The Literacy Lab Leading Men Fellowship Program Associate | Leading Men Fellowship Program Manager

Leading Men Fellowship Program Manager

The Literacy Lab
800 Bank Street
Cincinnati OH 45214

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Compensation: $70,000
Posted Date: 01/25/2024
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Leading Men Fellowship Program Manager

Job Description

The Literacy Lab seeks a dynamic, organized, full-time Leading Men Fellowship Program Manager to lead its Leading Men Fellowship program in the Cincinnati, Ohio region (the” “Program Management”). The Fellowship puts young men of color at the center of change in our education system by training them to be early literacy tutors through a residency-style fellowship program for a school year.

The Program Manager is primarily responsible for leading a team of Leading Men Fellows, in coordination with a Program Associate and Early Literacy Coaching Specialists and in partnership with school staff, to implement a nationally recognized early literacy intervention program. The Program Manager is also responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships with community-based early childhood education providers, principals, school district leaders, higher education institutions, and other community partners and stakeholders, leading to the long-term sustainability and success of the program.

This leadership position is an excellent opportunity to join a dedicated and collaborative team in a high-performing nonprofit committed to closing the literacy achievement gap and bringing educational equity and empowerment to communities.

WORK LOCATION: This position will be in The Literacy Lab Cincinnati regional office.

TRAVEL: This position requires regular travel within the region and may require out-of-town travel (1+ hours away) of approximately 5-10 days/nights per year with notice.


Job Responsibilities

  • Leading the implementation of The Literacy Lab’s Leading Men Fellowship in the Cincinnati region and ensuring fidelity to the research-based model in collaboration with other team members.
  • Managing, supporting, and building relationships with at least 15 Leading Men Fellows while creating an affirming, motivating environment for all team members.
  • Building and managing relationships with community-based early childhood education providers, school sites, principals, and school district officials.
  • Helping with the annual recruitment and placement of a diverse team of high-performing
  • Leading Men Fellows, in partnership with the Recruitment Team.
  • Collaborating with Literacy Lab staff to ensure that Fellows have an affirming, meaningful experience by planning and organizing a summer training institute and creating professional and personal development opportunities for Fellows throughout the school year.
  • Working closely with Literacy Lab staff and other members of the Leading Men team in other parts of the country to implement the Leading Men Fellowship’s personal and professional development curriculum through a series of Professional Learning Group sessions.
  • Supporting and coaching Leading Men Fellows in selecting appropriate post-fellowship college and career options.
  • Collaborating with local partners to identify, select, and train mentors to support Leading Men Fellows throughout the Fellowship.
  • Analyzing Fellow and student impact and outcomes to drive success and make programmatic improvements; working closely with Coaching Specialists and the Data Team to use data to monitor the growth and success of Fellows and students.
  • Serving as an ambassador to build support for The Literacy Lab with prospective funders, schools, and community partners through site visits and events.
  • Building a sense of community and a bank of resources to support the Leading Men Fellowship Alumni network.



  • A deep commitment to closing equity, achievement, and opportunity gaps within under-resourced communities.
  • Interest in expanding and improving professional opportunities in education for young men of color.
  • A track record of leadership, taking initiative, going above and beyond, and relentlessly pursuing results.
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced and quickly changing environment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, the ability to manage projects with minimal direction, an entrepreneurial growth mindset, and a can-do attitude.
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail and deadlines.
  • The ability to connect with, inspire, and coach young adults professionally.
  • A focus on continuous improvement; open to feedback and guidance.
  • The capacity to manage multiple demands and shifting priorities.
  • The ability to face challenging situations calmly and competently.
  • Strong professional communication skills; comfort engaging with various audiences; personable and engaging personality.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office 2010 (or later) software, especially Word, Outlook, and Excel.


Additional Considerations

  • Significant experience working in education, a related field, or with under-resourced communities is a plus.
  • Significant experience with Cincinnati Public Schools and other Cincinnati area school systems is a plus.


Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position is $70,000. Benefits include a flexible work environment, 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and 50% for dependents, employer-paid short and long-term disability, employer-paid life insurance, a 403b retirement plan, and paid vacation/sick time.


Application Process

Please email a cover letter, resume, and three references with contact information (with the subject ATTN: Cincinnati Leading Men Fellowship Program Manager) to [email protected].

The Literacy Lab is an equal-opportunity employer that values equity and recruits a diverse, inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage women, people of color, those who live with disabilities, and folks who identify as LGBTQIA+ to apply. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. The Literacy Lab participates in the federal government’s E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility. To learn more about the E-Verify program, please click here.


About the Organization

The Literacy Lab is a fast-paced, national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide students–in communities experiencing racial and economic inequities–with evidence-based, culturally responsive literacy instruction as preparation for academic, professional, and personal success. We partner with school districts to add capacity in high-need schools to close the literacy achievement gap for children before third grade.

The LiteracLab’s Leading Men Fellowship creates college and career opportunities for young men of color while increasing representation in the field of education. Leading Men Fellows are young men of color who have recently graduated from high school and participate in a year-long, residency-style experience in which they provide evidence-based literacy support to pre-kindergarten students while receiving robust coaching and professional development and gaining valuable experience.


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