Program Manager - Student Basic Needs
Description

 

Organization Overview: 

Michelson 20MM Foundation, founded in 2010, is an affiliated organization of Michelson Philanthropies. We believe that equitable educational and economic opportunities are essential to activating humanity’s full potential. For more than a decade, our foundation has served 20 million minds—the approximate number of post-secondary students in the United States—by advancing open educational resources, smart justice, digital equity, and intellectual property education.


Since our founding, our work has grown to include investing in tech entrepreneurs, changemakers, and policy with the goal of catalyzing scalable innovations in the knowledge economy and accelerating progress toward a more just world.  The foundation continues to expand into other verticals, challenging social inequalities and injustices in fields beyond education. 


Position Summary

The Student Basic Needs Program Manager will report to the Director of Programs and will be responsible for managing and supporting the foundation’s long-term commitment to addressing student basic needs. The role will require strong research capabilities, strategic planning skills, and cross-sector coordination with a range of stakeholders to grow the foundation’s student basic needs network. The Program Manager is also responsible for developing annual SMART goals and providing recommendations for the advancement of programmatic goals.  


Current priority areas that will require programmatic development and expansion support include: Pregnant and parenting students, emergency student aid, and student homelessness and housing insecurity (with a focus on California Community College students). 


Overview of Role: 

A recent survey of two and four-year institutions spanning five years found that 43% of college students faced food insecurity, 48% of students faced housing insecurity and 16% of students faced homelessness. As students persist in college, the basic needs crisis becomes more severe; 1/2 of students with one or more years of college are food insecure, and 2/3  are housing insecure. The pandemic has significantly worsened the student basic needs crisis with over 70% of students reporting losing some or all of their income due to COVID-19 and 24% dropping courses during the spring 2021 college term. While aid programs exist, they are not robust enough nor are they easily accessible; 57% of students at risk of food insecurity and eligible for SNAP did not collect those benefits, and only approximately 22% of food insecure students receive SNAP benefits. 80% of California State University students who were eligible for CalFresh did not receive benefits and only 8% of students who experience homelessness receive housing assistance. ??For these reasons, we launched the Michelson 20MM Student Basic Needs (SBN) Initiative, which seeks to: 

Advance innovative technological solutions to ensure student aid is delivered quickly and without bias, drive systems change at scale, raise awareness of the severity of the crisis and educate stakeholders on critical long-term solutions, such as a permanent funding source for student basic needs. Our goal is to ensure students can stay in college and graduate because education is the pathway to economic prosperity.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication, project management, analytical skills, and leadership capabilities and is a team player. The successful candidate will also possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and is able to work well with multiple constituencies and audiences, including academics, policymakers, researchers, advocates, educators, the public at large, and a range of media outlets. Knowledge of grant management and the nonprofit sector is preferred, a strong interest in the higher education sector and social impact work is required. 


You will:

The Student Basic Needs Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing the below. While these are core duties for the role, the Student Basic Needs Program Manager is not limited to performing what is captured here; we think growth and innovation are good. You should too!

Lead the Student Basic Needs Initiative, which includes providing technical, programmatic, and administrative support for ongoing Student Basic Needs activities. This includes: 

  • Leading the program strategy development and refinement;
  • Development of programmatic materials with the support of the Marketing & Communications Manager,
  • Develop milestone-based performance objectives;
  • Growing the foundation’s student basic needs network by building and managing relationships with key stakeholders
  • Support the management of current and future Student Basic Needs grantees. 
  • Communicate with public officials to educate and inform them on pertinent topics with which the Foundation is familiar; 
  • Educating the public on the impact of current laws and policies; 
  • Engage stakeholder organizations to help educate and inform others about public policy issues; 
  • Performing research on public policy issues related to the Foundation’s mission and preparing model legislation; 
  • Staying up to date and informed of developments and emerging trends in the student basic needs and postsecondary education sectors;
  • Undertaking additional projects and assignments as requested by Foundation leadership.

You’ve gotta have: 

Successful candidates for this role will have a mix of the below experience, education, and skills. We are flexible in considering your background but want to ensure that you have the tools to thrive! Please review and make sure that your skill set aligns with: 

  • A college degree in a related field (BA, BS) or equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience with administration, program management, and/or grants management and familiarity with items related to digital equity and current stakeholders
  • Understanding of how policy is shaped across systems, this includes state, federal, and local
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Strong project management skills and follow-through
  • Ability to take ownership of new projects and who works well with ambiguity
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
  • Sincere commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, advocates, partners, program participants, and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally upon being deemed feasible relating to COVID

You’ll receive: 

We know that the people that make up our team are our most important asset. So in addition to a competitive salary, exceptional colleagues, and the fulfillment of working with an organization making the world a better place; all full-time employees are eligible to participate in MP’s benefits program:

  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life & Long-term Disability
  • FSA
  • Pet Insurance
  • 401(k) + match
  • HealthiestYou telehealth benefit that provides staff with access to: 
    • Board-certified physicians 24/7/365. 
    • Access to dietitians, dermatologists, mental health providers (18+), back and neck care experts, and Expert Medical Services for more complex situations.
    • All of this is at no cost to you!
  • Paid Holidays and more! Professional development opportunities, team building, and sabbatical to name a few.

Michelson Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.


To learn more about the Michelson 20MM Foundation visit us at www.20MM.org


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