Vice President, Programming & Impact

  • New York, NY
  • Full Time
  • Programming & Impact
  • Executive


Reports to: CEO 

Start Date: January 11, 2022

Location: is headquartered in NYC. As a result of COVID-19, DoSomething staff are working fully remote. DoSomething is exploring a hybrid return to office approach with a target of spring 2022. Preferably, candidates will be based in the New York City Metro area, but candidates in other locations within the U.S. will be considered.


WHO WE ARE is a youth-led movement for good. 

We have the stability of a 28-year-old institution, but we look, feel, and operate like a tech-forward nonprofit. 

Our social impact programming has mobilized millions of members to clothe half of America’s youth in homeless shelters, clean up 3.7 million cigarette butts from the streets, run the largest youth-led sports equipment drive, and register over 250,000 voters during the 2020 presidential election, 71% of whom actually voted! 

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The Vice President of Programming & Impact will, in collaboration with senior leaders across the organization, design an overarching strategy for developing, measuring, and scaling DoSomething’s programming in service of youth-led social impact. As an executive team member, you will leverage your lived experiences and learned expertise to center DoSomething as a thought-leader and center of excellence in the youth civic engagement and democracy sectors. You’ll deploy dynamic thought and visionary leadership to create alignment and drive innovation among all members of the team who support and inform DoSomething’s programming, including devising and informing strategies for creative programming, and using analytics and insights to drive programmatic impact.



Scalable youth engagement and impact (35%). 

  • Develop and lead a center of excellence that champions and quantifies the voices of young people, creates impactful strategies to attract, activate and retain new members, and inspires public, private, and philanthropic investment in youth-led social impact and civic movements. 
  • Lead and innovate creative, programmatic strategy. Lend youth- and civic-expertise to incorporate the behavioral drivers, cultural trends, and logistical considerations to consistently deliver inspiring, relevant, and most importantly, impactful and measurable programming. 
  • Catalyze community connections, engagement and partnerships to ensure that efforts to address systemic challenges are informed by the voices and ideas of young people, with an emphasis on elevating the stories and experiences of diverse, historically marginalized, and underrepresented communities.
  • Ensure that the voice of young people is clearly and consistently articulated and measured throughout the organization and in public thought-leadership. 

Program delivery and performance (25%). 

  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for DoSomething’s portfolio of programs and assume accountability for the effective delivery of programming from conception to completion. 
  • Assess and evolve DoSomething’s existing programming model, and test strategies to offer long-term, sustainable solutions for continuous improvement and growth. 
  • Advocate across the organization to ensure balanced impact, member engagement and brand affinity.
  • Advance the organization’s work to establish and achieve community impact goals in the priority areas of youth civic engagement and volunteerism. 
  • In tandem with the VP of Communications & Marketing, identify community and marketing partnerships to deepen engagement and awareness among our primary member demographic (13-25-year-olds).
  • Deliver timely and effective execution of social impact strategies and programs; establish systems to actively monitor program performance, and develop interventions to ensure successful outcomes. 

Evaluation, insights, and organizational learning (25%). 

  • Establish DoSomething’s impact value proposition by integrating insights across product and communications, and executing across target demographic segments. 
  • Partner closely with members of teams with expertise in analytics, research, and product to identify and refine the behavioral insights that inform our programming model and impact strategies. 
  • Lend thought leadership to Business Development in positioning the organization’s unique value proposition and subject matter expertise in knowing young people. 

People, team and organizational leadership (15%).  

  • Be fully accountable for the design and development of the organization’s programming and impact including hiring, training and mentoring a team of professionals to execute on key programming KPIs. 
  • Cultivate a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and advocate for continuous growth and development. 
  • Set objectives and performance development goals for team members consistent with the strategic plan and linked to performance outcomes.
  • Partner with peers and collaborate throughout every level of the organization to assess, iterate and evolve critical organizational processes and to drive innovation and ideation across departments.
  • Act as a brand ambassador for DoSomething’s mission, vision, and programs.


What you’ll bring. 

  • 10+ years of experience in civic engagement, democracy, human services, education, program management, or public advocacy with direct experience addressing cross-system issues, resource management, and programmatic evaluation including expertise with data analysis to identify gaps/disparities and inform strategies, communications, advocacy and public policy.
  • Demonstrated success in managing or overseeing research, evaluation, or performance management projects. This includes supervising staff, project budgeting and planning, and people management. 
  • Deep expertise in working with and mission passion for young people, with an asset-based lens to youth engagement and the ability to understand the core behaviors, motivators, and needs of  young people today. 

Who you are. 

  • A growth manager. Strong strategic thinking skills; a proven track record of successfully implementing and scaling strategic initiative, and managing workflows for complex projects with multiple competing priorities and tight timeline deliverables. 
  • Empathetic. Off-the-charts EQ with solid relationship management and negotiation skills; an acuity for developing alliances and coordinating shared interests of all parties within a highly matrixed environment. 
  • An exceptional written and verbal communicator. Must possess a high degree of comfort and practice in public speaking and brand ambassadorship; experience developing creative briefs, blogs, concept notes, and whitepapers a huge plus.
  • Insightful. A keen ability to decipher information from insight; sophisticated knowledge of intersectional analysis. 
  • Pop culture conscious. A curiosity for and a  finger on the pulse of current events and trends among our primary demographic, and the ability to apply an intersectional equity and inclusion lens to inform understanding of youth culture throughout the identity and political spectrums. 
  • A people manager.  A proven track record of successfully building, retaining and developing diverse teams, and of consistently employing inclusive and race-intentional leadership practices to engage and grow reports. 
  • An organizational leader. A high degree of comfort and confidence stepping up as a thought-leader across the entire organization. Collaborative by nature with an affinity for working cross-functionally. A discernible passion for developing and mentoring junior team members is a must. 
  • Committed to intersectional equity. An ability to lead across difference and model a commitment to continuous learning and exploration of race, equity, inclusion and cross-cultural competency in the workplace. 

Select Perks & Benefits.

  • 3 weeks vacation, paid winter holiday break (from Christmas to New Years), and ½ Day Summer Fridays (Memorial Day to Labor Day!).  
  • Medical and dental premiums fully covered by us. You read that right!
  • An incredibly compelling reason to wake up and make it to work every day. is an equal opportunity employer. 

Please, no calls. 


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