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POSITION TITLE: Program Manager
REPORTS TO: Director of Programs


Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship through programs taught by trained volunteers in schools, after-school sites and corporate or community partners throughout the world.

Junior Achievement of Northern New England is strategically focused on making the biggest impact possible by partnering with school districts, cities and towns to serve students throughout their Kindergarten to 12th grade education. For the 2015-2016 school year, JANNE reached 23,802 youth through the efforts of 1,516 trained volunteers throughout Central and Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The Program Manager position is primarily responsible for stewarding partnerships with schools in our target communities, which include Boston, Lawrence, Lynn, Cambridge, Somerville, Lowell, Manchester, NH, and Worcester. This position will also focus on conducting targeted school outreach with the goal to drive awareness of and participation in JA Finance Park Virtual; a high-impact, financial literacy-focused program for middle and high school students. The position requires passion for helping students, an ability to be a self-starter, strong relationship building and an emphasis on project management and event planning skills and experience. The Program Manager has the opportunity to meet with key influencers in education, as well as volunteers from our corporate partners, which are some of the best known companies in the Greater Boston area. We are a small office of passionate individuals looking to make a difference in the lives of young people by providing them the life skills necessary to be successful adults and contributing members of society.


  • Directly impacts and directs Junior Achievement of Northern New England to achieve the organization’s strategic focus to deepen impact for our students.
  • Collaborates with Programs Team to facilitate whole-school/whole-community
    partnerships with schools and corporate/community partners.

    • Responsible for programming in target districts, to include in-class programming and engagement for capstone and locally-developed programs.
  • Conducts work to produce high quality experiences and outcomes for all partners both internally and externally through attention to detail, a high level of organization and communication, and strategic and thoughtful planning and implementation.
  • JA Finance Park Virtual (a teacher-led 13 week program for middle and high school students to help build a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal finance decisions.)
    • Through targeted school outreach, help grow this program year over year throughout the entire JANNE footprint.
  • Steward the JA mission and brand.
  • Knowledge of correlating data and evaluations to provide an effective story and demonstrate program impact to funders and constituents.
  • Train volunteers and partners to effectively deliver JA curriculum.
  • Possess an unwavering focus on providing excellent customer service to a wide range of stakeholders: educators, administrators, corporate employees and executives.
  • Works in collaboration with Development, Marketing, and Programs Teams to meet goals and fulfill funding obligations.
  • Coordinates and tracks event logistics, materials ordering and distribution, and other administrative tasks included in the role.
  • Conducts accurate and timely data entry of events, reports, and queries from BCRM.
  • Assures adherence to program implementation standards and works with Program Director to file all necessary program variances and other supporting paperwork.
  • Supports organization, as requested, at special events, Board meetings, and other meetings.

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent. Belief and passion for the Junior Achievement mission. Minimum three years’ experience in a project management and event planning role. Strong familiarity with our target communities with a desire to grow JA programs in these cities. Strong organizational/planning skills. Strategic, detail-oriented, and high caliber work ethic is a must. Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment. Polished presentation style and strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills. Ability to manage multiple priorities. Computer literacy. Desire to work hard and play hard in a collaborative environment.
Desired: Prior experience working within education with schools, educators, administration, and community organizations preferred. Experience in data entry and database management and social media savvy a plus. Bi-lingual a plus.
Travel required within the JANNE area. Must have a reliable vehicle.

Willingness to work outside of “9-5” including early mornings, evenings, and some weekends.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an "at-will" relationship.


Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring Program at JA of Northern New England!

About AmeriCorps:
AmeriCorps is a national community service program that gives people an opportunity to apply their skills and ideals towards helping others and meeting critical needs in the community. The Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring is an AmeriCorps Program where members serve in mentoring programs across Massachusetts.

Organizational Description:
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is fueling the movement to expand quality mentoring for youth to meet the needs of communities across Massachusetts. MMP serves more than 200 mentoring programs statewide supporting 30,000 youth in mentoring relationships. We provide services including training and technical assistance; networking and professional development; mentor recruitment campaigns; advocacy; resource development & recognition; and mentor-mentee match activities.

Position Summary with JA of Northern New England:
The AmeriCorps Ambassador will assist JA Program Managers in recruiting volunteers and placing them in classrooms to teach our vital curriculum, which focuses on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workforce readiness. The Ambassador will also be tasked with ensuring that the “Volunteer Life Cycle” – a cycle of recruitment, training, recognizing, and retaining volunteers – is established at JA. In addition, the Ambassador will conduct Volunteer Trainings on a bi-monthly or as needed basis, both virtually and in-person. Such a project will be meaningful and challenging for the Ambassador as they will help JA set a process that continues after the Ambassador’s term of service is complete, leaving a legacy at JA. The Ambassador will be communicating and forming relationships with global organizations and individuals from the communities we serve allowing for networking and relationship-building for the Ambassador, in addition to the relationship and capacity-building they are doing on behalf of JA.

General Program Qualifications

  • BA/BS strongly preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience with and/or commitment to youth development
  • A passion for volunteerism and community service
  • The desire to work with diverse people, organizations and communities
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Some experience with marketing – material design, blogging and social media preferred
  • Public speaking
  • Interest in nonprofit organizations and their development
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proven leadership and project management abilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and a good sense of humor
  • Positive attitude

Position Benefits:

  • A $5,775 educational award upon completion of service
  • $1,250 pre-taxed stipend per month
  • Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership
  • Additional transportation reimbursement for qualifying members
  • 250+ hours of professional training and networking opportunities in the mentoring field and the non-profit sector
  • Free health care coverage
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Loan deferment and interest accrual payment for qualifying loans upon completion of service
  • A nation-wide Alumni network
  • A built-in network of AmeriCorps members and colleagues - with the potential to make lifelong friends!

AmeriCorps Service Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member.
  • Complete a minimum of 1,700 hours of documented service to complete host site project
  • Complete at least 2 collaborative community service projects to benefit the field of mentoring
  • Commute to all corps-wide trainings and events to cultivate future non-profit leaders. (Reimbursements available for qualifying members)
    • Responsibilities include attending pre-orientation session, orientation, monthly corps meetings, a mid-year retreat and two week-long community service planning sessions – Meetings located in Greater Boston
  • Complete all professional development requirements as part of member contract

To Apply:

Please visit the Highland Street AmeriCorps Ambassadors of Mentoring webpage at to view our current open positions and apply directly to the JA of Northern New England position. You can reach out to Thomas McGee at or Deirdre O’Connor Mitchell at with specific questions.

We are interested in recruiting AmeriCorps members who call Massachusetts home. MMP is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from persons with a disability, males, and minority candidates. Note: Positions are contingent upon continued CNCS grant funding.