Nonprofit recruiting & coaching firm is seeking an experienced Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships to join their team!


ActivateWork is a nonprofit recruiting, training, and coaching firm that connects employers to a diverse pool of exceptional talent. Traditional hiring processes leave valuable talent out. We help employers solve talent gaps by finding promising candidates in underrepresented communities and preparing them to excel in new careers.

Our proprietary behavioral screening process, rigorous skills training, and 12 months of on-the-job coaching prepare our learners to be valuable new hires, with a one-year retention rate 36% higher than the industry average. And with an average starting wage of more than $22/hour, our model is one of few proven to launch people to lasting economic freedom.


The Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships will bring tactical realization to ActivateWork’s Veteran Affairs program to generate a robust pipeline of learners affiliated with the U.S. Armed Forces. Our goal is to empower at least 50 Veterans, Transitioning Military, and Military Spouses to forge careers in tech by 2026. The Program Manager, Veteran Recruitment and Partnerships will work to ensure a strong foundation for an exciting new initiative at ActivateWork, developing and executing the relationships, processes, and tools needed to ensure the program is successful.

This is a full-time position. We are looking for a Veteran, Military Spouse, or someone with extensive experience working with Veteran communities.


This role will be responsible for a series of tasks that include, but are not limited to, the following:

Partner Cultivation

  • Identify and establish relationships with partner grantees, US Armed Forces support organizations, military bases, and Veteran-friendly employers who can provide: a strong source of prospective learners for training, support services for learners and hiring opportunities for alumni.
  • Develop/coordinate Army Career Skills Program and DoD SkillBridge opportunities.
  • Grow, nurture, and oversee relationships with key stakeholders by providing responsive and high-quality communication and rapport-building.
  • Lead partnership design activities to identify opportunities for collaboration, negotiate key partnership responsibilities, and develop MOUs.
  • Lead ActivateWork’s application for GI Bill status and other Veteran funding opportunities.
  • Work with internal departments to ensure ActivateWork meets grant and partner expectations.

Internal Cross-team Collaboration

  • Advance Veteran recruitment opportunities in local markets and problem-solve or elevate pipeline workflow roadblocks.
  • Work closely with Learner Support and Talent Solutions teams to achieve OKRs.
  • Meet regularly with the marketing team to develop and support marketing campaigns and outreach efforts that focus on customized recruitment materials, local partnerships, and advertising on military platforms.
  • Partner with the Alumni Engagement team to uncover connections with Veteran alums.
  • Meet as needed with the Per Scholas Learner Support team to stay up to date on individualized resources and services that support the unique barriers Veterans, and their families face to encourage retention.
  • Support the Per Scholas Learner Support team as they explore all avenues to provide full access to military benefits while enrolled and submit comprehensive applications to eligible training provider lists.

Data Operations

  • Oversee and monitor the organization’s Veteran recruitment KPIs and facilitate data check-ins to proactively identify and troubleshoot any challenges and highlight best practices.
  • Share partner data and other updates with the Development team for use in progress summaries to Philanthropic Funders.
  • Collaborate with the Per Scholas National and ActivateWork Recruitment teams to ensure thorough and adequate data collection in relation to Veteran Recruitment.


  • 3+ years - Proven experience in building and managing relationships with military organizations and veteran-friendly employers.
  • 3+ years - Experience with veteran recruitment strategies and resolving recruitment pipeline issues.
  • 2+ years (preferred) Experience working with veteran-specific career transition programs like the Army Career Skills Program and DoD SkillBridge.
  • Strong communication skills, with a track record of developing partnerships and negotiating responsibilities.
  • Capability to work effectively across teams to support organizational goals and enhance veteran support services.
  • Proficiency in managing and analyzing recruitment data to improve processes and report to stakeholders.
  • Military and veteran cultural competency is required.


  • Expected annual salary range of $80,000 - $90,000 based on experience.
  • Paid Vacation
  • Sick Leave
  • Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
  • Simple IRA – employer matching up to 3%

ActivateWork provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetics, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements. ActivateWork complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

ActivateWork will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants for failing to disclose wage rate history in accordance with applicable law.

ActivateWork expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of ActivateWork employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.