Job Opening: Program Manager

The Center for Engaged Scholarship is seeking a California-based, self-motivated and detail-oriented Program Manager for a fully-benefited 3/4 time position. 

The Center for Engaged Scholarship is a small dynamic organization that supports social science scholars in creating a more democratic society that is focused on racial, environmental, economic and gender justice. We are a 100 percent virtual non-profit. We started the Center for Engaged Scholarship in 2014 to increase the engagement of doctoral students in the social sciences with social movement organizations. We do this primarily with a national-level PhD dissertation fellowship program. Our goal is to encourage many more graduate students to do research that will help build stronger social movements to realize the promise of a more democratic and egalitarian society in the United States.

Duties/About the Role

We are seeking a California-based program manager to work remotely.  The job involves the following activities with the mix of tasks changing over the course of the year.  There is also the opportunity for taking on more responsibility as the organization grows. 

  • 40%–Managing the application website, helping applicants, recommenders, and reviewers who experience problems with the software.   Also included are distributing information about the fellowship, determining eligibility, and producing reports from the application website. 
  • 20%–Maintaining organizational records on fellows, fundraising, and applications. 
  • 20%–Support for CES fundraising efforts. 
  • 20%–Maintain contact with past and current fellows with regular email communication and tracking their professional activities and accomplishments.

The job is 30 hours per week. Flexible work hours with some availability during regular business hours for meetings and related duties.  

Required Qualifications

BA in any of the social sciences or history.

Strong computer skills,  proficiency in Word and Excel.  

Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Candidates must have the ability to communicate effectively with both Ph.D. students and senior faculty while maintaining strict confidentiality.


Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of grant management software.   

Strong interpersonal skills with a commitment to progressive values, commitment to higher education. Also desirable is an ability to respond quickly to task requests during the fellowship selection process from mid-December through March.



Annual salary will be $50,000-55,000 depending on experience.  We offer a generous health insurance plan provided by the California Association of Nonprofits.


How to Apply

Applicants should send a resume, a cover letter, and the names of three references to  

Applications should be submitted by March 5th, but the position will remain open until filled.

CES is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status.


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