Strategic Programming Manager

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA Remote This position will be a combination of remote and in-person work.


US$40-45k (annually)

Program Design/Program Management

Full time

Nov 23

This position works closely with the President & CEO and in collaboration with the Director of Youth Programming. The Strategic Programming Manager is an emerging leader who will advance the mission and vision of the Council through effective forward-thinking programming, creative storytelling, and compelling engagement opportunities for new and existing partners across sectors and issue areas. 

This position is full time (40 hours per week, in-person, and telecommuting).

Areas of Responsibility 

The position requires a confident, responsible manager who enjoys designing and delivering creative programming, amplifying stories to foster community care about our world, and rallying partners to build a more globally minded and globally connected world.

The key objectives of this position are to:

  • Manage a small team to:

-design and implement high-quality in-person and virtual programming

-create innovative communications and fundraising campaigns

-convey a cohesive and compelling message to our audiences

  • Increase representation and participation of people of diverse lived experiences
  • Support the growth of corporate sponsorships and community partnerships


  • Organize public facing events to support global learning and community engagement goals across generations, including signature by-youth for-youth convenings
  • Develop and nurture relationships with new and existing partners
  • Collect and analyze data from programs and activities
  • Manage two full time staff and select part time interns
  • Highlight areas of success, proactively identify areas for improvement and/or concern
  • Communicate regularly with the President & CEO to share progress reports and strengthen cohesion between programming, communications, and fundraising goals
  • Accept new challenges and responsibilities to advance the Council’s mission as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Track record creating and implementing programming for 3-5 years preferred, including setting priorities, leading teams, and ensuring quality outcomes for multiple activities
  • Experience in community engagement and developing partnerships across sectors
  • Strong communicator, enjoys building relationships
  • Represent the Council at meetings and events including on evenings and weekends
  • Experience with social media; MS Office, Google Workspace, and other platforms to support communication, data tracking, and manage outcomes

Other Specifications

  • A laptop or personal computer, reliable access to WiFi, and phone are required
  • Valid driver’s license and/or ability to commute to work-related events across the Pittsburgh region is required

Character Profile

  • Enjoys working on multiple projects at once
  • Thrives in a fast-paced hybrid environment, appetite for continuous learning
  • Self-starter, can-do attitude, compassionate, inclusive, and thoughtful attention to detail
  • Globally-minded, actively working to be antiracist, authentically connects with people
  • Genuine interest in world affairs such as immigration, human rights, climate action
  • People from diverse lived experiences, cultures, and identities are encouraged to apply


  • INCLUSION We celebrate and embrace diverse lived experiences. We invest in relationships, elevate youth voice, and value all perspectives because we know a collaborative approach to our work is necessary to embody antiracism and pursue equity.
  • INQUIRY We lead with curiosity. We ask questions and prioritize reflection as we strive for continuous improvement. We allow ourselves and those around us to be vulnerable in the pursuit of learning and growth.
  • INITIATIVE We take action to solve problems. We meet challenges with a “can do” attitude, push ourselves to reimagine what could be, and take smart risks to find new opportunities and ways to be of service to others.
  • INTEGRITY We build on a foundation of trust and reliability to consistently deliver quality. We take the time to prepare, hold ourselves and those around us accountable, and take a mindset of alignment and shared purpose into everything we do.

Compensation & Benefits 

  • Salary is in the $40,000 to $45,000 range, based on experience
  • Competitive insurance package
  • Generous paid time off, including Federal Holidays and personal days
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Flexible teleworking 

To apply please email with “Strategic Programming Manager” in the subject line and include the following documents: 

  • Resume 
  • Cover letter with salary requirements and available start date

Candidates are actively being considered on a weekly basis. If interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a culture of inclusion that celebrates and recognizes the strength in our diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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