Program Manager, Explorer Program

Reach the World
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jun 24

Position description

Do you have a passion for global education and exploration? Are you ready to support K-12 classrooms as they embark on virtual exchange expeditions around the world? Are you looking to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment with a small team of people who share these passions? Reach the World, a virtual exchange nonprofit based in New York City, is seeking motivated applicants for a Program Manager position with the Explorer Program, connecting students in real time to explorers in the field. 

Your Legacy 

As Program Manager for this unique virtual exchange program, you will help youth across North America and beyond develop their global curiosity, confidence and compassion. You will manage all aspects of Reach the World’s Explorer Program, including recruiting and supporting explorers and educators to share their stories on You will design curriculum for expeditions and support educators as they map RTW’s resources into their curriculums. You will be the link between the explorers in the field and the classrooms, in order to ensure and facilitate a successful learning experience. Through this work, you will inspire the next generation of explorers and global citizens.

Your Charge (What You’ll Be Doing)

Manage Explorer Program (60%)

You will manage the Explorer Program. You will identify, recruit, train and manage explorers who will be on expeditions connecting virtually with students. On the educator side, you will recruit, train, support and collaborate with educators who are enrolled in the Explorer Program. Overall, you will work independently and collaboratively with the RTW team. You will develop resources from each expedition for classroom grade-level use, produce events and field trips for program participants, design and communicate complex scheduling, logistics and program timelines.

Curriculum Development (10%)

You will lead all aspects of the curriculum and resource development based on NGSS and Common Core Standards: Identifying and developing a framework and tools around an "explorer mindset;" developing web assets; creating a database of curricular materials.

Marketing (10%)

You will create a calendar of explorers/expeditions each year for educators. You will lead the design of marketing materials to recruit new educators and explorers. You will support educators during each program with regular newsletters, as well as contribute explorer content to Reach the World’s social media channels.

Other (10%)

You will support team members as needed in all aspects of Reach the World by generally assisting in Reach the World events, editing travelers’ content for classroom use, and participating in weekly staff meetings. During the first quarter (fall 2019), you will also provide first-responder support to Reach the World’s Sr. Program Manager for RTW’s New York ecosystem, and may be called upon at any time during normal business hours to cover NYC-area classrooms in the role of “Global Learning Leader.”

Relationships (5%)

You will build relationships with educators and partners in North America.

Reporting (5%)

You will design and implement a pre- and post-program surveys, evaluating and reporting on the results using data analytics. 

How You’ll Go About It

Our strongest applicants will see themselves in these core Reach the World values:

·        You have an entrepreneurial nature. You do not wait to be told what to do. You are constantly matching possibilities to strategies, in support of our aggressive growth goals.

·        You seek to maximize impact and minimize bottlenecks, making every charitable dollar go the farthest in service to our cause. You are successful when the pieces of our program naturally and organically work together to elevate the whole.

·        You want to be a part of a purpose-driven organization on a mission. Our work is not a job; it is a passion. You love what you do, and you support your team members unconditionally. 

·        You are a relater. You understand that our programs are about taking a journey together, always applying the human element of relationships to make our technology-driven programs shine. On a deep and personal level, you understand that this orientation is as important for our beneficiaries as it is for our funders and partners. Our success is based upon our broad definition of our team.

Key Skill Requirements

·        Outstanding scheduling and logistical skills 

·        Excellent leadership

·        Organized self-starter

·        Ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders

·        Keen attention to detail

·        Ability to speak to large and diverse audiences

·        Multi-tasker

·        Excellent verbal and written communications

·        Passion for supporting underserved communities

About Reach the World 

 Reach the World makes the benefits of travel accessible to classrooms, inspiring students to become curious, confident and compassionate global citizens. Enabled by our virtual exchange platform, classrooms and volunteer travelers explore the world together. 

Reach the World’s programs transform the energy of volunteer travelers into a resource for K-12 classrooms nationwide. Participating RTW educators select a traveler abroad to correspond with online for a program cycle. Educators select travelers whose majors, backgrounds and personal interests are a close fit for their curriculums and their students. Then, students go on virtual journeys with their travelers – expanding their worldviews, skills and aspirations in the process. 

Through the connection with these travelers – real mentors that students come to know – deep seeds are planted. An "I can do this, too" spirit is born. RTW students come to know that college is a given; that there is funding to help them attend; and that study abroad is a worthy, exciting and achievable goal that can propel them forward for the rest of their lives. 92 percent of the schools that RTW serves are in low-income communities, in which students often lack access to positive, personal global networks and experiences.

Have you traveled? Has anyone shared their travel stories with you? Has this affected your worldview? If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions, then you understand the mission of Reach the World. RTW offers educators the chance to look beyond the textbook, view their curriculum through a global lens and engage their students in global affairs via virtual exchange. 


·        Start date - We imagine a start date in the month of August 2019

·        Work location: 222 Broadway, New York, NY 10038

·        Healthcare and 401K option

·        RTW is an equal-opportunity employer

Application instructions

If the above speaks to you, we’re excited to learn more about you! Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to [email protected] and APPLY HERE by July 15, 2019.

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