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Program Manager, State Resilience

Search for Common Ground
Search for Common Ground
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Remote; Washington, DC, USA
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Title: Program Manager

Reports to: Senior Program Manager

Department: Common Ground USA

Team: State Resilience

Team Summary

​​Recognizing the severity of the challenges we face requires nothing less than the best of all of us. We work to foster social cohesion—pushing back on toxic polarization—for a new way forward, built from our experience of supporting recovery from violent conflict in dozens of countries around the world.

Together, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground USA (Search/CG-USA) and Over Zero (OZ) will build state-wide leader networks. These networks will empower diverse civil society stakeholders with strengthened relationships, skills, and tools to collaboratively prevent rising tensions and political and electoral crises.

The program is committed to starting in one state, but is exploring work in multiple. These state-level networks will be built and scaled through 2025, spanning the 2022 midterms (early stage work) and the 2024 election cycle, its aftermath, and any additional flashpoints throughout this period.

The ideal candidate is passionate about conflict transformation and coalition-building. They also have extensive experience in program management, implementation, and facilitation.


  • Support development and maintenance of national and state-level staff relationships with state-level partner organizations
  • Assist broader team with model and development of a political violence prevention curriculum
  • Support risk management and mitigation in program implementation
  • Maintains the overall management of the project budget, including monitoring Budgeted versus Actual expenditures, tracking project revenue, and subawards.
  • Develops policies, tools, and templates for program implementation and learning


  1. Supports and facilitates the project design and work plan process in line with Search’s strategy, analyzes current program implementation practices and articulates recommendations for mitigation of risks.
  2. Collaborates with other team members in developing policies and standard operating procedures on project implementation processes.
  3. Helps oversee state fellows, strategize, and build their capabilities on proactive and responsive action
  4. Prepares analysis for partnership decision-making, including identifying, conducting outreach to, and coordinating with prospective partners.
  5. Oversees the financial management of the project, including maintenance of the project budget, implementation, monitoring and compliance with financial standards applicable to internal and donor requirements
  6. Immersed and connected with national and state-level individuals and organizations working on democracy, bridge-building, social justice, and other relevant fields.
  7. Builds partnerships and donor relations in line with strategy.
  8. Assists with ensuring donor compliance through strengthening systems, policies, and procedures.
  9. Provides Finance support in development of cost-related responses to post-submission donor questions/requests for revision.
  10. Supports grant start up and close out of key and strategic grants in the CG-USA portfolio and positions the teams in a better technical position to implement and monitor compliance.

Competency Behavior Indicators (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  1. Engages and communicates effectively across functions and across teams. Demonstrates appreciation for diversity of thought and builds cross-functional relationships with other functional departments.
  2. Initiates brainstorming or problem-solving meetings. Develops skills for analyzing and communicating program successes and failures; reports lessons learned to the team and other members.
  3. Builds relationships and engages effectively with vendors, organizations, professional associations, partners, funders, and Search's network of experts critical to the area of purview.
  4. Uses resiliency and exhibits flexibility and adaptability to changing tasks and team priorities.
  5. Articulates Search and Common Ground USA’s program/project goals and objectives within and external to Search; supports development of program objectives, indicators, and results; and participates in strategy development for the team.
  6. Overcomes obstacles, including personal biases, by following Search's ethics code in complex situations; displayed in activities as ethical principles and values that guide professional interactions.
  7. Works across functions from a multicultural perspective that reflects consideration of other cultures, other viewpoints, and other ways of doing things.
  8. Sensitively recognizes ethical situations.
  9. Independently prioritizes time to reach deadlines and reaches end results of assignments with ability to accomplish multiple steps with limited to no supervision.

Type and Nature of Contacts

  1. Routinely coordinates with colleagues and consultants on-site and in the field and resolves problem situations with tact.
  2. Represents, as assigned, selected programs or projects and other organizations, including donors, vendors, and international and local partners.

Education and Experience

Typically BS/BA with minimum 6 years’ experience.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Usual office environment conditions; ability to travel across the United States at least 20%.

Supervisory and Budget Responsibility

May supervise two or more staff members.


  • 20 days vacation, 10 days sick leave, 16 holidays which includes end of year closure
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Long term disability and Short term disability coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Retirement plan with employer match and immediate vesting at 100%
  • DC metro transit benefit program
  • Option for remote work anywhere in the United States
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