Program Manager

IDP Foundation | Chicago, Illinois


Established in 2008 as a registered 501(c)3 organization, the IDP Foundation, Inc. is a private non-profit foundation dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global issues. Specifically, we support local and international partners who innovate, develop and see progress in all forms of learning, from critical medical research to classroom education.

We believe that education is key to conquering many of the world’s greatest challenges. We believe that everyone should have equal access to educational opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. We believe that a combination of smart philanthropy and investment can galvanize solutions to make that future a reality.

Our keystone initiative is the IDP Rising Schools Program, a groundbreaking education finance and training initiative created to empower existing low-fee private schools across Ghana. The program was developed as an innovative and sustainable model for improving educational infrastructure in private schools serving low-income families and has since demonstrated that with adequate training, these school owners can improve their management and efficiently use their newly found loans to sustain and improve their institutions.



Building off the successes and learnings of the keystone IDP Rising Schools Program, the Education Team has a long-term goal of contributing to education ecosystems that provide quality education to all children. Our intended outcomes are for:

  • Low-fee private school leaders to have the knowledge and resources to establish the necessary conditions for providing quality education
  • Low-fee private schools to be well-organized and represented within local, national and global education networks
  • Governments to implement effective policies to partner with, support, and regulate LFPS
  • Education practitioners and donors effectively integrate and support the LFPS sector in strategy and practice locally, nationally and globally.

Job Summary

The IDP Foundation, Inc. is excited to add a second Program Manager to their team. The Program Manager is a partnership developer, project manager, and excellent communicator who is passionate about international education, systems change, market-based approaches, and sustainable solutions. The Program Manager is responsible for supporting the Chief Program Officer (CPO) in managing current and future partnerships and stakeholder relationships in order to achieve the Education Team’s impact objectives. It is expected that the Program Manager have the ability to travel domestically or internationally (up to 25%).


  • Pragmatic and self-driven, with the ability to clearly articulate recommendations for quick decision-making
  • Comfortable with both making decisions and following directives
  • Flexible and able to quickly adapt to change, valuing being opportunistic alongside strategic
  • A skilled communicator who is patient, even-keeled, and diplomatic
  • Upbeat with a positive attitude and proactive responses to challenges
  • Collaborative and thrive in a small team environment
  • A life-long learner

Reports To

Chief Program Officer


Partnership and Project Development and Management

  • Support the CPO in managing the Education Team projects and partnerships, including by serving as the lead contact and partner expert for a subset of grantees and partners
  • Assist in providing oversight and guidance as partners execute upon grant/loan agreements with IDPF through regular communication, tracking progress against work plans, ensuring timely submission of reports, and reviewing and providing feedback on deliverables
  • Ensure the CPO is informed of all relevant partnership updates and challenges when they arise, using excellent judgement to determine when the CPO needs to be consulted
  • Conduct site visits to monitor program performance as directed by the CPO
  • Support the process of reviewing proposals and providing technical assistance on applications to ensure they align with IDPF objectives
  • Identify and develop relationships with potential partners, grantees, and allies that can advance IDPF’s objectives through desk research and networking

Advocacy and Ambassadorship

  • Effectively represent and serve as spokesperson for the IDP Foundation, Inc. at selected conferences and meetings
  • Advocate on behalf of the low-fee private schools by discussing the opportunities and value of governments and stakeholders supporting the sector through regulation, in-kind contributions, and public-private partnerships 
  • Collaborate with the Communications Manager to draft presentations for CPO and ensure she is prepared for all of her speaking engagements

Management of the Administrative Assistant

  • Responsible for day-to-day management of the Administrative Assistant
  • Set goals, delegate tasks and projects, and oversee progress towards meeting
  • Assess performance and provide ongoing feedback and support through regular check-ins and formal performance appraisals


  • Develop and manage systems for monitoring and prioritizing tasks and projects to ensure all relationships are effectively managed
  • Contribute to communications efforts through blog writing and social media posting as needed and directed by the communications team
  • Ensure CPO has all information required to effectively report to the President& CEO and wider IDPF team on activities and progress
  • Lead future projects and programs as assigned


  • Ability to communicate in a professional, engaging and diplomatic manner
  • Background in public-private partnerships, low-fee private schools, or international education preferred
  • Exceptional organizational, time management and project management skills
  • Flexibility with changing projects and ability to prioritize
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word and advanced skills in Microsoft Excel and general computer trouble shooting skills


Competitive salary

How to Apply

Please send your resume to [email protected] 

IDP Foundation


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations