Program Director

Program Director

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Girls on the Run Puget Sound

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
52,500 - 57,000
Job Category: 
Program Management
Organizational Overview: 

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is a 501(c)(3) organization that inspires girl identifying youth to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun and experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Girls on the Run is a nation-wide non-profit with local independent councils; our council serves King and N.E Pierce Counties.

At Girls on the Run, we weave joy and celebration into all we do. We communicate early and often in collaboration, we adapt creatively, and we hold space for our differences and for dreaming big. At Girls on the Run, our core values guide our way and we stand firm in our long-standing commitment to building a world where every person can know and activate their limitless potential. We warmly welcome the participation of any child who identifies as “girl”, non-binary, or gender expansive in our programs. We are committed to leveraging our intellectual, financial, and human resources to advance strategies to be inclusive, equitable and accessible to all.

Role Responsibilities: 

The Girls on the Run Puget Sound Program Director is responsible for the planning and execution of the program seasons in the Fall, Spring & Summer (Camp GOTR), serving girl identifying youth in King and N.E Pierce Counties in grades 3-8. The Program Director works collaboratively with all GOTRPS staff in order to ensure all aspects of program implementation are highly organized, efficient, and focused on equity and access. The Program Director builds relationships with local school and city partners in order to grow programming and reputation in the community and is responsible for high level planning that requires experience with budgeting, strategic planning, Board of Directors relationships, and staff leadership.

Reports To: Executive Director

Manages: Volunteer Coordinator (full time), Intern (10 hours/week)

Responsibilities: This job description materially represents the primary responsibilities of the position; however, the Program Director may be asked to perform other job-related tasks not specifically presented in this job description.

  • Recruit all program sites for Fall and Spring seasons in King and N.E Pierce counties in alignment with program growth goals, focusing efforts in underserved communities and Title 1 schools.
    • Recruitment occurs through marketing efforts, meetings with school and city leaders, utilizing connections from volunteers, Board Members, families, and more.
  • Cultivate relationships through regular communications, appreciation, and organizational partnership opportunities, with Community Program Partners such as:
    • School Districts
    • Cities
    • Sponsors
    • Key Dedicated Volunteers
  • Work closely with Volunteer Coordinator to strategically develop strong volunteer relationships
  • Manage GOTR Participant Recruitment marketing for all program sites including social media, email communication, fliers/posters, yard signs, and more. Ensure that materials are translated into most prevalent languages that exist in our community through use of volunteer translators.
  • Create and manage GOTR Participant registration form with equity lens; consider translations that are needed, accessibility measures needed related to computer access, scholarship language, and more.
  • Engage families of GOTR participants through newsletters, 5K involvement, fundraising opportunities, and potential community events
  • Manage all operations for Site-Based or Regional 5Ks for Fall 2021 including communications, materials ordering, volunteer recruitment and training, and event safety*
  • Plan and implement Shoe and Sport Hijab Scholarship processes
  • With Executive Director, plan and track budget for all program operations
  • Facilitate engaging presentations during coach training, board meetings, site recruitment meetings, or sponsor meetings.
  • Request and distribute insurance certificates for each program site
  • Create and manage all site agreements or district MOUs and update each season as necessary
  • Develop positive working relationship with Board of Directors through attending monthly meetings, working collaboratively on special projects, and enlisting help as needed.
  • Take lead in Strategic Planning for all aspects of program development including preparation for the season ahead, long-term sustainability planning, staff growth needs, and more.
  • Manage all Camp GOTR operations including materials, coach recruitment and training, site recruitment, registration, and program quality analysis
  • Attend key sponsor and donor meetings with Executive Director or Development Manager to convey program impact
  • Maintain responsive customer service through replying to email in a timely manner, assisting with phone calls and returning voicemails, and checking general GOTR inboxes.
  • Assist with annual fundraising events such as Sneaker Soiree
  • Assist with monthly GOTRPS newsletter editing and creation
  • Assist with social media planning and management
  • Assist staff with program mailings
  • Serve as main supervisor for Volunteer Coordinator by holding weekly one-on-one meetings, advising next steps on projects as needed, offering support with volunteer management and communications, and more.
  • Recruit, train & manage yearly intern with support from other staff depending on project intern is working on.

*Once we return to the implementation of a large-scale 5K event, site-based 5Ks will no longer occur and management of 5K operations will be under supervision of Outreach & Events Coordinator.

Candidate Qualifications: 

Important note: In a study done by Hewlett-Packard, men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them. We want to change this; if this job feels like a good fit for you but you don’t meet every qualification, we still want to hear from you.

Required Qualifications:

  • Passion for Girls on the Run mission and the ability to comprehend and effectively communicate issues surrounding empowerment, self-esteem, body image and whole-person health.
  • Commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) personally and professionally
  • Easily navigates technology. Proficient in Microsoft Office 365, Excel, and PowerPoint and other desktop publishing tools.
  • 2+ years experience managing youth or community focused programs
  • 2+ years experience serving as a supervisor or staff leader
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on multiple projects, take ownership, meet deadlines, and prioritize high need projects.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to make effective oral presentations to large and small groups.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and strong team collaborator.
  • Ability to navigate potentially challenging conversations or conflicts with volunteers.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Reliable transportation required. Candidate is expected to regularly commute within King and N.E Pierce County for site visits, material distribution events, coach training events, and other special events.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing and recruiting volunteers.
  • Experience working with and supporting diverse populations.
  • Knowledge of non-profit operations.
  • Knowledge of K-12 systems.
  • Conversational in Spanish.

Position Specifics:

This is a full time, exempt position offering a compensation range of $52,500 - $57,000 depending on experience. In addition, Girls on the Run of Puget Sound offers company health and dental insurance, a retirement plan with employer match, monthly stipends for cell phone and mileage and a generous PTO plan.

A flexible schedule is preferred as occasional weeknight and weekend commitments are a requirement for this position. Vacation blackouts may apply.

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound operates on a hybrid (typically 60% remote/40% in-person) work schedule. The candidate will be expected to be in the office in North Seattle at least 2 days per week (Wednesdays required for full staff meetings). Certain weeks of the year will require more in-office time.

How to Apply

Application Contact: 
Becky Walliman
Application Deadline: 
June 25th, 2021
Application Instructions: 
Send cover letter & resume to with the subject line “Program Director – Your Name”. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with priority given to those that submit applications by end-of-day on Friday, June 25th. In your cover letter, please specifically address the following elements: Your personal or professional experience with and commitment to IDEA principles (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access); and your professional experience with strategic planning, stakeholder relationship building, AND/OR staff leadership.