Project Director

Catalyze is a grant fund created to ensure that all learners, from middle school to early adulthood, have access to transformative career-connected learning experiences that integrate education and career. The fund’s core focus is to benefit historically underserved learners, support solutions led by individuals with proximity to the communities they serve, and work with employers to build and grow talent development practices that expand access to economic opportunity while addressing key business challenges.

With more than $15M raised since its launch in March 2021, Catalyze has granted $10M to 40 groundbreaking solutions through its flagship program, the Catalyze Challenge. Catalyze is poised to grow its fund over the next two years by raising $25M from current and new funders. In addition to grantmaking, Catalyze also invests in continuous learning for grantees and the field, as well as communications and storytelling to support narrative change around the pathways to economic opportunity in the U.S.


Catalyze is hiring a full-time Project Director (PD) to lead critical aspects of the Catalyze fund. The Project Director will promote the strategic vision of Catalyze by managing funder relations and fundraising and overseeing a team of consultants and vendors to deliver on the daily operations, which are reflected across grantmaking, communications, and learning.

The PD will lead Catalyze as its first full-time employee, building on a foundation built over the past two years by a network of operational partners and the founding philanthropic entities who support it. The PD will report to the Catalyze Advisory Board and work closely with the funders of that board and Common Group, the lead operational partner. 

The PD is an adept leader who has a track record of building systems and processes; managing multiple work streams, initiatives and stakeholders; and creating culture among a coalition of partners.  As a proven problem-solver and passionate external voice of Catalyze, the PD is motivated to grow Catalyze as a key funding vehicle, innovation engine, and movement for preparing young people across the country for long-term career success. This role is fully remote, with the potential need to travel up to 20% of the time. 


Annual salary for this position is $140,000-$180,000, commensurate with experience. 


Click here for more information or to apply. 


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  • Deanna Norcross
    published this page in Job Board 2023-01-09 18:32:00 -0500