have a mix of project management, grants management, research, team coordination, and project-based responsibilities, and may be asked to serve as an account lead for one or more grants and/or team point person for critical cross-cutting issues.   

Serving program partners to help millions of people achieve lasting improvements in their lives is the core focus of the small, tight-knit program team. The Program Manager will need to demonstrate excellent organizational ability, strong analytical skills, strategic problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal skills, a high level of personal initiative and the ability to work well in a distributed, diverse, deep-thinking and fast-paced environment.

This role will provide a valuable opportunity to gain insight and experience into the highest levels of philanthropy and social change, learn, stretch and grow.

The Role

1) Sourcing and Selection Support: Support the sourcing and due diligence of grant-making initiatives to include:

  • Managing the annual sourcing and selection workplan, including creation of team meeting agendas and key materials team meetings to ensure team is on track
  • Tracking all grant-making opportunities, referrals, diligence and analysis of all applicants in a user-friendly database
  • Conducting both landscape and opportunity diligence research on potential grants including analysis on relevant sectors, geographies/regions, impact and financial sustainability 
  • Engaging with relevant sector experts, advisors and donors to strengthen the application process, and partnering with team members to make the application process clear, fair and simple to use 
  • Undertaking background research on core sectors and issues of work, including political economy analysis
  • Preparing program related memos, reports and presentations 

2) Program Support:Assist team in managing portfolio of long-term systems change grants to make progress towards achieving key outcomes:

  • Upholding key values of supportive and ethical program practice, seeking to serve program partners who we see as social change leaders and best placed to drive impact 
  • Developing and managing annual workplan, including team meetings, site visits, events and opportunities for cross-team learning 
  • Tracking reporting, progress and performance of all grantees in database, and produce summary memos
  • Supporting team to support partners to improve program effectiveness and strengthen organizational capabilities
  • Strengthening our practices for promoting adaptive learning, including to listening to and learning from program partners, and supporting them to listen to and respond to the people who they are seeking to benefit
  • Fostering and promoting cross partner and sector learning, knowledge curation and continuous improvement

3) Team Leadership: Depending on self-initiative, need and ability, the Program Manager may be asked to:

  • Serve as an account lead for one or more grants, i.e., as the main contact, support person and manager for key grants
  • Serve as technical lead and resource person for one or more cross-cutting thematic (e.g. governance, gender) or functional (e.g. planning, communications) issue
  • Perform other responsibilities and duties as required by the VP, Programs 

Qualifications and Experience 

  • A results-driven approach to work, proven personal initiative and an ability to work proactively in a Zen spirit
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; evidence of working with structured project management systems and procedures
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience interacting and communicating effectively with members of a complex organization at multiple levels
  • Advanced computer skills; experience working and analyzing spreadsheets and preparing detailed presentations
  • Thrives in fostering an environment that promotes shared communications, efforts and results
  • Strong moral compass, personal ethics and impeccable integrity
  • Abiding curiosity and openness to diverse ideas 
  • Substantial experience of living and/or working in global south countries preferred
  • A Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of relevant experience required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Fluency in English required, ability to speak additional global language strongly preferred
  • Given global nature of organization, a willingness to be flexible in working hours and the ability to travel internationally
  • Sense of humor


This position is full time and exempt for overtime purposes. Annual salary will be approximately $80,000 plus generous benefits package including medical/dental insurance and a retirement contribution. 

Application Details

Applicants should send – by April 05, 2019– a single document containing: 1) a one-page cover letter and 2) a one or two-page resume/CV to with the subject “Manager, Programs.”  Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview. 

**Note: Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.**

New Venture Fund Careers

Co-Impact is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

How to Apply: 
Applicants should send – by April 05, 2019 – a single document containing: 1) a one-page cover letter and 2) a one or two-page resume/CV to with the subject “Manager, Programs.”
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