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POSITION TITLE:  JA Company Program Manager
REPORTS TO:  Director of Programs


Junior Achievement's (JA) mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating young people on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship through programs taught by trained volunteers in schools, after-school sites and corporate or community partners throughout the world.

JA is strategically focused on making the biggest impact possible by partnering with school districts, cities and towns to serve students throughout their Kindergarten to 12th grade education. For the 2016-2017 school year, JA reached over 23,000 youth through the efforts of 1,532 trained volunteers throughout Central and Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.



Ninety-nine years ago, in Springfield, Massachusetts JA began its operation as an afterschool program for high school students to start their own business under the guidance of volunteer mentors. Since then, JA has expanded to reach students in elementary and middle school, during the school day, and added other key content areas, however this founding program, the JA Company Program, remains one of the most impactful and relevant programs JA offers. The Babson Entrepreneurship Monitor for Massachusetts states, "Entrepreneurship fosters job growth, innovation, and economic development. It is a key driver of the Massachusetts economy." The Greater Boston Area is a hub of innovation, maker spaces, and start-up businesses. By placing an emphasis on the JA Company Program, this JA office is creating a pipeline of JA students to be successful entrepreneurs or business employees with sound, innovative, and informed business acumen no matter what field of work they choose.

This position will be tasked with elevating this program to be the premiere entrepreneurship program for high school students in the area. This will include: recruiting new schools and students to participate; recruiting passionate volunteer mentors to guide students throughout the program; working with teachers who are utilizing the program in their classes; researching supplemental opportunities to provide students; elevating the pitch competition, which is the culminating experience of the JA Company Program, including identifying sponsors, prizes, speakers, judges, venue, etc.

We are a small office of passionate individuals looking to make a difference in the lives of young people by providing them the life skills necessary to be successful adults and contributing members of society. We enjoy a fast-paced work environment that can look different week to week, support one another to get the job done, while also trusting we have a staff that can work autonomously, and we do it all with a sense of humor.


  • Conducts accurate and timely data entry into BCRM.
  • Assures adherence to program implementation standards and works with Program Director to file all necessary program variances and other supporting paperwork. 

In year one with a staff member 10% dedicated to the JA Company Program, we aim to:

  1. Deliver 20-22 JA Company Programs in school year 2018-2019, increasing our implementation by 10-20% from school year 2017-2018.
  2. Increase awareness and opportunities for the JA Company Program in our "target" community schools (communities in which we have strategically focused on impacting their students at all age levels) and with new community partners to set the foundation for future implementation in these areas.
  3. Grow local volunteer engagement, particularly for our in-school JA Company programs. Build and cultivate a pipeline of volunteer-mentors for our students and communities that participate in the JA Company Program.
  4. Establish collaborations with other community organizations to "layer" the JA Company Program into already existent high school programs, particularly in our target communities.
  5. Host 8-10 JA Companies at our regional JA Student Leadership Summit in school year 2018-2019, with increased prize levels and visibility to incentivize further school/student participation.
  6. Deepen and formalize our partnerships with local entrepreneurship-focused partners (incubators, universities, etc.)

Two years from now we will aim to:

  1. Implement 24-26 JA Company Programs in school year 2019-2020, an increase of about 20% from school year 2018-2019. This goal includes increased implementation of all of our localized formats of the JA Company Program, including 1) in-school, 2) after-school at a partnering community organization, and 3) after-school at a host site.
  2. Increase the number of JA Companies in our "target" communities. Over the past year we have been able to implement after-school versions of the JA Company Program in 4 of our 10 target communities, and we will aim to increase the number of programs delivered in our target communities, both in-school and after-school, to 8 programs.
  3. Maintain and steward a steady and healthy pipeline of JA Company Program volunteer-mentors, potentially based on schools and communities, to increase our capacity to recruit new volunteer-mentors that will support our growth in JA Company Program implementation.
  4. Host 8-10 JA Companies as finalists at our regional JA Student Leadership Summit in school year 2019-2020, with a focus on building out the format of the competition (i.e. an intensified application/review process for all 24-26 applying companies, quarter, semi, and final rounds, etc.)
  5. Heighten, strengthen, and formalize our collaborations with current entrepreneurship-focused partners, including Babson College, MIT, MassChallenge, etc.


Required: Bachelor's degree or equivalent.  Belief and passion for the JA mission, entrepreneurship in particular. Minimum three years' experience in a project management and event planning role.  Exceptional organizational/planning skills. Strategic, detail-oriented, and high caliber work ethic is a must. Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment. Polished presentation style and strong interpersonal and oral/written communication skills, in particular the ability to communicate effectively with educators, corporate executives, both of whom may require very different communication styles. Ability to manage multiple priorities. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Outlook for email and calendars. Desire to work hard and play hard in a collaborative environment.

Desired: Strong familiarity with the entrepreneurship landscape in Boston and the Greater Boston Area, as well as JA's target communities. Prior experience working within entrepreneurship programs/start-up business, education with schools, educators, administration, and community organizations preferred.  Experience in data entry and database management and social media savvy a plus. Bi-lingual a plus.

Travel required within the JAofNNE area. Must have a reliable vehicle and be able to work at our office in Waltham, MA.

Willingness to work outside of "9-5" including early mornings, evenings, and some weekends.

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an "at-will" relationship.

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