Program Manager

Website Imagine Scholar

To apply for this job email your details to megan@imaginescholar.org

About Imagine Scholar

Imagine Scholar is an award-winning educational non-profit with a simple mission: catalyzing untapped human potential to create a more kind, just, and interesting world. Ten years ago, five local students took a chance and founded the organization. The small cohort, meeting once a week under a tree with our founder, dreamed up a program that would support youth on their development journey and collective interest to impact the world.

Today, Imagine Scholar has taken monumental steps towards achieving that dream. A vibrant, inspired US and SA based staff of 10 now serve 300-320 youth and young adults through the following programming:

  • Imagine Explorer Program: 50 students (grade 8) attending 2-6 hours/a week for nine months; priming and recruitment program for secondary school programs
  • Imagine Scholar Program: 60 students (grade 9-12) attending six days/25 hours a week ***our flagship program
  • Imagine Impact Program: 60 students (grade 9-12) attending 1-3 days/8 hours a week
  • Imagine Camps Program: 60 students (grade 9-12) attending 1-4 day programs over school holidays
  • Graduate Program: 3-10 students (18 – 22-year-olds) attending 40 hours a week
  • Alumni Program: 74 students (university – early professional) receiving academic, social, emotional, and leadership coaching and mentorship

We are a young organization with a deep passion for growth and impact. If you are keen to join a team of inspired individuals dedicated to empowering amazing youth, then keep reading. Below are some videos and links to help know more about our organization, mission, and students:

  • Get inspired by the mission of Imagine Scholar
  • Meet Rodger and Simphiwe, two Imagine Scholar alumni enacting the Imagine Scholar mission
  • Learn about Thenjiwe, our first Imagine Scholar alumni and university graduate to join the Imagine Scholar team
  • Check out our website for more details and our Facebook page for up to date stories and news

About the Position 

Title: Program Manager (Imagine Impact Program)

Time Commitment: 2 years minimum / 3 years preferred

What is the Imagine Impact program?

Imagine Impact is one of our newer program offerings! Based around the same values, ethos, and content from our Scholar program, Imagine Impact offers more youth the chance to join our big picture mission with a few differences. Imagine Impact is similar to our Scholar program in its curriculum, culture, and community, but ultimately is less time per week offering youth more flexibility in their lives. This program is built around kind kids with a lot of heart.

Important Program Specs:

  • 15 students per grade
  • 2 full-time staff members (Program Manager and Program Associate)
  • 1 part-time staff member (Director of Student Learning)
  • 1-3 interns (grad students or alumni)
  • 8 hours a week of in-person programming (equating 2-3 days a week of sessions)
  • Based in Kamhlushwa, Mpumalanga – across the street from our Scholar program

What does it mean to be a Program Manager?

Being a Program Manager means you’re involved in every aspect of the program – from culture setting, curriculum implementation, community building, and operations planning. No day will ever be the same in this role – you’ll wear many different hats and juggle student-facing activities with program evaluation and monitoring.

Candidates DO NOT need to come from a formal education background. We’re looking for someone excited to learn, passionate about youth empowerment, and who thrives in an iterative and feedback culture. This role is quite dynamic. It will require you to work within pre-existing systems and collaborate closely with multiple people on programming implementation.

On a cultural note, our critical and creative approach to iterative work is the foundation to Imagine Scholar’s organizational success. The candidate who will be most happy in this role will enjoy soliciting and participating in feedback systems with co-workers and value being pushed for continuous improvement, personally and professionally.

Tasks & Expectations:

  • Become a student again: Train and learn about the Imagine Scholar organizational pedagogy, program building model, and ethos that will underpin and drive the new campus/program’s development
  • Ongoing shadowing and training with our Programs Director
  • Under the Programs Director and Executive Director’s guidance and training, co-manage the Imagine Impact program with an Imagine Scholar alumni staff member. It includes, but not limited to, student mentorship and coaching, facilitation, logistics and operations, basic accounting and budgeting, school visits, evaluation and monitoring, reporting, professional coaching, marketing, communication, etc.
  • Informal and formal instruction for youth (grade 8s up through young professionals) on communication skills, habits, and mindsets. (WHAT) Content includes, but is not limited to, writing, reading, speaking, listening, digital media, and technology. (HOW) Mediums include, but not limited to, facilitating sessions, 1×1 feedback sessions with students, editing student creative and academic writing, coaching students through program application cycles (scholarships, university, etc.) and editing work, interview prep, advising student clubs or events, and online mentorship
  • Participation in dynamic team meetings and coaching. Includes, but not limited to, participating in weekly program meetings, 1×1 meetings with Program Director or Executive Director, mentoring or managing Program Associates or grad students, managing long term and short term project/curriculum cycles, etc.
  • Co-facilitate and possibly help manage our Imagine Camps programs with other Imagine Scholar organizational team members
  • Assisting with organization’s communication projects. Includes, but not limited to, assisting with photography, blog writing, newsletter compilation for our Marketing Manager, copy editing external communication or website, helping with donor communication under guidance of Development Director, and or program reporting under the direction of Program Director and or Executive Director
  • Administrative support on various short-term and long-term Imagine Scholar organizational projects
  • Exhibit and promote professional traits that thrive on our team: Have a deep passion and curiosity for youth empowerment, education, and social impact AND be a self-starter who solicits and participates in feedback cycles and coaching; can thrive with iterative cycles and being pushed for continuous improvement


Who should consider applying?

Are you kind? Are you curious? Are you excited to grow and develop? Do you have a strong work ethic and a high level of accountability? Are you interested in making a difference in the world?

If you answered no to any of the above, this isn’t a good fit. We’re a ‘hell yes or no’ kind of team. While experience is helpful, we believe curiosity, a commitment to learn and grow, a hard work ethic, and an interest in making an impact are more important. If you have the right attitude, we can train you. We need team members who are leading embodiments of our organizational values and ethos.

Final Notes: This is the perfect transitional opportunity for professionals looking to explore the world of education, social impact, non-profit management, international development, or youth empowerment. We offer ample training, support, and resources to empower your personal and professional growth. At the core, this position requires a self-motivated individual who can excel with iterative work styles and ambiguity.


  • The Program Manager will be provided a stipend as follows Year I: $500 monthly / Year II: $850 monthly / Year III: significant increase, to be discussed
  • Food paid for by organization – $150 monthly equivalent
  • Free on-site housing (simple single room with desk, internet, electricity, running water, etc) – local equivalent $450 monthly
  • Travel sponsorship – flight credit (up to $1000 per year) and roundtrip ground transport to/from OR Tambo ($50)
  • Access to organizational educational resources (free headspace account, huge kindle library, pedagogy training materials)
  • The goal is that the organization will cover all living costs and the stipend can be used for personal adventures and/or savings.

Beyond the starting position, there are many opportunities to grow within the organization that can with additional responsibilities and remuneration.


Please send your resume AND a written or video (a video is preferred!) personal statement as to why you’re interested in this opportunity to [email protected] Please, no generic cover letters – we will not consider your application if we receive one! We want to see who you are, what you’re all about and how you see yourself contributing to the Imagine Scholar family. Our organization is an amazing place to work – our team and students are fun, dynamic, and really personable. Thus, we’re looking for excited and genuine candidates. Tell us about your skills and quirks. Anything that makes you, you! Please also provide the following information:

1. Where you saw this post. Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting.

2. Your first available date

***If the post is still up, we’re still accepting applicants!

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