Director of Programs

Job Description

Job Overview

The Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University brings together students, expert practitioners, and extended networks to work on projects that solve societal challenges using data, design, technology, and policy to lead to better and more equitable outcomes.

The Director of Programs for the Beeck Center is an integral role in the development of the center’s programs and projects. This position directs and oversees all programmatic work, including approximately 5-8 projects centered in public interest technology, as well as the staff, fellows, and students who lead our projects. Our programs and projects are meant to solve pressing, real-world problems, and we connect our project teams with the structure, resources, and networks needed to create impact, including project design, recruitment, fundraising, project management, networked learning, and public amplification. We design projects to scale out of the Beeck Center to the practitioners, policymakers, and institutions where they will have the most direct impact. From our guides to our networks, we ensure the work is actually being used by the people who need it.

The Director of Programs is a member of the Beeck Center’s leadership team and in that role also guides the overall direction of the organization and provides organizational oversight and leadership.


Work Interactions

The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and works in close coordination with the leadership team including the Deputy Director, the Director of Finance and Operations, and the Director of Communications. The Director of Programs oversees project teams– in total approximately 20-30 members comprised of fellows, researchers, community managers, and students. This position directly manages 2-3 managers as direct reports: a Student Engagement Manager who leads our student analyst program and Program Manager(s) who manage our projects.



Program Management and Execution – 40%

  • Direct the implementation and management of all substantive program and project work.
  • Collaborate on recruitment and manage staff, fellows, researchers, and students to execute the program and project work, in partnership with the operations team.
  • Support external communications, marketing, and engagement strategies around our programs and projects, in partnership with the communications team.
  • Establish and report on success metrics of the programs and projects, in partnership with the Deputy Director.
  • Contribute to programmatic budget development and management, in coordination with Director of Operations + Finance.
  • Escalate emergent issues and key strategic decisions with the Executive Director and leadership team. 

Program Direction and Development – 20%

  • Design, develop, and direct all program and project work in alignment with the Beeck Center’s mission and approach, in partnership with the Executive Director.
  • Develop and collaborate on fundraising strategies and business development needs– including grant proposals and reports– to support the programmatic work, in partnership with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Associate for Development & Partnerships, and Director of Operations + Finance. 
  • Forecast and forward planning of programmatic design, budgets, staffing plans, and fundraising targets based on strategic organization direction.

Management and Leadership – 20%

  • As a member of the organization’s leadership team, provide overall directional guidance and oversight for the Beeck Center.
  • Supervise, coach, mentor, and onboard for Programs staff, fellows, researchers, and student analysts.
  • Carry out goal setting and standards of evaluation for programs staff, fellows, researchers, community/project managers, and students.
  • Oversee strategic milestones and successful execution of Beeck Center programs and projects.
  • Provide directional leadership to project teams (fellows, staff and students), including advice and insights for their work.

External Coordination – 15%

  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Beeck Center’s programs with partners, stakeholders, funders, and the press; regularly publish blogs, op-eds, or other pieces to illustrate the Center’s programmatic work.
  • Lead strategic network and relationship building in support of program and project work with stakeholders including companies, government leaders, non-governmental organizations, other academic institutions, funders, and others.
  • Collaborate between Beeck Center programs and Georgetown University stakeholders, including the Georgetown University Initiative on Technology & Society.

Curriculum and teaching – 5%

  • Develop and deliver curriculum through courses, workshops, executive education, or other learning environments.
  • Mentor students and support programming to introduce and invite students into public interest technology and social impact work. 


Requirements and Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Government, or similar field. Comparable work experience may be accepted in lieu of a degree. 
  • At least 10 years of work experience, with at least 5 years of experience working on public service and public interest technology projects.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing multi-level teams and working with individuals with varying levels of work experience and professional backgrounds.
  • A robust network of people and organizations engaged in and/or supporting public interest/civic technology work.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to meet deadlines and produce high-quality results in an environment with competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Strong experience planning and managing complex projects, and establishing and maintaining effective collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations across functional units.
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams, both supporting their development and growth, while also ensuring accountability.
  • Proactive, open communication practices, accounting for a distributed team with varied working hours and styles.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to work in a university environment and leverage its strengths to support growth and development of students.
  • Experience working with funders and managing grant-related activities from proposals to reporting to deliverables. 


Work Designations

This position has been designated as telework. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University.  Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources website:

 The Beeck Center operates as a distributed team, with some team members working remotely and others working in-person in our Washington, D.C. offices. A distributed team means there will be heavy reliance on asynchronous communication channels such as Slack, Asana, and email while also having many meetings fully virtual or hybrid to include remote employees, using Zoom.

Beeck Center team members based outside the Washington, D.C. area are expected to travel to Washington, D.C. at least 2-3 times per year for retreats, work weeks, and other team activities. Non-local team members also often travel at their discretion for internal and external work-related events.

Salary, Benefits, and Employment Term

The Director of Programs is a full-time, two-year term with an expectation to be renewed. The salary band for this position is $120,000-$140,000, commensurate with experience, and includes full benefits.


Application Process:

STEP 1: Beeck Center Supplemental Application (contact details, writing samples, short-answer questions)

STEP 2: Georgetown University Application (will update with link soon…standard resume, no cover letter needed)

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DEADLINE: Both portions of the application must be submitted by Monday, August 29th at 11:59pm ET for consideration.


Timeline of Key Recruitment Dates

Deadline for Applications: August 29

First Round Interviews: September 6-9

Final Interviews: September 21-23

Preferred Start Date: October 17


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EEO Statement:

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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