We are seeking a dynamic, nimble, creative, and detail-oriented Program Director to join our collective efforts to create a connected and powerful nonprofit community that has what it needs to champion the public good.


Charitable nonprofits improve our lives, add vitality to our communities, contribute to our local and national economies, and enhance the health of our democracy. The National Council of Nonprofits (NCN) is the largest network of nonprofits in North America. We champion, inform, and connect organizations across the country to score big wins for nonprofits and the communities they serve. Working with our core network and other collaborative partners, we get things done. We are seeking a dynamic, nimble, creative, and detail-oriented Program Director to join our collective efforts to create a connected and powerful nonprofit community that has what it needs to champion the public good. Learn more at

The Leading from Strength program is an exciting inaugural three-year initiative aimed to reinforce the impact of NCN’s network of state associations of nonprofits through strategic capacity-building, peer-to-peer engagements, well-being support, advancing innovation for broad impact, and cohort convenings. It recognizes the important value state associations bring individually to their respective states and collectively to each other as a formidable network championing the public good. Centered in the interconnectedness between our member organizations, the Leading from Strength program is designed with a “stronger together” philosophy that fortifies the network to support nonprofits and the people and communities they serve.

We Are:

  • A powerful advocate at the federal, state, and local levels, delivering policy analysis and effective strategies to strengthen nonprofits and protect their missions.
  • The trusted go-to experts for and about nonprofits, providing practical information that nonprofits use to operate more effectively, efficiently, and ethically, bringing attention to issues affecting the work of nonprofits, and illuminating how they contribute to a strong culture and a healthy civil society.
  • A robust network that connects and strengthens nonprofits across the country so they can identify shared challenges, develop winning strategies, and amplify their voices to produce solutions that improve lives and enrich communities.
  • Driven by our core values, including centering equity in all our work.
  • Growing our team and looking for someone like you to join us.

You Are:

  • Passionate about the work of nonprofits and those they serve.
  • A network builder and galvanizer
  • A highly organized project manager
  • A proven and respected leader who takes initiative

Essential Details:

  • Compensation: Salary range of $120,000 – $130,000, plus the generous benefits described below. This is a salaried, exempt position.
  • Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • Reports to: Vice President, Strategy and Development  
  • Location: Flexible. Our office is in Washington, D.C., but the right candidate can be located anywhere. Some travel will be required.

What You’ll Do:


  • Develop essential elements (plans, procedures, forms, and other written materials) to successfully launch the inaugural Leading from Strength program.
  • Stand up an independent Advisory and Review Committee.
  • Create a structure and process for disbursement of program investments.
  • Coordinate, in collaboration with team members, the implementation and expansion of the Leading from Strength program as an integrated component of NCN.


  • Actively recruit network members to participate in the Leading from Strength program.
  • Serve as the network’s point of contact for the Leading from Strength program.
  • Contribute ideas, content, and coordination for network engagement events.
  • Build connections and share knowledge across our network.
  • Plan and facilitate some program-related events.


  • In collaboration with an external evaluator, create a mechanism to systematically gather data and stories from Leading from Strength program participants.
  • Manage program deliverables to timeline.
  • Create and routinely generate Leading from Strength progress and budget reports.

What You’ll Need:

We recognize that an individual's lived experience is a valued skillset, and that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. When reviewing applications, we take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. That said, we are most likely to be interested in applicants who can demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Natural and unqualified commitment to earning, maintaining, and building trust with people within and outside the organization.
  • Unwavering commitment to equity as a personal and professional value.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, especially writing and listening, with great attention to detail.
  • An enthusiastic team player who enjoys being part of an extremely collaborative, collegial environment of highly dedicated and talented staff committed to shared success.
  • Energetic, dependable (gets it done), and exemplary (gets it done exceptionally well).
  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills and the ability to excel at multi-tasking and meeting deadlines while juggling multiple projects.
  • Creative problem-solver with a steadfast work ethic, sense of purpose, and sense of humor.

Additional Desired Skills:

  • Multilingual candidates encouraged to apply.
  • Project management experience strongly desired.
  • Experience with working with networks, associations, or similar structures desired.

What Else You Should Know:

We are driven by our values. These core values guide our actions as we unite and strengthen nonprofits across the country to improve lives and enrich communities: serving others by listening and leading; getting things done, together; earning trust in everything we do; centering equity in all our work; and honoring the nonprofit workforce.

We value our people. In honoring the nonprofit workforce, the National Council of Nonprofits believes in a healthy workplace and offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. For this position, the salary range is $120,000 – $130,000, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health (with 80% employer contribution), dental, vision, wellness, life, long-term disability, and short-term disability insurance; participation in 401k retirement plan with employer match; flexible spending accounts; paid annual and sick leave; monthly stipends for transportation and communications; and generous holiday schedule, as well as opportunities for professional development.

The National Council of Nonprofits is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both though our work and within our workforce. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving longstanding social and economic problems, and we aim to diversify the voices of our staff to best reflect the people and communities that nonprofits serve.

The National Council of Nonprofits is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, Indigenous people, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, people experiencing disabilities, and members of other minority or marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our office is conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C., above Metro Center. Several members of our team are permanently remote, and we welcome applicants from anywhere. Learn more about the National Council of Nonprofits at

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