Program Manager, Economic Initiatives

Washington DC

UnidosUS Economic Initiatives seeks an experienced and accomplished program manager with a deep affinity for the organization’s mission and commitment to advancing housing opportunities and wealth-building for Latinos. Success in this position requires leadership, confidence, and vision; thoughtful strategic planning; interpersonal communication; and skill in project development and management. The manager works as a critical team member to conceptualize and implement UnidosUS’s efforts to increase the Latino homeownership rate to 60% by 2030 by helping to create approximately four million Latino homeowners. This position reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Economic Initiatives.

Essential Functions

Program Development and Implementation

  • Advise and provide expert guidance on the development and execution of the initiative to increase Latino homeownership.
  • Help develop a program management framework across multiple workstreams to advance the homeownership goal. These workstreams will initially include research, communications, policy, and programs. Workstreams may be revised or expanded over time.
  • Manage program activities, including monitoring milestones and progress across all workstreams, and prepare progress reports for key stakeholders, such as the UnidosUS Board of Directors and funders.
  • Establish and manage partnerships with multiple internal and external teams to advance homeownership and wealth-building.
  • Schedule internal workstream meetings, manage meeting agendas, and track action items.
  • Help ensure deliverables are met, milestones and timelines are adhered to, finances are monitored, and programs comply with good practice as well as with UnidosUS terms and conditions.
  • Identify opportunities to expand programs and initiatives with diverse funders and partners in collaboration with leadership.
  • Work in partnership with UnidosUS staff, Affiliates, and other collaborative partners to identify and design best practices and approaches to strengthen homeownership efforts.
  • Monitor and track activities of external experts and stakeholders to help keep the team apprised of important developments in the field.

Public Information and Communications

  • Manage the editing process of Economic Initiatives materials.
  • Prepare written internal and external reports, updates, materials, and other necessary communications and campaigns.
  • Work with the UnidosUS Communications & Marketing team to create and manage information on the UnidosUS website and social media outlets.
  • Support dissemination of evidence-based and culturally relevant program information, announcements, digital materials, and tools.
  • Represent UnidosUS and the Economic Initiatives team in professional settings, which may include meetings with partners and funders and media opportunities.
  • Provide support in resource development and funding activities, including the preparation of proposals.
  • Advocate for and on behalf of underserved Latino communities.


  • Collaborate with the Affiliate Engagement team to identify opportunities for Affiliate peer support and related efforts.
  • Support and participate in cross-component UnidosUS collaborations, specifically with program, policy, Affiliate member service, communications, and Alignment Team.
  • Communicate and collaborate with UnidosUS staff and relevant staff in headquarters and field offices.
  • Perform other relevant duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies and in a variety of situations.


Education & Experience

  • A master’s degree in Community Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, or related field, or at least five years of equivalent experience in housing.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of experience in Community Development, Public Policy, Public Administration, and or housing is required.
  • Demonstrated experience in local, state, and/or national housing policy, programs, or industry, particularly with Latino and other multicultural perspectives.
  • Expertise and practical knowledge of the housing sector, particularly in home lending.
  • Experience working with relevant sectors, including community-based/nonprofits, research institutions, federal/state agencies, community development corporations, community development financial institutions, and the corporate community.
  • Strong ability to develop work plans, set deadlines, work with minimal supervision, manage multiple projects and duties simultaneously, and prioritize assignments.
  • Demonstrated management of multiple projects.
  • Experience working for a nonprofit organization is a plus.
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Office 365.

Skills & Abilities

  • Steadfast commitment to UnidosUS mission, vision, and values (Excellence, Respeto, Accountability).
  • Commitment to the U.S. Latino community, Latino nonprofit organizations, and the Latino market.
  • Ability to work as a team member and team leader and function effectively under pressure.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills and attention to detail; organized, and a quick learner.
  • Strong oral communication, writing, and reading skills in English and Spanish and demonstrated ability to make clear and effective presentations.
  • Well-developed writing skills and ability to synthesize information from different sources and present it in a variety of written formats and styles for various audiences (e.g., activity and progress reports, manuals, articles, communications, and fact sheets).
  • High degree of initiative and ability to work without constant supervision.
  • Flexible in regard to scheduled work hours and assignments, including ability to travel as necessary.