Job Opening: Program Manager – Atlanta, GA

Job Summary

The Program Manager performs a significant role with the Institute for Capacity Building team, managing multiple programs and various stakeholders at assigned institutions. The Program Manager will have the principal responsibility for ensuring that his/her institutions are effectively meeting the goals and objectives of applicable programs. This person is responsible for building strong relationships with faculty, staff, and executive-level members of the institution. S/he’s role is to foster a community of practice experience for institutional cohort and navigating the cohort through program activities.

In addition to managing programs, the Program Manager will help the institutions manage long-term programmatic goals for realistic projections. S/he will also work with the institutions accounting department to assist with developing and maintaining programmatic budgets. The S/he will also be able to develop strategies and tactics that would assist their institutions with successful outcomes.

The successful candidate will lead a pre-set of institutions in multiple donor-funded grant programs. The position requires a highly motivated self-starter. S/he can work autonomously and have the capacity to collaborate when necessary. The Program Manager should be detail-oriented, communicate effectively, and have a strong understanding of program management.

Successful candidates will join the Institute for Capacity Building team which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to specific roles and responsibilities, ICB team members have proven to be successful when they:

  • Are driven to serve people and institutions that are often undervalued and overlooked
  • Embrace collaboration as a critical value to ensure effective teamwork and adoption of best practices
  • Seek out opportunities to innovate and improve upon conventional practices and procedures
  • Take personal responsibility for executing key projects and developing relationships
  • Operate with a sense of mission and purpose

Responsibilities and Duties

The Program Manager reports to the Senior Program Manager. S/he will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Organizing programs and activities per the guidelines of the grant program
  • Creating and managing long term goals
  • Ensuring the assigned institutions meet the programmatic goals and objectives
  • Implementing and managing changes and interventions to the fidelity of the grant
  • Engaging institutions utilizing the Institutional Engagement Strategy (IES)
  • Gathering feedback, presenting insights, and providing recommendations for an institutional approach
  • Oversees the preparation and management of the annual budget, program budgets, programmatic reporting requirements, and other necessary financial documents.
  • Identifying opportunities for continual improvement
  • Liaising with various vendors to understand tools for institutional success
  • Travel to off-site meetings and participating campuses to provide point-person assistance and make occasional presentations as needed.
  • Develop detailed knowledge to respond to written inquiries and represent ICB with universities, partnering organizations, and national agencies.
  • Prepare and distribute products such as e-newsletters, meeting summaries, and learning briefs.
  • Works collaboratively with the UNCF Institute for Capacity Building team to cultivate relationships and achieve programmatic goals
  • Other duties or responsibilities as necessary


  • Minimum of two years’ experience in higher education, non-profit, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of project management, business administration, consulting or related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree or commensurate experience recommended
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and facilitate meetings and ability to work effectively and professionally with high-level university and other community leaders
  • High level of organization, with the ability to carry out administrative, financial and project activities with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent analytic, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the institutional faculty, administrative and executive offices, and the broader business community
  • Comfort with concurrently managing multiple ongoing projects in different phases
  • Thrives with detail and deadlines
  • Commitment to education

Additionally, the individual must be a self-starter, who is able to problem-solve and take on a wide range of tasks to deliver results; collegial and professional manner; excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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About UNCF

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, has been an engine of minority educational achievement for more than 70 years. UNCF’s mission is to build a robust and nationally recognized pipeline of black students who, because of UNCF support, become highly qualified college graduates. In addition, UNCF ensures that its member institutions remain respected models of best practices in moving students to and through college. Since its inception in 1944, UNCF has raised over $4.5 billion in private support, distributed more scholarships to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the federal government, and enabled more than 425,000 minority and low-income students to graduate from UNCF’s member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and launch professional careers. UNCF is committed to closing the educational attainment gap between African Americans and other populations by increasing postsecondary access and success for students from underrepresented groups, particularly low-income and first-generation students.

About ICB

Launched in 2006, UNCF’s Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) provides targeted capacity-building resources to help HBCUs improve their resilience. We define resilience as the institution’s ability to improve its operation today and future-proof them for tomorrow. ICB’s engagement equips UNCF member institutions, and other HBCUs and PBIs, to provide high-quality educational experiences to their students and the broader Black community. ICB’s work focuses on three areas critical to HBCU success: institutional effectiveness, academic competitiveness, and financial viability. Beyond our strategic advisory and project management support, ICB serves as an innovation hub for Black colleges, connecting institutions to funders, best practices, resources, and subject matter experts both within and outside of UNCF.