Program Manager

Hiring Organization: 
WES Mariam Assefa Fund
City and State: 
New York, NY

World Education Services (WES) is looking a Program Manager to join the newly established WES Mariam Assefa Fund, a philanthropic initiative aimed at catalyzing economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. Through the Fund, WES will expand its social impact and provide grants, investments, and other support to interventions that promote more inclusive economies and the economic integration of immigrants and refugees. The Fund’s operations are launching in 2019 and the Fund's Program Manager will help translate the Fund from concept to reality, working closely alongside the Fund's Senior Director, other members of WES’s leadership, and external partners and grantees.

The Fund's Program Manager will have a mix of project management, strategy, planning, and grants management responsibilities, which may evolve as the Fund launches and its operations expand. They will report to the Senior Director and will have significant exposure to other members of WES’s Executive Team, as well as members of the WES Board of Directors. This role will provide a unique and exciting opportunity to help shape a new philanthropic initiative from its inception, gain exposure to multiple areas of program strategy and operations, and collaborate with leading organizations in the immigration, workforce, and philanthropic fields.

Duties included but not limited to:

1) Program and Grants Management

  • Support sourcing of potential grant opportunities, including outreach to potential grantees, development of solicitation materials (e.g., terms of reference, request for proposals, etc.), and management of specific ideas sourcing approaches (e.g., innovation challenges).
  • Track grant-making opportunities, referrals, due diligence, and grants administration in the Fund’s grants management database and other relevant systems.
  • Support programmatic, financial, and organizational due diligence of potential grants.
  • Coordinate with internal WES teams (e.g., Finance, Marketing, IT) to ensure timely execution of key grants management activities.
  • Serve as the primary manager for two or more grants.
  • Prepare program and grants related reports, memos, and presentations.

2) Strategy and Strategic Planning Support

  • Manage specific work streams related to the Fund’s strategy development, such as defining strategic choices, goal-setting, establishing the Fund’s learning agenda, vetting potential interventions with external experts, and identifying and managing strategic risks.
  • Conduct quantitative and quantitative analyses to inform learning and choice-making for the Fund. This could include, but is not limited to: landscaping and market-sizing analyses, basic quantitative modeling, options analyses, impact or ROI modeling, and systems-mapping.
  • Support dynamic learning and strategy refinement by synthesizing learnings generated by projects and organizations supported through the Fund.
  • Develop materials that enable decision-making by the Fund's Senior Director, WES Executive Director and the Fund's Board Committee.
  • Build and manage detailed plans and other project management tools to support the Fund in meeting and managing key milestones and goals.

3) Ad-Hoc Organizational Support

  • Manage relationships with external consultants and strategic advisors that contribute to the Fund’s strategy development and grantmaking.
  • Develop content, such as blogs or social media language, that can be utilized by WES’s Marketing and Communications team to disseminate key learnings from the Fund’s work and raise the visibility of the Fund’s grantees and supported initiatives.
  • Manage undergraduate and/or graduate interns as needed.
  • Occasional travel to meet with grantees and other key partners, attend conferences and convenings, or to WES’s Toronto office.

The Ideal Candidate will:

  • Have a high degree of comfort with rapidly changing, ambiguous contexts and an ability to help craft a clear path forward in these environments.
  • Bring both an entrepreneurial mindset to generate new approaches, spot opportunities, and initiate action, and a strategic mindset to spot critical issues, leverage points, and required choices.
  • Have a deep-rooted intellectual curiosity and openness to diverse ideas and perspectives.
  • Thrive an environment that values transparency, collaboration, and an orientation for results.
  • Bring a “can-do” attitude and have a willingness to stretch up and down in their role as the Fund’s needs evolve.
  • Build informal working relationships, quickly establish credibility in new areas of work, and mobilize people at all levels towards collaborative goals (including more senior colleagues and external partners).


  • A Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, business, international relations, or other relevant degree with 5+ years of relevant work experience required.
  • Professional experience in workforce development, immigration, refugee resettlement, economic development, and/or social sector consulting strongly preferred.
  • Awareness and knowledge of the philanthropic sector; experience working in a grantmaking organization preferred.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills to break down complex problems into component parts and frame trade-offs in decision-making.
  • Experience collaborating closely with and delivering results through external partners, such as grantees and/or consultants.
  • Track record of delivering high-quality, accurate work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills to convey complex information appropriately to stakeholders with different backgrounds and needs.
  • Professional presence and ability to represent the Fund at external events and with key stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English required; ability to speak additional global language preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

To apply, please submit your qualifications directly through the job listing on WES' Careers page, which can be found here.

How to Apply: 
Please apply directly on WES' website.
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