Senior Program Manager

Committee for Children - Seattle, Washington or Remote - Full time

Note: This position is located in the Seattle area or eligible to sit remotely in any of the following states: AZ, CA, CO, DC, GA, IL, NJ, OR, TX, VA

At Committee for Children (CFC), we have the privilege of working each day to help young people become the architects of a better tomorrow. Since 1979, we’ve grown from our grassroots beginnings into a global nonprofit. We serve diverse communities by advocating for policies to enhance, gathering research to support, and developing educational programs to advance the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning (SEL). We’re best known for our innovative Second Step® family of SEL programs, which blend research and rigor with intuitive design to help young people build strengths that will help them realize their goals throughout life.

To achieve our vision of safe children thriving in a just and peaceful world, we’re committed to helping build an anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive society that supports the positive development of every child. We’ve set a North Star Goal to positively and equitably transform the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2030, and in pursuit of that goal, we’re looking for an experienced Senior Program Manager to join our team.

As the Senior Program Manager, you’ll direct and oversee a team of project managers to ensure projects meet business unit goals and requirements. The Senior Program Manager will also improve and implement processes and policies, coach and manage the performance of project management staff, and work with other department leaders to define, prioritize, and develop projects and programs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Reinforce the PMO strategy and lead the implementation and continuous improvement of project management standards and tools to facilitate the successful delivery of projects
  • Coach and mentor members of the PMO team to grow their skills and competencies while fostering a departmental culture that encourages diverse perspectives, equitable workstreams, and inclusive conversations
  • Ensure clarity in roles and responsibilities within the PMO and project teams
  • Set annual performance targets for individuals and the team and conduct performance reviews
  • Manage the risk-, issue-, and change-resolution process, and work with other leaders to take corrective action as needed


  • 7+ years of project management experience, with success managing a team of project managers for at least 4 years
  • 4+ years of experience with Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Project management and Agile training and certifications
  • Stakeholder management experience, including leading a portfolio of projects
  • Experience managing multiple methodologies and multiyear projects
  • Experience in the education or digital product fields highly desired
  • Experience collaborating in team environments that require strong interpersonal skills

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Expert-level knowledge of project and change management and associated methodologies, techniques, processes, and approaches
  • Strong familiarity with project management software, particularly Jira, Wrike, Aha!, and Asana
  • Ability to mentor, coach, and effectively transfer expertise to others
  • Ability to adapt to shifting priorities, demands, and timelines
  • Ability to gain cooperation from a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to establish and develop relationships and partnerships with internal and external team members
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with ability to influence and persuade

Organization-Wide Commitments

The ideal candidate must be committed to embodying our mission, vision, and values of excellence, integrity, equity, innovation, transformative impact, and authentic relationships. They must also demonstrate a commitment to supporting a culture of belonging by actively participating in organization-wide learning and development focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and by rooting their work in equity and inclusion.

What We Offer

This role will offer some amazing opportunities to add value, contribute, and make a difference while enjoying new challenges, a collaborative and diverse team, and professional development opportunities. Committee for Children offers competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and retirement with generous employer match. We also offer commuting, wellness, and staff-development benefits. Our office is in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and offers a modern workspace with views of Puget Sound and the Space Needle. All employees are currently working 100 percent remote until further notice. Subject to change.

About Committee for Children

For more than 40 years, Committee for Children has been helping children learn, grow, and thrive by teaching them how to understand emotions, build meaningful relationships, and resolve conflicts. We believe that if you make a positive impact on enough children through social-emotional learning, then the ripples will help a family, a school, a community, and ultimately, the world. We believe that successfully ensuring the safety and well-being of all children will require the involvement of our greatest thinkers. That’s why we bring together diverse opinions and viewpoints—from educators, philanthropists, community activists, scientists and researchers, private-sector executives, and behavioral specialists.Come join the effort. And let’s grow kinder together.

Committee for Children is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, age, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, genetics, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Project Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

Committee for Children

Committee for Children is a global nonprofit dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. CFC is the world’s largest provider of research-based educational programs that promote social-emotional skills and prevent bullying.
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