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National Program Administrator

Posted on: July 17, 2020

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Job Description

National Program Administrator, The Public Interest Network

Attention Job Seekers: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to assure you that The Public Interest Network is actively hiring for this position, and we welcome your applications.

The Public Interest Network runs organizations committed to a cutting-edge vision of a better world, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to change. We work on a wide variety of important issues, from clean energy to product safety, that highlight the need for a reassessment of our economic values and a new approach to politics. Our campaigns challenge decision-makers and the rest of us to stop tolerating problems that are increasingly absurd in an age of advancing technology and growing abundance.

We’re seeking a top-notch administrator to help run the operations of The Public Interest Network’s Program Teams. Working closely with our staff on the ground in 15 issue areas, and Public Interest Network leaders across the country, the administrator plays a critical role in providing the backbone that allows our advocates to be successful. Responsibilities the administrator plays a key role in include, but are not limited to: 

Working with our team:

  • Managing the administrative needs of over 40 program and campaign directors
  • Working closely with other departments to set goals and action plans
  • Supporting the media and public outreach of program and campaign directors
  • Maintaining team records

System Administration:

  • Managing our systems effectively
  • Data analysis
  • Training our advocates on systems implementation
  • Identifying areas to innovate and improve efficiency

Managing necessary department operations:

  • Reporting on key departmental metrics
  • Performing regular database maintenance
  • Creating and managing budgets 
  • Coordinating the work between advocates on the ground and internal Public Interest Network departments
  • Helping facilitate meetings with our team and boards


Qualified applicants need to be goal-driven and sharp, with great problem-solving skills.  Applicants must be detail-oriented and highly organized, with a friendly and professional demeanor and the maturity to manage confidential and/or sensitive information. They should be driven by the idea of building a non-profit organization and have an outstanding work ethic, while being flexible enough to pivot to prioritize whatever projects are most timely & important. Candidates must have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects. Finally, the successful applicant must be able to deliver high-quality results.

Candidates for this position should have at least one year of relevant administrative experience, preferably in an activist, nonprofit or political organization.

Extra consideration for applicants who have experience managing databases or Quick Base.

Pay & Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. The Public Interest Network offers a competitive benefits package.


Chicago, IL


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Things to Know When You Apply

The Public Interest Network operates and supports organizations  that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to getting things done. Visit to learn more.

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The Public Interest Network is an equal opportunity employer.



Chicago, IL


The Public Interest Network

Job category

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years

The target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has.

Start date
September 1, 2020

Apply by August 31, 2020