Program Manager, Connecticut Opportunity Project

Dalio Philanthropies

Posted: 7/25/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Programs

Primary domain: Education

City: Greenwich

Postal code: 06830

State: Connecticut

Country: United States

Organization Information:


Not Available


Mission statement:

Dalio Education Initiatives (DEI) operates as an entrepreneurial team within Dalio Philanthropies, working to strengthen public education in Connecticut by engaging with educators, community leaders, and young people to achieve positive outcomes and greater equity across the state.  DEI leads a results-driven philanthropic platform that includes:

  • The Connecticut RISE Network, an independent non-profit organization with a staff of 25+ individuals collaborating with educators and facilitating a cross-district improvement network to achieve breakthrough results for high school students;

  • The Partnership for Connecticut, a newly formed independent non-profit organization that is in the process of hiring staff and developing programs to expand upward mobility in Connecticut’s under-resourced communities by connecting high school-aged youth to educational and career opportunities, and by supporting economic development through microfinance and social entrepreneurship;

  • The Connecticut Opportunity Project, DEI’s initiative to strengthen youth-serving organizations striving to positively impact young people who are disengaged or disconnected from high school and to help them graduate and succeed in their lives; and

  • Several projects benefiting students, public schools, and communities through an approach that supports educators and emphasizes the development of the whole child.

Connecticut Opportunity Project:

In September 2016, DEI released a report, Untapped Potential, to define and spotlight needs and opportunities around disengaged and disconnected youth in Connecticut.  DEI found that 39,000 high school-aged youth showed signs of disengagement or disconnection from school, equaling more than one in five high school students.  Motivated by the findings of the report, DEI launched a statewide innovation challenge to identify partners to address root causes and promote access and opportunity for Connecticut’s youth.  These organizations joined together to launch the Connecticut Opportunity Project.  The Opportunity Project completed its two-year pilot phase in June 2019.

As the Opportunity Project enters its third year, DEI is adopting a sharper mission and theory of change in partnership with three local organizations that serve youth between the ages of 14 to 22 who are showing signs of disengagement or disconnection from high school or the workforce.  DEI will make significant capacity-building investments in these organizations over the next five years by helping them to strengthen their organizational infrastructure and capabilities in service of executing against their vision and mission.  Over time, DEI will also identify future partner organizations necessary to expand the Opportunity Project’s impact.

Position Details:

Job Description:

In order to make impactful investments in youth-serving organizations, DEI must strengthen its own capabilities to support its partners in achieving their ambitious performance goals.  Consequently, Dalio Philanthropies seeks a dynamic individual to serve as Program Manager to accelerate the initiative’s impact.  Reporting to the Director of the Opportunity Project, the Program Manager will work collaboratively with partners to help improve their organizational capacity and performance management practices so that in no more than five years they will be able to drive intended youth outcomes effectively, reliably, demonstrably, and sustainably.  To help expand the initiative’s reach and impact over time, the Program Manager will also play a key role in developing a pipeline of prospective partners by mapping the Connecticut landscape of aligned youth-serving organizations and conducting necessary due diligence.  This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who can bring consultative and thoughtful best-practice stewardship and mentoring to non-profit organizations in the process of scaling and strengthening their capabilities for greater impact so that they can achieve positive, long-term outcomes for the population served. 

Dalio Philanthropies seeks a passionate, highly motivated, and experienced program specialist who has an established track record in organizational development and capacity building in either the non-profit or for-profit verticals.  A successful candidate must have proven skills in facilitation and performance management, as well as the ability to build result-driven relationships with youth-serving organizations.  He or she will play an integral role on a small team and is therefore expected to be very hands-on in approach and action.  This role will require rolling up one’s sleeves and actively participating in the activities related to driving organizational development and capacity building of the non-profit organizations in which the Opportunity Project chooses to invest.

Position Location: 

Greenwich, Connecticut with significant in-state travel  

Reports To:

Director, Connecticut Opportunity Project

Core Responsibilities:

Support excellent implementation of the Opportunity Project’s strategy

  • Drive organizational development and capacity building with partner organizations
  • Help in the design and implementation of a learning agenda for each partner organization
  • Facilitate partner organizations’ access to essential consultation/technical assistance
  • Collaborate with consultants necessary to advance shared goals

Advance Opportunity Project grant-making and portfolio management activities

  • Cultivate collaborative and productive relationships with partner organizations
  • Work with partner organizations to set performance metrics and track progress against those metrics
  • Review and use performance data to regularly assess partner progress and update DEI leadership about partner and initiative-wide progress
  • Support the Director in grant-making activities, including due diligence, proposal solicitations and reviews, grant agreements, and ongoing grant management

Assist in developing and managing a pipeline of prospective partner organizations

  • Develop a sophisticated understanding of the Connecticut landscape and identify potential partners aligned to the long-term Opportunity Project strategy
  • Conduct in-depth due diligence with potential partner organizations that lead to baseline assessments of organizational capacity
  • Make recommendations to DEI leadership on whether to pursue partnerships

Support knowledge dissemination and public leadership

  • Partner with the Director in advancing a research agenda to build upon Untapped Potential
  • Assist in implementing a public leadership and advocacy strategy


The ideal candidate will possess the following professional qualifications:

  1. At least six years of experience in performance management and/or consultative work leading to measurable outcomes;

  2. Bachelor’s degree required and advanced degree in a relevant field strongly preferred;

  3. Experienced understanding of organizational development and capacity building, including a strong familiarity with youth development research and best practices for youth-serving organizations;

  4. Growing acumen in the measurement and improvement practices that strengthen social sector organizations;

  5. Experience collaborating to advance major initiatives and effectively working with teams of internal and external partners to achieve goals; and

  6. Experience navigating complex environments and conversations with the cultural competency to work across diverse populations and the ability to build meaningful relationships with Opportunity Project stakeholders (e.g. partners, practitioners, community stakeholders, and young people).

The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, attributes, and values: 

  1. Integrity, transparency, honesty, and strong ethical orientation;

  2. Exceptional intellect, emotional intelligence, creativity, analytical skills, and judgment;

  3. Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize, and deliver high‐quality work in a fast-paced environment where excellence is expected;

  4. Demonstrated experience building relationships with youth-serving organizations;

  5. Knowledge of community strengths, challenges, and opportunities relating to the mission of the Opportunity Project and the goals of its partner organizations;

  6. Resiliency under pressure, adaptability, and the ability to thrive in a rapidly evolving and entrepreneurial organization;

  7. Ability to lead through influence; a low ego and willingness to work behind­the­scenes;

  8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills;

  9. Self‐starter with a commitment to continuous learning and improvement;

  10. Superior organizational skills, with tremendous attention to detail;

  11. Strong belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels; and

  12. Exceptional in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


A competitive compensation and benefits package will be designed to attract a superior candidate.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter in Word or PDF format to [email protected] with “Connecticut Opportunity Project Program Manager Candidate” in the email’s subject line.  Employment with Dalio Philanthropies is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.  Dalio Philanthropies is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.


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