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19 May 2021

Full-Time Program Associate

Uncharted – Posted by Anywhere


Job Description

Uncharted is a social impact accelerator that builds coordinated movements of people to tackle problems from all angles—problems like food deserts, urban poverty, and hate and discrimination. We partner with corporations, foundations, and governments to launch initiatives that connect those working on the same problem and help them go to scale. To date, we have helped social entrepreneurs raise $315 million, create impact in 96 countries, and benefit 52 million lives.

Uncharted’s Values 

We take the long view

We use our power to advance equity

We value bravery over brilliance

We bring our whole selves

We lean on our collective strength


Uncharted is seeking a Program Associate to ensure operational excellence and support its programs. There will be times when this position supports multiple programs at once, which will give you the opportunity to develop your project management skills. Your job will be to ensure the programs run smoothly and achieve their desired aims, which include inspiring the community, forging connections among diverse people and groups, showcasing Uncharted ventures to potential mentors and funders, and enabling serendipitous connections.

The work we do at Uncharted is in service to others. This means that it will be demanding at times – in terms of effort, hours worked as well as care and attention given to our programs. You need to be the type of person who sees the bigger picture and who loves working to a greater purpose. You are a vital resource within our system. The team, our ventures, and partners need your deepest possible care. If this scares you, then this is not the job for you.

Key Outcomes

Successfully support various Uncharted programs, including research, community outreach/ engagement, recruitment, selection, diagnosis, program delivery, logistics, and venture ongoing support. This role will provide the opportunity to work with complex acceleration programs that focus on solving some of the world’s toughest problems.

Successfully support the Project Manager and other team members on the execution of Uncharted programs, including legacy partner programs and Uncharted’s new Economic Inequality Initiative.

Contribute towards research, recruitment, selection, diagnosis, and programming (including program design, delivery and facilitation).

Maintain full communication with ventures for assigned programs (and continuing communication beyond their graduation)

Lead any logistical components of your assigned programs, including any in-person events.

Meaningfully contribute to growing the organization as a whole through active participation in programs and events that are outside of your assigned programs.

Design an array of positive and meaningful moments for entrepreneurs, partners, staff and other key stakeholders throughout the program.

Work in partnership with the Program Manager to successfully complete assigned programs. Claim responsibility for venture communication and general logistics for each program.

Within one month, be fully onboarded.

Within two months, have contributed to the selection process of Visible Y4 cohort.

Within three months, have become the point person for all the entrepreneurs in the Visible Y4 cohort.

Within three months, have successfully delivered on delegated support requests from other programs, including assisting in virtual facilitation, program research, diagnosis etc.

Within 12 months, the Visible Y4 program was declared to be a major success by Uncharted and/or Uncharted’s partner and the participating entrepreneurs.

Continue to replicate the success with each program.

Actively document learnings and apply critical eye to failures and successes to inform future programs


Master Follow-through – a do-er

Flexibility / Adaptability

Coachability / Openness to new ideas

Organization and Planning

Excellent communicator (presentations, emails, public speaking, etc.)

Team player (strong leader & excellent follower)

Believer and implementer of the Uncharted mission

Potential to grow into a larger role in the future

Calm under pressure

Ready to roll with the punches (quick to pivot and adapt on a moment’s notice)

Confident decision maker

Creativity and unafraid to change the way we do things

Strong emotional maturity and ability to take ownership and accountability

Optimistic attitude

Curiosity / learner

Strategic, out of the box thinker

Presentation skills

Strong community development skills (drawing connections between diverse stakeholders)


Successfully support a 9-month Uncharted program from end-to-end: research, community outreach/ engagement, coalition-building, recruitment, selection, acceleration, logistics, pitch-event, and ongoing support. Successfully support the project manager and other team members on the execution of Uncharted programs, within both the scaling and experimentation arm of the product team.

Develop and maintain trust with community members, local organizations.

Maintain full communication with all ventures throughout the length of the program (and continuing communication beyond their graduation).

Meaningfully contribute to growing the organization as a whole through active participation in programs and events that are outside of your assigned program.

Design an array of positive and meaningful moments for entrepreneurs, partners, staff and other key stakeholders throughout the program.

General ongoing support in the execution and delivery of programs including:

Support all project communication for stakeholders, partners, funders, entrepreneurs, and internal communication to the Uncharted team.

Lead communications with applicants and the selected ventures throughout the program

Support the Program Manager in the recruitment, selection and diagnosis process for each program.

Support the Program Manager to collect any necessary documentation and due diligence for each organization.

Lead the coordination and execution of travel and event logistics (when/if in-person events resume).

Support the Program Manager in delivering virtual programming (including but not limited to finding the best platforms, excellent communication, creation of virtual moments, etc.)

Foster ongoing community support through the creation of moments for entrepreneurs, partners, communities, and other stakeholders within a program.

Facilitate meetings and working groups and maintain consistent communication with external partners on associated follow-up.

Contribute to the creation of any final reports, sustainability plans, or project evaluations.

Enable continuous learning for initiative participants and bring back that learning to the Uncharted team.

Be a team player: assist in other programs, work on strategic projects, and develop meaningful and beneficial relationships across the Uncharted network

Contribute in the orchestration and execution of sophisticated office pranks targeted at various members of the team (this is key).

Are you the right fit? 

Is comfortable under pressure. You’ll need to keep a lot of balls in the air and be in a lot of places at once!

Has an uncompromising record of punctuality, hospitality, and organizational capability. Your success is built upon a foundation of methodical, personal organization that gives you the confidence to reach deadlines and achieve outcomes even when there are numerous other “priorities” and distractions.

Believes that we > I

Proactive and relentless relationship-builder: You are skilled at building and maintaining relationships in a warm, genuine way.

Comfort in fast-paced, dynamic environments: You are willing to tackle projects without much guidance/structure. You are the one who builds structure. For example, you have stepped into ambiguous and disorganized situations and built out game-plans and next steps.

Master Multitasker: You are great at juggling multiple projects and tasks at once, with grace and humility. You know when you have the time to step up to the plate and take on more responsibility, balanced with the ability to say no if you don’t have the bandwidth.

Challenge the status quo: You are willing to offer up new solutions to existing challenges and suggest creative ways to add value to the programs you work on.

Experience in designing projects that bring together not only unexpected people but also unexpected approaches. You are not afraid to try new things and bring rigor of thinking to your design.

Mission and culture fit: Most importantly – you are deeply committed to the mission and vision of Uncharted and you will do whatever it takes to achieve it. You see this role as an opportunity to exercise your passion and align your values and purpose with the values and purpose of an organization attempting to put a dent in the world’s most pressing problems. You are a culture-creator, and you believe in the power of creating environments where people can belong and thrive.

If this is a role that excites you, please do apply as we value applicants for the skills they bring beyond a job description. We look forward to learning more about you and the unique experiences you bring to this role.

The Details:

Start Date: Early August

Application Process and Estimated Timelines:

Applications Open: Applications are open through June 15th on our website. This application should take about 20 minutes including your resume, cover letter, and a few questions.

Phone Interviews (20 minutes): June 21st – June 24th. There is no prework for this interview.

Zoom Interviews and Projects (1 hour): June 28th – July 2nd Zoom Biographer interviews and July 6 – July 8th Projects. The Zoom interview will dig into the details of your experience professionally. At the end of this interview, if moving to the project phase, you will receive a project scope which will take 2-4 hours to complete. You will have a 48 hour time period of your choosing to work on the project before submission.

Final Interviews: July 12th – July 15th. This interview will be with various members of the Uncharted team and include a working interview with Resource Team members and company leaders as a ‘working session’ to discuss your project. This is approximately a half day interview and can be split over two days.

Reference Calls: July 19th – July 23rd. Final candidates will share 3 professional references and we will reach out to them for 15 minute phone calls.

Final Offer Made by by late July

Location: Remote with minimal travel to Denver for team building. Our HQ is Denver, Colorado and periodically this role may require travel to the Denver area. If you are interested in relocating to Denver for the role and to be near the HQ, we are open to this, but it’s not required.

Compensation: $50,000 – $55,000 annually, plus benefits. This position is non-exempt.


Uncharted works on 4 Day Work Weeks, at 32 hours a week – yes that means every Friday off! 100% contribution, 100% pay, 80% time. To learn about our Four Day Work Week check out our Medium page.

Healthcare including dental and vision plan which starts on the 1st of the month after hire. Uncharted pays 75% of premiums for our full time employees and their dependents and limited

SIMPLE IRA with up to 3% matching

20 days PTO (since we work 4 days per week, that equals out to 5 weeks off a year)

10 holidays + your birthday off

Annual Professional Development Budget

Limited matching donations to mission-aligned 501(c)3s

Relocation assistance available


Who will I be working with? You will report to Emily Lutyens and work closely with individuals on the Product Team like Addy Bateman and Cristina Lara-Agudelo. If you get further in the process, you will have the opportunity to virtually meet these team members and we will share their User Guides, so you can get a better understanding of what it would be like to work with them.

Is your team currently remote? Will this stay remote long term? We are operating remotely due to COVID-19 and city guidance. This role can be based anywhere in the US, or we can help you relocate to Denver where our HQ is, if you’re interested.

What is Uncharted’s approach to a diverse and equitable workforce? You can read our diversity statement below (which we wholeheartedly stand behind), but we want to take it a step further because creating a diverse and equitable workforce and workplace culture goes beyond a diversity statement in a job description. We’re in the business of building and sharing power and creating equitable access to opportunity, and we believe that journey starts within our proverbial office by building a team, culture, and programming that includes, values, and empowers diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences. We also value transparency and would be remiss if we didn’t also share that, like everyone, we’re on a journey when it comes to our DEI efforts and education. Right now, we can’t boast the kind of staff stats that match the diversity of our country. We’re still learning (we always will be!) and we still have a lot of work to do, but we’re undertaking it wholeheartedly, voluntarily, and proactively because our work, our world, and all of us will benefit from the magic that happens when people from different backgrounds build something together. Have more questions about this? Ask away! Want to push us on something? We welcome it.

We are committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace in which everyone is welcomed, valued, and supported. Uncharted recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic or family medical history, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

How to Apply

Please send your application here.

Job Categories: Social Entrepreneurship. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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