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The Pahara Institute’s mission is to strengthen and sustain values-driven leaders who are transforming public education so that every child is prepared to lead a free and fulfilling life. We support exceptional, innovative leaders in the non-profit schools sector who are committed to equity and access to excellent public schools for our children. We focus on a diverse set of leaders, with a specific priority on representation and inclusion of leaders who share life experiences with our most marginalized and underserved student populations. Our work is guided by the following core values:

  • Wholeness: We bring our whole selves. We are authentic and vulnerable.

  • Transformative Love: We create belonging. We build inclusive and deeply connected communities across many lines of difference.  

  • Excellence: We deliver exceptional quality without compromising our integrity or humanity.

  • Continuous Learning: We learn, grow, adapt, and change. We get better.  

  • Liberation: We find new ways to ensure that everyone can live a free and meaningful life.


  • The Program Coordinator, Pahara Fellowship (“Coordinator”) will provide high-quality event-planning and operations support for Fellowship programming, including pre-planning and preparation, serving as the onsite lead for logistics and operations support during events, and post-event debriefing. The Coordinator will support the development and execution of cohort reunion strategies and implementation.

  • The Coordinator will efficiently complete administrative tasks to help the Fellowship Team meet its goals and produce seamless, transformational development opportunities for Pahara Fellows in a values-aligned way.


Sample goals for this role:

The Coordinator will be key to developing work plans and executing the processes and tasks that support the Fellowship Team and produce high-quality programming for our Fellows. Here are two examples of how we’ll measure your success: 

  • By early 2024, the Coordinator will provide high-quality planning and organizational support, executing and supporting the refinement of systems and processes so the team is collaborative, values-aligned, and high-functioning, with a 25% increase in team capacity.

  • By summer 2024, the Coordinator will autonomously lead and execute all operational aspects of an event, from the execution and refinement of a work plan to wrapping-up the event, with at least 90% of program participants rating logistics as “good” or “excellent”.


What your week might look like:

  • Mostly: Leading onsite events production and serving as liaison for all event stakeholders during programming; managing vendor relationships, including effective communication, processing invoices, submitting travel/shuttle schedules, and creating and finalizing banquet orders and rooming lists; scheduling external and internal meetings; producing onsite materials for events; managing timely communication with Fellows and moderators; updating work plans; and keeping the Program Manager and other collaborators on track to meet deadlines.

  • Some: Cross-team collaboration and providing operations support for other teams; implementation and execution of event related agendas, curricula, and materials; managing email communication from Fellows that is not specific to events; researching vendors and event swag through a lens of our core values and cultural competence; and speaking comfortably in public in order to facilitate and give directions to large groups of people.

  • A little: Creating event related agendas, curricula, and materials. 

  • With a sprinkling of: Monthly financial reconciliation.


We are looking for someone who can demonstrate skills and abilities that reflect the following statements:

  • You LOVE hospitality and collaborating to achieve goals efficiently and effectively. You enjoy coordinating and executing all aspects of pre-event preparation, including communications, logistics, tech support, and preparation of materials. You have a proven track record of interacting at multiple levels, within the organization and externally, on projects with multiple participants. You are energized by implementing and monitoring processes that facilitate ease for team members and program participants, ensuring process integrity at every stage. You are eager to contribute to Pahara’s overall team environment by leading through our core values.

  • You see the big picture and hold the small details at the same time. You are resourceful and motivated, and you exemplify professionalism in your work style. Attention to detail is one of your love languages. You understand how to support and manage multiple projects at one time. You can adapt to shifting timelines, while creating contingency plans at the same time. You learn quickly, you are flexible, and you take an optimistic, roll-up-your-sleeves approach to your work. You are always looking for ways to continue building and refining processes as the organization grows, scales, and adds new programs.

  • You are committed to impacting and changing the educational ecosystem. You understand how schools and school systems work. You understand the complexity that school-based educators are leading through every day. You genuinely believe that, as a result of Pahara’s transformative programming, diverse, high-integrity leaders can redefine public education. And you do this work so every child in America has access to excellent educational opportunities in public schools.   

  • You are constantly looking for new ways to ensure that everyone can lead a free and meaningful life.  You prioritize equity at every level of the work you do. You have a strong analysis lens related to DEI that supports action in the systems you implement and help refine. You build and maintain relationships and foster inclusiveness and belonging in virtual and in-person environments. 


  • Who: The Program Coordinator, Pahara Fellowship reports to Morgan Thrower, Program Manager. 

  • Where: Our campus in the Denver area (Lone Rock) will serve as a hub for our work and as the main location for all in-person events. While we are a virtual organization by design so our team can work where they have built their lives, to be effective in this role, the Program Coordinator should be Colorado-based and is expected to be on campus at Lone Rock 60% of the time (multiple times throughout the week).

  • When: All phases of the interview process are virtual. For us to consider your application complete, please submit your application materials by June 23, 2023, at 7:00 PM (Central Time Zone). The hiring process for this role will follow the timeline below:  

    • Late June 2023: Candidates will be selected to complete a candidate exercise.

    • Late July 2023: First interviews take place.

    • Early August 2023: Finalists will engage in a final interview with additional members of the Pahara Team. Pahara checks three references for each finalist, though we may request more.

    • Mid August 2023:  Offer extended

    • September 2023:  Start date

  • How Much: Pahara provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package, including full health care coverage and access to a 401(k) account with a matching contribution policy. The expected salary range for this position is $50,000 - $61,000. 


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