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Program Manager (South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA))

Company Name

South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)

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Job Location

Hybrid [3 Days in Office]

Company Information

SAADA uses the power of stories to create belonging for 5.4+ million South Asian Americans. Our archive, storytelling projects, artistic partnerships, walking tours, lesson plans, films, and books help ensure that South Asian Americans are recognized as an essential part of the American story. The future we are building together is one where each of us feels our value, our worth, and knows that we belong.

Job Description

The Program Manager will support the planning and execution of SAADA’s wide-reaching national programs and events. In this role, you will:

Manage programs and ensure their success by (60%):

-Overseeing timelines, budgets, deliverables, and milestones for a number of simultaneous projects, in a diverse range of fields, so that elements of each project are on track in order to fulfill their goals.
-Communicating proactively with collaborators to assure their respective contributions to a project meet expectations and deadlines.
Generating and implementing creative ideas to scale SAADA’s programs and maximize organizational impact.
-Example of a program: Measuring Impact of Archives on BIPOC Arts Organizations
-Communicating with research partners through email and Zoom.
-Co-designing a selection process for fellows to document arts organizations.
-Providing ongoing guidance to arts organization fellows.
-Ensuring that project deliverables meet expectations and are completed on time.
-Tracking project expenses and regularly keeping all stakeholders aware of new developments.

Lead event planning and execution by (20%):

-Coordinating operations and logistics for workshops, conferences, and events, both in-person and virtually.
-Planning event agendas and activities that provide compelling opportunities to showcase SAADA’s work and create a welcoming environment for attendees.
-Organizing group travel plans and coordinating with local vendors such as venues, hotels, transportation, and caterers.
-Capturing and managing follow-through from meetings and events by preparing agendas, taking notes, creating tasks, and following up on next steps to generate forward momentum.

Contribute to SAADA’s operations and sustainability by (20%):

-Supporting organizational growth through other projects assigned by SAADA’s Executive Director, including supervision of staff.
-Participating in conversations with community members, donors, contributors, and others invested in SAADA’s work.
-Pursuing professional development and other learning opportunities.

Salary and Benefits:

The pay range for this position is $55,000 – $65,000. SAADA is committed to providing our staff with a competitive benefits package, which includes a monthly health insurance stipend, paid time off, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, retirement matching, a wellness stipend, and a professional development fund. This hybrid position (three days in office per week) is based in SAADA’s Philadelphia office, located at 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2130, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Job Qualifications

Who You Are:

When given the opportunity to plan, you are able to see both the forest and the trees. You are confident in planning and navigating milestones for multiple long-term projects and events, while also having a perceptive eye for the daily tasks needed to successfully meet those goals. You take pride in your organizational systems and know how to leverage your superb communication skills to work collaboratively with staff and other project stakeholders. You are excited by a work environment where things can change quickly and each day can look different.

Above all, you are motivated by the fact that your work every day supports a mission that matters. You believe in the power of storytelling and deeply resonate with our vision of redefining what it means to be American. You are excited to help create and implement events and projects that uplift immigrants and other marginalized communities.

To all this, you bring:

-Commitment to SAADA’s mission of expanding the circle of who belongs in the American story.
-Expertise in organization and logistics through at least 4 years of relevant professional experience that can support you in leading multiple projects and events with varying timelines and stakeholders.
-Clear communication skills for in-person and online interactions that allow you to coordinate effectively with those involved in your projects and events.
-Empathy and demonstrated understanding of the South Asian American immigrant experience and/or experiences of other marginalized communities.
-Pride in the work that you lead for SAADA, motivating you to consistently aim to create impactful work.
-Curiosity and drive to efficiently spearhead meaningful events and projects for the communities that SAADA serves.
-A willingness to be available for occasional evening meetings (2-3 times/month) and travel (1-2 times/month) to facilitate program meetings.
-Flexibility, optimism, and a desire to learn and challenge yourself in a rapidly growing organization.
-Enthusiasm to uplift and live by SAADA’s core values.

How to Apply

SAADA is an equal opportunity employer. We are building a team that is dedicated to our work and to each other and we’d love for you to join us. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until this position is filled. Please send your resume and cover letter with the subject line “Program Manager Position” to . In your email, please also include how you found out about this position. Read the full posting here.

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