Program Manager (.75 FTE)

The Peninsula College Fund (PCF) makes college graduation a reality for low-income, first-generation college students from the mid-Peninsula. Our comprehensive program includes four-year college scholarships, one-to-one adult mentors, college and career success training, and summer internship support. We are seeking a dynamic, committed and experienced part-time Program Manager (.75 FTE) to lead and refine our programs, work as a strategic thought partner with the Executive Director, and supervise a Program Coordinator, interns, and contractors.


To assist low-income, underserved and often overlooked first-generation college students from the Mid-Peninsula in their quest to graduate, and to help them achieve their education and career goals.

Who We Are and What We Do

Starting as a grassroots effort to support three scholars in 2005, PCF has steadily grown and today has served a total of 96 students and awarded almost $1 million in scholarships. PCF operated as a completely volunteer-run agency until late 2010, and currently employs an Executive Director and a Program Coordinator. We are now adding a part-time Program Manager to help us reach the next level of organizational development and magnify our impact.

After eight years in operation, PCF has a proven record of success. More than 95% of our scholars have graduated from college or attend college on the path to completion.

We support our scholars through four key programs:

Scholarships: Each student receives a scholarship of $3,000/year for all four years of college. Our goal is to provide scholars with the necessary funds to allow them to attend the college that is the best fit for them academically, financially, and socially.

One-to-One Mentoring: We carefully match each scholar with one caring adult who provides support, counsel, friendship, networking, and positive role modeling to help each student complete college. We provide our mentors with on-going training and continuously evaluate and improve our mentoring program. Our goals are to help fill the gaps in knowledge about how best to succeed in college that first-generation college students often experience, and to provide the support that enables our scholars to overcome challenges on the path to graduation.

Summer Internships: We identify and develop paid and volunteer summer internships for our scholars. Our goals are to expose our students to different career opportunities, help them network for post-graduation careers, and earn money to assist in financing their education.

College and Career Success Workshops: We provide all students with targeted, in-depth workshops to give them the tools for college completion and career readiness. Our goal is to build knowledge and peer support to prepare scholars in each year of college for the academic, social, financial, and employment challenges awaiting them, so that they can successfully complete college and enter the workforce.

General Responsibilities & Duties

The Program Manager will work closely with the Executive Director to establish program goals, assess and refine programs, forge strategic partnerships with ally organizations and institutions, plan and lead student and mentor trainings and events, and ensure that our core programs integrate effectively to serve the organization’s mission. The Program Manager will also supervise and work closely with the Program Coordinator, who will implement programs and work directly with students and mentors.

Specific Duties

Planning, Evaluation, and Strategy

  • Develop annual and multi-year program work plans
  • Ensure that program components ; individually and collectively — align with PCF’s strategic priorities and core values
  • Develop and enhance cross-program connections
  • Analyze student success metrics and mentor data to inform continuous program improvement
  • Develop and manage program budgets
  • Develop and oversee ongoing program assessment and evaluation processes to measure short- and long-term impact
  • Provide reports to the Executive Director and Board on trends and findings from data

Staff Supervision and Staff Development

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate Program Coordinator
  • Develop and implement professional development plan for Program Coordinator
  • Supervise student interns and program contractors

Leadership of Program Components

  • Oversee Program Coordinator implementation of scholarship selection and administration, mentoring program, summer internship program, training programs, and student social events
  • Draft and implement policies to guide effective implementation of programs
  • Lead planning and speaker recruitment for student and mentor trainings; facilitate trainings

Partnerships and Communication

  • Represent PCF to partner organizations, allies, and donors
  • Assist Executive Director in developing strategic partnerships with other nonprofit organizations, corporations, schools, and universities
  • Help prepare newsletters and external communications
  • Assist Executive Director and contractors with drafting grant proposals, and provide reports to funders on student progress and program activities


The Program Manager must be adaptive and entrepreneurial, with a problem-solving and positive approach to his/her work. This role requires strategic thinking, a commitment to continuous learning, and an ability to plan long-term with mission in mind. The Program Manager must have an understanding of the particular challenges facing our scholars, and experience working in education or youth development organizations or institutions. Specific qualifications include:

  • Passion for educational opportunity and equity
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively in multicultural context, and experience working with low-income communities and communities of color
  • Proven record of success in developing, managing, and implementing programs
  • Content knowledge of secondary and/or postsecondary education issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Superlative multi-tasking ability and organizational skills
  • Strong meeting planning and facilitation skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to represent PCF externally
  • Experience using databases is a plus
  • Team player with a proven ability to bring out the best in staff and colleagues
  • Interest and skill in mentoring junior staff people and students
  • Creative and adaptable
  • Proactive and independent problem-solver
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor
  • Ability to work in a resource-constrained environment
  • Spanish proficiency preferred but not required
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of four years of experience managing programs

Work Environment

We work in a modern and well-equipped office space within a center with other non-profits, creating a positive and engaging work environment for a mission-driven individual.


Sobrato Center for Nonprofits ; Redwood Shores

330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 131

Redwood City, CA 94030

How to apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to, with the subject line “Program Manager: [your name].” NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Redwood, California
The Peninsula College Fund (PCF)

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - Redwood Shores, 330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 131, Redwood City, California, 94065, United States