Job Title: High School Program Manager

Position Status: Full-time, 40 hours/week, permanent

Location: Montana

Position Reports To: Program Director

Compensation: $32,000-$35,000 DOE

Forward Montana Foundation (FMF) is dedicated to educating, engaging, and organizing young Montanans to shape their democracy to improve their lives and the lives of fellow Montanans. We put young people on the front lines of civic engagement statewide, basing our efforts out of our offices in Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings.


FMF is seeking a Program Manager to manage and scale our Underage Democracy civics program, our High School Fellowship, and our annual Democracy Days events across the state. The Manager will be responsible for building relationships with educators and student leaders and providing support as local leaders implement these programs on their campuses and in their classrooms. Applicants should have a passion for making real, tangible change in their communities and building the power of our generation.


  • Program Implementation & Evaluation (50%): Developing & distributing program materials; collecting & analyzing data to better understand the impact and learning outcomes of the Underage Democracy & Democracy Days programs; facilitating our statewide High School voter registration drive, Democracy Days; leading the planning process for our annual Montana Youth Organizing Summit.
  • Leadership Development (30%): Centering the power and voice of high school leaders through our all of our high school programming; providing responsive leadership development opportunities and training to high school leaders; facilitating, modifying and developing templates and activities for the Underage Democracy and High School Fellowship program.
  • Relationship Building (20%): Building and deepening relationships with statewide educators and school administrators; providing support in implementation of civic templates and programs to educators and student leaders; working with high schools to develop responsive, robust, young person-centered programming in all areas of civic engagement.


Gotta-Have Skill Sets: Must be present for a candidate to move forward in the hiring process.

  • Commitment to leadership development (Experience or demonstrated investment in centering, supporting, and making space for young, historically marginalized leaders)
  • An understanding and desire to implement diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice frameworks in all aspects of work
  • Ability to independently and successfully manage and complete multiple tasks and projects accurately and by deadline
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of volunteers and leaders, including high school students, educators, and school administrators
  • Comfort working remotely, including an ability to build relationships through travel and technology with remote team members and manager

Nice-to-Have Skill Sets: Not required, but having these skills would make a candidate’s transition into the job more seamless for the individual and the organization.

  • Experience leading 1-on-1 and group trainings
  • Experience in a K-12 educational setting (broadly defined)
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data
  • Proficiency with Google Docs, Google Hangout, Slack and other open-source technology

Strong Applications will be: 

  • Enthusiastic
  • Team Player
  • Self Motivated
  • Funny (broadly defined)
  • Cool (broadly defined)
  • Focused
  • Flexible


  • Comfort with regular travel
  • Drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Shared office space with regional field team or remote office space
  • Flexible and at times unusual work hours, including evenings and weekends

Women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Amara Reese-Hansell, Program Director at with the subject line “High School Program Manager Application”. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 8th.