Program Manager,
TechSprints (Hackathons)

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AIR is searching for a TechSprint Program Manager to support the development of our AIR Accelerator strategy and execute various TechSprint events.

As part of our efforts to drive innovation and further our mission of fair finance, AIR frequently produces TechSprints (hackathons), an innovation exercise where technologists and subject matter experts collaborate intensively for a short period of time to solve specific problems and code prototype solutions. TechSprints bring together disparate members of the financial and regulatory ecosystem to solve intractable problems that no single stakeholder can solve on its own.


💲 Salary commensurate with experience

🩺 Healthcare coverage

📈 Retirement plans

🏡 Primarily a work-from-home position, with occasional travel as needed

🌴 Flexible time off

AIR is a global non-profit that is helping build a fair financial system by promoting use of responsible technology that improves the financial health of consumers and small businesses. AIR believes the financial industry and its regulators can use ‘technology for good’ to advance financial consumer protection and inclusion, gender and racial equity, green finance and curtailment of crimes like human trafficking, in the US and globally.

Job Description

Our fast growing nonprofit is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented program manager to join our small but mighty team. The TechSprint Manager will collaborate with a variety of global partners to lead the planning and execution of individual TechSprints. TechSprints are complex, multifaceted initiatives and successful execution requires a combination of strategic thinking, relationship building, and detailed project management skills. The Manager will work with partners on the thoughtful design and meticulous delivery of the TechSprint including: organize brainstorming sessions with partners to identify goals, scope and problem statements; draft and refine problem statements and use cases; identify data requirements and sources; select and set up various technical platforms; recruit and communicate with participants; and produce a series of events. TechSprints usually culminate in a Demo Day where the competing teams present their prototypes to a panel of judges. Producing the Demo Day often includes hosting a conference or webinar, as well as recruiting and managing speakers and judges.

TechSprints can be held either in-person or virtually, and the candidate should be prepared to operate in either environment.

This Manager will also help the AIR team to refine our TechSprint strategy including the development of tools and resources that assist us in guiding clients through the TechSprint planning process, as well as enabling us to elevate the quality and efficiency of the events we produce.

This position reports to the Director, Global TechSprint Strategy.

What you will get from this role

⏵ Opportunity to work with a dynamic, mission-driven team

⏵ Exposure to a global network of passionate, socially conscious individuals and organizations

⏵Opportunity to learn about and make an impact on complex global issues such as financial inclusion, gender equity and consumer protection


⏵ Work with partners to guide them through the process of planning and hosting a TechSprint – taking an instructional approach so that they can execute a future TechSprint on their own

⏵ Manage sprint projects including establishing governance, leading regular meetings, and maintaining a detailed project plan

⏵ Draft and refine problem statements which meet the partner’s goals and serve as the foundation of the TechSprint

⏵ Work with data and technical platforms which will be available to TechSprint participants

⏵ Recruit and manage TechSprint participants, including hackers, experts, judges and speakers

⏵ Work with the broader AIR team to develop and execute communications including invitations, emails, presentations, forms, surveys, and social media

⏵ Produce a series of events in support of the TechSprint including the participant orientation, the TechSprint opener, the Demo Day, and other educational webinars and networks events

⏵ Communicate with leaders, teammates and clients to ensure alignment and execution

⏵ Continuously evolve TechSprint tools and training materials to reflect post-TechSprint learnings and feedback


⏵ Knowledge of financial services, fintech and/or financial regulation preferred

⏵ Demonstrated success in end-to-end program design and delivery, from early-stage program development (shaping ambiguity) through to event production (detailed task management), and everything in between

⏵ Highly effective relationship management and influencing skills with a proven ability to drive progress across multiple workstreams

⏵ Project management experience with knowledge of project management and collaboration tools – familiarity with design thinking methodology and exercises is a plus

⏵ Exceptional written and verbal communications with the ability to explain complex concepts clearly, provide direction, and lead team meetings

⏵ Detail oriented with a propensity for documentation (project plans, meeting notes, etc)

⏵ Ability to adjust work and communication style to match that of various partners, flexing to address a variety of team, organizational, and geographical cultures

⏵ Willingness to take on any task, large or small – AIR is a small nonprofit, teamwork is essential

⏵ Ability and desire to work autonomously

⏵ Ability to thrive in a rapidly-growing organization and in at at-home work environment

About AIR

AIR is a nonprofit, non-membership organization working to make the financial system fully inclusive, fair and resilient through responsible use of new technology. By connecting regulation, finance, technology and society, AIR drives global innovation and collaboration to overcome the system’s legacy shortcomings and prepare it for rapid technology change.

Financial regulation works as an invisible force shaping people’s lives. It aims to prevent mistreatment, bias, instability and corruption while ensuring that everyone has equal access and fair opportunity. Jo Ann Barefoot and David Ehrich founded AIR in 2019 to strengthen this force through new technology. AIR helps government and industry develop and scale up responsible innovation to solve systemic problems, including financial exclusion, race and gender discrimination, deceptive and predatory practices, climate change, economic instability, and financial crimes like human trafficking.

AIR’s Guiding Principles

WE BELIEVE in strong, effective regulation that protects consumers and fosters competitive, resilient financial markets.

WE BELIEVE in the responsible use of technology to improve the financial system for everyone.

WE BELIEVE in diversity and collaboration as essential to sound innovation.

WE BELIEVE in continuous learning and education to match rapid shifts in technology.

WE BELIEVE in leading change with transparency and integrity.

WE BELIEVE in boldly inventing the future of financial regulation, together.

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