Program Manager, Guaranteed Income

Economic Security Project

About Economic Security Project

We live in a time of historic economic uncertainty. The dramatic increase in unreliable work and the concentration of wealth in too few hands threatens to undermine the foundation of a modern social contract: the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can get ahead in America. Low and middle-income Americans are struggling to pay heating bills and make rent, and many in the middle class live on the financial brink as skyrocketing housing, childcare, and medical costs overwhelm stagnating incomes. Nearly 40 percent of Americans do not have enough savings on hand to cover a $400 emergency.

The Economic Security Project challenges this status quo by catalyzing ideas that build economic power for all Americans. As an ideas advocacy organization, we run campaigns, disburse grants, identify gaps in the field, develop communications research to inform the movements, and coordinate events and convenings to encourage investment and action from others. We aim to support the emerging leaders in the economic justice field and ensure they have the networks, know-how, and resources to succeed.

We’ve identified two fights we think we can win: (1) a guaranteed income that would provide an income floor for all Americans and (2) anti-monopoly action to rein in the unprecedented concentration of corporate power. We pick our fights based on our analysis of where our team can add value, where there are gaps in the existing ecosystem, and where a little push could turn an idea from a trend into a substantive intervention that improves people’s lives.

About the role

The Economic Security Project is seeking a Program Manager for our Guaranteed Income Portfolio. This individual will support the Director of Guaranteed Income on both the Guaranteed Income Portfolio and with the Guaranteed Income Community of Practice (GICP). The goal of our work is to pass a guaranteed income in the United States. The Project Manager supports this goal by coordinating stakeholder engagement, drafting best practices and guidance materials, and supporting strategy development. Tasks may include developing agendas, scheduling speakers and providing talking points, coordinating monthly meetings, and drafting public facing documents, including policy briefs and reports.

A successful Program Manager will be self-driven, highly organized and efficient, possess excellent communication skills, and have sound judgment and prioritization. This person comes with ideas, handles challenges and ambiguity with grace and thrives in a fast-paced work environment that prizes creative thinking, low ego, and an all-hands-on-deck approach. An effective Program Manager is highly organized and detailed, and committed to supporting a fast-paced project with many stakeholders.


Job Responsibilities

Program Management (50%)

Develop the scope and sequence for Guaranteed Income Community of Practice meetings, making adjustments as necessary to accommodate shifting priorities;
Create meeting agendas, identify, schedule, and prepare speakers, provide talking points and/or driving questions for meetings, prepare and send pre-reading materials, and facilitate meetings;
Research existing politics and programs, develop best practices and guidance on guaranteed income;
Draft public facing documents, including fact sheets and issue and policy briefs to both support and expand thinking around guaranteed income; and
Engage in and support strategic thinking of the direction of the Guaranteed Income portfolio.


Stakeholder Management (30%)

Communicate regularly with Community of Practice members through surveys, updates, and individual conversations; compile requests and recommendations to ensure GICP is responsive to community needs;
Perform landscape analyses, monitor and report to Director on new entrants in the guaranteed income space and identify potential partners to broaden and diversity coalition of groups and champions engaged with guaranteed income;
In collaboration with Director, develop and run campaigns and projects to expand and diversify the guaranteed income community; and
Support and maintain grantee relationships.


Administrative Support (20%)

Provide administrative support as needed, which may include scheduling Guaranteed Income Portfolio calls and meetings, note taking for team meetings, and assisting Director with operationalizing strategy; and
Assist with coordination between Guaranteed Income Portfolio and Operations Team, including grants tracking; and
Support fundraising efforts of Director.


Job requirements
A genuine belief in the Economic Security Project’s mission and a strong understanding of racial, gender and economic justice
Experience in movement building and growing power for diverse communities
A Bachelor’s degree and 6 or more years of professional experience or 8+ years of professional experience in program management and/or organizing
Ability to prioritize tasks and work effectively in a fast-paced virtual environment, and to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans to achieve outcomes
Ability to work on deadline, adapt to changing situations and priorities, handle confidential information, and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Experience with issue based campaigns, electoral campaigns, and/or community campaigns a plus if not a must
Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills and an ability to build relationships, experience engaging diverse stakeholders and experience or interest in public speaking
Strong project management skills and an excellent ability to manage up and laterally
Quick learner and ability to take initiative and problem-solve
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as their Google counterparts (Docs, Sheets, Slides), familiarity with Zoom

The Economic Security Project is a virtual office with staff in New York, California, Texas, Georgia, Washington, DC., North Carolina, and Wisconsin. This is currently a virtual position; when appropriate again according to health and safety protocols, this position will involve occasional travel to meetings or team retreats. The Program Manager will report to the Director of Guaranteed Income. The initial salary range is $85-105K with benefits. This position is full time and considered exempt from FLSA overtime rules.