Program Manager

Ashburn, VA, Washington, DC, or Remote
$62,581 to $73,625
Jan 15, 2021
Feb 19, 2021
Program Manager
Full Time

Program Manager

Ashburn, VA, Washington, DC, or Remote

Salary Range: $62,581-$73,625 (USD) Annually

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to building strong, vibrant and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. With more than 60,000 members, NRPA advances this mission by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals and advocates — the catalysts for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

NRPA is currently seeking a Program Manager to join our Health and Wellness team in the Programs & Partnerships department.

The Program Manager will provide detailed program support and management of key projects that further NRPA’s goals of advancing community health and well-being by transforming parks and recreation into community wellness hubs that connect every member of the community to essential programs, services and spaces that advance health equity, improve health outcomes and enhance quality of life.

At NRPA you will be an instrumental part of advancing the organization’s strategic priorities focused on building healthy communities, ensuring equitable access, and climate resilience. You will report to the Senior Program Manager and work with a group of passionate, creative, and fun leaders dedicated to creating more equitable, healthy, and resilient communities through parks and recreation.  

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Project coordination, including the management of grant-funded projects within the Programs & Partnerships portfolio centered on mentoring, trauma-informed care, social-emotional learning, youth development and public health. Responsibilities to include providing training and technical assistance, data collection, grant reporting, resource development, communications, and partnership building.
  • Customer service, including the provision of superior technical assistance to grantees and regular communications with members.
  • Communications support, including content creation for articles, blog posts, presentations, website updates, management of networks and peer learning groups, etc.
  • Budget management, to include assisting in the management of project budgets, tracking and projecting expenses and revenue, processing payments, and providing input on budget creation.
  • Representation of NRPA at conferences, meetings and site visits with local park and recreation agencies.
  • Collaboration with all NRPA departments to maximize the value of each project within the Programs & Partnerships portfolio and contribute to the strategic goals of the organization as a whole.
  • Undertake special projects and assignments as directed.
  • Monitor trends across the park and recreation field and emerging health threats related to NRPA’s health and wellness priorities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or continued education equivalent or industry certification or equivalent
  • Five or more years of experience in a related field (parks and recreation, public health, social-emotional learning, youth development, trauma-informed care, mentoring)
  • Passion for parks and recreation, health equity, youth health and well-being, emerging public health threats, and/or social justice
  • Excellent communication (oral, written) to effectively and politely communicate with individuals at all levels, including members, partners and donors
  • Excellent organizational, time and project management skills
  • Interest and willingness to facilitate meetings, trainings and professional development opportunities, and present on behalf of NRPA at conferences, meetings
  • Knowledge of and experience with community health and youth development programming to include evidence-based mentoring practices, substance use prevention, social-emotional learning, workforce development strategies



Candidate Work Style
•Excels in dynamic, fast-paced work environment
• Self-directed and detail-oriented with a collaborative and professional team spirit to contribute to a collegial, team-oriented environment
• Willing to travel up to 25 days per year

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