Program Manager, Education, BRAC USA

New York, NY OR Washington, DC Full-time


BRAC is a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. These include initiatives in education, healthcare, microfinance, women and girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, and more. Headquartered in Bangladesh and working across 11 countries in South Asia and Africa, BRAC touches the lives of more than 100 million people worldwide.

Based in New York, BRAC USA is the North American affiliate of BRAC. BRAC USA provides comprehensive support to BRAC around the world by raising awareness about its work and mobilizing resources to support programs. BRAC USA works closely with international counterparts to design and implement cost-effective and evidence-based poverty innovations. It is an independent 501(c)(3) organization.


About the Position

The Program Manager, Education, will support the execution and management of the education portfolio at BRAC USA. As a member of BRAC USA’s Learning, Empowerment and Adolescent Development (LEAD) team, the Program Manager will identify and cultivate new prospects for BRAC’s education programs, develop winning proposals to expand the education portfolio, provide effective management of current grants and key donor relationships, and represent BRAC’s work in education. The Program Manager will play a leadership role in developing BRAC USA’s capacity and approach to US government (USG) fundraising, with particular emphasis on USAID, the Department of State, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Labor, as relevant. The Program Manager will report to and work closely with the Director, Education, as well as the Chief Program Officer, other members of the LEAD team, and the Programs, Finance and Communications teams. The Program Manager will also work closely with key counterparts in the broader BRAC family, including the Program Development, Resource Mobilization and Learning team, BRAC Education Programme, BRAC University, BRAC International and BRAC country teams.

Resource Mobilization and Partnership Development

  • Cultivate and manage key donor and partner relationships and develop new proposals for the education and youth portfolios.
  • Lead new USG business development opportunities, from capture through proposal development. 
  • Work with BRAC’s country teams to identify and address fundraising priorities and gaps.
  • Support the design of new programs, link these to the funding pipeline and track USG business forecast for education and youth development opportunities.
  • Provide technical leadership for large-scale new USG business opportunities, including technical inputs for capture analysis and project design.
  • Help define approach to teaming/partnering with other organizations on major USG funding opportunities.
  • Identify and build relationships with peer organizations and strategic partners in North America and countries in which BRAC operates.
  • Represent BRAC at relevant meetings, conferences, and events that relate to Education.


Grant Management

  • Implement and execute strategic and program services, communications and outreach, and grant making strategies for education programs.
  • Conduct due diligence on new partners, grants and investments; monitor and track program implementation; prepare program reports and deliverables; and maintain internal systems.
  • Ensure sound financial and grant management by coordinating with relevant BRAC entities for accurate and timely reporting to donors and prospects.
  • Conduct monitoring and program design visits on an as needed basis.


Communications and Advocacy

  • Build awareness of BRAC by representing the education and youth portfolios through speaking engagements at conferences, events, and external meetings with diverse stakeholders.
  • Keep project records and capacity statements up-to-date and work with Communications staff to build awareness of portfolio programs.
  • Develop communications and advocacy plans for key program areas in coordination with the LEAD and Communications teams.
  • Possess and communicate a strong understanding of BRAC’s programs worldwide.



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required + at least six years’ relevant experience or Master’s Degree/equivalent + at least four years’ relevant experience.
  • At least four years’ experience in international education; experience managing complex grants and working with multi-cultural teams preferred.
  • Significant experience in fundraising required; background in fundraising for a global development organization preferred.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong understanding of education program design and proposal development; proven track record in USAID reporting and grant management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one of the following areas: early grade reading, early childhood care and development, education in fragility, refugee education, and/or youth employability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to be a team player and to work independently and with initiative when needed.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact with a wide range of individuals.
  • Superior understanding of how to prioritize multiple deadlines and deliverables across a portfolio of projects and new business opportunities.
  • Ability to represent the organization to external audiences with confidence; strong command of public speaking.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Proven track record in mobilizing resources from USG, institutional donors and/or investors.
  • Ability to perform under pressure and prioritize with multiple competing demands.
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Highly organized, strategic thinker with a strong attention to detail.
  • Willing and able to travel internationally with frequency (30%).
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, high-performing environment.
  • A positive attitude, strong work ethic, and sense of humor.


How to Apply

Based in either New York, NY or Washington, DC this is an outstanding opportunity to support a highly effective and growing nonprofit.

To apply, please upload your resume, cover letter, and references by November 29, 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with preference given to early applicants.

No calls, emails, visits, or recruiters associated with this position, please.

BRAC USA offers a competitive benefits package including base salary, medical/dental/vision insurance, FSA, life insurance, 401k, annual professional development stipend, and generous paid time off. Note that some benefits are subject to a waiting period and more information can be provided to shortlisted applicants, upon request.

BRAC USA is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.