Program Director


Public Allies' mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are committed to advancing social justice and equity by developing and activating proximate-to-the-challenge leaders from marginalized communities. Since 1992, we have built a powerful network of 8,000 leaders in more than 25 communities across the country, who bridge race, ethnicity, socioeconomic levels, and cultures. We aim to ensure the future is designed by and for everyone.



Under the leadership and management of the Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for managing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of Public Allies Washington, DC’s programs including the 10-month AmeriCorps apprenticeship, community partner engagement, and alumni programs. 

In this capacity the Program Director supervises Program Managers, Ally Team Leaders and part-time staff in a manner that ensures meaningful and relevant experiences for program participants; sustains effective partnerships; and facilitates the professional development of Program Managers and other assigned staff. The Program Director plays a key role as a member of the senior management team and acts on behalf of the Executive Director in her absence.

The ideal candidate has an equity and justice orientation; a proven ability to get results in a fast-paced environment; the ability to balance strong relationships with timely administration; and can manage a heavy workload without dropping the ball. The ideal candidate is also an intrapreneur who enjoys problem-solving within a changing context, and building systems to engage internal and external stakeholders in long term solutions. This position is an opportunity to engage with a diverse, values-driven and national movement to develop leaders for social change. 




  • Supervise staff including conducting evaluations and annual reviews in partnership with Executive Director
  • Lead the program team in the implementation of seven key bodies of work: 1) Ally recruitment 2) Partnership development and engagement 3) Compliance management & monitoring 4) Ally training & development 5) Pathways implementation 6) Performance evaluation & improvement and 7) Alumni and community engagement.

Program Development & Implementation

  • Oversee the implementation of a competitive Ally recruitment and selection process that results in full enrollment of a talented group of diverse young leaders, representative of the communities Allies will serve Oversee the implementation of a competitive Partner Organization recruitment, selection, and engagement process that results in a competitive pool of service placements for Allies and a high quality program experience for partners.
  • Oversee the implementation of a training and learning program for Allies which includes integrating multiple curricular elements that prepare Allies to effectively deliver service, grow professionally and grow as leaders.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Director, Program Managers, and other appropriate stakeholders, develop Ally/Partner Organization recruitment and retention strategies. 
  • Oversee the development, implementation and systemization of robust Pathways, alumni and community engagement strategies.

Administration & AmeriCorps Grant Management

  • Work with the Executive Director and Public Allies National Office to invoice and secure service fees from Partner Organizations. Manage compliance by leading preparation for audits, compliance reviews and addressing compliance concerns as identified. Ensures the quality of site data by upholding accountability for data input and approval in organizational performance management systems. Regularly monitor performance data and utilize it to make program improvements. Prepare mid-year and end of year reports for the team and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Monitor Program Manager’s maintenance of Ally and Partner Organization files, and ensure their timely action related to administration of those files.


Communications & Special Projects

  • Manage updates of Public Allies Washington, DC’s website ( and coordinate the issuance of a monthly newsletter to hosting partners, and a quarterly newsletter to all stakeholders. 
  • Coordinate communications on social media and on other platforms to ensure programmatic advancement and stability (FB, TW, IG, etc…)
  • Create and support program innovations that improve quality, increase impact, decrease costs and encourage growth.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership position for a non-profit organization
  • Knowledge of and commitment to best practices in nonprofit management; the ability to assess and evaluate staff and programs to make needed changes
  • Goal-oriented, with a high regard for accountability to mission, impact outcomes, and performance measures
  • Must have a keen belief in the power of opportunity, and a commitment to identify and cultivate leadership from amongst groups and communities not traditionally seen as leaders
  • Experience meeting state or federal compliance requirements and producing grant reports preferred
  • Superior ability to monitor and adhere to regular deadlines
  • Ability to manage multiple and varied tasks related to supporting and guiding young adults in their careers from the educational, emotional and social development perspective
  • Passion for human development, a desire to set high expectations and to provide a high quality learning experience for Allies, partners, alumni and other key stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills including negotiation, problem-solving, decision-making, and delegation abilities
  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, forward thinker and planner
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Windows XP, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.
  • Model and exemplify the professional and leadership qualities that the Allies are being trained to achieve
  • Experience working or serving with Public Allies program is a plus


Commitment to and demonstrated capacity to act from Public Allies’ core values.

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: able to listen, learn and work across differences to build the common good; actively works to dismantle oppression in all areas of life and work
  • Focus on Assets: able to recognize and catalyze the strengths and natural leadership of everyone to build momentum for social change; actively seeks to ensure those closest to the impact of our work have a voice in shaping our work
  • Integrity: meets commitments and acts responsibly with public and personal trust
  • Collaboration: able to build consensus and empower individuals and groups to achieve common goals
  • Continuous Learning: relentlessly seeks new information and bold ways to apply that learning
  • Innovation: able to respond to demographic, political and social shifts by acting in creative ways that generate new solutions


The position is predominantly sedentary requiring the ability to sit, bend, stand and walk. It may require occasional stooping, reaching, stair-climbing and repetitive motions of the hands and wrist related to writing and typing at an electronic keyboard. It rarely requires kneeling, pushing/pulling and repetitive motions of the feet.

Physical demands of the position necessitate hearing, talking, handling and grasping regularly. Specific vision conditions include close vision reading. It requires the ability to operate a computer, telephone, fax, copy machine and adding machine or calculator.

The position is generally performed in an office environment. The noise level is generally low to quiet. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations, however, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform said essential functions. 

This is a full-time position with health, dental, vacation, and 401K benefits.  The salary range is $75,000 - $82,000.

Public Allies is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace.