Director of Programs

11 Jul, 2022


Director of Programs

Ladies Who Launch (LWL)

Organization Overview

Ladies Who Launch (LWL), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is on a mission to celebrate, elevate and empower women and non-binary entrepreneurs. We focus on four pillars – Inspiration, Education, Funding, and Community – to give entrepreneurs and small business owners the motivation, resources, and connections to build and sustain the businesses of their dreams.

Ladies Who Launch became an incorporated non-profit organization in 2019. As an early-stage non-profit that offers an array of free services from educational webinars and convenings to a business grant/mentorship program, LWL is proud of the impact we have achieved in support of entrepreneurs. We are now poised for significant growth and scale. If you care about helping women and non-binary-owned and operated businesses rise and thrive, and are a leader prepared to excel and advance professionally in a fast-paced environment, this is an exciting opportunity for you! 

Position Overview

Ladies Who Launch is seeking an experienced Director of Programs (“Director”) to develop, execute, and manage all current and future educational initiatives of the organization, including but not limited to our Launch Grant Program, Educational Events Series, and the LWL Academy, a go-to resource for small businesses and entrepreneurs. We work with cross-sector partners to devise and deliver proven SMB resources, facilitate access to mentors and advisors, offer unique virtual and physical convening opportunities, and seek opportunities to amplify the successes of small business owners and entrepreneurs to propel them and others forward.

The Director will lead program development and will be responsible for communicating and sharing the work of LWL with key stakeholders and audiences. Focused on continuous improvement, the Director will execute against program goals, and define and measure impact. The Director will report to LWL’s Executive Director.

Responsibilities and Functions

Launch Program Development & Management

  • Work closely with the Executive Director and other key stakeholders to hone the six-month Launch Program model to allow for future scaling and year-over-year impact measurement

  • Create and nurture broad and diverse network of entrepreneurs, small business owners as well as mentors, experts and advisors

  • Lead and manage day-to-day program operations for all cohorts and prospective candidates

  • For each active cohort, develop deep understanding of their critical business needs and set objectives to strategically meet those needs, routing resources where/when they are needed

  • Plan, execute and evaluate all Launch Program activities including monthly educational webinars, coaching sessions, etc.

  • Devise annual application process, including application framework and system, and communications plan, in partnership with relevant LWL team members

  • Craft, update and manage grant agreements and budgets, including fielding questions and monitoring grant compliance

  • Maintain and strengthen relationships with program partners; build new partnerships with organizations that can further support the LWL community along their entrepreneurial journey

  • Oversee program impact identification and data collection, including related technology platforms (i.e. Salesforce, Submittable); regularly present program performance status to Executive Director

  • Design and execute alumni engagement strategy

Educational Event Series

  • Manage strategy and work plan for all program-related events; including large Fall and Spring Summits, place-based in-person convenings, annual Launch Program Retreat, and webinars

  • Identify, cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships that enhance event series, leveraging expertise, experience, and networks in support of LWL’s community

Content Creation & Communications Strategy

  • Manage the collection of best-practice resources, aggregate and distill, and/or devise new compelling and unique content for LWL’s website, including the LWL Academy build-out

  • Partner closely with relevant team members, informing and/or creating blog posts, educational newsletters, social media, fundraising, and other content

  • Work with the Executive Leadership team to develop a robust communications strategy for LWL, incorporating all educational offerings, including refreshing messaging, seeking alumni and current cohort stories, and finding new ways to amplify program impact to LWL constituents

Team Management and Organizational Leadership

  • Supervise direct reports, and oversee relationships with consultants and/or volunteers engaged in executing LWL’s Program strategies

  • Build and maintain project budgets and timelines to ensure projections remain on track and report costs to Executive Director throughout the duration of each project

  • Partner closely with the Director of Development on devising and executing innovative sponsorships and other fundraising activities, including around major Summits

  • Identify and hire new staff members, when appropriate, while ensuring professional development and effective mentorship of development staff

  • Work in concert with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to deepen the Board’s engagement and advocacy role

  • Oversee all department activities related to ongoing day-to-day program operations & reporting

  • Support the implementation and ongoing execution of a CRM and organizational record keeping

  • Be an active participant and contributor on LWL’s growing executive leadership team, and build meaningful relationships with staff organization-wide

  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned or needed


  • 8+ years of work experience developing and executing programs in a high performing team in entrepreneurship, small business, job skills, economic or workforce development

  • 3+ years of management experience, ideally at a startup, accelerator or non-profit

  • A logical thinker with strong analytical skills who can develop and evaluate innovative solutions before taking or recommending actions

  • Strategic thinking skills with ability to apply areas of knowledge to extrapolate content for use

  • Exceptional project management skills; Ability to set priorities, develop and execute coordinated programs of work and prescribe the processes needed to achieve the required objectives

  • Experience setting and measuring outcomes, and identifying process & program improvements

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and successful experience collaborating with partners and working with a wide range of stakeholders

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including drafting and editing talking points, presentation decks, newsletters, etc.

  • Ability to thrive with ambiguity and drive the achievement of organizational objectives in an environment of constant change

  • Highly self-directed; ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Self-motivated, strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines

  • A global and agile mindset; curious to work and collaborate effectively in a cross border, virtual environment

  • Extensive experience working with key communication, CRMs and other platforms, including Salesforce, Asana and Slack / Proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Office, etc.

  • Willingness to travel as needed for LWL activities

  • A passion for DE&I and a drive to build a better and more equitable world for everyone

Ideally, you’ll also have:

  • Deep understanding and engagement with the small business / entrepreneur ecosystem

  • Intense curiosity across a variety of subject areas and sectors; unquenchable thirst for learning

  • Previous experience in event planning

  • Previous experience in B2B commercial partnerships within a corporate entity

  • Previous experience in managing large scale project budgets

Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Remote
Status: Full-time; Exempt

To apply: Please submit your resume and a cover letter to using the subject line: LWL Director of Programs Application_FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME. No phone calls please.

Job posted: 2022-07-11