Head of Programs

Girls Who Invest


Head of Programs


Girls Who Invest



New York, NY


Girls Who Invest (GWI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing gender diversity and inclusion in investment management with a focus on growing the pipeline of women in frontline investing positions. The organization accomplishes this through education, mentoring, internships, and a supportive community. Its flagship summer program enables college sophomores to explore investment management careers through four weeks of free educational training with top university professors, followed by a six week paid internship at one of more than 100 leading investment management firms in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Scholars unable to commit 10 weeks to the program can apply for GWI’s four month, fully subsidized, self-directed Online Intensive Program. In addition, all scholars receive support and career guidance from a community of partners, mentors, and alumni. GWI’s vision is for 30% of the world’s investable capital to be managed by women by 2030. Read more and see GWI in action at www.girlswhoinvest.org.


Reporting to the CEO, the Head of Programs will provide strategic direction, educational content creation, organizational expertise and innovative program growth around scholar and alumni programming. Specifically, they oversee all current and future on-campus, online, and year-round educational programming for GWI scholars and alumni. A key component of success is the ability to work in tandem with external academic partners and the internal GWI team to drive steady growth of these and any new programs while ensuring quality of content and educational experience.

Primary responsibilities include:

Strategy and Execution

  • Lead, create, and drive a robust business model and strategy for GWI’s educational programs, ensuring current program excellence and new program development to support GWI’s vision for 30% of the world’s investable capital to be managed by women by 2030.
  • Assess, recommend, and secure approval for options for programmatic growth including international expansion (post COVID). With approval, develop and roll out a multi-year implementation plan.
  • Oversee, manage, and execute flawless delivery of GWI’s Summer Intensive and Online Intensive programs ensuring that program content advances the scholars’ skillsets and is aligned with industry needs:
    • In concert with Recruiting and Admissions, regularly assess program alignment with the needs of accepted students.
    • Maintain an established curriculum for scholars from both finance and non-finance backgrounds in close collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, UCLA, and other future academic partners. Adjust, as needed, based on scholar and partner feedback and evaluation data.
    • Spearhead and manage the educational programming, on-campus experience, curriculum calendar, and scholar community. Work with the Partnerships team and academic partners to place appropriate speakers.
    • Work with academic partners to ensure each summer’s class is fully supported with respect to content absorption and internship readiness.
    • Develop a communications and scholar engagement plan to ensure the needs of the GWI Online Intensive Program scholars are being met.
  • Develop, oversee, and manage increased year-round technical and soft-skill training for GWI alumni, accounting for input and guidance from the Career Development team.
  • Define a robust measurement and evaluation framework to assess curriculum impact and drive change, as needed. Ensure GWI achieves the full potential of the educational experience particularly for scholars from non-finance backgrounds and historically underrepresented minorities.

Partnerships and Management

  • Cultivate and manage strong and productive working relationships with academic partners and administrators, including faculty, teaching assistants, and vendors.
  • Optimize technology and tools to deliver educational programming efficiently and effectively, including launching an online experience platform.
  • Manage the current budget and build new budgeting models for additional programming with sound fiscal judgement.
  • Build and synchronize classroom curriculum with internship demands across asset classes.
  • Manage and mentor program coordinators/administrators for the on-campus programs.


The Head of Programs will be an educational thought partner and relationship builder, capable of strategizing and formulating expanded scholar and alumni content. They will have an excellent aptitude for collaboration and consensus building with academics, faculty, university administrators, partner firms, and internal GWI team members to ensure the successful execution, operation, and outcome of all programs.

A strong candidate would bring/be:

  • 15+ years of experience in education, non-profit program management, asset management, finance, or related experience in a private or public sector setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new programs or scale established programming.
  • Capable of conceptualizing and establishing appropriate educational content and curriculum for adult learning, ideally in a finance-related area.
  • Experience partnering closely and collaboratively with academics, faculty, and academic institutions.
  • Highly organized, goal-oriented, and responsive with the ability to manage and follow through on multiple, complex projects.
  • Proven experience and willingness to manage program delivery during peak moments, with an equal appreciation for quality, content, process, technology, and logistics.
  • Ability to inform and lead GWI’s program strategy while also being enthusiastic about the implementation and annual delivery of high-performing programs.
  • Ambitious and energized as well as a constant learner, interested in understanding the multiple dimensions of education, the finance industry, and academia.
  • Collaborative, inclusive, and an excellent communicator who can lead from the front or behind.
  • Extensive knowledge around the asset management industry as well as committed to bringing forward women into new industries.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or PhD in public administration, education, finance, business administration, or related field preferred.

Please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: girlswhoinvest@sandlersearch.org

Girls Who Invest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.