About the Program Manager position
What you'll do
The Program Manager position is a two-year appointment. We have two Program Managers whose two-year appointments overlap. That is, during your two years, you will meet another two Program Managers (one in your first year, and one in your second year). During your tenure with the team, you will design and deliver new initiatives to make Boston better for:
- residents and visitors
- researchers, and
Our Program Managers work with the Mayor's senior staff and are supported by the entire New Urban Mechanics team. You also take part in a variety of professional development sessions to get a broad view of careers in City government.
Candidates tend to be recent graduates of masters degree programs (or folks with equivalent work experience) who have a strong interest in civic innovation. The best candidates are those who are creative, curious, and entrepreneurial.
Work of Program managers
(previously called 'annual fellows')
Over a decade of running our annual fellowship program, we have supported and amplified the work of many departments throughout City Hall. Some examples of projects previous yearlong fellows have worked on include:
- launching and evaluating a pick-up / drop-off prototype for curb usage
- launching the City's early videography and digital storytelling efforts
- installing technology in the public realm
- prototyping the City's first version of community composting bins
- Launching a Zero-Waste Youth ambassador program
- managing the City's performance parking pilot, and
- combining transportation demand management with the City's Compact Living pilot.
Common questionsCommon questions
While you are going through our application process, we are going through a project scoping process. We will scope a set of projects that we will pitch to you when you arrive. We want to make sure that you are given a range of potential projects that you feel you can immediately execute. We also plan to give you projects that will need further exploration, and one or two that will really stretch you. As you become more familiar with our process you will certainly have the opportunity to develop own ideas as well.
Since moving this position to a two-year timeline, we've found that the second year tends to be when Program Managers source and pitch projects themselves.
We welcome your input on the projects we pitch to you. We will also expect you to come up with a few prototype ideas of your own, especially in the second year. A large part of our work is keeping an ear open for interesting ideas. We expect you to spend some time exploring and making relevant connections across the projects we’ve scoped for you to pitch a few ideas to us!
Successful Program Managers have come from a wide variety of backgrounds, drawing on diverse and creative skillsets. We’ve worked with urban planners and architects, public health students and public policy masters candidates, former teachers, and community organizers, economics undergrads, and sociology PhDs.
If you have an interest in making Boston a place where people can change the world and do good things with their neighbors, this might be the right position for you.
When you join as a Program Manager, you are immediately treated as an integral part of the team. That means you may be:
- invited to senior-level Cabinet meetings in your first week
- asked to fill in for our Chair or senior staff at a speaking event, and
- sitting in with the Press team on an interview with a reporter about a project you're getting up to speed on.
We’d love it if you wanted to blog for us on Medium, or create compelling digital stories in the medium of your choice. We will make connections for you across the organization. We encourage you to get to know staff in departments that are interesting to you. You should also spend a healthy amount of your time learning from your peers in the Mayor’s Office. You will have access to any organized professional development experiences that the broader MONUM team is going through collectively.
As with many entrepreneurial opportunities, you’ll get out of it (developmentally speaking) what you put into it. You are also welcome to join any of the City’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Generally, you’ll be expected at work from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may sometimes need to attend morning or evening meetings for your project work. We're currently in a Hybrid Work Learning Period (per the City's policy), so if that learning period is extended and continues, you would be eligible to work remotely up to two days a week after completing your first three months in person.
You may also want to attend morning or evening meetings that are interesting to you, albeit unrelated to your work. This is optional, but you are certainly welcome to do so. We also ask all team members to attend at least one community meeting or public event per month.