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Athena is Seeking a Program Manager

Updated: Jul 27, 2021

Join Team Athena!

Position Description | The Program Manager will bring 3-5 years experience in program management and event planning; and reports to the CEO. This role requires strong proficiency in the design and execution of leadership development and educational programming in a nonprofit setting. The successful candidate will be a collaborative partner with proven leadership skills who will manage the following areas: 40 annual leadership programs and events, 8 program committees, engagement with 50 corporate sponsor portfolio, brand ambassador before 700+ member community and custodian of member database. The successful candidate will join a small but high performing team with a penchant for excellence in execution and very client centric while enjoying an empowering culture code. Candidate will also have the opportunity to work with a highly engaged Board of Directors representing 20 local and global science and technology companies.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • P&L responsibility for all annual events with oversight from CEO ensuring program execution within budget while fulfilling event sponsor contracts and expectations

  • Provide program execution oversight, management, guidance and day-to-day execution support

  • Coordinate the planning, production and promotion of 40 annual events

  • Liaise with 8 program committees and drive monthly meeting cadence

  • Assist in determining the direction of all events and program objectives and driving program content strategy. Strive to have annual events planned and confirmed 6 months in advance.

  • Evaluate the success of each program and regularly communicate results to staff and appropriate program committees.

  • Consult on social media strategies with Digital Communications department in alignment with overall programs goals

  • Source, select, and negotiate venues, food, and beverage for all events

  • Develop annual calendar and vet event dates against other published community and professional calendars

  • Represent the organization with highest standards of professionalism in dealing with members, sponsors, community partners, and the public.

  • Show utmost trustworthiness, holding in strictest confidence information regarding the board, organization, membership, financials, etc.

  • Manage interns/volunteers as needed

  • Provide CEO support and administrative office support as needed

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred

  • 3-5 years of program management and event planning experience or equivalent leadership experience working in mission-driven organizations

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills

  • Good/advanced working knowledge of Zoom and other virtual meeting and event platforms

  • Excellent business administration skills, including the ability to manage many projects simultaneously and to set priorities

  • Experience as a self-starter working in a deadline-driven environment.

  • Commitment to women’s empowerment

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with people inside and outside the organization

  • Experience with CRM, video editing skills and website platforms a plus

  • Attention to measurable results

  • Strong work ethic and willingness to work occasional nights at industry events

  • Willingness to travel occasionally, as needed

Job Type: Full-time;

Salary: 55k-65k

Location: San Diego-based Remote (work from home + in-person events)

Competitive non-profit salary that includes health insurance and 401K retirement benefits package; flexible and inspiring work conditions driving social impact that is changing the face of the STEM economy and the next gen workforce.

About Athena | Athena is a women's empowerment organization that fast tracks women in STEM through leadership development. By transforming scientists and technologists into corporate

leaders, the goal is to widen the bridge and empower 1 million women in STEM, by 2030. Its

20+ year history of advancing women in a global STEM hub marks Athena as a premier

women’s empowerment advocate.

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