Special Projects Manager (flexible location)

Peace First Boston, MA
  • $50K - $60K Annual Salary
  • Full Time
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K / Retirement
  • Employer Likely to Respond


Peace First is looking for an exceptional project manager who can operationalize, facilitate, coordinate, and manage inter-functional projects and other internal/external initiatives in partnership with our co-founder/CEO. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone hungry to learn how an entrepreneurial, global NGO operates. From board meetings to fundraising to new business development, this position will partner with the CEO to ensure major organizational projects are successfully implemented, that communication within and outside Peace First are proactive and positive, and that we live our values of compassion, courage, and collaborative leadership in all that we do.  Above all this is an opportunity to make a major contribution in advancing and supporting a youth-led movement of global innovators tackling everything from gender equity to climate change to mental health. 

Strong candidates will possess strategic project management and interpersonal relationship skills, must be detail-oriented, be a strong writer and researcher, and bring a spirit of curiosity and a hunger to learn. Although this role will evolve, there will always be significant project management and administrative components to it, ranging from overseeing global travel, creating systems for storing and sharing key data, and event planning and execution. The Special Projects Manager will have constant access to an organization-wide view and will have a direct impact on the organization’s growth. The Special Projects Manager will report to the CEO and, while there is a preference for Boston, can be based anywhere in the US.


Peace First was founded in 1992 at Harvard University upon a simple idea: if we are going to solve the world’s greatest problems, we must support this generation of young people with the skills and commitments to solve problems by connecting across lines of difference with compassion, standing up for ideals and others with courage, and creating collaborative change.

Currently, there are 1.6 billion young people, ages 13-25, around the world. They care deeply about what’s going on, they have boundless ideas on how to solve injustices and are ready to act yet seldom are they asked by adults what they think or, better yet, supported in bringing their ideas to life. Few have access to tools, mentors, and resources to turn their insights into reality. This is the divide we bridge.

Peace First provides a blended digital design platform where young people can imagine and create powerful innovations to solve real problems in the world.  In addition to digital design tools, we provide mentors, connections with young people from over 130 countries, and small start-up grants that start at $250 and scale up to $25,000 as youth scale their work.  All of this takes place on the Peace First digital platform — the world’s largest marketplace for youth-led social change initiatives.

In order for us to achieve our long-term goal of supporting a movement of 2.5 million engaged, compassionate, and creative youth, Peace First is launching a $10 million Global Youth Investment Fund to provide the financial spark to support efforts for social change.  It will be the single largest investment in youth social action...ever.

A key element of our strategic plan is to build out our team of talented professionals. We actively recruit, retain, and develop a multicultural and dynamic workforce that effectively and efficiently meets the wide spectrum of young people's needs across the globe. We believe that an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for all employees. To that end, we are seeking individuals who are excited about fostering this inclusive culture and working in an entrepreneurial environment where there is an immediate opportunity to have tangible impact on organizational direction and achievement. We are a team based around the world who thrive in an environment that embodies and celebrates the following:

  • Possession of a deep belief in the ability of young people to create change and an interest in fundraising in partnership with young leaders
  • Ability to adapt and apply skills to new and changing scopes of work
  • Eagerness for more responsibility and exposure to new challenges
  • Motivation to solve problems by taking initiative and trying new ways of doing things
  • Enthusiasm for connecting others to our mission and providing them with powerful experiences
  • Openness to working with others across diverse perspectives and backgrounds


The Special Projects Manager will provide strategic, operational, administrative and programmatic support to the CEO. They play a vital role in Peace First’s success by maximizing the CEO's time to best achieve the organization's goals. They exercise significant discretion to ensure the smooth functioning of the CEO's schedule, travel and communications, as well as determining what external issues require the CEO's involvement or notification. The Manager brings exceptional relationship building and proven project management skills. Key responsibilities include:

  • Project managing the CEO's internal and external affairs workload; helping the CEO make trade-off/priority decisions, designing engagement and communication strategies for meetings with partners/funders, and overseeing project work plans. The Manager also acts as project lead for the CEO’s initiatives (i.e. new business development, fundraising, researching, storytelling and speaking, and board development) and amplifies the CEO’s communications to relevant stakeholders and partners (especially crafting presentations and reports). This includes building processes and tools (i.e. Salesforce, Excel, etc.) for tracking, storing, and analyzing key data and information.
  • Helping the CEO develop and nurture relationships with Peace First’s employees and constituents around the world. The Manager will ensure the CEO is working on the most important items for the organization, keep him accountable to his commitments, and help him be accessible to new ideas and opportunities. The Manager will also build and maintain connective tissue between the CEO, Peace First’s work, and the people he works with.
  • Providing administrative, strategic and logistical support to a rapid flow of internal/external projects and fundraising efforts across the globe. The Manager will provide administrative and project management leadership for internal and external meetings and events, including Board of Directors meetings and fundraising events. They will also support the CEO and the Director of Youth Investment to design and execute tailored cultivation events for a growing portfolio of donors and prospective donors.  The Special Project Manager will hold final responsibility for managing the CEO’s daily calendar and logistics, and will be the first point of contact with all partners, projects, and prospects. 


We understand that there are many paths to acquiring experience and therefore welcome candidates from diverse and nontraditional backgrounds for this role who have demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to carry out the major duties outlined in this job description.  For this role, we are looking for a driven professional and project manager - someone who thrives in thoroughness, constant communication, and an environment of shifting prioritization.  The successful candidate does not need to have experience working directly with youth, but they do need to be passionate about investing in young people as agents of change.

Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate:

  • At least 3-5 years of relevant experience or in a role with transferable skills
  • Exceptional project management skills, extremely well-organized and strong attention to detail
  • Resourcefulness in approaches to designing solutions, building relationships, and solving problems
  • Strong writer and researcher, able to present key information in an engaging way in terms of both language and visual presentation
  • Curiosity to understand what is going on in the organization in order to make sound recommendations and choices about how the CEO should prioritize his time
  • Excitement about and ability to make order out of ambiguity
  • Effectively connects people and projects with one another across functional areas
  • Adept synthesizing of large amounts of information
  • Empathy, inquiry, and openness
  • Ability to be flexible, efficient, and diplomatic with diverse constituent groups 
  • Eagerness to grow with Peace First
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changes in strategy, plan, or priority.


Written and spoken fluency in English.  Spanish, Arabic, and/or French language skills and/or global experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Candidates must be able to verify that they are authorized to accept employment in the United States and must be able to travel domestically and internationally, ideally with the same flexibility as the CEO, starting with 15-25% and eventually increasing to up to 30% of their time.


The range for this position is $50,000 - $60,000, commensurate with experience. Peace First offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.


January 2020 / Preference for Boston, MA but open to considering competitive candidates from other locations in the US.

Peace First is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, age, ancestry, or disability.

For more information, please go to www.peacefirst.org.

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