Program Manager

Co-Impact - NY Office

22 Jan 2022

Co-Impact - NY Office

Full Time


5 years

100000 - 100000 USD

08 Feb 2022

Location: New York | Salary: US $100,000 per annum

This is a full time, exempt position

Who We Are

Co-Impact is a global philanthropic collaborative that supports locally rooted coalitions in the Global South to transform underlying systems and achieve impact at scale, with a core focus on advancing intersectional gender equality and women’s leadership. We bring together funders from around the world to invest in initiatives that are working to improve education, health, and economic opportunity for millions of women, men, and children, addressing underlying conditions that perpetuate social inequities so that systems better serve everyone. Building on our experience to date, as well as that of civil society, government, market actors, and philanthropic partners, we are now developing a second fund focused on advancing gender-equitable systems change at scale and women’s leadership globally. For more information, please visit and take a look at our revised Handbook.

Co-Impact currently operates as a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund (NVF). Over 2022, we will likely spin-out from NVF and build an independent institution.

Where You Fit

As Program Manager you will support and report to the Vice President (VP), Programs, who leads the program strategy and team at Co-Impact. You will work closely with the VP to support strategy development, program coordination and external engagement, working closely with the Associate Director (AD), Programs and other colleagues on the program team. Your responsibilities will include a mix of supporting the VP’s strategic, programmatic and leadership responsibilities, project management, and administrative support.

You will need to demonstrate excellent analytical and organizational ability, strategic instincts, robust problem-solving skills, excellent interpersonal and communication, a high level of personal initiative, and a kind, collaborative and supportive approach, including the ability to work well in a distributed, diverse, deep-thinking, and fast-paced environment. This role will provide a valuable opportunity to gain insight and experience on values based systems change and grantmaking, to learn, stretch and grow, and a pathway to take on added responsibilities over time.

You bring a commitment to feminist values, gender equality, inclusion, and justice, to enduring systems change at scale, an abiding curiosity and humility, and a desire to learn. You are motivated by supporting our program partners and team to thrive and to get things done well and on time.

The Role

As part of the Co-Impact team, your core responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Directly support/work with the VP in managing programmatic and leadership responsibilities through program design, project management, research, team coordination.
  • Prepare write-ups, reports and other communication materials of our work, and share these internally and externally.  
  • Support the VP with external engagements, including building partnerships and coordinating efforts across diverse ecosystem actors.
  • Conduct research and landscape analyses to identify trends, gaps, and opportunities in the field and stay informed on relevant updates that can affect Co-Impact’s investment approach and strategy globally.
  • Provide administrative support to the VP including but not limited to: drafting communications, preparing briefs on internal and external workstreams, and time and priority management.
  • Support the VP and AD Programs to liaise with program and broader Co-Impact colleagues to coordinate work across the regions.
  • Support the development and implementation of Co-Impact’s grants management system (GMS) and client relationship management system (CRM)
  • Help conceive, project manage and support events, convenings, and gatherings that enable partners and peers in the field to learn together.
  • Support the VP and the broader program team as needed, as well as participating in special projects as they arise.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience working on global development, human rights, advancing gender equality, grantmaking and/or NGO management
  • Significant experience working directly with executive and senior-level staff
  • Track record of taking initiative and gaining increasing responsibility
  • First university degree (bachelor’s degree) or equivalent experience
  • Fluency in English required, knowledge of other languages a plus
  • Experience in grantmaking, lived experience in the Global South, and linkages to feminist/women’s rights networks preferred

Required Skills

  • Strategic Acumen: Ability to spot high-potential opportunities and facilitate the design of strategic approaches backed by evidence informed analysis.
  • Process Management and Results Orientation: Strong project management skills, evidence of working with structured project management systems and procedures, deadline management, sense of responsibility and accountability, the ability to manage multiple responsibilities, adjust and adapt along the way; Ability to engage in planning processes, budgeting, and priority-setting.
  • Sound analysis and judgment: Ability to listen well, integrating gender analysis, evidence, and strong logical analysis, while seeing perspectives from different sides, resulting in strong recommendations and judgements based on values and principles balancing data, experience, and risk.
  • Communications: Exceptional ability to write and communicate ideas concisely and with clarity. Excellent oral communication skills, including the ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment.
  • Working with People: Experience contributing to and managing collaborative teams to work productively, effectively, and inclusively towards shared goals.
  • Supporting colleagues and senior leaders: History of thriving in a role where your success is highly dependent on your team’s success, where your first responsibility is to provide outstanding leverage and support to your colleagues, including successfully and smoothly “managing upwards” by helping to guide and set up things for your manager to be efficient and effective.
  • Managing Action with Purpose and Values: Ability to work with colleagues and get things done in accordance with core purpose and values.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Great at making and fostering relationships inside and outside the organization, keen intercultural appreciation, inclusive style, comfortable around senior leaders, can represent Co-Impact well.
  • Financial understanding: Basic familiarity with the core elements of an organization’s financial model, financial statements, strategic financial analysis/ projections, and budgeting strongly preferred
  • Learning Orientation: Humble and intellectually curious; seek and work with evidence, demonstrated openness to new ideas and a diversity of perspectives; unafraid to admit and learn from failure.
  • Strong Moral Compass: Impeccable personal ethics and integrity, kind and caring.
  • Proficiency with core business tools: Strong proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Global Flexibility: Given the global nature of our organization working across time zones, a willingness to be flexible with working hours, work remotely and periodically undertake international travel (as COVID permits).
  • Perspective: Sense of humor and ability not to take oneself too seriously.


This position is full-time. The annual salary will be $100,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer match on 401k contributions (plus an additional 3% employer contribution), pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off. In the U.S., the position is exempt for overtime purposes.

Application Details

We encourage you to apply early. We will begin reviewing applications starting on 14 January 2022, and the position will be closed once we have established a robust shortlist. Please apply online by submitting a resume together with a one-page cover letter and two samples of your writing (where you are the sole or main author). In your cover letter, please confirm that you are authorized to live and work in the United States.

Because we are a small team, we regret that we can only respond to applicants selected for an interview. We also regret that we are unable to participate in informational calls prior to interviews. Thank you for your understanding.

COVID-19 Policy

To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date.  This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at

New Venture Fund Careers

Co-Impact is a project of the New Venture Fund, a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Co-Impact team members hired in the U.S. are employed directly by NVF. Hiring arrangements are subject to change, as Co-Impact spins out to become a separate entity in 2022.