Senior Program Manager, Employer Engagement

Location: Oakland, CA
Job Code: 351
# of openings: 1


Senior Program Manager – Employer Engagement


About Jobs for the Future

Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit that builds educational and economic opportunity for underserved populations in the United States. JFF develops innovative programs and public policies that increase college readiness and career success and build a more highly skilled, competitive workforce. With over 30 years of experience, JFF is a recognized national leader in bridging education and work to increase economic mobility and strengthen our economy. Learn more at


About the Position

The Senior Program Manager (SPM), based in JFF’s Oakland, CA office, will have responsibility for both program-specific as well as cross-cluster deliverables and will ensure the efficient implementation of programmatic initiatives through budget oversight and strategic support to help advance JFF’s goals/mission.

Working under the supervision of the Director for Work Based Learning Systems, the SPM will work with employers to design and support talent development strategies in partnership with education, workforce, and community partners, such as career pathway approaches for youth and adults and sector partnerships that include multiple employers from target sectors.  The SPM will provide technical assistance to education, workforce, and community partners on effective strategies for engaging employers, building their capacity to develop and maintain these partnerships.  They will oversee and conduct primary and secondary research, analyze program and policy issues and develop and deliver presentations and products to clients, stakeholders, practitioners and potential funders.   S/he will also work with a team to design and facilitate peer learning communities of regional networks of industry, workforce, college, school districts, and community partners on strategies to harness buy-in and expertise of employers in better preparing and retaining highly skilled workers.

The SPM will manage timelines, budgets, workplans and program staff or teams. The role includes preparing funder reports effectively and on time and facilitating and leading groups of stakeholders as appropriate to program work. The SPM also will make substantive contributions, along with colleagues, to the design and development of proposals for new work and projects with potential funders.



The principal duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead or participate in designing webinars and technical assistance workshops and tools, and provide coaching
  • Write case studies and practice briefs highlighting findings
  • Understand principles of work-based learning and sector strategies
  • Interact with employers, industry associations, and regional and state workforce systems to build buy in and capacity to align and adapt strategies for training, recruitment, and retention of a highly-skilled workforce.
  • Contribute substantively to design and development of proposals for new work, working with potential funders and colleagues to build-out and advance the work of JFF
  • Hold self and others accountable for measurable, high-quality, timely, and cost-effective deliverables
  • Provide strategic advice to program staff, funders, and other stakeholders, to help them achieve program goals
  • Represent JFF with constituents including educators, state systems leaders, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and deliver presentations and products to clients, stakeholders, practitioners and potential funders that transmit research findings in a manner that supports improvements to service delivery and program impact
  • Facilitate interactive meetings of diverse stakeholders to disseminate best of research and practice to clients and enable them to make informed decisions
  • Produce well written documents specifically designed to influence practice and policy at federal, state, and local levels
  • Manage program teams effectively according to timeline and budget
  • Handle complex and sensitive assignments



  • Master’s degree preferably in a related field
  • 5 – 7 years of experience in related fields
  • Demonstrated evidence of success in working directly with senior-level executives and decision-makers; and managing disparate priorities among several constituencies
  • Experience with budget planning, implementation and management
  • Demonstrated experience in working with employers, industry associations, and/or regional and state workforce systems on talent development strategies, such as career pathways and sector strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in workforce, business and/or economic development strategies
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to synthesize and communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to provide in-person and virtual technical assistance to the field
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong client relations
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25%



Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.



Jobs for the Future is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce: diverse candidates, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.








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Jobs for the Future is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce: diverse candidates, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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