Program Director, New Initiative

Palo Alto, CA /
Programs /
The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation (SGFF) works to build a more equal and resilient world. We bring people together to support each other through three key initiatives: LeanIn.Org, OptionB.Org, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program. 

We are looking for a Program Director to lead the development, launch, and growth of a new program for Lean In. The ideal candidate is passionate about driving change for women and girls and has a deep understanding of the unique challenges they face. If you want to work with us to build a more equal and resilient world and have direct experience developing and launching programs for girls and women at scale, we can’t wait to meet you.
Due to COVID-19, our team is working remotely on PDT hours through July 2021. Beyond that, this full-time position will be based out of our office in Palo Alto, CA. 


    • Build, manage and mentor a small team 
    • Manage day-to-day operations of the program
    • Build and own engagement of program’s Advisory Board(s)
    • Own and oversee the program’s development
    • Develop a high level strategy aligned with Lean In’s strengths as well as the needs of the target audience
    • Provide strategic guidance and tactical reviews for curriculum development, optimization, and iterations
    • Provide strategic guidance and tactical reviews for the development of a strong social media presence and ongoing strategy
    • Design and oversee program pilots that inform and shape programmatic content development and programming structure
    • Shape the program with a strong DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) lens - constantly pushing the initiative toward more equitable and intersectional outcomes
    • Define efficacy measures and set targets that guide the program towards measurable and meaningful impact
    • Own and oversee the program’s national rollout, coordinating and collaborating with senior leadership and cross-functional teams
    • Build meaningful partnerships that help the program and its materials reach new audiences 
    • Build a go to market plan to reach the program’s target audience
    • Collaborate on the development of a brand and web presence that is engaging to our target audience
    • Own ongoing growth of the program (nationally and globally) through partnerships, digital marketing strategies, etc.
    • Build the brand into an established thought leader in its space
    • Own impact assessments and ROI decision-making for the program


    • 12-15 years of experience and at least 3+ years in senior management or senior leadership roles
    • Demonstrated track record of developing, launching, and running large-scale programs or initiatives that drive tangible impact
    • Demonstrated operations experience, leading effective teams and high-profile cross-functional efforts
    • Experience developing or overseeing the development of content that is highly effective and engaging
    • Experience establishing and driving programmatic partnerships
    • Strong track record leading efficient, high-performing cross-functional teams with a thoughtful, empathetic approach
    • Passion for missions of Lean In, Option B, and the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program
    • Strong advocate for equity, inclusion, and uplifting marginalized voices
    • Strong understanding of go-to-market strategies and ways to reach large audiences
    • Extensive working knowledge of intersectional women’s and girl’s space and strong advocate for issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a consistent commitment to inclusion and anti-racism 
    • Deep expertise in program development and impact assessment
    • Strong knowledge of digital marketing trends for girls and women
    • Deep understanding of the lived experiences of:
    • Girls and women and of issues impacting their communities
    • Marginalized communities – with demonstrated ability to drive more equitable and intersectional outcomes
    • SKILLS
    • Strong business acumen, with excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • A knack for content development
    • Excellent cross-functional management skills, with the ability to coordinate teams to drive towards a shared goal
    • Proactive problem-solving skills with consistent ability to drive even the most ambiguous situations toward clarity
    • Ability to represent the Foundation at external events and in media as needed
    • Extremely adaptable with ability to be reactive and shift priorities and plans when needed
    • Eagerness to play both high and low, pitching in in big and small ways wherever leadership is needed
    • Ability to learn, follow through, and improve on foundation processes to set team and principal up for success
    • Thrives in a fast-paced environment; startup experience a plus
    • Ability to tackle complex problems with a strategic mindset and thoughtful, proactive approach
    • Available to consistently work PDT hours
    • Remote experience a plus

The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for age, race, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. It’s important to us that people of all backgrounds see themselves represented and included in our work, so we actively encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.