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Program Manager

Target Start Date
October or November 2022

Overview / Objective
The Program Manager will oversee educational and fellowship program operations for PowerHouse Texas, the non-profit, non-partisan organization affiliated with Texas Caucus for Climate, Environment, and Energy Industry. The job requires professionalism, a strong desire to solve problems for internal and external stakeholders, a collaborative work ethic, adaptability and flexibility in a fast-paced environment, and strong written and verbal communications skills. Background or interest in the energy industry, technology, innovation, policy, the Texas legislative process, and supporting early career professionals is preferred.

This position will research, plan, and implement programs that are essential to the mission of PowerHouse Texas, including the Policy Fellowship Program, which places early career professionals in legislative offices to work on climate and energy issues, and the Innovation Forum Program, which provides regular educational opportunities for legislative members and staff on climate and energy issues.

The Program Manager is responsible for leading, mentoring, and supporting program participants and stakeholders, including legislative offices, corporations, and institutions in program activities. This position will plan and lead group meetings and discussions with program participants to present information, answer questions, and remedy complaints. They inspire and create an environment of open communication within the Policy Fellows and program participants on responsibilities and new initiatives.

This position will ensure that the goals of senior management are being attained through devising strategies to monitor process and performance in order to implement improvements, determine operational efficiencies, and strategically plan for continued growth and efficacy of the programs. This position will help develop sustainable processes and policies for all of the educational and fellowship programs as well as help track expenditures and grant compliance deliverables. The Program Manager reports to the Executive Director of PowerHouse Texas.


Program Development, Strategy, and Execution:
  • Implement programs to grow climate and energy literacy and engagement within the legislative process through educational programs within the Texas Capitol.
  • Initiate and set goals for programs according to the strategic objectives of PowerHouse Texas and ensure that objectives and key results for each program are on track and reached.
  • Determine measurable outcomes for each program to analyze, impact and inform improvements.
  • Proactively identify program challenges and coordinates and implements effective solutions.
  • Devise evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements.
  • Develop, track and report program metrics to the Executive Director, Board of Directors and funders to determine success of the program. 
  • Support Executive Director with program partnerships with nonprofits, institutions, corporations, and agencies, in support of climate change, environment, and energy education goals.
  • Recruit and select top applicants from universities from around the state for the Policy Fellowship program.
  • Schedule and coordinate logistics for Innovation Forums and trainings for policy fellows.
  • Assist the Policy Fellows with job placement after completion of the fellowship program. Help identify job opportunities and serve as a reference. 
  • Oversee and implement participant engagement processes that ensure equity in participation and that all voices are heard and input is integrated into plans, strategy, and execution.
  • Coordinate with all program participants and other stakeholders involved to answer daily questions, provide feedback and resolve complex problems.
  • Assist Executive Director with developing and managing a multi-year program budget in support of funding goals and annual expenditure forecasts.
  • Work with Executive Director to strategically plan initiatives for growth and sustainability of fellowship and other educational programs.
  • Create policy documents, including one-pagers, position papers, talking points, and other collateral as needed.
  • Draft communications specific to the fellowship and education program objectives and processes for program participants, legislative offices, institutions, and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of fellowship program laws and rules, and ensure program operations and activities adhere to legal guidelines and internal policies.

Marketing, Fundraising and Public Relations:

  • Work with the PowerHouse Texas team and the Executive Director to promote program visibility and funding support. This includes representing programs internally and externally including engaging with our Advisory Board, legislative offices, and external partners through forums, conferences, and meetings.
  • Support Executive Director in building online and social media presence and developing fundraising materials for education programs.
  • Manage social media ad campaigns to promote programs and recruit participants
  • Collect program success stories to pitch to press, use in fundraising materials, and for social media content.
  • Assist with press releases and develop talking points for interviews with the press.

The above is not an all-inclusive list of all duties performed by this job title, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Program Manager may be required to perform other additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor's degree in public policy, or a related degree, and 5+ years in a professional environment with increasing responsibility OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 1+ years management experience. Exceptional leadership, collaboration, analytical, and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal, problem solving, and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to both manage complex projects, programs, staff, and budgets.
  • Excellent leadership, meeting facilitation, collaboration, public speaking and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation techniques and key metrics.
  • Proficient in MS office, Google Suites, and program management software (e.g. Basecamp, MS Project, etc.)
  • Willingness to travel and attend evening meetings

Preferred Qualifications
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or other Strategic Planning Certifications.
  • Familiarity with legislative processes, particularly legislative sessions and policy writing.
  • Experience in working with community leaders, agency staff, elected officials and local media to promote and implement successful projects.
  • Experience in collaborating and negotiating with diverse groups and interests, including communities of color and historically marginalized communities.

Physical Demands
This position regularly requires the abilities of sitting, manual dexterity, climbing, walking, driving, lifting, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. 

Work Environment
During the Legislative Session, this position will be primarily based at the Texas Capitol and other nearby office environments, as needed for meetings, conferences, networking, and programming. At other times, this position can be a mix of remote and in-person.

Terms / Expected Hours of Work
Though responsibilities may vary season to season, this position will be required to work some events during evenings and weekends, particularly during the Legislative Session. In addition, this position will field after hours concerns from fellows.
Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time, exempt employee, you are eligible to participate in benefits, including but not limited to a health insurance reimbursement and flexible PTO.

The anticipated salary is $75,000-$84,000.