In Los Angeles, NFTE currently works with 30 teachers and youth development professionals to reach over 2,000 middle school and high school students with our in-depth, award-winning entrepreneurship program. Students participate in a 65 hour minimum NFTE curriculum (led by a NFTE Teacher and overseen by NFTE Program Staff) either as a class during the school day, as an out-of-school-time program, or as a summer immersion program.

Position Summary

The NFTE Greater Los Angeles Program Manager is responsible for assisting to support our roster of 30 active NFTE teachers in developing and implementing our youth entrepreneurship programs.  The Program Manager will work in tandem with our Program Director to troubleshoot program implementation, manage volunteers, develop our alumni program, create large-scale business plan competition events and further local relationships and partnerships to benefit our program goals. 

Program Manager Responsibilities

Program Implementation and Support

The Program Manager is responsible for taking on a case load of programs, ensuring adherence to program standards, and providing ongoing teacher support:

  • Work with program site’s administration to ensure program support
  • Conduct frequent school site visits
  • Collaborate with teachers on scheduling field trips, guest speakers, business plan coaches and judges to work with students
  • Provide individual teacher support via in-person, phone and email consultation, with a special emphasis on new teachers
  • Track program and evaluation data on Salesforce and keep teachers informed of their progress
  • Analyze student outcomes and teacher performance while implementing initiatives to improve program quality
  • Document qualitative and quantitative program features for reporting and development purposes
  • Process teacher and student fund requests
  • Assist in the management of three levels of business plan competitions: (1) classroom (2) semi-final (3) regional and ensure quality and consistency amongst each of the levels
  • Participate with national program initiatives and represent the Los Angeles office in program and alumni related collaborations and best practice sharing with other NFTE offices
  • Provide program updates at evening Advisory Board Meetings, E-Council Meetings, Volunteer Recruitment and Training events, and meetings with Strategic Partners

Volunteer Management

The Program Manager is responsible for assisting the Program Director with volunteer management efforts:

  • Create, post, and manage list of volunteer opportunities over the course of the school year through Sphere
  • Work to recruit new volunteers, guide them through registration and background check process, and engage them with potential opportunities
  • Collaborate with staff to coordinate volunteer opportunities related to Adopt-a-Class matches with Advisory Board Members, Corporations, and Strategic Partners
  • Manage a Volunteer Coordinator who is charged with volunteer training, placement, and appreciation
  • Host Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation Events

Alumni Program

The Program Manager will grow and maintain our Alumni Program:

  • Create a calendar of alumni meetings over the schools year with relevant content to assist students in taking their business plans to the next level
  • Communicate with NFTE program graduates to develop on-going alumni supports and opportunities
  • Organize coaching and mentoring opportunities for top students pursuing their businesses through Summer Alumni Program


  • Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in business, education or social welfare is preferred
  • A minimum of 2 years experience in a school environment as a teacher and/or previous experience working with teachers is strongly preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to interact effectively with various constituents including teachers, school administrators, and district staff
  • A demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically to build new NFTE program sites
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively, display leadership and organizational skills, and be able to manage multiple projects
  • High standards of excellence and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Strong passion for improving public schools and for increasing the opportunities for low-income students
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and detail orientation required
  • Strategic planning and implementation as well as project management experience
  • Familiarity with business concepts
  • Customer service orientation desirable
  • Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license required, as Program Manager is frequently at school sites and regularly visiting with multiple teachers each week. Mileage reimbursement provided.