Program Director
Mill Valley, CA
Salary Range: $95,000 – $105,000
SHE-CAN Director of Development Job Description, Mill Valley, Marin County, California

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SHE-CAN (Supporting Her Education Changes A Nation) is a global non-profit organization that builds female global leadership in post-conflict countries. We help passionate young leaders win scholarships to U.S. colleges and universities, provide leadership training, and pair them with U.S. mentor teams who help them thrive in college and launch change-agent careers at home. To date, we have helped 118 young women from Rwanda, Cambodia, Liberia, and Guatemala win $27M+ in full scholarships at top U.S. colleges.  

When fully staffed, the organization has 14 full-time employees, one part-time, and four in-country Coordinators. An organizational chart is below.  There are seven members of the Board of Directors.  The annual budget in FY 2022/23 was $1.8M, and FY 2023/24 will be $2.5M. SHE-CAN hosts an annual gala that raised $1.3M last year. SHE-CAN has 500 mentors and over 100 volunteers across the U.S. SHE-CAN has established formal relationships with 12 top U.S. colleges that provide full-ride scholarships for our scholars. For more details, visit our website at  

Role and Responsibility 

The Program Director will lead a team of three full-time US professionals (two managers and one coordinator), and 4 in-country part-time professionals to execute all aspects of our scholar program. The Program Director reports directly to the COO. Team responsibilities that the Director oversees include:

Key Responsibilities 

  • Lead Program Department: Oversee program budget, strategy and goals. 
  • SHE-CAN Scholar Recruitment: Supervise and attend international recruiting trips to select new candidates in: Cambodia, Liberia and Guatemala and other additional countries as SHE-CAN expands in the future. 
  • Candidate Evaluation: Manage in-country candidates through the evaluative stage including managing virtual and in person test preparation courses and in-country scholar projects. 
  • Volunteer Training & Management: Lead training for 80+ volunteer mentors through both the college application process and pre-college preparation process. 
  • College Application Management: Ensure scholars, with support of their mentors, complete Early Decision applications and submit all required material. 
  • Ensure Scholar Success: Continually work to enhance the program including: 1) Enhancing recruitment outreach and strategies. 2) Enhancing pre-college preparation for scholars before arrival in the US. 3) Troubleshooting scholar-specific issues on a case-by-case basis. 4) Collaborating with staff and SHE-CAN mentors to ensure scholars are on track for graduation and achieving their career goals at home. 
  • Internship Support: Help identify internship opportunities, connect scholars to relevant openings, and provide workshops on how to be successful.
  • Leadership Training: Design and help lead annual Leadership Summit, and webinars throughout the year, focusing on personal and career development for scholars. 
  • Monitor and Evaluation: Work with leadership to design and implement new evaluation systems to measure program impact. 
  • Graduate Return Effort: Collaborate with CEO and Board on strategic plan for developing more desirable pathways home for future scholars.
  • Graduate Support: Work with senior scholars to help with transition to home country, interview graduates for feedback, work with alumni to increase opportunities to engage. 
  • Strategic Planning Support & Collaboration: Work with the Program team (Coordinators and Director) to troubleshoot issues as they arise, brainstorm new program possibilities, and help with long-term strategic thinking. 


Top Priorities

  1. Program Management Expert: Proven project management experience, including track records in successful project implementation and measurement.  
  2. Strategic Planner: Successful at developing and implementing effective programming, setting program goals, developing strategies, and measuring performance. 
  3. Exceptional Manager: Experience guiding and inspiring teams to achieve their best and advance goals. 
  4. Innovator: Proven track record of bringing innovation, including identifying new, more efficient modes of operation in preparation for program growth.  
  5. Cross-Cultural Communicator: Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.


  • Skilled project manager and able to juggle multiple tasks. Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in program management, including a track record of leading successful programs and measuring their impact. 
  • Staff management experience.
  • Excellent written, verbal and cross-cultural communication skills. 
  • Team Player: Collaborative, resourceful, adaptable, willing to go above and beyond to support the entire team.
  • Tech Proficient: With essential tech skills, Salesforce or other CRM expertise is ideal.  
  • Ability to travel three times per year to countries SHE-CAN serves for two and half weeks at a time with the leadership team and mentors

Benefits and Compensation

Hours: This is a 40-hour-a-week in-person, salaried position, Monday-Friday, 9:30-5:30. Remote work is optional on Monday and Friday; Tuesday-Thursday are in-person at our Mill Valley office. Note: The in-person aspect of this job is non-negotiable. Candidates must live in the San Francisco Bay Area within a reasonable commute time of our office. 

Compensation: $95K-$105K annually.

Benefits: Free parking, 20 days of annual PTO, $50/month tech stipend, and a monthly healthcare reimbursement of $200 as described in the employee handbook. 

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Stacy Nelson & Associates-Leadership Search Partners at or at [email protected].


SHE-CAN is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.