Director of Programs at NEST Foundation

Jan 24, 2020

Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth and ending sexual violence against children, is seeking a highly creative, organized, savvy, self-motivated, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic Director of Programs to oversee and expand Nest’s prevention education programming nationally and internationally. Exceptional management, organizational, writing, research, outreach, and communications skills necessary.

The Director of Programs position requires a proven, forward-thinking, and dynamic individual to provide proactive leadership and vision in developing new, innovative programs.

General Responsibilities

The Director of Programs is responsible for providing leadership and direction on Nest’s prevention education program content; implementation and evaluation of programs with emphasis on measurable outcomes using data and best practices; prioritization of programmatic objectives, activities, and budget needs; development of financial resources to support prioritized areas of work; continuation and development of team-based approaches; integration of programmatic activities as well as effective use of Nest staff capacity; and promotion of shared accountability, effective management, and production of high-quality work products.

Work duties may include, but are not limited to:


  • Develop and effectively direct programmatic activities to ensure sexual violence prevention education methodology is sound and that projects position Nest to be a leader regionally and nationally.
  • Serve as a leader for education content, program design, evaluation, and dissemination across all programs.
  • Monitor scopes of work to ensure timeliness, quality and accuracy of activities vis-à-vis contractual and grant commitments.
  • Facilitate small and large group meetings, internally and externally. This may also include facilitating on site community meetings.
  • Monitor national initiatives in the field of sexual violence prevention and youth leadership as well as programmatic innovations and best practices from other sectors to ensure that Nest team remains well-informed. Ensure that innovations and best practices are incorporated into Nest programmatic activities.
  • Work with academic partners and manage the collaborative development of survey, monitoring, and evaluation tools.


  • Build partnerships that integrate sexual violence prevention with activities within such sectors as arts, advocacy, youth leadership, and others.

  • Cultivate national-, state-, and local-level relationship building to increase Nest’s visibility
  • Participate in staff and board activities
  • Increase Nest’s public profile by serving as a spokesperson
  • Oversee management of programmatic budgets to ensure effective and compliant use of grant and contract funds.
  • Adhere to Nest’s administrative guidelines to support accurate documentation of activities.
  • Work with Executive Director and Development team on budget development for new programs and renewals.
  • Support the writing of grant proposals to secure new resources that expand Nest’s programmatic portfolio as well as its capacity.
  • Ensure compliance for all program grants and contracts; work with grants team to implement and/or improve reporting tools; and ensure timely, accurate reports and communications to funders.
  • Seek and develop new funding relationships and work with Executive Director and Development team to leverage those relationships.


  • Promote and foster an environment in which proactive thinking and creativity are encouraged and rewarded.
  • Identify capacities needed to achieve programmatic and organizational goals. Work with Executive Director to ensure those capacities are developed or acquired.
  • Serve as resource advisor to program staff and support their work by managing resources, opportunity, time, and information.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required. Candidate must demonstrate a minimum of 2 + years of progressive professional experience working toward sexual violence prevention goals. Experience with community-based violence prevention efforts and working with youth preferred.
●  Expertise in sexual violence in the United States and knowledge about root causes, systems of oppression, and other underlying dynamics that contribute to vulnerability to violence.
●  Proven leadership skills and management experience, including the ability to develop team performance and a genuine desire to coach and mentor.
●  Demonstrated success in grant writing and proposal development for public health programs.
●  Superior writing skills in terms of analysis, content, and mechanics.
●  Strong focus on being strategic, problem solving, and solution-focused.

●  Experience working with community-based coalitions and organizations, 

community capacity building efforts, technical assistance, and group facilitation.

●  General knowledge and familiarity with political contexts at the federal, state, 

and local levels.

●  Self-motivated, able to balance multiple and competing priorities or 

deadlines, excellent organizational skills, and ability to track multiple projects/ programs tasks as delegated to program staff.
●  Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging issues related to the field of violence prevention.
●  Strong budget management experience, detail-oriented, and able to work well in evolving circumstances.
●  Excellent written and oral presentation skills, with ability to engage, inspire, build credibility and engender trust with diverse audiences. This includes the ability to build coalitions, negotiate, and resolve conflicts effectively while preserving important relationships with partners and funders.
●  Ability to research and quickly disseminate relevant, emerging and existing evidence-base practices and models.
●  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with policy makers, community leaders, and the media.
●  Comfort with technology with ability to think quickly and problem-solve.

●  High level of knowledge and understanding, especially as it relates to program replication, connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building strategic partnerships.

●  Trustworthy, ethical, and authentic in all situations.

Hiring Salary Range

$60,000 - 65,000 starting salary + health insurance

Resource Relationship

The Executive Director will serve as lead resource for the Director of Programs.

Job Location

The Director of Programs will be based in Nest’s office in Los Angeles, Austin or New York. This position may also be filled remotely

Estimated Start Date 

February 2020


Some domestic travel is required for this full-time position.

Point of Contact

Nishima Chudasama, Director of Programs

How to Apply

• Submit cover letter, resume/CV, and writing sample to and 3 references.

• Please write “2020 Director of Programs- YourLastName” in the subject line of your email when applying or your email will likely be overlooked.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Due to the large number of applicants, only successful candidates will be contacted.

Nest Foundation values a diverse, respectful, and collaborative work environment. We establish and maintain trustful relationships with all staff, contractors, funders, partners, and communities. We believe that hard work, a focus on quality, and a passion for the public’s health are required to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Nest looks to all staff and contractors to contribute to the effective implementation of programmatic activities.

About Nest

Nest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to ending all forms of child sexual exploitation and trafficking. Our work has evolved from the documentary film PLAYGROUND: The Child Sex Trade in America (directed by Libby Spears and produced by George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, and Abby Disney).

Nest currently develops and implements prevention programming that engages youth, teachers, parents, and communities around the United States.

Thank you for your interest!

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