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Job Description: Vice President of Programs

About NLC

New Leaders Council (NLC) recruits, trains and promotes the rising generation of progressive changemakers committed to social and political justice in their communities. 

Anchored by its six-month inclusive training program, the NLC Institute, our programs equip local leaders with the skills and networks to make impactful change rooted in equity. NLC leaders take their activism back into their communities and workplaces, whether they run for office, manage advocacy campaigns, or create start-ups and nonprofits. 

NLC has nearly 50 chapters across the country in red and blue states with 9,000 alumni. NLC is a true reflection of the rising generations with 66 percent of the 2020 NLC Fellows self-identifying as people of color. Additionally, 64 percent of the 2020 Fellows are women and 22 percent report identifying as LGBTQIA*. 

The organization is embarking on an exciting new strategic plan focused on the collective impact of the NLC community, and is seeking a Vice President of Programs who has a collaborative work style with expertise in people centered organizing, strategy centered in equity & systems change, robust volunteer management, developing dynamic infrastructure, and data-driven approaches to programming design and implementation.  

Background & Process 

New Leaders Council created the new position of Vice President of Programs and is conducting an initial search process from within the NLC family. NLC is seeking a leader who is passionate about the impact of NLC’s leadership programs on the individuals and communities we serve. Applicants will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the last date to apply is November 16, 2020. NLC hopes to select a final candidate by the end of 2020 and will negotiate a start date within the beginning of 2021. NLC will also be accepting nominations from among the NLC family and all nominees will be encouraged to apply. 


The Vice President of Programs will lead collaborative efforts across staff and volunteers to build upon and expand NLC’s existing leadership development programs for fellows and alumni. The position will report to the President & CEO and will partner with national staff and chapter volunteer leaders to ensure all NLC’s leadership programs contribute to NLC’s mission, are centered in equity and systems change, and make a positive impact on the local leaders NLC serves across the country.  

Strategy & Management 

  • Develop, oversee, and direct a comprehensive programs strategy at the national level and work collaboratively with chapter leadership to enhance current programming and design future programming
  • Partner with senior staff and volunteers to guide and implement NLC’s DEI goals and lead a program strategy centering equity and inclusion light years beyond the status quo 
  • Develop a programming ecosystem that supports place-based, proximate leadership committed to social and political justice through collective impact and systems change 
  • Collaborate with all staff and volunteers to create an organizational culture that embeds NLC’s values throughout all programs and the programming infrastructure 
  • Oversee the NLC national programs budget, guide the chapter budget & expenditure processes, and periodically update the revenue sharing model, ensuring budgeting reflects NLC’s values 
  • Serve as the direct supervisor and manager for all programs-related national staff, consultants, and trainers 

Program Management 

  • Determine, assess, and iterate NLC programs’ learning objectives and outcomes 
  • Set annual annual operational plan and program calendar aligning national and chapter based programming and facilitating consensus among chapter and caucus leadership
  • Direct the evolution and implementation of the NLC Institute curriculum across NLC chapters from recruiting fellows to refining curriculum, in collaboration with volunteers   
  • Oversee programming and events for NLC alumni’s personal and collective growth, including NLC’s annual convention to ensure it fully serves the NLC family
  • Guide the chapter expansion strategy and process, emphasizing sustainable growth
  • Track bst practices and provide guidance on C3 programming guidelines 
  • Drive partnership strategies that support investment in NLC’s programs and members

Volunteer Management & Engagement 

  • Align the volunteer experience and cycle in accordance with the strategic plan focused on exemplary service for NLC’s volunteer leaders
  • Manage staff to develop and implement NLC’s volunteer recruitment, training, engagement, and recognition strategy and implementation plan
  • Manage staff to ensure NLC’s volunteer management platforms and systems support fellows, alumni, and the chapters’ and caucuses’ leaders
  • Ensure clarity, consistency, and transparency for volunteer duties, while supporting flexibility across a dynamic, varying network of chapters and caucuses  
  • Serve as direct liaison to senior volunteers on the National Program Committee and National Diversity Committee

Data & Evaluation 

  • Support NLC’s strategic plan by creating systems to report and iterate all program-related goals and objectives, based on consistent data analysis
  • Ensure both qualitative and quantitative measures are embedded within all aspects of NLC programs for fellows and alumni  
  • Work collaboratively with chapter and caucus leadership to ensure data collection methods are attainable, understood, and feasible to implement 
  • Create a sustainable feedback culture among staff, volunteers, and members that fosters candid assessments and clearly communicates and implements lessons learned
  • Collaborate with senior staff on reporting outcomes to multiple stakeholders, including the Board of Directors, senior volunteers, and donors 
  • Partner with the Development Director to provide program metrics as needed for both funding applications and reports 

Program Communications 

  • Partner with the Vice President of Communications & Operations to update internal communications systems among chapters, caucuses, fellows, and alumni
  • Support external communications by curating NLC’s stories of impact and uplifting NLC fellows and alumni’s collective impact 
  • Contribute to and serve as a lead author on portions of the NLC’s annual report 
  • Partner with the Development Director to create funding proposals and grant applications

Key Qualifications, Experience, and Skills 

  • 10+ years of combined experience in the areas of program/project management, strategy development, and monitoring & evaluation 
  • 5+ years of staff and/or volunteer management experience 
  • 5+ years of training, curriculum development, adult education, or learning & development experience 
  • A proven track record of equity and inclusion strategy with a deep understanding of current progressive issues, including a minimum of 5+ years experience working with communities who reflect a robust diversity of identity and background
  • Exceptional ability to create systems and tracking methods for short-term projects and ongoing program plans
  • Coaching/Mentoring approach to relationship management, specific experience with volunteers and staff is desired 
  • Creative and collaborative approach to strategy development and implementation  
  • Ability to thrive with tenacity and humor in a fast-paced, nimble nonprofit while operating in a remote work environment 
  • Familiarity with a decentralized organizational structure, consisting of national staff and local chapters managed by volunteer leaders
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service with an enthusiasm for NLC’s mission to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive and inclusive leaders
  • Proficient using and creating strategy for CRMs, specific experience with the learning management system, Digital Cheetah, is a plus 
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills 

Salary, Benefits & Location

  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and the current salary band for the position is $90,000 - $100,000 
  • Generous leave policy, including all federal holidays, four weeks paid leave (including the week between the Christmas and New Years Day holidays), sick leave, and a progressive parental leave policy
  • Health, vision, and dental care 
  • Remote / Work from home

Application & Deadline

To apply, please email a (1) resume, (2) cover letter, and (3) project management sample to The cover letter should include how you are connected to NLC and why you are passionate about our mission and the role. The project management sample can be in any format (EG: document, spreadsheet, or screenshot of a digital project management tool) and accompanied with a 1-2 paragraph narrative explanation of how the sample demonstrates your project management skills. 

Applicants will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the last date to apply is November 16, 2020. New Leaders Council is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity among its leadership. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.