Programs Manager - American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), Washington, DC

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Deadline to Apply: September 3, 2019 at 5pm EST

Organization Overview

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation. Learn more at

AAPD is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Applicants with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Job Summary

  • Position Title:  Programs Manager
  • Position Level:  Manager
  • Job Type:  Full-time
  • Reports To:  President & CEO
  • Location:  Washington, DC
  • Salary:  $70,000-80,000 per year

The AAPD Programs Manager is responsible for the execution and continual development of all of AAPD's national programs, including the Summer Internship Program, Disability Mentoring Day, AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards, Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship, and NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship in addition to other program management roles as assigned.

The Programs Manager should be prepared to create and build out programming that serves the needs of the cross-disability community and enhances AAPD's mission of political and economic empowerment. Because this position involves engaging with a wide variety of program participants and supporters, the Programs Manager should be intentional and enthusiastic about building, strengthening, and maintaining relationships as part of their work. This position will also involve extensive collaboration with AAPD's development and communications teams to ensure that our programming reaches a diverse, engaged pool of participants.

Roles and Responsibilities
AAPD's Programs Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Continually evaluating, improving, and growing AAPD's existing programming portfolio to best execute the organization's mission
  • Planning and conducting national searches for program participants, including supervising the application and selection process for all programming
  • Managing all logistics for the Summer Internship Program, including securing internship placement sites, coordinating summer housing, scheduling and booking events, matching interns with professional mentors in the community, curating guest speaker panels, coordinating the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program, and overseeing week-long Orientation
  • Managing interpersonal relationships within the Summer Internship Program, both between program participants and between participants and staff, and serving as a point of contact for intern and staff concerns
  • Ensuring that the Summer Internship Program is structured to maximize interns' educational and professional development
  • Strengthening and expanding all non-internship programming including the Hearne Awards, Storytellers Fellowship, NBCU Tony Coelho Media Scholarship, and Disability Mentoring Day
  • Serving as the main point of contact for program participants throughout their involvement with AAPD
  • Representing AAPD's programs to external partners, funders, AAPD's Board of Directors, and potential collaborators (including Congressional offices, nonprofits, federal agencies, and private companies) through frequent public presentation opportunities
  • Identifying and cultivating relationships across DC to encourage program growth and evolution
  • Assisting with the development of annual program budgets and managing program budgets throughout the year
  • Working closely with AAPD's development team to secure funding for programs and write reports for program funders
  • Working closely with AAPD's communications team, program participants, sponsors, and other participating organizations to ensure timely, consistent, and engaging messaging around all AAPD programming
  • Working some evenings and weekends, including out of town travel as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned by the President & CEO

Applicants should possess the following:

  • A background in curriculum development, youth development, higher education, human resources, or a related field
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and management skills, including comfort with public presentations, interacting with students, and overseeing direct reports
  • Exceptional organizational/planning skills and attention to detail, including experience managing time-sensitive projects simultaneously and handling large amounts of data
  • Experience handling sensitive data and other confidential information, and demonstrated discretion and strong judgment in such situations
  • Extensive and nuanced knowledge of disability rights, disability justice, and disability policy as well as current events affecting the disability community
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding of how to apply these frameworks to programming and curriculum development
  • Demonstrated ability to identify points of potential program growth and execute the necessary changes effectively
  • Bachelor's degree or above from an accredited university, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 4 years experience in program management or related field

Application Process 
Please submit a resume, cover letter (including salary requirements), and two references to [email protected]. AAPD will accept applications until September 3, 2019 at 5 pm ET.