Program Director

Global Citizen
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Thu, 01/31/2019
Program Summary: 
A little more about us: Global Citizen is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community volunteering, diversity, and sustained civic engagement among people of all backgrounds and ages, particularly young people. We bring people together to build diverse, ongoing partnerships through social justice and serving others. Global Citizen runs the annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service and an ongoing program that promotes year-round volunteer service and civic engagement initiatives. We provide technical training to organizations interested in hosting projects and work with community groups and businesses to develop or expand ongoing volunteer programs. We are a small organization, but our impact is widespread throughout the region. The Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service is the oldest and largest King Day event in the nation. This past January, more than 150,000 volunteers served in some 1,800 community projects throughout the area. We have hosted events with national and international leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden, governors, Members of Congress, mayors, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. As a part of our team, you will make connections with leaders throughout the nonprofit, education, and business communities. Our style is flexible, creative and team-orientated. We work closely together and also encourage creative thinking among staff colleagues to make our programs/projects successful. In the weeks leading up to the King Day of Service, we work longer hours – you should be prepared for some late nights – but we have fun and do meaningful work.
Position Summary: 
Global Citizen is seeking a Program Director for a new literacy initiative that will address large-scale, ongoing volunteer needs throughout Philadelphia, primarily for the Read by 4th Campaign and its Partner Network. The person in this role will work closely with The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Read by 4th Campaign, the Urban Affairs Coalition, and other Global Citizen staff and partners to create this program, which will impact underserved communities.
Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
Here’s who we’re looking for:  
  • You are deeply committed to community service, civil rights, and social justice. You appreciate perspectives and experiences that differ from your own.
  • You have 2–4 years’ experience in nonprofit or community-based leadership. You’ve managed events and volunteer programs. Background in education or literacy a plus.
  • You communicate clearly and effectively—in person, by phone and email, speaking to groups, one-on-one, Facebook and Twitter.
  • You are very comfortable with standard office software, Google products (Gmail, Google calendar, Google Docs) and internet research. You are familiar with WordPress content management/blog platforms and know a little html (or you can learn the basics quickly).
  • You are enthusiastic about working cooperatively and building relationships with a variety of community partners, including large, established nonprofits, grassroots community organizations, communities of faith, government agencies, businesses, and individual volunteers, among others.
  • You are the type of person who thrives on taking care of things the right way the first time. When a task comes in, you figure out how to get it done in a way that is efficient. When you say, “I’ll take care of it,” we know it will be done well. When you don’t know the answer, you aren’t afraid to ask your colleagues. You enjoy and are equally skilled in collaboration and independent work.
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit. You have what it takes to “do more with less” and have a strong ability to problem-solve in a small team environment.
  • You can prioritize and juggle multiple tasks under pressure. You have the flexibility to manage ongoing tasks while taking on new ones and the decisiveness to troubleshoot issues as they arise.
  • In partnership with Global Citizen leadership, set and achieve goals for building a volunteer program that can address volunteer needs of Read by 4th’s Partner Network.
  • Develop an outreach plan to achieve increased participation goals, including new partnerships and increasing the size and quality of outreach lists.
  • Manage outreach and relationships with other volunteer organizations and partners that support literacy and early childhood education.
  • Develop and implement a system for tracking volunteer impact and report on the progress of the initiative.
  • Manage Program Manager to achieve goals and deliverables of overall community mobilization efforts.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
Undergraduate degree or higher required.
More Details: 
Other Responsibilities:
  • Work with Global Citizen staff to expand the scope of Global Citizen’s existing initiatives, including the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service and Year-Round Volunteering Program.
  • Collaborate with Global Citizen leadership to provide updates to community partners and stakeholders in the Community Mobilization Working Group.
  • Develop strategies for aligning Read by 4th volunteer goals with those of other Global Citizen initiatives.
  • Initiate new partnerships with community-based organizations, and maintain current partnerships.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Send a cover letter, resume and a writing sample of no more than 5 pages to Todd Bernstein, President, at Please include the words “Program Director Application” (no quotes, but please do use that exact phrase – it will help us keep track of the applications we receive) in the subject line. Please, no phone calls.