Vittana is a registered non­profit located in Seattle committed to developing and scaling student loan products for ambitious students in developing nations. We believe that higher education is the best tool an individual can have to pull themselves and their family out of poverty. With this understanding our mission is to graduate a generation beyond poverty. We are a small team that values hard work, candor, hard­headed idealism, and a sense of humor. When we’re not working hard at our desks, we enjoy ping pong, playing with our office dog, and tacos from the bar next door.

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Program Director

Are you a microfinance expert looking for ways to make a bigger difference?

Vittana is a nonprofit with an ambitious goal - we want to change the face of education across the world. We believe that 100 million students worldwide are leaving school before they have the skills and degrees needed to get stable, lifelong employment. At the same time, there are estimates that nearly two-thirds of the young people in developing countries are unemployed or underemployed. The missing link between these two problems is a basic student loan. Vittana creates student loans in partnership with microfinance organizations to meet this need. Today, we have 30 microfinance partners in 15 countries serving over 15,000 students.

What You Will Be Doing:

The Program Director is responsible for developing and setting program strategy, leading the team of Regional Portfolio Managers (RPMs) to meet our ambitious student goals. The RPMs manage our work with microfinance partners, define product strategies, identify capital structures, and incentivize partners to grow their student portfolio. A successful Program Director will inspire the team to think big and be creative. He/she will also have a particular gift of developing staff. He/she will also be respected by industry leaders and partner executives, encouraging them to take risks for increased impact. This job requires up to 40% international travel.

As a member of the Vittana management team, the Program Director will be responsible for contributing to the ongoing strategy development of a dynamic organization. Vittana has a collaborative culture and the Program Director will be a key asset to the VP of Development, especially in institutional fundraising. The Program Director will work with the VP of Development to define current and new business development opportunities that help advance Vittana’s mission and attract interest from institutional funders.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in jobs of increasing responsibility within microfinance or international development

  • Comfort and experience doing business in developing countries

  • Team management experience

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Spanish speaker strongly preferred

  • MBA preferred; BA or BS required

Successful candidates may also have:

  • Experience or exposure to impact investing

  • Experience managing a young team

  • Foundation grant writing

  • Management consulting

This is a full-time position reporting to the CEO, preferably located at our Seattle office although there is flexibility. To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter detailing why you are passionate about our mission and prepared to help lead Vittana to even greater impact to