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Program Manager

Program Manager
Application Deadline: 
Friday, April 23, 2021
Job Description: 

Job Title: Program Manager
Reports to: Head of Programs, Snap Foundation
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Los Angeles

About the Snap Foundation:
The Snap Foundation’s mission is to develop pathways to the creative economy for underrepresented youth in Los Angeles. This mission is centered in the creative economy for a number of reasons. First, to support the art and cultural practices fostered in Los Angeles. Second, because the intersection of visual communication and technology are a powerful mode of  creative expression. And third, because the creative economy can transform individual lives and society at large, especially when centering racial equity.

The Snap Foundation was created through the tremendous support of Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, the founders of Snapchat, and Snap Inc. Beginning operations in 2018, the Foundation’s goal is to engage in systems-level thinking and its work has focused on experimentation, exploration, and learning. Every decision made is held up to four primary values: transformation, innovation, collaboration, and creativity. The Foundation has focused initial efforts on testing and learning in a few discrete project areas. These include an experiment in participatory grantmaking: engaging directly with youth from the Los Angeles community to identify the matters that are most important to them and making small grants to support those causes. The Foundation has also identified a number of collaborative funding opportunities and recently started a process for responsive grantmaking to address our community’s most time-sensitive needs.

The Snap Foundation is an independent legal entity separate from Snap Inc.’s corporate social responsibility division, Snap Philanthropy. For more information about the Snap Foundation’s recent grantmaking please visit:

The Opportunity:
We are hiring a management level position to support the expanding Snap Foundation grant portfolio. This full-time position, reporting to the Head of Programs, will focus on advancing the Foundation’s grantmaking--especially those programs that are community-centered and participatory in nature--and working in partnership with other Snap Foundation staff for research/program support. The Program Manager will coordinate all facets of the Snap Foundation Youth Advisory Council pilot program (including both active YAC cohorts and YAC alumni) along with other duties, as described below. Experience with participatory grantmaking practices is preferred. Given the role’s focus on community engagement, some flexibility of schedule (i.e. evening and weekend work) may be required. Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • YAC Facilitation - providing respectful oversight in YAC meetings—knowing when to step-up and step-back to enhance the group’s self-directed experience—and fostering feelings of agency, empowerment, and consensus-building within active YAC cohorts and its alumni; 
  • Educational Programming Coordination - overseeing coordination of online and inperson trainings for YAC Alumni and active YAC cohorts, including: 1) technical trainings about philanthropy (i.e. IRS rules, charitable giving, etc.), 2) educational, experiential, and career-oriented opportunities in the creative economy, 3) programs related to Los Angeles and its history, and 4) one-on-one and group opportunities for personal and professional development of YAC members and alumni (i.e. resume workshops, speaker series, and other trainings). Assisting with other event coordination, including potential salon series for the nonprofit sector or general public; 
  • Other Event/Meeting Coordination - coordinating meetings with and between YAC members/alumni, grantees, prospective organizations, staff, recipients of YAC consulting services, and/or the Board of Directors—playing both a facilitation and administrative support role; 
  • Grantmaking Administration - overseeing grantmaking administration for the full lifecycle of the YAC grantmaking portfolio, from organizational vetting and application due diligence to program evaluation and grantee support; and
  • Other Program and Grantmaking Support - beyond the YAC program itself, other duties and responsibilities include advancing the  oundation’s grantmaking, especially those programs that are community-centered and participatory in nature and working in partnership with other Snap Foundation staff for research/program support. 


  • An orientation towards collaboration, with the ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituencies, including youth, staff, board members, and other community members;
  • an ability to think critically and creatively problem-solve;
  • personal or professional experience that demonstrates hard work, motivation, and self-direction;
  • comfort with ambiguity and ability to adapt to a fast-paced, constantly changing environment;
  • a bachelor’s degree or at least three years of experience directly related to one or more of the program duties articulated above;
  • deep understanding of community engagement and human development best practices,
  • project and personnel management experience;
  • nonprofit and/or program administration experience;
  • deep knowledge of Los Angeles and/or the creative economy (strongly preferred); and
  • knowledge of Council practice, Restorative Justice frameworks, and other community centered facilitation styles (preferred).

Salary: $85,000 - $100,000 (plus benefits)

Benefits: We offer generous benefits including medical, dental, vision, and 401k plans, alongside vacation, sick, and holiday benefits.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
The Snap Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color (BIPOC) (including those who identify as Latinx or
AAPI), folx who identify as LGBTQ+ (including transgender and non-binary individuals), and people who identify as disabled or having disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by no later than Friday, April 23rd, 2021 for consideration.

Salary Range: 
$85,000 - $100,000 (plus benefits)
Job Type: 
Los Angeles County