Program Manager

Vocal Justice


At Vocal Justice (, we believe that every student, especially undervalued Black and Brown youth, deserves an education that affirms their racial and ethnic identities, builds their critical consciousness, and prepares them to speak out against the very injustices they may have experienced firsthand. That’s why we built a rigorous, fun, and culturally affirming public speaking program that helps students recognize the power of their authentic voice and use it for social justice. In the short-term, we are expanding our program from 15 to 100 schools over the next three years. Our long-term goal is to use learnings from our direct service program to inform structural changes to our education system, advocating for new curriculum standards, student and teacher evaluations, and funding allocations that make social justice and youth power core to every school in the U.S.

We’re eager to hire our first employee, a Program Manager, to help bring us closer to a world where every student is inspired and prepared to advocate for justice — wherever they choose to lead in life. The Program Manager will oversee and revise our curriculum; recruit, select, and train teachers to integrate our program into their schools; gather and review feedback from students and teachers to ensure we live out our stated mission; share ideas on how to elevate the voices of marginalized youth beyond our core program; and serve as a thought partner to the founder on how to scale our impact.

We’re looking for someone who is frustrated by our education system’s failure to cultivate socially conscious leaders, yet optimistic about our ability to change that; someone who thinks expansively about how to integrate critical pedagogy and youth voice into schools across unique geographies and sociopolitical contexts; someone who moves quickly, but with intention and care; someone who brings levity and love to their work; someone who is as thoughtful as they are vocal; and someone who is eager to tackle the ever-changing tasks of a burgeoning social venture on a bold mission to rethink what education can and should look like.

The Program Manager will report directly to the founder, Shawon Jackson, who is based in Oakland, California. Since summer 2019, Shawon has led Vocal Justice workshops for 80+ students across two states, and he has trained 15 educators across the U.S. on how to do the same. Through these efforts, Vocal Justice has engaged about 300 students. Since March 2021, Shawon has secured over $250K for this work, including the Social Innovation Fellowship from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition.

This is a full-time, remote role that begins September 6, 2021. A two-year commitment is required. The first-year salary is fixed at $70,000 and will increase annually based on performance and organizational budget. No specific degree or years of work experience is needed for this role. Every applicant must be legally authorized to be a full-time employee in the U.S. and able to work at least Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM Pacific Time (40-45 hours per week).

If interested, submit your application by Wednesday, July 14 at 2PM PT.

Email Shawon if you have questions or concerns: [email protected]


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