Downloadable PDF of Job Description: FINAL-Lead Facilitator.pdf

Title: Lead Facilitator & Program Manager

Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000 

Job Status: Exempt  

FTE Status: Full time  

Location:  The role is primarily remote, with regular team and all-staff meetings taking place virtually. Travel to in-person retreats is a significant component of this role. 

Application Link: https://elpnet.org/elp-job-application 

Position Summary 

The Environmental Leadership Program is seeking an experienced facilitator and program manager to take a key role in delivering and advancing our regional and national Core Fellowship Programs.

 The Lead Facilitator & Program Manager will work collaboratively with a small, close-knit team to deliver and advance substantive, mission-driven leadership development programming through ELP’s Core Fellowships Programs. This individual is responsible for leading and co-leading the facilitation of virtual and in-person retreats (approximately 75% of the role) and supporting the Director of Core Programs in program management, Fellow communications, and retreat logistics (approximately 25% of the role). This position will report to the Director of Core Fellowship Programs and will work with other staff and external facilitators to ensure all programs are fully staffed while balancing appropriate workloads. 


ELP is a mission-driven nonprofit organization working to center equity as we serve our communities. We support visionary, action-oriented, and diverse leadership for a just and sustainable future. ELP aims to catalyze change by providing emerging leaders with the support and guidance they need to launch new endeavors, achieve new successes, and rise to new leadership positions. For more, visit www.elpnet.org.

 As with many organizations, the conditions of the past 2 years –including the COVID-19 pandemic and the most recent waves of the ongoing reckoning with racism and systemic oppression in this country– have called ELP into a deeper accountability to our core beliefs. In the rapidly shifting context of our world, we recognize the need to adapt our programming to meet the evolving needs of our participants. ELP also recognizes the need to assess where we still maintain dominant-culture patterns of operation and make shifts to equity-centered practices.

 The Lead Facilitator & Program Manager will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Core Programs team and external partners to shape and implement a comprehensive review and update of ELP’s Core Fellowship program. This reimagining takes place in the context of the reckoning with racism, systemic oppression, and dealing with the aftereffects of handling Covid-19 safety protocols.


The key responsibilities and tasks of this role are: 

Facilitation of Virtual & In-Person Retreats (75%) 

● Plan and prepare curriculum materials, deliver program content, and communicate with Fellow cohorts throughout their program.

● Facilitate program retreats based on a schedule to be determined with the Program Director, balancing the workloads of all team members.

● Coordinate with full facilitation team to plan, implement, and adapt equity-centering retreat content and culture aligned with ELP’s core values.  

● Work closely with the Program Director to develop/maintain a strong bench of diverse facilitation staff and contractors.  

Program Management (25%)

 Work with Program Director to develop and implement annual retreat calendars, including staffing that supports a balanced workload.

 Support communication with incoming and current ELP Fellows, including onboarding and necessary information throughout the program.

 Support Director of Core Programs with retreat logistics and advancing continuous improvement.  Actively participate in the comprehensive review and update of ELP’s Core Fellowship program.


Qualified candidates should have 3+ years of experience facilitating and at least 2 years of program management experience.


Candidates for the position should be:  

 Passionate about ELP’s mission to support and develop leadership for a just and sustainable future.

 Experienced in and excited by the work of facilitating groups in learning, development, and community-building– including clear communication, able to build cohesion and unity, and hold space for conflict and feedback.

 Comfortable meeting new people regularly, and skillful in building and fostering community relationships.

 Empathetic, innovative, creative, self-motivated and attentive to detail.

 Dedicated to continuous improvement and a culture of learning, care, and support.

 Someone with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to continued development in these areas: collaboration, flexibility, empathy, and a life outside of work.

 Committed to justice and ideally with lived experience within the systems, barriers and inequities that impact historically excluded communities, especially communities of color.

 Familiar and comfortable participating in organizational anti-racism work.

And should have experience in some of the following:

 Strong organizational skills in planning, delegation, and facilitation. 

 Building trust with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.

 Cultivating community across identity differences and across geographies.

 Networking and establishing relationships in person, by phone, and by email.

 Working cooperatively with wide a range of personalities

 Using cloud-based collaborative software: Microsoft Office products, Google Docs, Dropbox, Email Marketing, etc.

 Managing relationships in Salesforce CRM

 Facilitation of in-person and virtual delivery formats.

 Ability and discipline to work remotely.

Applications will be accepted until our final candidate is identified, and we will begin scheduling interviews the first week in October. To be considered, submit your résumé, cover letter and salary requirements through our online application at
https://elpnet.org/elp-job-application.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the intended start date of the position by November 15. 

ELP pays salaries that are competitive with nonprofits of our budget size and offers generous vacation and medical benefits, 401(k) contribution, professional development funds, health and wellness days, and a sabbatical policy. This position is a Manager-level role with a salary range starting at $60,000.  

ELP is committed to the principles of equal opportunity. ELP’s organizational policies, practices, programs, activities and decisions regarding employment, hiring, assignment, promotion, compensation, volunteerism, internships and other terms and conditions of employment or voluntary service shall not be based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, mental or physical disability, ancestry, military discharge status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, source of income, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law. 

We strongly encourage applications from Black and Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as individuals from other underrepresented and historically marginalized communities. We recognize the lived experiences and leadership of these individuals as being fundamentally relevant to ELP’s work in advancing our mission. Non-traditional candidates are also welcomed and encouraged to apply.