Associate Director, Executive Programs

Management Leadership For Tomorrow, Bethesda, MD

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MLT’s Executive Programs include a range of developmental experiences targeting professionals mid-career and beyond. The Career Advancement Program (CAP), our flagship Executive Program, is a 12-month experience that gives highly-talented minority professionals the keys to unlock their full potential and advance toward senior leadership roles in their organizations. The  Associate Director, Executive Programs supports our team’s overall strategy and manages key elements of its daily operations: developing and implementing strategies to amplify impacts and outcomes; measuring and analyzing results against key metrics; managing relationships with corporate partners and other stakeholders; and overseeing program logistics for all participants. 80% of the role is dedicated to CAP and 20% to smaller offerings under the Executive Programs umbrella.

This role offers an excellent leadership opportunity for someone looking to spearhead a national non-profit program or initiative within the next five years. While taking on increasing levels of responsibility, the Associate Director has the opportunity to strengthen existing program management skills as well as hone relationship management and leadership skills by owning team processes and initiatives.  
The ideal candidate is highly solutions-driven, very organized, and service-oriented with strong experience in program / project management, coupled with experience interpreting and making decisions with both quantitative and qualitative data utilizing various databases and analysis tools (CRMs, Google Sheets, PowerPoint, etc).

This position is based in our DC-area office and reports to the Managing Director, Executive Programs.

Responsibilities: Program Development

  • Work with Executive Programs Managing Director to create and refine distinctive, targeted, high-impact development programming that addresses the challenges mid-career professionals face achieving professional success and accelerating career advancement 
  • Work closely with development team, program Managing Director, and Fellows to align program and alumni initiatives with MLT’s broader objectives and strategies

Responsibilities: Program Execution, Management, and Measurement

  • Manage project plans and key deliverables, defining any process gaps, documenting best practices, and reporting on project issues, risks, actions and dependencies
  • Serve as primary communications officer for all participants and partners, effectively communicating updates, logistics and expectations via regular email newsletters, periodic group calls and PowerPoint presentations, shared Google Drive documents, and other channels; assist with shaping communications messaging for program applicants
  • Revise, maintain and standardize internal and external Executive Programs documents, including, but not limited to, the CAP procedural manual
  • Drive the full life cycle and day-to-day operations of the programs, including Fellow onboarding, knowledge management, event logistics, expense management, contract-building, and reporting
  • Own processes, including surveys and forms, for collecting, tracking and maintaining data on participants and outcomes in our program database
  • Collaborate with Partnerships team on proposals for new and existing partners and programs/initiatives
  • Actively participate in broader MLT Programs team and, where possible, engage and support other MLT programs, as needed

Responsibilities: Client Relationship Management

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with program stakeholders, including Fellows, corporate contacts, coaches, and instructors
  • Research, interpret, and report on long-term customer/client trends to support the evaluation and revision of program content and execution strategy.


  • BA/BS degree required, Master’s degree preferred, with 3-7 years of professional achievement, preferably in project / program management in a corporate, financial services, or professional services organization
  • Demonstrated ability to own and manage multiple concurrent projects of varying priority levels efficiently and effectively, collaborating with and influencing others as needed to reach milestones and drive progress
  • Proven ability to craft effective audience-centered communications, demonstrating a strong client service orientation
  • High emotional intelligence, with the ability to manage relationships professionally with individuals at all levels, including MLT staff, Board members, donors, external partner organization contacts, and other stakeholders
  • Superior judgment, maturity, and discretion to manage confidential information appropriately
  • Keen ability to solve problems with resourcefulness, creativity, and a solutions orientation; to take initiative when challenges arise; and to present actionable recommendations in a compelling manner, integrating learnings into refined program management processes as appropriate
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (including high degree of comfort with Excel and PowerPoint); experience with Question Pro a plus
  • Proven ability to organize, manipulate, analyze, and display data using tools such as Google Sheets and Excel, including pivot tables, charts and graphs, and to generate insights about key trends from the results
  • Comfort working individually as well as with a (remote) team
  • General ease with technology and the ability to troubleshoot related problems efficiently (e.g., with A/V equipment and conference call platforms such as Zoom and WebEx)
  • Commitment to talent development, the aspiration to work with high potential mid-level managers (Executive Programs Fellow demographic), an interest in non-profit or program management, and passion for MLT’s mission
  • Willingness and ability to travel and attend 3 to 4 week-long seminars per year

About Management Leadership For Tomorrow

John Rice at CitiAs a Harvard MBA student in the early 1990’s, John Rice began delving into the reasons why there were few other students there who looked like him. He developed a thesis for a nonprofit organization that would provide the training, coaching and networks that traditionally have been unavailable to minorities. In 2002, after a successful career at Disney and the National Basketball Association, John left the private sector to found the organization he first envisioned in business school: Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT). Transforming Lives Today, MLT has transformed the careers and life trajectories of more than 6,000 Black, Hispanic and Native American women and men – from college students to seasoned executives. MLT partners with more than 100 leading companies, social sector organizations and universities to strengthen their recruitment and retention of diverse talent. Know-How. Navigation. Network. MLT’s distinctive model provides the know-how, navigation systems and network to ensure talented underrepresented minorities are able to get on and stay on the path to senior leadership. MLT’s Rising Leaders benefit from exceptional coaching, skills training, and a powerful, professional network unlike any other – peers, mentors and senior leaders who share experience, trust and a commitment to helping each other advance. MLT’s experience and expertise are influencing national conversations about opportunity, race, workforce diversity and economic mobility, and proving that these vexing gaps and inequities can be overcome.

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