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16 Feb 2022

Operations / Administration Managing Director, Program

Moonshot edVentures
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Position Title: Managing Director, Program 

Location: Metro Denver

Salary Range: $105,000 – $120,000



Founded in 2017, Moonshot edVentures is recognized nationally as a model for a place-based approach to identifying a diverse pipeline of educators and accelerating them to found and/or lead schools and programs centered on innovative and learner-centered practices. Moonshot is currently training our fifth cohort of Fellows and continuing to grow our alumni network and services. Moonshot identifies educators who are at least 2 or 3 years away from launching their idea and provides them with high-quality, comprehensive programming focused on leadership development, model design, and pathways to launch. Through mentorship, partnerships and local community engagement, Fellows complete the program ready to launch innovative and effective learning environments for students who have been traditionally underserved by our current education system.


Moonshot’s key program components include:

  • Moonshot Fellowship
  • Explore: The first stage of the Fellowship (August – December) where Fellows hone their leadership, co-create their design with students and families, and build their knowledge of pathways to launch their venture.
  • Cultivate: The second stage of the Fellowship (January – May) where Fellows test key assumptions of their model, execute two pilots, and manage a group of their peers to execute programming for students. 
  • Prepare For Launch: The third and final stage of the Fellowship (Summer/Fall) where Fellows pilot independently for 1-2 weeks. 
  • Residency
  • Residency Bridge Year: A part-time, year-long program where Moonshot alumni seeking to launch or lead schools develop their academic models and instructional leadership, and, if applicable, create their school launch plan.
  • School Launcher Track: A full-time, year-long program where Residents work as administrators at host schools and engage in Moonshot workshops with the goal of submitting a high-quality charter application at the completion. 
  • Program Launcher Track: Expected to launch in 2022, this full-time year-long program will be for Moonshot alumni program founders. Through this track, Residents will work with Moonshot building their skills and long-term plans for fundraising, revenue-generation, proof of model, and scaling. 
  • Alumni Supports & Services: Moonshot supports its 84 and growing alumni base with a menu of services including a micro-grant program, an Expert Bench of consultants that alumni access free-of-cost, and 1:1 support on fundraising, career development, and piloting. 


In the coming year, we aim to add 16 fellows to our network (84 to 100), six new ventures (24 to 30), add at least two new schools (2 to 4-6), and provide 200 hours of support for our alumni(800 to 1000). We will also engage in a strategic planning process that will build on Moonshot’s success and set the strategic direction for the next five years. 



Moonshot edVentures seeks a Managing Director, Program who will be a key strategic partner for the organization and the lead for Moonshot’s innovative programming for education entrepreneurs. This person will manage and lead the program team (Sasha Green, Program and Operations Manager, and VJ Brown, Alumni and Partnerships Manager) to execute rigorous and responsive development of our 84 alumni and newest cohort of Fellows via the Moonshot Fellowship, Residency programming, and alumni services. Additionally, this individual will play a critical role in fueling the growth of our programs by partnering with the CEO to build out Moonshot’s next 5-year strategic direction. This growth could include expansion within Denver, expansion across Colorado and/or national expansion.


The Managing Director, Program will be based in the Metro Denver area and must be available to deliver programming on evenings and weekends. This role will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. 



The primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Build and execute strategy to grow leadership development opportunities
      • In collaboration with the CEO, launch new leadership development initiatives that target underrepresented school and program leaders, including a Program Track for Residency
      • Develop a thorough and responsive data and evaluation strategy for all Moonshot programming to ensure high, clear impact for students and families
      • Support board governance and management, including leading the board’s Program Committee
  • Set vision for overall program
      • Work with program team to audit current program and form a unified opinion about what should be maintained or changed
      • Lead Moonshot staff towards a shared vision for recruitment and selection that is grounded in equity, ensures a cohesive experience for participants, and aligned across program components
      • Partner with Manager, Alumni and Partnerships to set a vision for alumni facing work that intersects impact and efficiency
  • Design and lead programming
  • Execute the nationally renowned Moonshot Fellowship for early-stage education entrepreneurs seeking to launch new schools or programs in Metro Denver, including facilitation
  • Provide one-on-one coaching and support  to 15-20 Fellows in developing their leadership and venture idea
  • Lead and manage contractors and programming team
  • Build a team culture that is aligned to organizational core values and rooted in strong, culturally-responsive management practices
      • Manage, coach, and support all program team using best practices of equity centered management and with a focus on growing skills and talent internally. Specifically:
        • Program & Operations Manager to execute towards the successful delivery of the Fellowship and Residency, including a rigorous recruitment & selection process for Fellows.
  • Two consultants who manage the School Track for the Residency and one consultant who will manage the Program Track.
  • Alumni & Partnerships Manager to execute an ambitious alumni and partnerships strategy that explores expansion, collaborations with local and national peer organizations, and provides robust support for our 84 alumni network.
  • Multiple contractor relationships to provide meaningful and impactful supports to fellows and alumni using high-quality feedback cycles and accountability



Success in this position will require the following:

  • What you’ve accomplished (required): 
      • 10+ years of total work experience
      • 3+ years of experience in one of these capacities:
        • As a school leader or senior leader of a charter network, ideally with operations and/or curriculum development experience
        • As a leader (head of function or higher) in a nonprofit that supports schools, programs, or other youth development initiatives
        • Facilitating programs designed to accelerate or otherwise develop educators with diverse backgrounds
      • Demonstrated success managing a team to outcomes while establishing a truly inclusive culture
  • Experiences you’ve either developed or would be excited to learn here:
    • Experience launching a charter school or nonprofit organization or supporting others to do so (resulting in a depth of knowledge about the skills, mindsets, and knowledge it takes to do so)
    • Experience facilitating adult learning sessions with success
    • Knowledge of and relationships within the Metro Denver community and/or Colorado
  • How you work and what you value:
    • An empathetic leader aligned to our mission & values with a deep commitment to racial and social justice and a drive to help students of color to excel and succeed.
    • A diversity equity and inclusion centered leader adept at examining structures of oppression, white supremacy culture, and bias at a systems level with a leadership practice that actively centers equity and inclusivity in management, coaching and development, and decision making. 
    • A strategic and visionary leader who is able to manage ambiguity in start up, sustaining and scaling environments.
    • An exemplary operator and manager who implements strategy with fidelity and effectively direct projects characteristic of many moving pieces through strong management of self, directly reporting staff, and indirectly reporting. contractors/volunteers while facing competing priorities, resource/time scarcity, and ambiguity.
    • A highly relational and collaborative leader with the capacity to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders both in service of Moonshot’s goals and as a responsible and equity-minded steward of the broader ecosystem. Proven ability to build authentic, deep, and abiding relationships across lines of difference.



  • The salary range for this position is $105,000 – $120,000.
  • We offer excellent benefits, including a 401k plan, 90% coverage of medical and dental insurance and 60% coverage for dependents, opportunities for local and national personal and professional development, generous PTO and sick days, and relocation if needed.  
  • Staff who are required to work nights and weekends receive 1:1 comp time (e.g. if you work 4 hours on a Thursday night, you might have Friday morning off)
  • Flexible work culture with the option to work from coworking space or from home with the exception of in person team meetings and programming



Moonshot is currently operating our programs with a hybrid approach including a mix of in-person and virtual experiences. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, including district, city, state and national guidance, and adjust our approach as necessary to prioritize the health and safety of everyone in our program and organization. 






Moonshot edVentures is partnering with RCG Talent Solutions to find our next Managing Director, Program. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to Miranda Cortez ( 



Moonshot edVentures is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive

consideration for employment. In compliance with federal, state and local laws, all hiring decisions will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are deeply committed to building diverse candidate pools for all positions and creating a work culture and environment inclusive of all. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

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Bureaus: Detroit. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration. Salaries: 100,000 and above.