Senior Program Manager

Website Global Center for Gender Equality

Global Center for Gender Equality

Position Title: Senior Program Manager

Location: Fully Remote, Must be US Based

Reports to: COO

Hours per week (average): 40 hours/week


Position Summary

The Senior Program Manager (SPM) will provide strategic guidance and hands-on support to a portfolio of projects that help build gender considerations and gender equality outcomes into their programming. The SPM will provide critical operational leadership, strategic guidance, and programmatic contributions across the Center’s program operations. While this is a cross-cutting role, the SPM will have an initial priority focus on the gender integration projects. As an integral member of the Gender Integration team, the SPM will support the execution and management of the integration work internally, work closely with senior leaders of the program team, as well as interface externally with partner staff to facilitate seamless and efficient communication across teams and ensure partner requests are met.

Responsibilities and Tasks

The Senior Program Manager is a diverse role that requires a demonstrated skillset in strategic planning and management for the design and implementation of gender programs and excellent relationship building skills. Core responsibilities of this role include:

Project Management:

  • Perform the full range of project management cycle for dedicated portfolio of projects: initiating, planning, executing, and monitoring progress of tasks, activities, milestones, and deliverables utilizing a complex online project management system.
  • Follow up with internal team members and external stakeholders on scheduled project tasks, milestones, and deliverables.
  • Facilitate internal program team meetings (e.g., setting agenda, working with Program Assistant to schedule, etc.).
  • Utilize internal program management tools to compile data and generate reports and metrics related to gender integration projects.
  • Support the process of identifying, reviewing, interviewing, and contracting new external consultants, including developing appropriate scopes of work and budgets.
  • Manage the approvals process of consultant invoices and track their submission to ensure payments are made in a timely manner.
    Review monthly budget spend down reports and ensure accuracy of expenses reported.
  • Develop monthly financial projections at the program level.
  • Develop and review monthly and quarterly program invoices for accuracy and clarity.
  • Manage and update online reporting and dashboards in Smartsheet to communicate and visualize project results.
  • Develop additional systems and processes to track project plans, milestones and results as needed.
  • Provide advice and guidance to the team to ensure efficient and effective functioning of the project team and use of resources to achieve project outcomes.
  • Contribute to the planning and writing of concept notes and/or proposals for new funding opportunities.
  • Contribute to the recruitment and onboarding of external consultants as needed.
  • Provide other support as needed to the Executive Director and Director, Gender Integration.

Knowledge Management: 

  • Support knowledge management initiatives to strengthen the design, tracking, delivery, and accessibility of communications and documents across the team.
  • Facilitate knowledge sharing across the team as new learnings emerge on effective strategies and outcomes of gender equality integration and research.

External Partnerships:

  • Build and maintain strong working partnerships and communication channels with all project partners and stakeholders.
  • Be the point of contact for project management, budget, and operational questions for funders, consultants, and project partners.
  • Attend key meetings with funders and partners, as well as conferences and events, as appropriate.

People Management: 

  • Promote a culture of performance and professional development that values learning, collaborative input, multiple ways of doing, and constructive two-way feedback, grounded in values of intersectional feminism.
  • Potential opportunity to directly supervise and support colleagues.


  • Potential domestic and international travel (5-10%). Travel includes key meetings, potential site visits, and staff retreats. There is no firm expectation to travel.

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

  • Multi-stakeholder management, including experience working with multiple donors and/or with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • 6-10 years of proven success in program management, including the ability to manage more than one project simultaneously.
  • Proven track record of successfully creating workplans, managing large budgets, and tracking program expenditures.
  • Creative problem solver with rigorous approach and aptitude for managing details in a fast-paced environment.
  • Adaptability to manage programs in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to adjust approach in order to meet the needs of a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and planning skills. Ability to multitask and manage deadlines.
  • Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability to work amidst ambiguity and thrive in a start-up mode, with initiative and comfort to work with little oversight.
  • Ability to learn other software tools readily and implement them successfully. Org tech stack includes: Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, SmartSheet, SharePoint, among others.

Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability

  • Understanding of the gender equality landscape, both in terms of funders and implementers.
  • Understanding of gender integration strategies and key concepts preferred, to quickly and effectively triage new requests.
  • At least 10 years’ experience working in international development preferred.
  • Previous people management experience valued.


$130,000 – $150,000 


Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for both employees and dependents; a 3% automatic contribution and a 3% employer match on 401k contributions; pre-tax transportation benefits; floating paid holidays; 25 vacation days; 80 hours sick time; 10 volunteer hours; and 10 personal days. There’s a cell phone stipend of $75/month, along with a $200 for an upgrade every 2 years, as well as a $75/month fitness benefit.

GCfGE is also piloting a four-day work week beginning in January 2023.

We are a values-based, people first organization and recognize that even the best laid plans will have bends in the road. We are committed to continuous growth while understanding that flexibility, adaptation, and grace are a requirement of healthy evolution.


The Global Center for Gender Equality recently spun out of Stanford University, with the desire and intent to create a feminist organization by design. We believe the current systems that underpin modern society were designed to be intentionally exclusive, built for the purpose of keeping power in the hands of a few. To thrive, the world (humanity) is in dire need of redesigned systems that redistribute power in inclusive and equitable ways.

This is our reason for being. 

Our Vision: A world where oppressive systems have been replaced by just ones and gender equality is seen, valued and experienced as a basic human right, every day for all.

Our Mission: Disrupt systems that sustain social injustice, translate knowledge into practice, and inspire changemakers in service of advancing gender justice.

Center Values:  

Work in Relationship: The future we envision cannot be realized by working in isolation.
Value Wholeness: Bridging disciplines, working across silos and collaborating across systems enables us to address the needs of the whole human rather than isolated issues.
Foster Inclusion: We value, engage, listen to and learn from all voices— particularly those that have been historically excluded from exercising power—and proactively dismantle hierarchies and break down barriers to participation, expression and agency.
Stretch beyond comfort: Our commitment to transform oppressive systems calls us to see what we haven’t yet seen, listen for what we don’t know and do better as we learn.
Be Transparent: In service of fostering trust and accountability in all our relationships, we are open about our processes, decision-making, practices and share our challenges, learning and growth edges.
How we Show Up:

Curious: Excited by what we don’t yet know and inspired by the possibilities that surface when diverse voices, ideas and perspectives are elevated and come together, we approach the future we want to co-create by asking “What if?” and “Why not?” Brave: We are unapologetic feminists and commit to showing up, speaking hard truths, sharing and ceding power. We have the grit to persevere when things get tough and will adapt when needed but we won’t compromise our principles.
Humble: Since we are working in emergent spaces, we know that new solutions will not always be clear and may not always be ours to find.
Trustworthy: We pledge to be true to our commitments, be honest, empathetic and inclusive in our relationships, and hold ourselves accountable to a diverse array of stakeholders for our actions and behaviors.
Self Assured: We are clear about the world we are working towards and hold an open mind about the roles we can play, always asking, “how can we use our power wisely in service of what is needed?”


The Global Center for Gender Equality is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that seek to design feminist, just and inclusive systems, translate knowledge into action, and support changemakers to meaningfully advance gender justice. We understand that change begins with us and so are dedicated to building a workplace that is as feminist, just, and inclusive as the world we envision. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve, and we support this diversity through all our employment practices.

While we work to bring this vision to life, we are unfortunately still at the behest of existing systems. Below you will find a set of voluntary self-identification questions and responses that, while able to offer us some level of accountability to ourselves, is not perfect nor is it comprehensive of the rich diversity we know to exist. We are currently unable to edit these fields in this system but are working to gain this access and influence the change we know it requires.


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, for both the interview and position, may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at [email protected].

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