The Posse Foundation is a nationally recognized youth leadership development and college access program that identifies, recruits, and trains diverse teams — Posses — of public high school students and sends them to top colleges and universities. To date, a total of 10,000 Posse Scholars have been accepted into top-tier institutions of higher education throughout the country. These young people have received $1.5 billion in full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s college and university partners and have been agents of positive change on their campuses. In 2010, The Posse Foundation was identified by President Barack Obama as one of 10 national nonprofit organizations to receive a portion of his Nobel Peace Prize grant.

Program Associate

Supervisor: Associate Vice President
Job Theme: Youth Empowerment, Program Development


The Innovator will be involved in collaborative, ideas driven, analytical work that directly contributes to the success of Posse’s program. The Innovator will work closely with national departments/teams to support various projects:

  • vPosse – Posse is expanding its program to include virtual Posses (vPosse). vPosses will create pathways to leadership for many more talented young people from geographically diverse areas around the country. The Innovator will assist in the continued development and implementation of the vPosse Pilot Project. This project will give the Innovator an opportunity to contribute at the ground level to a critical part of Posse’s future programming. In support of this project, the Innovator may work with the Special Projects and Training Team (SPT), and National Senior Leadership team, to develop systems and processes for vPosses, identify metrics to track and report on program progress, review agreements and MOUs, research technology platforms, and assist in the creation of social media marketing campaigns.
  • Career, Alumni, and Graduate + Fellowship Programs (CAGF) – Posse offers a range of resources to support the career and professional development of Scholars and alumni. The Innovator will work with CAGF to develop a structured pipeline that guides and prepares Scholars interested in pursuing legal careers. The Innovator will collaborate in the development of this pilot program from the ground up including developing and presenting a program concept based on research, Posse Career Program best practices and Scholar and alumni data analysis. The Innovator will develop a project plan and work with CAGF, Posse Institute (responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting), National Senior Leadership and local sites to implement the pilot legal pipeline program.


  • Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in computer technology and interest in web resource development.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Deep belief in Posse’s mission and values.