Operations Manager-Program Development -PMO (Volunteer)

Employment Type

: Part-Time


: Miscellaneous

Operations Manager - Program Development (Volunteer)

*Note: The following is an opportunity for flexible, part-time, volunteer work. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.* This is a remote-from-home position.

Are you an experienced operations manager with vast experience in program development? Are you also passionate about making a difference? Most of all, are you excited about the opportunity to work with smart and talented individuals committed to producing great content in the public interest? Can you commit a minimum of 10 hours a week, working remotely on your own schedule with our far-flung, diverse team? 

Check out WhoWhatWhy.org. You’ll quickly see that we’re a credible solution to the raging debate over whether the news is “fake” or not,” with agenda-free research and publishing bracingly fresh analysis. Not left-wing, not right-wing, not consensus-seeking. We just want the truth — whatever it is. 

At WhoWhatWhy, we go at each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions — even when we’re told not to. Nothing is going to stand in our way when it comes to discovering what is going on beneath the surface, and why. Call it naive to believe such fearlessness possible, but we think it’s the essence of true journalism. 

And because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that we’re looking for volunteers — skilled volunteers. Yes, we’re a nonprofit that wasn’t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, we decline to accept corporate ads.

However, we do have big ambitions, which is why we’re seeking an experienced operations manager with a strong background in program management . This person will be responsible for translating ideas and leading the efforts to run enterprise programs focused on the growth, development and awareness/outreach of the organization.Expect to spend 80% of time coordinating and leading projects. The remaining 20% will be allocated to developing and executing impactful project communication within the project team and with all stakeholders up to the level of CEO.


  • Develop plans and strategy to build, execute and manage enterprise programs focused on journalism and mentorship
  • Oversee and coordinate day to day functions, manage project schedules by by fostering inter-departmental collaborations
  •  Proactively identify program dependencies, anticipate risks and remove roadblocks, with a solution-oriented attitude
  • Coordinate and facilitate planning and status update meetings on program implementation
  • Regularly consult with leadership and staff on vision, strategy and measurable outcomes regarding progress
  • Post-implementation, record and report on key metrics regarding program success
  • Qualifications 

  • Have 3+ years experience in Project, Program and Portfolio management and setting standards including PMO, documentation, process design, and strategic planning
  • Expertise in independently planning/strategizing and executing a enterprise-wide program or project(s)
  • Strong presentation and writing skills
  • Proven track record of driving diverse members with ideas into coalition 
  • Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to communicate between technical and non-technical contributors, and between project teams and senior leadership
  • Strong listening and coaching skills, with the ability to take feedback and information from various stakeholders, and synthesize into themes while providing actionable solutions
  • Self-starter with the capacity to work collaboratively with offsite managers and effectively communicate tasks and critical project updates
  • Have a solid grasp of — and commitment to — our mission and vision
  • Experience in the media industry/ startup/ nonprofits preferred
  • Perks

  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference 
  • Expectations 

    You will work remotely and on your own schedule, and we ask for a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week. (Though doing more is not discouraged!) Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Slack and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner. 

    If you possess a high level of self-motivation, work well independently but also have strong collaboration skills and enjoy the opportunity to partner with like-minded individuals, and can commit quality time per week on a regular basis to help achieve team goals, we’d like to hear from you.

    To Apply 

    We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter to hr@whowhatwhy.org. You should confirm your understanding that this is, initially, a volunteer position. Thanks! 

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