Program Growth Strategist (Contract, 1 year)

Strategy & Planning New York, NY


About the Position

The Program Growth Strategist will work with the Strategy & Planning team and Youth and Community & Services team to develop the plan and operating model for significantly scaling the reach of our flagship youth running program, Rising New York Road Runners, within the next 12 months and specifically to design the evolution of program as needed.  This strategist will work cross-functionally across the organization to ensure strategic alignment to our long-term organization goals, optimize impact opportunities, and manage implementation feasibility.  Ultimately the innovations and deliverables formulated from this key role will enable NYRR to continue to reach our overall strategic objectives.

 Job Responsibilities: 

  • Architect the framework of requirements, growth strategies and outcomes related to Rising New York Road Runners, in support of long-term strategic targets
  • Design program plans, including associated marketing, structural and financial implications
  • Incorporate performance/impact analytics and metrics into programmatic planning
  • Test and pilot hypotheses as appropriate and ensure efficient speed to “market”
  • Serve as product management subject matter expert for the organization and instill knowledge and best practices
  • Effectively and efficiently plan and prioritize all deliverables and resources working across the organization; Work with project team to develop detailed project work plans
  • Manage day-to-day activities and timelines of the project team and ensure work is progressing as planned
  • Actively monitor project risks and scope creep to identify potential problems; and proactively identify solutions to address these issues
  • Communicate and document project status and strategic recommendations; escalate issues accordingly via the appropriate channels
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure all plans integrate seamlessly into the overall organization goals 

Job Requirements: 

Skills and Attributes:

  • Highly innovative, able to conceive fresh ideas and elicit creativity from other collaborators, and able to challenge status quo; unafraid of change (and managing others through it)
  • Digitally-savvy and technology forward-approach to program design
  • Resourceful and strategic problem-solver combined with a strong work ethic and tenacity
  • Forward-looking planner who exercises good judgment about what to prioritize for the greatest strategic impact
  • High-quality and high-productivity mindset towards results and deliverables; exceptional attention to detail and focus on task completion
  • Analytical aptitude and business acumen, ability to read, understand, translate and create qualitative and quantitative reports related to program performance
  • Capacity to synthesize information and effectively present findings to leadership and area owners
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team on collaborative assignments
  • Professional, positive attitude
  • Discretion with confidential matters and information
  • Fluency in Microsoft applications and web research tools 


  • Minimum 5 years strategy and/or program management experience required, either as in-house strategy or program leader, or consultative role in a management consultancy or investment bank 


  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA’s encouraged 

Other Requirements:

  • Passion for running
  • Welcome professionals with knowledge of physical literacy, but not required

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer