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Job ProfileEmployment Program Manager at Autism Society of America

Full Time
Long Term Employee
No location requirement (USA)
Up to 15%

What will you do in this job?

Job Description: The Safety Programming Manager supports and guides the Autism Society of America’s (ASA) commitment to National programs which improve safety, inclusion, and accessibility within the Autism community. She/He/They will be responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring, of ASA’s safety programming. They will serve as a coach/technical assistance provider and serve as the liaison between ASA, First Responder members, Aquatics professionals, affiliates, and community members. They will provide overall management and monitor affiliate program operations including service delivery, partnership development, and both professional and community programming. 


Ideal candidate: The ideal candidate is an impact-driven leader who seeks to advance safety, equity, and inclusion within the Autism community. She/He/They are self-motivated, highly collaborative, and comfortable navigating complex processes and relationships related to strategic change and continuous improvement. 


Organizational Structure:

The Program Manager will report to the Director of National Programs. She/He/They will be a key member of the National Programs team, with direct responsibility for management of pilot programs for ASA’s First Responder and Water Safety Initiatives. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in education, social work, psychology, or related field (required)

  • Master’s degree in leadership, project management, organizational       development or related field (preferred)



  • Relevant experience creating and implementing programming, including conducting needs assessments and environmental scans

  • Knowledge and experience determining critical metrics and program evaluation

  • Knowledge and experience with non-profit operations, public and private philanthropy, and federal grant systems

  • Knowledge of adult learning, curriculum, instruction, or training models

  • Experience with traditional and virtual training methods and techniques 

  • Experience with multiple web delivery platforms, social media, and software

  • Experience leading and engaging remote work groups, webinars, and teams

  • Experience managing multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously

  • Knowledge and experience within the Autism community preferred


Core Attributes and Competencies:

  • Strong understanding of all the steps necessary to design, implement, and evaluate successful programs

  • Strong training, presentation, and public speaking skills

  • Effective communication - orally and in writing to clearly and effectively convey vision, process, provide direction, report progress, and share key information with internal and external stakeholders both virtually and in person

  • Strong collaboration and relationship-building skills with comfort facilitating productive and solutions-driven collaborative work groups and teams

  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to apply big-picture and forward-thinking mindset to planning, improvement, and expansion efforts

  • Competency in MS WORD, Excel, PowerPoint, Google, and web/cloud-based collaborative software with comfort navigating technological tools to organize, prioritize, and execute project management tasks

  • Maintain awareness of current topics and trends across the Autism community 

  • Strong training, presentation, and public speaking skills

  • Ability to navigate technological tools to organize, prioritize, and execute project management tasks


Key responsibilities:

  • Researching innovative learning delivery methods and using those methods to develop content and solutions for professional audiences, individuals and families within the Autism community

  • Draft and refine learning content, and design learning experiences that align with adult learning theory and the Autism Society’s core values

  • Develop, Implement, and Evaluate ASA’s train-the-trainer model

  • Partner with Subject Matter Experts in the training department to develop supplemental (post-program) teaching resources that support a given program

  • Ensure programmatic information and materials are maintained and organized, and all reports and services are delivered accurately and in a timely manner

  • Support fidelity of ASA’s programming and training across the affiliate network through progress monitoring and programmatic reporting

  • Lead task force and affiliate meetings and address feedback with any third-party consultants and collaborators

  • Develop strong partnerships with national and regional/local organizations that offer support for program participants 

  • Manage budgets, financial reporting, invoices and related processes

Additional Duties:

  • Support the development team and/or independent contractors to support major gifts, federal grants, and other prospective funding projects

  • Coordinate information requests, seek out answers and reply to constituents on

all topics related to disabilities in a timely and professional manner

  • Collaborate with the Affiliate Relations and Marketing team to plan for ongoing opportunities for affiliate collaboration, training, programmatic content creation, and web-based content and maintenance 

  • Support pilot programming across affiliate network 

  • Perform other tasks as assigned to advance national programs in alignment with the organization’s strategic initiatives 


Job-Type and Work Environment

  • The Autism Society of America has a strong organizational culture, dedicated to diversity, equity, dignity, integrity, and inclusion.

  • This job is full time, exempt, with 40 hours per workweek expected.

  • 10-15% Post-COVID Travel anticipated 


The Autism Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. Qualified individuals with Autism are encouraged to apply. If you require accommodations during the interview process, please include your request in your cover letter.

Preferred Qualifications

Senior levelMedium level


Equivalent Experience Accepted!
Bachelor's degree in one of the following subjects below:
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Psychology

Soft Skills

CollaborationAttention to DetailProcess improvementEffective communicatorDevelop relationships

Hard Skills

Keep in mind, you may not need ALL of these skills to be a great fit!


Between 70000 - 80000 USD
Per Year


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