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Title: RAY Program Manager 

Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000

Job Status: Exempt 

FTE Status: Full time 

Location:  The role is primarily remote, with regular virtual team and all-staff meetings. Travel to in-person retreats is a component of this role. We currently require COVID PCR tests prior to in-person retreats and indoor masking.


Application link:


Hiring Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a close date of Sep 5, 2023. Interviews will take place in the first two weeks of September. The intended start date of this position is September 14, 2023.



ELP is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. ELP’s organizational policies, practices, programs, activities and decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, volunteerism, internships and other terms and conditions of employment or voluntary service shall not be based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, source of income, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law.




RAY is managed by the Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), whose mission is to support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. Since 2000, we have created a dynamic network of over 1,400 environmental and social change leaders across the U.S. 


The Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate conservation, clean energy efficiency, and renewable energy-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship is a two-year paid Fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.


ELP values the contributions of people from equity-seeking groups as a critical factor in our ability to meet our mission. We encourage applications from LGBTQ+ people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, low-income earners and the unemployed, immigrants and refugees, and people with disabilities or another equity-seeking group. If you wish to identify as belonging to an equity-seeking group(s), please feel free to indicate so in your cover letter.





The RAY Program Manager will act as the lead on curriculum development and programming delivery with support from Program Coordinators and under the direction of the Co-Director (Programming and Partnerships). The Manager is also responsible for supporting the Partnerships Manager creating and delivering programming to partners to grow the RAY Fellowship and collaborating with the RAY team to implement program strategy. The RAY Program Manager will be directly-supervising two program coordinators.


The Programs Manager is a mid-level position reporting directly to the Co-Director (Programming and Partnerships) of the RAY Fellowship Program and oversees two direct reports. The successful candidate will revise their work on short and long-term timelines; bring a commitment to continuous improvement and a culture of learning, care. 




The Program Manager will report to the RAY co-Director (Programming and Partnerships) and will collaborate in the execution and planning of the RAY Fellowship Program, including recruitment, selection, program management, and mentorship of Fellows.  The Program Manager will also support onboarding and offboarding efforts, facilitation, and logistics support. 


Recruitment, Selection and Onboarding Management (for four months per year) 

Lead a three person program team through a fellow recruitment timeline,  including reviewing and posting job descriptions online, hosting informational webinars, advertising fellowship positions, reviewing applications, selecting interview candidates, arranging interviews, managing interview panels, and supporting RAY partners in the final selection for Fellowship positions 

Work with the Co-Director (Operations and Finance) to continually improve selection process and capacity through systems improvement and technological tools 


Program Management (regularly throughout the year)

  • Serve as the internal lead and champion of RAY fellowship activity and content
  • Manage and maintain Fellowship data, communications, and resources
  • Lead a programming team to hold effective check-in spaces for fellows (eg. fellow pod check-ins) 
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate annual 3-day Orientation and Mid-Fellowship Retreats with event logistics & planning, budget, zoom links, curriculum development, and improvements
  • Develop programming and opportunities for RAY Senior Fellows (alumni of the program) to engage in, give back to, and help build the community and Fellowship
  • Salesforce management of Fellow cohorts, dashboards, reports, and other special projects 


Leadership & Professional Development of Fellows (regularly throughout the year)

  • Oversee and support Program Coordinator led monthly pod check-ins with fellows Troubleshoot professional challenges and workshop solutions during monthly 1:1 check-ins with Fellows and bi-monthly check-ins with the current cohort
  • Support Fellows to develop a Personal Leadership Plan that will serve as a roadmap for their personal and professional development
  • Share professional development opportunities and networking opportunities with fellows
  • Identify and match Fellows for the peer mentorship with second year fellows and for their PLP mentorship with ELP Senior Fellows mentors
  • Develop fellow abilities to build relationships with professional supervisors, peers and other networks.


Offboarding Management (once per year)

  • Facilitate RAY Fellow Conservation and Clean Energy End of Fellowship Conversations by supporting their presentations
  • Developing and maintaining a senior fellow tracking and next step database


Organization-Wide (regularly throughout the year)

  • ELP organizational advancement of strategic programming, ELP curriculum advancements, fundraising learning, DEI calls, and cross-program collaboration






We ask that qualified candidates have some of the following work experiences:


  • Experience working with and serving Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
  • Experience in the equity, inclusion, and belonging space in a workplace or community/grassroots environment
  • Experience with curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Peer mentorship or similar coaching support.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a remote, distributed team.
  • 2-3+ years of supervisory experience, with some experience supervising BIPOC individuals or individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Using online convening tools to build online communities, facilitate webinars/training
  • Using cloud-based collaborative software: Salesforce, Asana, Google Docs, Dropbox, Email Marketing, etc. 


Ideal candidates will demonstrate evidence of the following characteristics:


  • Passion for social justice, environmental justice, and/or climate justice
  • principles and priorities. Demonstrated interest in facilitating and working with racial justice initiatives. 
  • Energetic, innovative, creative self-starter with attention to detail. 
  • Dedication to continuous improvement and a culture of learning, care, and support.
  • Understanding of and a commitment to advancing the mission, core values, learning organization, and IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, Liberation) principles of ELP. 
  • Ability to connect with other people’s passions.


All candidates must have at least 4 years of equity, inclusion, and belonging experience in a workplace or grassroots environment with a proven track record and a portfolio of work. Final candidates will be asked for professional references. 




To be considered, submit your resume and cover letter through our online application at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the intended start date of the position by September 14.


Tell a story with your cover letter! 


  • How many years of equity, inclusion, and belonging experience in a workplace or grassroots environment do you have?
  • What type of experience do you have with program management?
  • What type of experience do you have with curriculum development?
  • What are you curious about in regard to this position?
  • How would you like to grow in this role?
  • Specify your experience using cloud-based collaborative software (years and how you use them): Google Docs, SalesForce, Instrumentl, etc., or comparable software. Please be explicit about the comparability if you do not have the cloud-based software experience described above.


ELP pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, employee 401(k) contributions, professional development funds, health and wellness days, and a sabbatical policy.


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